Private lessons of traditional Romanian handicrafts

For this you have to step within the most beautiful and largest open-air museum in Europe, which precisely reconstructs the villages from all corners of Romania to the smallest details: little houses, churches, mills, traditional objects and means of transportation…

A thoroughly prepared travel to the atmosphere of the former Romanian village that will familiarize you with the way natives used to live in the past centuries, how our grandparents and great grandparents organized their households, the little secrets from the day-to-day existence, their beliefs and the church function, the taste for art…

But most important it’s that hurdlers famous all over the country will pass to you the secrets of their craftsmanship with which our ancestors made from house decorations to cult objects and monuments. Then guess who will revel their friends and family in hand made vegetable fibers weaving pieces, pottery, decorated eggs, embroideries, glass painted icons, wood sculptures, traditional masks, dolls from organic materials, musical instruments or even folk dances ?

Before having time to get bored or tired you will be invited to test some of your other skills, target horseshoe throwing and playing traditional ninepins at a 1920 bowling alley from Paltinis mountain resort, displaced here in 1992.

Yes, we know it’s almost noon. Let’s relax boating on the lake in which Danube Delta fishermen’s households, floating wind mills, passage boats and bridges mirror; then stop at the traditional inn “The Alehouse of Old” for a menu cooked after recipes and methods used centuries ago in the area of Sibiu Marges: smoked sausages, “balmosh”, grilled jerky with garlic sauce and polenta…

For sure you wonder how large this museum, one of the top visited in Romania, is. Well, it would take about one week to cover by foot all its 100 ha. This is why you will continue seeing it from a period carriage (or a horse sledge if you come back in the winter). You know there is even a corner for children with fascinating mills in miniature ? In the middle of the potter’s village the most beautiful wooden little church lies painted in bright colors with grace and carefulness, by a great house painter. They say it was built with a small entrance and huge roof to oblige the believers to bend in front of God and deter the Turks from entering on horseback. Another highlight is the 1830 “Gold House”, made of sawed wood beams with swallow tail joints, telling the story of the 2000-year tradition of gold mining at Rosia Montana in the heart of Apuseni Mountains.

The night has fall down and all monuments reveal themselves in the dreamy lights of especially placed spots. You should tell the carriage handler to take you to the Folk Art Gallery where there is a permanent sales exhibition to choose souvenirs for returning to present.

For team-buildings more activities can be organized: treasure hunting, photo contests, filling a 100 l barrel with water, folk shows on the lake stage with a modern 3,000 seats amphitheatre…

Cristina Paraschiv

Personal travel concierge and designer of exquisite experiences in Romania, Kryss has extensive knowledge about this less known destination. For the last over 18 years spent in hospitality field she enjoyed exploring countries like Malta, Germany, Austria and Czech Republic as much as revealing to others where and when to come on her native land to get the utmost of the still lively traditions, ...(Read More)

Around the web