Stejarisu

Vilages

Stejarisu was first mentioned in a document in 1223. The village experienced a dramatic and eventful history under Turkish, Hungarian, Austrian and Romanian rule. Different languages, people and mentalities have left their mark on tradition, culture and architecture. Stejarisu lies in the Harbach Valley, where the stream - with its tributaries - has created many "mountains" and "valleys". The Stejarisu mountains belong to the Harbach highlands and reach altitudes between 500 and 670 metres. The villagers live from the good climate and soil, which offers optimal conditions for cattle breeding, fruit cultivation and arable farming. The beech and oak forests - surrounded by pastures with wild herbs blooming in all colours - characterise the landscape around the village. The forests provide mushrooms, herbs, berries and firewood as well as building materials. In addition to the rich forests there are far extending pastures which are used by about 15 shepherds and goatherds.

Guesthouse - In the shadow of the fortified church

Located at the church castle we have a restaurant, a food manufactory and a guesthouse. We welcome you with different activities and good food as well as cosy apartments at a reasonable price. Come and get to know rural Romania!


Our comfortably furnished apartments are situated in the shade of the fortified church. The rooms are high, spacious, with each room having its own bathroom and a small kitchenette. It is also possible to light a warm flickering fire in the fireplace. In the courtyard you can find a natural stone table and fresh grapes and sometimes the neighbouring chickens come by creating an all-in-all lovely and homely atmosphere. For breakfast we go 80 meters across the small stream to the rectory, where you can expect fresh food from our cooks with homemade jams, spreads, bread, cheese and vegetables directly from the village. Here you also have the opportunity to play table tennis or table soccer, talk with other guests, eat from the good Romanian cuisine, pet our animals or visit the vegetable garden.

Hostel - Youth floor in Stejarisu

Our Hostel offers a multitude of chambers, containing between two to four beds, in which you can spend the nights with your friends or other people from all around the world. Together with your friends and other young people you can experience and explore Probsdorf. In the restaurant you can always find a cold beer, local schnapps or house wine. Outside you can play games, hike, visit the fortified church or take part in one of our activities or events.


Our Hostel offers a multitude of chambers, containing between two to four beds, in which you can spend the nights with your friends or other people from all around the world. Together with your friends and other young people you can experience and explore Probsdorf. In the restaurant you can always find a cold beer, local schnapps or house wine. Outside you can play games, hike, visit the fortified church or take part in one of our activities or events. Our Hostel offers a multitude of chambers, containing between two to four beds, in which you can spend the nights with your friends or other people from all around the world. Together with your friends and other young people you can experience and explore Probsdorf. In the restaurant you can always find a cold beer, local schnapps or house wine. Outside you can play games, hike, visit the fortified church or take part in one of our activities or events.

Attractions

fortified church in Probstdorf / Stejarisu

In Probstdorf there is a small preserved fortified church. Construction began in the 14th century. The church is surrounded by two ring walls and has two fortified towers for additional protection. Above the nave, a half-timbered fortified storey was also integrated into the castle complex. After the original church had to be abandoned together with the surrounding village due to persistent flooding, it was rebuilt for defense at the beginning of the 15th century because of the Turkish invasions. The Probstdorf fortified church was part of the project "18 fortified churches", where it was extensively renovated in 2012 and opened for visits. Even today, our curator proudly guides the numerous visitors through the fortified churches, climbs with them the narrow stairs of the bacon tower and tells funny and thoughtful stories from the past.

Hikes to Malancrav, Iacobeni and Ruja

The Harticaciu high valley is known for its beautiful hilly landscapes - the perfect landscape for hiking in the region. Some trails are marked and there is plenty to discover like wild birds, mushrooms, berries and herbs. In Malmkrog, Jakobsdorf and Roseln you can also climb the church tower and on request we will be happy to give you a little Romanian picnic.

Traditional cuisine and restaurant

The Romanian cuisine is hearty and creative and uses recipes from Byzantium, Austria and Russia due to its diverse past that has been shaped by different cultures. Seasoning like lovage, savory, caraway, laurel and basil have a firm place in the kitchen. White cabbage, corn and sheep's cheese are the most commonly used ingredients. Traditionally, you start your meal with a soup - such as cabbage or tripe soup – together with an appetizer like pickled vegetables, followed by a hearty main course, for example cabbage wraps, roasts, goulash or homemade sausages. For dessert you can have dumplings, honey cake and many other delicacies.

Fruit and vegetable processing in the village

In our fully equipped and certified barn we process fruits, vegetables and wild herbs into high-quality jams, sauces, spreads and teas. In our restaurant you can test the products and buy them for your home or order them online. The fruits are collected in the surrounding forests and freshly processed into sloe, sea buckthorn, elder, rose hip and blackberry jams. We continue to process the vegetables into Sakuska, a traditional Romanian spread. Because the villagers usually don’t have a health insurance they have to take care of themselves, therefore they are very familiar with the healing effects of natural substances and herbs. We have St. John's wort, meadowsweet, ribwort plantain... and much more on offer.

Workshops of the villagers

Our village is very open-minded towards strangers, most of the people in the village take care of themselves and know many versatile techniques which we have long forgotten. In our village you can learn how to bake bread, cakes, whips and much more. Horse-drawn carriage rides are also possible and riding excursions are offered in the surrounding area. Every day there is something new to discover! Agramonia is composed of the terms agriculture, Romania and harmony. This project was launched at the beginning of 2019 and pursues sustainable social and ecological goals. Agramonia works to support the endangered smallholders agricultural culture in Romania's rural areas and to integrate it harmoniously into the changing circumstances of the country. The project activities are intended to strengthen the village community, combat poverty and thus limit migration, preserve the biodiversity of the region and, last but not least, preserve the Transylvanian Saxon cultural heritage. The structural change in the agricultural sector, which is characterised by monocultures, high capital expenditure and an ever decreasing need for human labour, is leading to difficult conditions in the smallholder villages of rural Transylvania. The increase of industrial agricultural products reduces the demand and the price of smallholder goods on the market and makes it more difficult to maintain family agriculture. Many inhabitants no longer have the opportunity to earn enough money locally and are forced to take several hours by bus to work in the factory, or even to leave their home country for several months in order to earn a living abroad. This can hardly be reconciled with the small traditional agriculture and thus leads to the decay of traditional structures. The infrastructure of Agramonia consists of a restaurant with traditional Romanian dishes made from regional products and a guesthouse with room for up to fourty guests. Both are located in Stejarisu/Probstdorf, a village not far from Sibiu. The Agramonia project locally processes natural products and establishes a sustainable tourism business. Through Agramonia villagers are also able to sell their products through an online shop. A personal relationship between producer and end consumer is established through a profile of the farm, you can see more under "Farmers". Using a QR code, the consumer can go to the farmer's online profile, order something or book an adventure tour to get to know the individual farms better. With this project Agramonia wants to set impulses and strengthen the rural region in the long term.

Our Storck

At the entrance you are being welcomed by our stork couple who raise their young in may, so that sometimes a small baby stork head already peers out of the nest, while our guests are still cuddling in their comfortable double-bed. PROPERTIES Storks are unmistakable: they have long legs, a red beak, white feathers and black flapping wings. Males and females differ insignificantly, generally the male is slightly larger (about 3.8 kg) than the female (about 3.3 kg). BEHAVIOUR The stork builds its nest on roofs, chimneys and church towers. In autumn, European storks migrate south to Africa, and in spring they return to their nest, which they left six months earlier. FOOD the Weißstorch feeds exclusively on animals. Its food is very diverse and includes insects (grasshoppers, crickets), larvae, earthworms, amphibians, small mammals (field mice), snakes and lizards. PLANTING The female lays 2 to 7 (usually 3 to 4) white eggs. During the incubation brown spots can appear. Males and females breed alternately, the alternation of the parents-birds precedes a rattle-ceremony.