The Corridor Prejmer - Teliu - Budila - Valea Buzaului ? ?A Tourist Destination of Excellence?is a project implemented by the Sustainable Development Agency of Brasov (ADDJB), designed to highlight how the inhabitants of the area have kept the traditions and habits without receiving influences from the cultures with which they have coexisted for centuries.
The passage corridor from Transylvania to Wallachia crosses the valley along which there are the four localities. Valea Buzaului was once the crossing point between the two regions. The land was and still is an example of multiculturalism by the hundreds of years co-existence of Romanians, Hungarians and Saxons. According to Ionut Tata, the ADDJ director, ?natural resources are an valuable asset: the plains of Prejmer, the hills of Teliu and Budila, Ciucas Mountains, the protected swamps of Prejmer and the Aurochs Reserve ?The Aurochs Valley? of Vama Buzaului. The natural setting is complemented by the services offered to the tourists: tours in sleighs drawn by horses, pictures hunting, fishing, riding or hikes, ATV, motorcycling; typical local traditional cuisine - Saxon, Hungarian and Romanian. Accommodation capacity in the area: 17 hostels with a capacity of 149 places.
The Peasant Fortress
The ensemble ?The Peasant Fortress of Prejmer? is part of the UNESCO patrimony, along with several other houses witnessing the architecture of the Saxon villages of Transylvania. The ensemble consists of the Holy Cross Church (1218) built by the Teuton Knights Order and the enclosure wall (1425-1505) 480 meters long and 12 meters height, built around the church by the Saxon peasants and artisans established in Barsa Land. The wall has 4 levels; inside there are 272 rooms that once served as storeroom for supplies and refuge. The counts castles of Budila are the legacy of the Magyar counts families Beldie and Mikes.
The Tunnel of Teliu
The tunnel was dug at the beginning of the 20th century (1924-1925) in the granite mountain. Two teams of workers led by the German engineer Iulius Berger started to cut the mountain from the two sides; when they met in the deep mountain, there was just a few inches deviation versus the project.
Mihai Pascu, director in the Brasov County Council, emphasizes the ?multiculturalism of the area, visible in the calendar of the traditional events: Fasching / Pancakes Caravan (Prejmer, February), Masks Parade (Budila, February) popular gatherings (Vama Buzaului, March), Snail Festival (Teliu, May), traditional Autumn Fair (September / October). There also are the popular artisans of Prejmer and Vama Buzaului, who continue the glass painting traditions (stained glass), the weaving and the wood sculpture?.