Brașov (Brassó in Hungarian, Kronstadt in German) is a wonderful medieval city in the heart of Carpathian Mountains what you shouldn’t miss if you are traveling to the area.
I have visited the city several times and when I am traveling to Transylvania I am always keen to spend a day or two in this city. It has the mix of modern life and historical places. The old part of the city it is surrounded with a medieval Saxon wall and bastions. It is a good idea to visit for a long weekend. If you are planning to see more of Transylvania, Brasov can be a good starting point of your journey.
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There are plenty of attractions in Brasov and I will mention some of my favourites.
Black Church is one of the largest Gothic churches in Europe. Built in the 14th century, it was named after a fire in 1689 Black Church (Biserica Neagră) because of its black smoked walls (Die Schwarze Kirche in German and Fekete Templom in Hungarian). Inside you can see one of the largest organs in Europe and also a large collection of old carpets from Asia minor. The Black Church can receive up to 5000 people.
Town Hall Square (Piața Sfatului) is a great place to have a coffee or lunch and enjoy the atmosphere of the city with a good view. In the middle of the square is located the Town Hall topped by the Trumpeter’s Tower. Every midday, traditionally costumed musicians appear from the top of the tower like figures in a Swiss clock.
Historical Center and the Rope Street. In the historical center you can see museums, Saxon streets and discover the history of the city. The Rope Street is the narrowest city in Europe with a width of 1,3 m. It was built with a purpose of connecting two other streets and in old times it was used only by firemen.
A free walking tour is organized every day from 6 pm check out here: Walking tours
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Enjoy the view from Mount Tampa: Mount Tampa is located 400 m above the city and offers an amazing view. If you like to hike it takes one hour or you can take the cable car to the top. For the nature lovers I would suggest to walk up and enjoy the birds, flowers and views.
Walk to Cetățuia Fortress: By walking up to the Cetățuia Fortress you will see the neighborhoods outside the historical center. It takes a short walk from the central park Nicolae Titulescu. The fortress is located outside the fortified city.
Have some fun in the Adventure Park: If you like climbing, adventure and adrenaline this park is for you. With different levels of tracks for beginners or advanced the park offers a great outdoor fun. More info on this link: Adventure Park
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If you are staying a couple of days in Brașov you will have the chance to travel a bit around and see some amazing medieval castles, wonderful mountains and you will have the chance to taste Transylvania.
Bear watching experience: If you are in Transylvania you need to see brown bears as we have got a lot of them living wild in the forests. Romanian Carpathians hosts 60% of the Europe brown bear population. You will find different tourist agents who can take you by car from Brașov for a half day or a day tour.
Be amazed in Peleș Castle: The most beautiful castle in my opinion, I was amazed when I saw it for the first time. Peles castle is built in Neo- Renaissance style and it is located near Sinaia about 45km from Brasov. The castle served as summer residence for the Royal Family until 1947. Peles Castle was the first European castle entirely lit by electrical current. The electricity was produced by the castle’s own plant.
Other fortified churches worth visiting: Fortified Churches of Harman, Prejmer, Rupea and Fogaras Fortress. More information about the fortified churches here: Castles
Hiking in Piatra Craiului National Park: Ideal for a one day trip from Brasov for hiking and climbing. The highest point is s La Om Peak 2238m. You can visit the Park from Zarnesti town.
You can read some more information about the National Park here: Piatra Craiului
Either you visit Brașov for a weekend or for a longer period, I am sure you will love it as I do!
Photos by Zsolt Gyorke!