If you cross the border from Hungary at Biharkeresztes coming along on the E60 international road, you can reach after 10 kilometers Oradea, 153 km Cluj Napoca, 31 km Turda, 76 km Targu Mures, 55 km Sighisoara, 10 km Vanatori, where we leave the E60 international road, and turn to Odorheiu Secuiesc (37 km) on DJ137, county road. Odorheiu Secuiesc is the center of the Sekler Land, more than 650 years little town with 42 000 inhabitants, west of the Hargita Mountains, on the banks of Târnava River. The town lies among hills covered with forests, the average altitude is 477 meters above sea level. Odorheiu Secuiesc received the status of municipality in 1968 and it is the economic and cultural centre of the Odorhei Basin. Its historical, economic and social development is closely connected to the events of the Land of the Secklers. Its architectural monuments, wonderful churches, schools and the economic life make it a favourite spot for tourists and travellers.
The first written document mentions the town in 1333, telling about the castle here as the residence of certain Sekler nobles. In 1485, the renaissance Hungarian king Matthias (1458-1490) gave the town the privilege of a free royal town with the right to hold fairs. It received its present name, Székelyudvarhely, in 1613, from Hungarian Prince of Transylvania Gábor Bethlen. The town has been going through numerous devastating periods, such as wars with the Ottoman (Turkish) troops,Tartars, Habsburgs. For instance, Basta, the sadistic Habsburg commander set entire Székelyudvarhely on fire in 1602. The town actively participated in the Hungarian Liberation Fight of 1848, therefore, after it fell, it was ordered to pay military ransom to the Austrian court. The Reformed (i.e., Presbyterian) College was founded by count János Bethlen, in 1672. The college, originally called Gymnasium Bethlenianum, was a superior educational institution, which raised students, such as Balázs Orbán, the ethnographer of the Sekler-land, Elek Benedek, the writer, Miklós Barabás and others. The college was built in 1768, and in 1921, this building became a boarding school. The Chapel of Jesus is one of the oldest architectural monuments of Transylvania.The romanesque chapel is surrounded by walls and its construction dates back to the early 13th century. Its original painted paneled wooden ceiling was made in 1677, but later destroyed. The present ceiling is from the XVIII century. During the Tartar invasion of 1241, the courageous Sekler bowers shouted the name of Jesus during their attack on the Tartars, and they won the battle. To commemorate this, they built the chapel of Jesus on the spot of the victory.
We warmly greet you at the Romantika Pension*** from Odorheiu Secuiesc operated by a very friendly personnel. The company was founded in 1994 and in the past 10 years we gave services in catering and car services. The building is located on the main road to Miercurea Ciuc, 2,8 km from the center of the town Odorheiu Secuiesc and can be easily found, because it is situated near to road, the most well known street in the town. Pension: The newly constructed 2-storey high Romantika Pension*** surrounded of pitoresque landscape, is far from the noise of the town, and is comprised of rwo buildings set in a privat garden. We can offer you 15 rooms with bathrooms and cable TV, and 2 suites for families. The rooms are furnished with good taste, and our guests will enjoy all the comfort they need. The rooms are furnished with good taste, all include separat bathroom with handheld shower, central heating, premium Tv channels, extra towels, and make-up mirror. At the reception you may ask for hair- dryer or for a wake-up call. All special requests are subjected to availability upon check in. Restaurant: We also have a restaurant with highly qualified, well- trained attendants.
The gourmet will find exceptional home made food, specialties of the local and international cuisine. For those who care for own healthy diet will also find their favorite foods. Moreover we provide numerous rich meals of the Sekler cuisine and grilled meats. Guest of the Romantika Pension*** enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning. We have a separate air- conditioned restaurant room for 16 people available for business use. Conference hall: Additionally we can offer a modern conference hall for over 60 participants. The meeting room you may use for training, courses, presentations, business meetings, different discussions. Furthermore here is also unlimited internet access, flip chart, microphone, video- projector, screen, fax, Xerox, telephone.
Summer garden: If you want to spend some time in wonderful environment, you may stay at our summer- garden, where may try the coffee specialties, soft- and alcoholic drinks, grilled foods, and other particularities.
Available services: non-stop reception service with foreign language speakers, ticket or hotel booking service, tour and excursion advice, concierge and post service, games, rural tourism, telephone, fax, information, internet access, restaurant, drink bar, conference hall, summer garden, parking, rent a car service, full servicing, leasing.
Spend a few days in Seklerland: come as a guest and leave as a friend.
Feel yourself at home!