Transylvania en-Route : Brașov
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A visit in Romania would not be complete without visiting the wonderful Transylvania region. After our visit to bran, we next visited the city of Brasov. Although surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains , Brasov could be spotted from miles away thanks to its enormous Hollywood-style Brasov sign on the mountain’s hill top, right above the city centre.

Brasov is a medieval city build in the 13th century, enclosed by fortified walls and defense towers, some of which still present ,adding to its authentic aura. The old town consists of colorful baroque buildings surrounded by nature and lively cafes giving out a uniquely hearty and romantic atmosphere in an almost ironic contrast since in the old days , the central square was used for public trials and executions.

The prices in Brasov are similar to Bucharest, with an average meal costing about 5 euro. Accommodation in hostels costs about 12-18 euro, and single room hotels/apartments cost about 20-30 euro per night. Traditional charm , medieval watchtowers, a Hollywood-style sign and beautiful architecture all fenced by the mountains , Brasov is a city I would definitely recommend visiting.

 

Things to See and Do in Brasov

Tampa Cable Car

Tampa is the mountain which overlooks Brasov with an altitude of 940m., you can hike up there or take the cable car. The cable car ride offers a panoramic view of the whole city , where you’ll be able to distinguish its mix of gothic , baroque , renaissance and modern architecture. The Cable Car is open from 09:30 to 16:00 , is typically closed on Mondays and it costs about 4 euro. Tel: 0268 478.657. Alternatively, you can go hiking up the mountain and chose your path from several trails with different difficulty levels. The hike takes about one hour. For more information on the hiking routes and Brasov in general check out this guide

Free walking tours

There are quite a few things to see in Brasov, you can explore them yourself or join one of the free tours available. Strada Sforii (Robe Street) , is one of the narrowest streets in Europe ,initially used by fire-fighters. Biserica Neagra (Black Church),the largest gothic church in Romania, got its name from the damage caused by the Great Fire of 1689. More tourist information and city maps can be found in the town history museum, at the council house (9:00-17:00) and in front of the rail station (10:00 – 22:00). Further information about the free tours can be found here

Medieval Watchtowers

If you don’t have enough time to go hiking up the Tampa mountain or for the Cable car, you can get a pretty good panoramic view of the city from its watchtowers. Turnul Negru (black tower) build in the 15th century served as the first defense tower in Brasov and got its name after being struck by a lighting on 1559. The Black tower offers a fantastic overview of the city for free and is a walking distance from the next great fortification , the White tower(Turnul Alb).

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Transylvania en-Route : Brașov
Main blog post:Next Stop, Romania: A Road trip through Wines, Vamps and Castles

A visit in Romania would not be complete without visiting the wonderful Transylvania region. After our visit to bran, we next visited the city of Brasov. Although surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains , Brasov could be spotted from miles away thanks to its enormous Hollywood-style Brasov sign on the mountain’s hill top, right above the city centre.

Brasov is a medieval city build in the 13th century, enclosed by fortified walls and defense towers, some of which still present ,adding to its authentic aura. The old town consists of colorful baroque buildings surrounded by nature and lively cafes giving out a uniquely hearty and romantic atmosphere in an almost ironic contrast since in the old days , the central square was used for public trials and executions.

The prices in Brasov are similar to Bucharest, with an average meal costing about 5 euro. Accommodation in hostels costs about 12-18 euro, and single room hotels/apartments cost about 20-30 euro per night. Traditional charm , medieval watchtowers, a Hollywood-style sign and beautiful architecture all fenced by the mountains , Brasov is a city I would definitely recommend visiting.

Things to See and Do in Brasov

Tampa Cable Car

Tampa is the mountain which overlooks Brasov with an altitude of 940m., you can hike up there or take the cable car. The cable car ride offers a panoramic view of the whole city , where you’ll be able to distinguish its mix of gothic , baroque , renaissance and modern architecture. The Cable Car is open from 09:30 to 16:00 , is typically closed on Mondays and it costs about 4 euro. Tel: 0268 478.657. Alternatively, you can go hiking up the mountain and chose your path from several trails with different difficulty levels. The hike takes about one hour. For more information on the hiking routes and Brasov in general check out this guide

Free walking tours

There are quite a few things to see in Brasov, you can explore them yourself or join one of the free tours available. Strada Sforii (Robe Street) , is one of the narrowest streets in Europe ,initially used by fire-fighters. Biserica Neagra (Black Church),the largest gothic church in Romania, got its name from the damage caused by the Great Fire of 1689. More tourist information and city maps can be found in the town history museum, at the council house (9:00-17:00) and in front of the rail station (10:00 – 22:00). Further information about the free tours can be found here

Medieval Watchtowers

If you don’t have enough time to go hiking up the Tampa mountain or for the Cable car, you can get a pretty good panoramic view of the city from its watchtowers. Turnul Negru (black tower) build in the 15th century served as the first defense tower in Brasov and got its name after being struck by a lighting on 1559. The Black tower offers a fantastic overview of the city for free and is a walking distance from the next great fortification , the White tower(Turnul Alb).

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