The Saxon Villages of Transylvaniawere first settled by German farmers and artisans in the 12th century who were invited by the Hungarian Kings. They are characterised by their fortified churches and their compact village layouts which were designed to protect the local population during the Tartar and Ottoman wars. The styles of the churches range from the 13th to the 16th century and seven of them have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Saschiz within the local area of the Wildflower Festival.
The villages have survived many turbulent historical periods and their landscape of a lowland medieval character is almost unique inEurope. Fundatia Adept is one of several organisations helping to develop a thriving, diverse rural economy that is aimed at improving rural incomes and conserving the rich cultural and natural environment of this region.
Prince Charles is a regular visitor to the Saxon villages. Click here to find out why a Transylvanian meadow is being created at Highgrove.