Baroque summer residence and gateway to the Fagaras Mountains
As you get to the Făgăraş Depression from Sibiu the villages from the region unveil themselves with their narrow, compact houses placed on both sides of the road. These are the “lower” villages while further away to the mountains lie their twin “upper” villages.
You may catch a glimpse of the Olt River to your left and of the fascinating chain of the Făgăraş Mountains with their high snow-capped peaks lost among the clouds to your right.
The town of Avrig is the biggest settlement from the region; mentioned since the very early years, with a Romanian population, the town was better sheltered from the attacks of the migrants.
The beauty of these places probably convinced general Bucow, governor of Transylvania to build at Avrig a castle similar to the one at Schönbrunn in 1762. After his death 6 years later the castle was taken over by Baron Samuel von Brukenthal and turned into a stunning summer residence.
If you come to Avrig, we suggest a walk through the town to the orthodox church, the Avrig Museum,the fortified church, Brukenthal’s summer residence, the weaving and painting workshops and even to the glass factory.
Placed at the foothills of the mountains, Avrig is also a starting point for various hiking trails in the Făgăraş Mountains. The nearby summits – Negoiu (2535 m), Suru (2281 m), Budislav (2345 m), Ciortea (2426 m) or Scara (2213 m) – are a true challenge for mountain lovers. The diversity of hiking routes, the rich flora and fauna, the beauty of the landscapes and the wild mountain peaks will certainly convince you to come back, because Făgăraş is much too beautiful for just one stay.