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A picturesque train ride into the fairy-tale Saxon towns of Transylvania

A picturesque train ride into the fairy-tale Saxon towns of Transylvania

It's telling that a major daily event in this medieval Transylvanian town is the moment when the clock tower noisily grinds into motion and people rush to watch the carved figures of angels, gods and goddesses announce the hours. Local lore has long held that the Germanic people who settled this area were children who followed the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The true story of the Saxon migration is a bit less romantic — they were invited by a 12th century Hungarian king to defend his frontier from marauders — but it's easy to see why travelers sometimes use "fairy tale" to describe the Saxon towns in Transylvania. If you're in the mood for a train...

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