With the Paramotor above the Churches of Transylvania – Day 2 – Sighisoara

Flying to Sighisoara and back

It was already late in the afternoon, but we did not stop after our trip to Medias. We refuelled, ate something and off we went to visit Sighisoara (DE: Schäßburg, HU: Segesvár), another major attraction of this region.

It was a magic flight with the setting sun flooding every building of Sighisoara with orange light, but it did not end there.

On the way back we made a small detour and flew over Noiștat (DE: Neustadt, HU: Újváros). Check how the roof on the building next to the church has collapsed.

We were after another hidden gem, however, the small village of Movile (DE: Hundertbüchlen, HU: Százhalom). They didn’t even have an asphalted road leading to the village, just some gravel full of potholes. The village is misnamed even on google maps/earth (it is called Iacobeni, which around 10 km from here).

But the church in the village has two towers spaced exactly like pilons in a paramotor competition. On the approach to the village, we came up with the brilliant idea to fly figure 8-s around the two church towers just like at a competition. Barni did not shy away from the task.

At the end we moved our camp from this lovely field to Sighisoara and stayed overnight simply in his van in a parking lot. Plain and simple.

With the Paramotor above the Churches of Transylvania – Day 3

Flying above Rupea Fortress

After spending the night in the van at the walls of the Sighisoara fortress (Burg in German) and some butter croissants at the supermarket, we headed off to do the final leg of our paramotor trip around the Rupea fortress. When we found a good field to serve as our takeoff, the early morning mist was still rising in the whitish light. It was a deafening silence as we had breakfast sitting on toolboxes, only interrupted by my phone chirping that I had new e-mail and his customers calling him to supply them with coffee.

It was time for us both to confess that neither of us could hold a regular job for too long. Getting ready for takeoff on Monday morning when everybody is in an early-hour frenzy is an experience that you cannot have if you care too much about your 9 to 5 job.

The fort at Rupea (HU: Kőhalom, DE: Reps) was the first on our trip, followed by the fortified church at Homorod (same name in all other languages).

We left the main road then and climbed across a few hills to get to Roades (HU: Rádos, DE: Raddeln). It was a completely different site cut off from the busy motorised society.

We found a fortified church with a collapsed tower. I was wondering while filming from above: how much time would it take for the German locals to rebuild this tower two hundred years ago? But it would have not collapsed back then because they maintained it properly.

We had one last stop on our journey at Viscri (HU: Fehéregyháza, DE: Weiskirich). It was a beautifully preserved robust church with thick walls and towers, a UNESCO world heritage site.

I really enjoyed that we still have so much wild beauty in this country and you can still do whatever you like to experience it. We have almost complete freedom of handling, just not hurt anybody or cause too much damage.