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Brasov Travel Guide

Last Updated: September 13, 2023

aerial view of the town square in Brasov

Brasov is hands down my favorite city in Romania. Visiting and backpacking through Brasov was one of the best experiences I had in the country. (I loved it so much that I ended up extending my stay!)

Brasov is in the historical region of Transylvania, surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains. Due to its location in the center of the country, the city has long been a center for commercial and cultural activities. (Fun fact: it’s the birthplace of Romania’s national anthem.)

It’s one of the best-preserved cities in Romania. It has fun bars and incredible restaurants, is home to my favorite hostel in the country, has a stunning town square, walkable medieval walls, and is near Dracula’s famed castle (which wasn’t really his but hey, it’s still a good castle!).

The city offers everything (including hiking in the nearby mountains), so don’t breeze through. No matter how often I go, I never tire of the city, its beauty, and its charming restaurants. There’s not a lot of nightlife here so don’t come here expecting a wild time. It’s a wonderful place to relax for a few days.

This travel guide to Brasov can help you plan your trip, save money, and make the most of your visit.

Table of Contents

  • Things to See and Do
  • Typical Costs
  • Suggested Budget
  • Money-Saving Tips
  • Where to Stay
  • How to Get Around
  • How to Stay Safe
  • Best Places to Book Your Trip
  • Related Blogs on Brasov

Top 5 Things to See and Do in Brasov

The 14th-century Black Church towering over snow-capped buildings in Brasov, Romania.

1. Explore Bran (Dracula’s) Castle

This is the castle that is said to have inspired Dracula’s Castle in Bram Stoker’s version of Dracula . While it’s unclear whether Stoker even knew about the castle, and even less likely that Vlad the Impaler, aka Dracula, ever stepped foot on the premises, it’s still a fun place to visit. Visitors can walk the rooms dedicated to Transylvania’s most famous count, see Queen Marie’s Tea House, and ride a glass elevator to experience “Dracula’s escape route.” It’s cheesy and very touristy, but super fun! Admission is 45 RON.

2. Wander through Piata Sfatului

Piata Sfatului (Council Square) is an open-air market square bordered by picturesque 18th-19th century buildings. It has been the central market square since 1364 and is a charming place to grab a drink and people-watch. The 15th-century Council House, now the Brasov County Museum of History, stands in the middle of the square, and the 14th-century Black Church is located just off the square.

3. Climb Tampa Mountain

Towering above Brasov, this mountain is great for a quick hike if you’re looking to get a view overlooking the city. The mountain also has a large sign similar to the white “Hollywood” sign in Los Angeles (except this one says “Brasov”). While the hike is pretty easy and takes less than an hour (the mountain is just 1,000 meters/3,280 feet high) there is also a cable car you can ride to the summit for 18 RON (round trip).

4. Visit Rasnov Fortress

This hilltop fortress was built by Teutonic Knights in the 13th century to protect the surrounding villages from outside invasions. It was designed as a place of refuge during times of attack or seige, and in a way was its own community, with dozens of houses, a school, a chapel, and other buildings. Today, you can visit the museum inside and see a skeleton buried beneath a glass floor, hidden behind the ancient walls. The inner rooms are maze-like with several wooden ladders linking them and a few “secret passages.”

5. Check out the Black Church

Built in the 14th century, the Black Church, or Biserica Neagra in Romanian, is the largest Gothic church in Romania (it can fit up to 5,000 people inside at once). Its name is supposedly derived from damage caused by the Great Fire of 1689 when flames and smoke blackened its walls. The well-kept interior is impressive, with a 17th-century pulpit, a 15th-century altar, and one of the largest organs in Eastern Europe (it has over 4,000 pipes). Admission is 15 RON.

Other Things to See and Do in Brasov

1. see catherine’s gate.

This medieval gate (known as “Poarta Ecaterinei” in Romanian) was built by the Tailors’ Guild in 1559 and is the only part of the medieval gates still standing. It was named after St. Catherine’s monastery, which used to be located nearby and was the only entrance to the city that citizens were allowed to use in the Middle Ages. In recent years, it’s become an unofficial symbol of the city.

2. Wander along Brasov’s wall

The bastions here were part of the city’s large defensive wall, which was 12 meters (40 feet) high, 2 meters (7 feet) thick, and 3.2 kilometers (2 miles) long. Since the region struggled with invading forces throughout history, the city invested in a massive defensive fortification. The original walls can still be seen today, though most of that wall was taken down in the 19th century to make room for the city’s expansion. While you cannot walk on top of the walls, you can walk along the path next to them and ascend wooden walkways to visit and see the view from the various bastions. Admission to the bastions is free.

3. Visit Peles Castle

Not too far from Brasov is Sinaia and the site of Peles Castle. Constructed for King Carol I in the 1870s as a getaway spot, the building is lavishly decorated and serves as a great reminder of the luxurious lives these rulers enjoyed. (Fun fact: It was also the first castle in Europe to have electricity.) After touring the elaborate grounds and gardens, head inside to look at the art and antique collection, which includes over 4,000 arms and armor. A visit to the ground floor of the castle costs 50 RON, a tour including the first floor costs 100 RON, and a tour of the ground, first, and the second floor costs 150 RON. The temporary exhibitions are free.

4. Admire the Saint Nicholas Basilica

Located in the Schei district of town, this Romanian Orthodox church was initially built in 1292. It was even mentioned in a Papal Bull in 1399. The interior has frescoes painted by the renowned muralist Misu Popp, and there are also famous Romanians buried in the church graveyard, including educator Ioan Meot, League of Nations President Nicolae Titulescu, and the politician Aurel Popovici. It was originally built as a Gothic church, though it was redecorated with Baroque elements. The church is narrow with numerous white steeples and exterior art. It is still active so dress conservatively when you visit. Admission is free.

5. Visit the Rupea Hilltop Fortress

The Rupea Citadel is one of the oldest archeological sites in Romania and the first signs of human settlement in Romania (dating to 5500-3500 BCE) were found here. The large, circular fortifications were in use from the 10th century, though they were constantly upgraded and expanded until the present version of the citadel came to be in the 19th century. The fortress today has been heavily rebuilt and reconstructed, with towering walls and ramps that encircle the hilltop. While reconstructed, the fort looks as it did in the Middle Ages and makes for a great day trip from the city, offering sweeping views and a taste of what garrison life was like when the fort was active. Admission is 15 RON.

6. Search out String Street

This street ( Strada Sforii in Romanian) is reputed to be the narrowest in Europe at only 1.2 meters (4 feet) wide (although that’s up for debate; France, Germany, and England all have similar streets). It was used as a corridor for firemen on duty and is now a fun place to snap photos. The street is not too far from the Black Church.

7. Take a free walking tour

To get a more detailed and nuanced picture of the city, take a free walking tour. It’s the first thing I do whenever I visit a new city. Tours take you to all the major sites and give you a solid overview of the city, its past, culture, and residents. Walkabout has a daily free tour that lasts 2-2.5 hours and serves as a solid introduction to the city. Just be sure to tip your guide at the end!

8. Head to the hills for a day hike

Located just outside the city are the Piatra Mare Mountains. The highest peak is just under 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) and the hiking conditions are relatively easy. A hike to the summit takes around 8 hours, but there are shorter trails if you just want to hike for an hour or two. Be sure to plan ahead and bring all your supplies for the day (food, water, sunscreen, etc.). Take the city bus to Dambu Morii (or drive there yourself — there’s a parking lot).

9. Have fun at Adventure Park

Parc Aventura (Adventure Park) is the biggest adventure park in Eastern Europe, offering obstacle courses, rope bridges, and ziplining. They have courses for kids ages 8 and up, as well as more challenging routes for adults, making it a fun activity for families looking to do something besides museums and history. Admission is 90 RON for adults and 80 RON for kids, which includes 3 hours of activities (additional hours are 30 RON/hour).

10. Tour Brasov’s County Museum of History

Founded in 1950, this small museum isn’t anything special, but it does have lots of information about the city and its past. The collection includes old weapons, medieval ceramics, Iron Age tools, historic documents, and more. While only some of the displays are in English, it’s nevertheless worth a quick visit to learn a bit more about how Brasov came to be. It’s located in the Council House in the middle of Piata Sfatului. Admission is 7 RON.

  For more information on other cities in Romania, check out these guides:

  • Cluj-Napoca Travel Guide
  • Sibiu Travel Guide

Brasov Travel Costs

Turret and red-shingled roofs at Bran Castle in Brasov, Romania.

Camping is possible in the area, though stick to dedicated campgrounds. Wild camping is legal, but theft is a bit common so it’s much safer to camp in designated areas. Prices start at 25 RON per night for a basic plot for two without electricity.

Budget hotel prices – A budget hotel room costs 175-200 RON per night in the high season and 125-140 RON in the low season. Most include free Wi-Fi as well as complimentary breakfast.

If you prefer Airbnb, a private room costs 100-125 RON while an entire home/apartment costs 125-190 RON per night.

Food – Romanian cuisine is hearty, influenced by nearby Hungary and other Eastern European neighbors. Stews and sausages are common staples, with garlic sausage being especially popular. Sour soup, lamb, meatballs, and meat pies are other popular traditional meals. Wine is the drink of choice here as Romania is one of the largest wine producers in the world.

Cheap meals in Brasov cost around 25-45 RON, though the touristy places near the central square are a bit more expensive. Soup is a good option for saving money as it costs around 17-25 RON and is pretty hearty (it also typically comes with a side of free bread).

A meal at a mid-range restaurant costs closer to 60-75 RON for a three-course meal, while fast food is 6-9 RON for a hot dog or hamburger, or 30-40 RON for a combo meal (think McDonald’s).

A domestic beer at a restaurant or bar costs around 8-10 RON, a glass of local wine is 10-19 RON while a bottle is 50-90 RON, and cocktails start at 20-35 RON. A cappuccino/latte is around 10-12 RON, tea is 10 RON, and a bottle of water is 5-8 RON.

Buying your own groceries and cooking your meals costs around 140-190 RON per week. That gets you basic staples like pasta, rice, produce, and some meat. Save money by shopping at local markets or small roadside stands, which usually have the cheapest and freshest products. There are also several discount supermarkets in Romania, like Profi, Lidl, and Penny Market.

Backpacking Brasov Suggested Budgets

On a backpacker budget of 135 RON per day, you can stay in a hostel dorm (or camp), cook all of your meals, limit your drinking, use public transportation to get around, and stick to mostly free activities like free tours and hiking.

On a mid-range budget of about 295 RON per day, you can stay in a private Airbnb room, eat out at cheap local restaurants for a few meals, enjoy a few drinks, and do a few paid activities, such as visiting Bran Castle.

On a “luxury” budget of 475 RON per day, you can stay in a hotel, eat out for every meal, rent a car or use BlaBlaCar to explore the region, drink as much as you’d like, and visit as many museums and attractions as you’d like. This is just the ground floor for luxury though. The sky is the limit!

You can use the chart below to get some idea of how much you need to budget daily, depending on your travel style. Keep in mind these are daily averages — some days you’ll spend more, some days you’ll spend less (you might spend less every day). We just want to give you a general idea of how to make your budget. Prices are in RON.

Brasov Travel Guide: Money-Saving Tips

To be honest, I didn’t find that Brasov offered any amazing ways to save. There wasn’t one particular thing that I found and was like, “Wow! This changed everything!” That’s mostly because it’s already an affordable destination. That said, there are a few things you can do to save more money in Brasov:

  • Stay with a local – Nothing’s cheaper than sleeping for free. Couchsurfing connects you with locals who give you a free place to stay. Not only that but you’ll also get a local tour guide who can introduce you to all the great places to see. It’s a great community to be a part of.
  • Eat lunch out – Although the food in Romania is inexpensive in general, you can save more money by cooking your own dinners and eating your lunches out. A lunch menu in Romania typically consists of three courses (soup, main, dessert), and can cost as little as 30 RON.
  • Shop at discount grocers – If you’re going to cook or even are just grabbing a snack, save money by shopping at discount supermarkets like Profi, Lidl, and Penny Market.
  • Bring a water bottle – The tap water here is generally safe so bring a reusable water bottle to save money and reduce your reliance on single-use plastic. I suggest a LifeStraw since their bottles have a built-in filter to ensure your water is always clean and safe.

Where to Stay in Brasov

Brasov has a few hostels in town and they’re all pretty comfortable and sociable. These are my favorite places to stay in Brasov:

  • JugendStube
  • SECRET Boutique Hostel
  • Centrum House

How to Get Around Brasov

Cable car going up the mountain with the old town of Brasov, Romania in the background.

Public transportation – A single fare on the public bus is 2 RON per person while two-trip tickets are 5 RON. A day pass costs 12 RON, while a 10-trip pass is 25 RON. If you’re going to be here for a while, you can buy a month-long pass for 85 RON.

That being said, most of the city is within walking distance. You can get away without using the bus much unless you’re staying far from the main tourist sites.

Taxi – Prices start at 2 RON and go up by 2 RON per kilometer. If you’re traveling with someone then taxis can be a good choice as you can split the fare and save some time (they are much faster than buses).

Always call your taxi in advance to be sure that you get a reputable driver. Never get into a taxi that doesn’t have the prices listed in the window (which is mandatory for official taxis).

Bicycle – Cycling is a great way to get around the city as everything is pretty compact. Lots of locals bike around as well. You can find rentals for 70 RON per day or 180 RON for three days. All rentals include a helmet and lock.

Ridesharing – Uber is available in Brasov and is the cheapest option if you don’t want to take public transit.

When to Go to Brasov

The best (and most popular) time to visit Brasov is during the summer, from June to August. Temperatures are hot, around 30°C (86°F), and rain is infrequent. These are the busiest months of the year for tourism, and it’s noticeable in Brasov since it’s a popular destination. If you’re visiting in the summer, book your accommodation in advance.

The shoulder seasons (late April-May and September-October) are great times to visit as well. You’ll beat the crowd and have much milder temperatures, which is perfect for anyone looking to head into the hills for some hiking. There’s more rain in the spring, but there are stunning autumn colors in the fall which makes for a stunning backdrop to your trip (especially if you’re traveling on through Transylvania).

Winter in Brasov can be quite cold, with temperatures dropping just below freezing. Snow is common though not abundant, which can affect conditions if you’re traveling by car. The city looks quite charming in the winter, though, making it a picturesque winter getaway (especially compared to Bucharest which has a much grimmer atmosphere due to the influence of Soviet architecture and their reliance on gray, bland concrete).

In short, I wouldn’t recommend a winter visit unless you have a specific desire to enjoy the cold and quiet.

How to Stay Safe in Brasov

Crime against tourists in Brasov is really rare so you don’t need to worry too much about scams or theft. It’s a safe destination for solo travelers. Of course, take the same precautions you do at home, such as not flashing your valuables, being aware of your surroundings, and not traveling alone at night while intoxicated.

Petty theft is most common in the busy tourist square in the middle of town or on the city buses if they are crowded. These are usually just crimes of opportunity so if you keep your valuables secure and are aware of your surroundings you should be fine.

As in any destination, keep an eye on your drink when out at the bar.

Additionally, take some extra precautions when renting a car. While the roads are safe, rental cars are sometimes targeted for theft, so make sure to always lock your vehicle when you’re not using it (this is more an issue in Bucharest, but it does happen elsewhere as well so just be aware).

While scams are rare, you can read about common travel scams to avoid here .

If you experience an emergency, dial 112 for assistance.

Always trust your gut instinct. Make copies of your personal documents, including your passport and ID.

The most important piece of advice I can offer is to purchase good travel insurance. Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. You can use the widget below to find the policy right for you:

Brasov Travel Guide: The Best Booking Resources

These are my favorite companies to use when I travel. They consistently have the best deals, offer world-class customer service and great value, and overall, are better than their competitors. They are the companies I use the most and are always the starting point in my search for travel deals.

  • Skyscanner – Skyscanner is my favorite flight search engine. They search small websites and budget airlines that larger search sites tend to miss. They are hands down the number one place to start.
  • Hostelworld – This is the best hostel accommodation site out there with the largest inventory, best search interface, and widest availability.
  • Booking.com – The best all around booking site that constantly provides the cheapest and lowest rates. They have the widest selection of budget accommodation. In all my tests, they’ve always had the cheapest rates out of all the booking websites.
  • Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide is a huge online marketplace for tours and excursions. They have tons of tour options available in cities all around the world, including everything from cooking classes, walking tours, street art lessons, and more!
  • SafetyWing – Safety Wing offers convenient and affordable plans tailored to digital nomads and long-term travelers. They have cheap monthly plans, great customer service, and an easy-to-use claims process that makes it perfect for those on the road.
  • LifeStraw – My go-to company for reusable water bottles with built-in filters so you can ensure your drinking water is always clean and safe.
  • Unbound Merino – They make lightweight, durable, easy-to-clean travel clothing.
  • Top Travel Credit Cards – Points are the best way to cut down travel expenses. Here’s my favorite point earning credit cards so you can get free travel!

Brasov Travel Guide: Related Articles

Want more info? Check out all the articles I’ve written on backpacking/traveling Romania and continue planning your trip:

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Brasov City Guide: 35+ Things to Do & Places to Visit

Brasov, Romania is the gateway city to Transylvania and probably the country’s most famous tourist city - for good reason!

So if you’re wondering why you should visit, the best things to do when here, attractions and tours in the area, and other useful info to help you plan your trip - this city guide we prepared contains everything you need to know about visiting Brasov! Brasov, a fairy-tale-like small town, is famous for its historical attractions and impossible-to-miss landmarks like the Black Church, its rich medieval history, and large open squares like Council Square where locals and tourists alike enjoy the good life.

The city's historical center is known simply as Old Town and is filled with colourful Saxon townhouses, narrow alleys, and many fortifications all wearing the heavy cloak of centuries past and with lots of history to share with curious travelers.

Surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains from all sides, it’s hard to resist Brasov’s charm. Located in the heart of Romania at the intersection of the 3 historical provinces that make up our country, Brasov is a great place to set up base for a couple of days on your holiday in Romania. Here's a quick summary of what you can do in Brasov:

  • see how Saxon culture influenced city architecture and life
  • visit famous castles in Romania such as Bran Castle (aka Dracula Castle), the luxurious Peles Castle and the impressive Rasnov medieval fortress
  • discover Romanian rural culture in the traditional villages of Magura, Pestera, Ciocanu, Sirnea or Viscri and the other Saxon villages
  • go hiking in Piatra Craiului, Bucegi or Fagaras Mountains
  • see brown bears in the wild and other wild animals
  • check some of the popular things to do in Transylvania

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This travel guide made by locals was updated in January 2022 with the best things to do in Brasov, places to visit, and how to plan your trip. We collected more than 35 items for this list so get ready!

Table of contents

  • Top Brasov attractions & things to do

1. Discover over 600 years of history at the Black Church

2. take in the atmosphere of piata sfatului, 3. st. nicholas’ cathedral: a blend of architectural styles, 4. explore brasov old town fortifications, 5. the white tower, black tower, and the medieval city walls.

  • 6. Mount Tampa & the Brasov sign: Hike (or not) and be amazed

7. Can you squeeze through Rope Street?

8. get lost on side streets and narrow alleys, 9. discover the culture of brasov in its museums, 10. get festive at the christmas market, 11. explore the wonders of space at the planetarium, 12. relax at aqua paradise, 13. admire beautiful architecture at apollonia cultural bank, day trips and guided tours from brasov, 14. bran castle: romania’s #1 tourist attraction, 15. feel like royalty at peles castle, 16. rasnov citadel: history and spectacular views, 17. visit fagaras fortress: a medieval fortress turned prison, 18. enter medieval times at rupea fortress, 19. sighisoara citadel: the last inhabited fortress in europe, 20. discover the saxon villages with fortified churches, 21. viscri: a place chosen by royalty, 22. discover rural life in traditional mountain villages, go explore romanian outdoors, 23. the magnetic allure of piatra craiului mountains, 24. see the sphinx in bucegi mountains, 25. fagaras mountains: the highest in romania, 26. feel the adrenaline at 7 stairs canyon, 27. go horse riding in transylvania, 28. go on a bike trip in the saxon villages, 29. skiing at poiana brasov, wildlife-watching trips, 30. a brown bear watching trip, 31. go hiking and do wildlife tracking, 32. a multi-day hiking and wildlife trip, 33. meet brown bears at libearty bear sanctuary, 34. work on a farm and do wildlife conservation work, best places to eat in brasov, 35. try traditional romanian restaurants, 36. fusion cuisine restaurants, 37. budget-friendly restaurants, 38. get a specialty coffee, 39. best bars in brasov.

  • Where to stay in Brasov & budget
  • Getting to Brasov & public transportation

Top Brasov attractions & things to do

Brasov is packed with many great things to see and interesting places to visit. The city has a charming and well-preserved medieval architecture, most of which you can see in the Old Town area and Schei neighbourhood.

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Also known as Biserica Neagră, this is Brasov’s most popular landmark and the largest Gothic church in Romania. It's also one of the largest gothic-style churches in Eastern Europe and one of the most famous buildings in Romania .

Dating back to the 14th century, it sits proudly – and unmistakably imposing, at the edge of Piata Sfatului (Council Square). It is often one of the first things tourists want to see when in the city centre.

The church can be visited all year round but visiting hours depend on the season and church service. A ticket costs 20 Lei (approx. 4 Euro) and is worth it. If you’re lucky there might be an organ concert during your stay, but tickets must be bought in advance.

On any given day you will see children running around, adults taking a stroll, old folks feeding pigeons and tourists mesmerized by the beautiful square that is the heart of the Old Town. Blending in with the locals is one of the best things to do here and a great way to understand local culture.

Just like all medieval city squares Council Square was a place for public gatherings, trials and where capital punishment was carried out. The building in the middle called the Council House used to be the old town hall.

It was also known as the Trumpeter’s tower because a man used to go up the tower and sound the trumpet every hour on the dot so locals knew the time.

Today it’s packed with cafes, restaurants, and old buildings with impressive, well-preserved Saxon (Germanic) architecture – and many legends. Local fairs with stalls selling homemade food and artisan products are usually held here, not just during high season, so keep an eye out!

From the main square begins Strada Republicii a long pedestrian street and the perfect place to get acquainted with the eclectic and beautiful architecture of the city of Brasov and its evolution over time. Just pay attention as you walk from one end to another!

This is the first stone-made Orthodox church in Brasov located in the Schei district where Orthodox Romanians lived. Here you’ll find a huge collection of liturgical objects and old Orthodox frescos. And with a local guide, you'll also hear stories about how the majority of Romanians lived under Saxon rule.

On the outside the church has a stunning blend of architectural styles mixing Renaissance, Gothic, and Baroque influences. Don’t skip the church’s annexes as they are also packed with important paintings, historical documents, and unique hand-made souvenirs.

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Brasov Old Town back in the day with Catherine's Gate

Like many settlements from medieval times in Romania, Brasov had a complex system of city defenses from the 13th – 15th century - and they’re worth visiting!

The Weavers’ Bastion is the most famous and well preserved with unique architecture in Southeast Europe. It started being used as a venue for opera and music concerts thanks to its impressive acoustics so check if anything’s on while you’re there.

On any other day, there's a small museum where for a small fee of 2 Euro you can find a model of Brasov Fortress with all its defence systems, old weapons, and handmade products crafted by the city’s weavers – the ones who funded the bastion. Another must-see fortification is the Graft Bastion built in the 16th century to allow soldiers to get from the White Tower (or Turnul Alb) into town. Though restored in 2004 the rifle holes are impeccably preserved. There is also the Artists Bastion close to Poarta Schei (Schei Gate) and just below the Brasov Hollywood sign. Though lesser known, it's well preserved and used sometimes for concerts and other shows. It also has a small medieval museum which you can visit for a small fee.

Another notable historical landmark is the Blacksmith’s Bastion – and there are 4 more of these to see!

Besides the defense bastions, Brasov was surrounded by towers and walls which are now very good reasons to go for a walk around in search of viewpoints.

The Black Tower and the White Tower are famous for their well-preserved medieval charm: find them at the edge of Brasov’s Old Town and climb to their top to get an equally stunning view of the city!

Take a stroll by the fortification walls that connect all the towers in the city. They're all within walking distance from one another and suitable for anyone used to moderate physical activity during their holiday. And don’t skip the city’s gates: Poarta Ecaterinei and Schei Gate.

  • Local tip: most of Brasov's main attractions are related to Saxon culture and history; look for Brasov walking tours that will also take you to Schei neighbourhood and St. Nicholas Church where Orthodox Romanians lived. There’s also the first Romanian school, as confirmed by historic documents.

Unless you want to wander aimlessly without knowing what you're looking at or search for a free walking tour of questionable quality, we offer a guided walking tour of Brasov. Our local guide will tell you about the city’s rich history dating back to the 13th century, local culture and help you make the most out of your time in Brasov.

Brasov city tour

Guided Walking Tour of Brasov: Major Sights & Medieval History

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You'll find out why was the city so important it needed to be fortified from all sides? How come the first Romanian school opened in Brasov? Why is there a network of underground tunnels beneath the city?

6. Mount Tampa & the Brasov sign: Hike (or not) and be amazed

On any Brasov walking tour you’ll notice a massive Hollywood style sign perched high up on Tampa Mountain. Going there is a must - you’ll be rewarded with the best panoramic views of Brasov, the Romanian Mountains and the hills of Transylvania!

Telecabina Tampa cable car will take you up there and back for 25 Lei or 5 Euro, but you can also go on an uphill hike to it and then a little more when there.

  • Pro tip: what I like to do is go up with the cable car just before sunset and find my way back down on foot :)

Finally, another popular place to visit in Brasov is called Strada Sforii, one of the narrowest streets in Europe. The street is only 135 cm or 53 inches at its widest and 112 cm or 44 inches at its narrowest point.

And if you think this is one of the most useless narrowest street in the history of Europe - remember it was used by old-time firemen as passageway to avoid the packed streets in the city center.

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Typical streets in the city of Brasov

On the long list of things to do in Brasov, my favorite is to get lost exploring side streets and narrow alleys. To imagine what the city was like 300 years ago.

In the 17th century, there was a great fire that affected many buildings. Most of them were redone in a baroque style but elements from the past remain so I like to inspect the style and decorations of these old townhouses.

And the yellow evening lights and crisp mountain air make my walk even better!

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Photography Tour of Romania: Traditional Villages & Local Life

Casa Muresenilor Museum is a cultural space that hosts classical music events and interesting expositions. The Ethnographic Museum of Brasov has an impressive collection of objects (clothing, ceramics, religious items) from the Romanian and Saxon cultures of Transylvania Or maybe you'd like to see how ordinary people lived under communist Romania? The recently opened Museum of Communist Memories is an apartment decorated with objects and furniture from Romania's communist period.

This is not your typical museum as you will experience life as it was for all Romanians back then. The owners built the museum based on their personal history and memories. It's filled with objects from that era and you'll go on a time-traveling journey into communist Romania during your visit. This is definitely one of the more unique things to do in Brasov! The first Romanian school museum nicely completes the list of cultural attractions in Brasov. The local guide here can tell you many fun facts about how the first educational institution in Romania operated. And since you won't know the Romanian language, having someone to ask for a translation here is a good idea.

The Christmas Market is a great reason to visit Brasov during winter. Lots of decorations, a festive Christmas atmosphere, and a LOT of mulled wine are a killer combination! Romanians are jolly fellows and winter holidays always bring out the best in our people!

The Council Square is beautifully decorated and the Christmas Market brings craftsmen, artisans, and local producers from all over the country to Council Square. Buy some traditional cured meats or local cheese, enjoy a kurtos kolac while sipping on mulled wine or tuica to warm up.

The Planetarium part of the Zoo in Brasov offers incredible immersive shows about space and our solar system. Even if the shows are in Romanian, the visual effects and experience your kids will have are worth it. Tickets are 5 Euro for an adult and 3 Euro for children.

Speaking of kids and fun things to do with the family, you might want to check out Aqua Paradise a huge complex with pools, SPA and leisure facilities. It features indoor and outdoor pools so it's perfect all year long if you're looking for a nice way to relax after all the sightseeing in Brasov!

One of the most important and oldest banks in Brasov is located in a historical monument building that was recently restored and opened to the public. Apollonia Cultural Bank hosts shows, cultural events and can be visited freely.

The building is impressive on the outside and is one of the few ones built in Jugendstil in Brasov. So if you're looking for something different than the typical medieval Brasov houses and architecture, this is for you! :)

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Brasov is the perfect city to set up base for a couple of days to tick off your list some of the things to see in Romania from your list, as the surrounding area is simply breathtaking.

Visit the medieval castles near Brasov or UNESCO heritage sites, explore traditional villages, natural parks or see wildlife – take your pick! We created the best tours and unique trips from Brasov you won't find anywhere else, have a look:

Tours & Day Trips in Brasov

Tours & Day Trips in Brasov

Thanks to Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel and the 1992 Hollywood movie, Bran Castle also known as Dracula’s Castle is Romania’s most famous landmark.

This 14th-century fortress is truly impressive with many stories to tell and a popular trip to do from Brasov. Did Vlad the Impaler (the inspiration for Count Dracula) have any connection to this place? And why did Queen Marie fall in love with it?

Well, a good guided tour will answer these questions and give you a fun fact or two – others will just tell you fake touristy stories so beware!

Also, pay attention to the souvenir shops there; some offer authentic products, while others sell the idea of authenticity through products made in China.

Bran Castle is 30 km away and getting to Bran from Brasov is possible only by road: on a guided tour, with a rented car, with a taxi (about 45 Euro round-trip) or on a bus from the local bus station. Tickets cost 10 Euro and there's usually a queue, especially during weekends and tourist high season.

Bran Castle

Brasov Day Trip: Bran Castle, Peles Castle & more!

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Peles Castle in Sinaia is another famous sight 1,5h away from Brasov. Built in the late 19th century with state-of-the art technology for those times, the castle served as summer residence for the royal family.

Its beautiful exterior is equally matched by the lavishly decorated interior so don’t miss the opportunity to take a tour inside. Getting to Sinaia from Brasov is easiest by train as all trains heading to Bucharest will stop there, or by car.

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Another popular attraction close to Brasov is Rasnov Citadel. Perched high on a mountain in the city of Rasnov, the citadel offers spectacular views of the entire area and that’s reason enough to visit!

It was built as a place of refuge for villagers in the area against invading forces and continuously expanded over time. If you can take your eyes off the beautiful landscapes you’ll notice artisan shops through the citadel’s old alleys.

  • Local tip: Rasnov Citadel is currently closed for restoration works. The cable car from the city up to it operates normally and you can visit the exterior courtyard, but can't go inside.

Fagaras Fortress is another interesting attraction to visit from Brasov. It served as a seat of power for rulers in the late Middle Ages and was later used as a communist prison, so there’s much history to learn there.

Rupea Fortress is also worth mentioning and shares a similar history with Rasnov Citadel. It's located in the small city of Rupea 1h away from Brasov in Saxon Transylvania.

You can typically make a quick stop at this sight on your way to the next popular tourist attraction which is…

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Last but not least, Sighisoara Citadel is one of the must-see attractions in Romania and easily accessible from Brasov by car on a guided day trip or by train.

Located in the heart of Transylvania at the crossroads of major trading routes, this citadel was fortified by the Saxons and is entirely part of UNESCO heritage for its authentic style.

The citadel is still inhabited by locals and on its narrow streets with colourful houses you’ll find artisan shops, traditional restaurants, and cosy cafes. Walk up the (many) stairs to the Monastery Church too – it’s worth it!

Viscri tour

Transylvania Culture & History Day Trip: Viscri, Sighisoara & Rupea

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South-East Transylvania was settled by Saxons (ethnic Germans) in the 14th century to defend against pagan invaders. Traces of Saxon rule and culture are everywhere in Transylvania, but are particularly visible in the villages of the area between Brasov, Sighisoara and Sibiu.

The allure of Brasov for Saxons stemmed from its strategic location at the crossroads of trade routes connecting the Ottoman Empire and Western Europe, providing lucrative opportunities. Saxon villages have a particular layout, building style, crafts, and culture. During the first half of the XXth century, many ethnic Saxons emigrated from these parts and when the Romanian communist regime came to power in 1947 the remaining ones were ‘asked to leave’ for Germany, and many did.

So most have been abandoned since then and resettled by locals, including from the ethnic rroma minority. But in the last decade or so, most of these villages were brought back to life by city folk and non-profits looking to preserve and restore the traditional way of life. City folks bought traditional houses and turned them into inspiring, boutique guesthouses and great restaurants so visiting the villages is one of the top things to do when in Brasov. 7 of these have been included in UNESCO Heritage for their well-preserved fortified churches : Viscri, Saschiz, Biertan, Calnic, Darju, Valea Viilor and Prejmer.

Besides Viscri, other noteworthy beautiful villages in Saxon Transylvania to consider visiting are Malancrav, Alma Vii, Richis, and Cincsor.

But other villages have endured the test of time and of oppressive politics, and have preserved their traditional way of life. And now they offer a unique way to experience Romanian village life:

Agrotourism in Transylvania stay

2-days of Agro-Tourism in Transylvania at a Local Farm

Start from: Cobor or Brasov

Of the Saxon villages with fortified churches, Viscri is the most famous thanks to King Charles of the UK who bought and restored a house here to spend his Summer holidays.

There are now several boutique, luxury village houses turned guesthouses that offer a traditional rural stay in Viscri for a price that rivals 5* city hotels. And, guess what - they’re usually fully booked!

Now, let's switch to something else...

In my opinion, this is the most picturesque area in our country!

South-West of Brasov at the base of Piatra Craiului Mountains - in my opinion the most picturesque area of our country - are several mountain villages near Brasov famous for their well-preserved authentic mountain lifestyle.

At altitudes of over 800m, the villages of Magura, Pestera, Sirnea, and Ciocanu are spread over hills and locals here live as they used to decades ago. Mountain farming, friendly locals with an active yet simple life, and, crucially, peace and quiet. The old school values of a good life in Transylvania countryside.

Day tour in Romanian mountain villages

Day Trip to Traditional Mountain Villages: Magura & Pestera

  • Local tip: if you come across shepherds roaming the hills it's polite to say hi or wave to them! however, beware of their dogs since they can be overprotective

The best way to visit these villages is to go on a guided day trip from Brasov because without local knowledge you don't really know where to go on the trails, where to meet locals, take great pictures or enjoy a traditional lunch with cheese and locally sourced, homegrown products from the villagers.

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One of the best things to do when in Brasov is explore the great Romanian Outdoors!

With the wild Carpathian Mountains everywhere offering lots of outdoor activities for everyone in all seasons - there’s no way you’ll be bored! Check our guide on the best hikes in Romania to get a better idea of what to expect.

Sadly, hut-to-hut trekking is not possible in Romania since we don’t have the infrastructure for that and most trails are circuit. And, due to low tourist demand and variety of trails, all hiking tours are private except for this small group trip we’ve prepared:

Romania shared hiking tour

7-Day Peaks of Romania [Shared Group Trip]

  • Pro tip: because the Carpathian Mountains are huge and wild and have an underdeveloped hiking infrastructure for tourists, we strongly recommend you have proper hiking boots and clothing and hire a licensed mountain guide for your trip to keep you safe from unexpected encounters with wild animals

The closest mountain range from Brasov with the most options for day trips in nature for all difficulty levels is Piatra Craiului Mountains.

They're famous for their spectacular and unmistakable 25 km long limestone ridge (pictured above) that scratches the sky. It can be crossed on a 2-day tour by experienced hikers. You can also reach the ridge and summit La Om the highest peak at 2,238m altitude in a one-day hiking trip.

Piatra Craiului National Park

1, 2 or 3 Days Hiking Tour in Piatra Craiului National Park

These mountains have lots of easy and medium-difficulty trails and short trips for everyone. You'll go at 1,400 – 2,000m altitude through dense woodlands, clearings, and traditional villages.

Piatra Craiului National Park is famous for its significant biodiversity and is known as one of the most pristine, beautiful areas in our country. Zarnesti Gorge is a popular, must-see attraction in the park!

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If you’re looking for a challenge and more adventurous hiking trails Bucegi Mountains is for you.

You can visit popular attractions such as Heroes’ Cross, the Romanian Sphinx, and Babele natural monuments. And then summit the 6th highest peak in Romania, Omu Peak at 2,505m altitude on a 2-day trip.

Hiking tour in Bucegi Mountains

2 Day Hiking Trip in Bucegi Mts: The Sphinx & Omu Peak

Start from: Brasov or Sinaia or Busteni

Reaching the plateau of Bucegi Mts where some of these attractions are is easy to do with a cable car from Busteni or Sinaia (Prahova Valley). That's why they're so popular with city folk and inexperienced hikers who want a day in nature to visit places with spectacular views.

However, most of the other trails are of medium-hard difficulty and accessible only during the warm season. You can also descend Bucegi Mts on the Western side into Moeciu - Bran area and from there continue hiking in Piatra Craiului.

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Last but not least, Fagaras Mountains, the highest mountains in Romania with trails typically starting from 2,300m altitude, are easy to approach from Brasov.

To do that you'll drive on the best driving road in the world - Transfagarasan Highway. The road is open for driving only during 1 July – 30 October.

Outside this period you can get to Balea Lake, the starting point for most trails, using the cable car that goes right above the road that is closed.

The silence, wilderness, and raw beauty of Fagaras Mts, hiking on high crests with narrow trails where the mist comes from one side and goes on the other – is absolutely spectacular!

The highest peak in Romania Moldoveanu at 2,545m altitude is here, so they're the preferred destination for experienced hikers. This can be reached only on a 3-day trip with overnight at Podragu cabin.

Hiking Tranfagarasan Highway

2 or 3 Day Hiking Trip in Fagaras Mts: Negoiu or Moldoveanu Peak

Start from: Brasov (pick-up)

Another outdoor attraction close to Brasov is the 7 Stairs Canyon - a beautiful creation of nature that will make you feel adventurous as you climb the narrow ladders to the top!

7 stairs Canyon tour

Hiking Trip to the Spectacular 7 Stairs Canyon

This popular attraction is usually visited on half-day trips: a short walk in the forest, climbing the canyon, and then back.

You can also go horse riding in Transylvania over the hills.

Riding from village to village in Transylvania, though many people asked, is not possible because of high distances and too few ranches. Nevertheless, picturesque views await both beginners and experienced riders.

If a horse can’t take you - a bike will. The Saxon villages are connected by a vast network of picturesque dirt bike paths which make for a wonderful way to explore them.

Transylvania bike trails

2-Day Transylvania Bike Trails Tour: Viscri & Saxon Villages

For MTB fans - plenty of options for a bike trip too just outside Brasov on Postavaru Mountain.

If you’re a fan of winter sports then Poiana Brasov is a good place for you with the largest ski domain in the country! You may want to check our guide for skiing in Romania .

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Romania is known as Europe’s last wilderness reserve and there’s good reason for that: we are home to the largest brown bear population in Europe, and in the mountains, you can find wolves, lynx, wild boar, chamois, bisons (extinct all over Europe but recently re-wilded here) and may other animals.

So one of the best things to do in Brasov is to go on a wildlife watching tour that typically also involves hiking - so you’d combine both activities.

We work with professional wildlife guides (since regular or hiking guides don't have the expertise for this) who can keep you safe while also teaching you about the animals’ habitat.

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Our most popular tour from Brasov is this half-day brown bear watching trip that will take you to a wildlife observation hide in the forest.

You’ll sit quietly and wait for the bears to show up (85%

We organise a special hiking and wildlife day trip in the wilderness of Fagaras Mountains.

You'll go in a non-touristy area with a wildlife ranger who will show you how to find animal trails and understand animal behaviour in the wild. You’ll hike up to vantage points where hopefully you'll see animals roaming in the wild!

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If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can go on 3-day hiking and wildlife trips in the wilderness. You’ll stay in specially-built eco-cabins overlooking areas where animals roam freely and go on hiking trips – higher chances of seeing animals here and a thrilling experience!

Our luxury mountain lodge

3-Day Hiking & Wildlife Trip at an Eco-Luxury Private Cabin in Fagaras Mts

Start from: Rucar, Arges county

The ridge of Fagaras Mountains

3-day Hiking & Wildlife Trip in the Wild Carpathians

Start from: Rucar village, Arges county

Our wildlife trips from Brasov are unique in Eastern Europe. They're wonderful opportunities to learn about Mother Nature, especially for kids!

But due to their complex logistics, don't underestimate them: they're not like regular hiking trips and require a very good physical condition as you’ll go in inaccessible, non-touristy areas.

And since nature can't be controlled - and you don’t want to run into brown bears or a wild boar - safety is our highest priority. The best time for wildlife trips is between early May - late October.

There’s also the option of visiting Libearty Bear Sanctuary close to the city of Zarnesti. Home to over 100 brown bears rescued from circuses and cruel living conditions, you can now see them happy and playful.

Keep in mind that this is not a zoo but bears are kept captive. Visits are possible only in the morning and are led by staff from the sanctuary.

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Together with a conservation non-profit, we created the first volunteer trip in Romania that combines tourist activities (hiking and wildlife watching) with hands-on environmental work at a Transylvanian farm, a tree nursery and for wildlife conservation deep in the mountains.

This is a shared small group trip with fixed departure dates and an amazing, hands-on opportunity to learn about the importance of conservation work for those passionate about protecting Mother Nature.

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6-Day Volunteer Trip: Farm Life, Tree Nursery & Wildlife Conservation

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A typical Romanian appetizer platter - my favorite!

After all these day trips you must be hungry! Luckily, Romanians love to eat, drink, and enjoy their time out! Besides your typical Western-inspired menu with fried foods, burgers, and pizzas, there are quite a few restaurants in Brasov serving traditional Romanian food .

Go out in the city to find cabbage meat rolls (sarmale), polenta with fresh cow cheese (mamaliga), beef tripe soup (ciorba de burta), Cluj-style cabbage or pomana porcului (you’re in for a surprise with these!).

Here’s a list of our favorite restaurants and places to go eat in Brasov (with an English menu too!):

  • for traditional Romanian cuisine in Brasov, the best restaurants are at La Ceaun, Sergiana, Ograda or Sub Tampa. You won’t be disappointed!

Pair whatever you order with local wines (another pleasant surprise!) or palinka the Romanian spirit that will boost your appetite & warm you up!

Brasov is also known for its fusion cuisine restaurants, some of the best in the country! First on our list is Casa Hirscher, a cosmopolitan, elegant, and discreet restaurant that brings the food experience to a whole new level.

Poarta Schei 4 and Bistro Del’Arte are two other great places to eat you should consider.

If you’re looking for affordable, belly-filling and delicious options, consider restaurants such as Pizzeria Della Nonna, La Birou Bistro or Old Jack Burger House where a meal for 2 and drinks will cost around 15-20 Euro.

Don’t miss trying traditional street food snacks - we are a nation very fond of our pretzels, ice cream in any form, shape, and size, or pastries filled with cheese, meat, mushroom or jam called merdenele. Grab a bunch and head over to the fountains in Council Square.

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Besides eating, Romanians like to drink – especially coffee and a good wine :) The going out scene in Brasov is hip, modern and cool so you should try to experience this culture when there.

We love sipping on coffee and Brasov has plenty of small cozy coffee shops: try Croitoria de Cafea, Home Cocktail Bar or NOLA Coffeeshop staffed by true coffee (and tea) connoisseurs.

Check our list with the best coffee shops in Romania to find out more options for each city.

We like our drinks just like we like our coffee: regularly!

If you’re looking for a fun night try The Kafe Pub, For Sale and Monklint - these are very popular with locals.

As for getting a taste of the nightlife in Brasov, check out Times Pub, Deane’s, and Rockstadt on weekends.

Where to stay in Brasov & budget

As Romania’s #2 tourist city after Bucharest, Brasov boasts a wide range of accommodations: hostels, affordable guesthouses, medium-priced hotels and apartments, fancy hotels, or boutique stays in medieval townhouses. Check Booking.com or AirBnB to find the best for you!

Keep in mind that Brasov is Romania's most popular tourist city (after Bucharest). Lots of tourists come here starting with the Summer months until early Autumn. Also in December when visiting Brasov, usually covered in snow, is one of the top things Romanians like to do to experience a charming winter. So we strongly recommend you book your stay and activities in advance.

Restaurant and accommodation prices are quite high during peak tourist season, but you can still find good deals if you venture on side streets a bit further from the Old Town area. A reasonable budget for accommodation and meals is around 50 – 70 Euro per day per person.

Getting to Brasov & public transportation

Brasov's Airport opened in 2023 and there are already several two flights operated by Wizz Air from London and Dortmund. As the city is growing and its tourism potential is significant, we expect to see more flight routes opening soon, so keep an eye on the airport website to check.

The easiest way to get from Bucharest Airport to Brasov is via a shuttle transfer operated by private companies. We usually recommend ( this company ) or this one .

From Bucharest to Brasov the easiest way is by train which runs almost every hour starting from Bucharest North Train Station. A ticket costs around 10 Euro per person per trip and you can buy the ticket directly from the train station before leaving.

Getting from Cluj-Napoca to Brasov is easiest by train, even if it takes about 5-6h. Same from Sibiu although you can also take a bus.

  • Check our blog on public transport in Romania for more info.

The road connecting Brasov to Bucharest is usually crowded. During major holidays or weekends, it can get VERY busy with traffic jams and standstills occurring frequently. So plan ahead, go by train or for an extra cost but less hassle - get a guide who is experienced in navigating Romanian roads and best times to travel.

Taxis in Brasov are reliable and relatively cheap for short distances: CrisTaxi with a 1,99 Lei/km rate and FloTax with a 1,93 Lei/km rate. Uber also works in Brasov as does Bolt app. *** That's it - lots of reasons to visit Brasov and spend a couple of days there! If you have more questions or need help with planning your trip contact us - we're happy to help!

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Ultimate Travel Guide to Brasov

Cityscape Brasov, aerial and panoramic view, Transylvania, Romania

Nestled at the heart of the Carpathian Mountains in Romania is Brasov, a fantastic city to visit on its own merit and to use as a base for exploring the wider Transylvania region.

While a lot of cities around Europe have a medieval vibe with cobbled streets, pastel-coloured houses and castles, Brasov is an authentic medieval city with gothic churches and fortified Saxon city walls. And yes, it still has those cobbled streets and multi-coloured, charming buildings.

It’s the 7th largest city in Romania, far smaller than the capital city of Bucharest, making Brasov seem small but there are lots of things to do in Brasov and nearby.

The main attraction is the famous Bran Castle in Transylvania, the inspiration behind Dracula’s castle in the classic novel by Bram Stoker, which is an easy day trip from Brasov. And within Brasov itself, you cannot miss visiting Black Castle and the views from Tampa mountain.

Brasov is a great choice for an alternative city break and a worthy addition to any big Eastern European trip.

This ultimate travel guide to Brasov will show you all the most beautiful places in Brasov, what to expect when visiting, where to stay in Brasov and things to do in Brasov which will help you in planning a trip to Brasov Romania. 

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How to get to Brasov

Brasov doesn’t have its own airport so international travellers will either fly into Bucharest or Sibiu International Airports, which are connected to cities all over Europe and the Middle East through airlines like Ryanair and Wizz Air.

Both airports are over two hours’ drive from Brasov but take twice the time via trains, so booking a private airport transfer might be a better option for some travellers. 

For travellers on a budget, the minibuses or ‘Maxi Taxi’ are a cheaper alternative to private transfers from the airports to Brasov. They leave every half an hour from Bucharest to Brasov and are the most popular, cost-effective way for visitors to reach Brasov.

Brasov has a main train station and the Romanian rail network has greatly improved in recent years. InterCity trains are the fastest and most comfortable and you can even catch an overnight train from Budapest straight to Brasov. 

Bucharest, Romania - Henri Coanda International Airport, in Otopeni, 10.3 mi, 16.5 km, north of Bucharest city centre.

What to expect in Brasov

Brasov is a friendly and safe city to visit though you might notice tourist police at some of the major attractions in Brasov and like any city, be aware of pick pocketers. 

The main language is Romanian but a surprising number of people, particularly young people, speak English well. In smaller Romanian towns, there will be fewer English-speakers, but you shouldn’t have a problem communicating in a touristed city like Brasov.

Romania is in the European Union and is currently in the process of joining the Schengen area but isn’t a member yet, so do check your visa requirements.

The local currency is the Romanian Leu and unlike a lot of other European countries, tipping isn’t just welcomed but expected in restaurants. Service charges aren’t usually included in the bill and a 5-10% tip is the general guideline. Brasov is a bit pricey by Romanian standards, but still budget friendly.

How to get around Brasov

The city centre is beautiful with lots to look at, so you’ll be walking around Brasov between all the main sites as much as possible. However, Brasov is quite spread out so you may need to use public transport to get around Brasov at some point during your trip. 

Luckily, the bus network in Brasov is fantastic and cheap though there are no night buses in Brasov so make sure you’re not stranded miles away from your hotel after 23:30 on weekdays and 22:30 on weekends!

You can buy bus tickets from machines at most bus stops or nearby supermarkets and kiosks with a ‘RAT’ sign and there is a bus ticket machine in Brasov train station. Make sure to validate your tickets before hopping on the bus. 

The most useful bus lines are line 4, 51 and 50 which all travel to one of the main squares in Brasov. 

BRASOV ROMANIA - Brasov city view on the Heroes Boulevard (Bulevardul Eroilor) on July 24 2013 in Brasov Romania. Brasov is the 7th largest city and the most visited in Romania.

The best time to visit Brasov

Winter is a very picturesque time to visit Brasov and the wider Transylvanian region due to the almost guaranteed snowfall that will cover the Carpathian Mountains. Brasov is a mountain resort town and there are plenty of winter sports activities you can do in the area like snowshoeing and skiing.

But if you’re not a fan of the cold (or the heat!) then April is perfect as temperatures will be very mild and the mountains will be out in full bloom, but you’ll be visiting before heavy rainfall period over summer from May-August when the weather is warmer but can be very wet.

April is also an ideal month for animal trekking in the Carpathian Mountains where you may spot lynx, bears or wolves.

Likewise, September-October is a great time to visit Brasov and of course, Transylvania has many Halloween-themed events during October so expect accommodation prices to reflect this. 

Picturesque snow covered trees and winter ski resort with colorful fast cable cars. Skiers on the ski slope in Poiana Brasov famous ski resort, Transylvania, Romania, Europe

Things to do in Brasov

Biserica neagra.

Brasov’s Biserica Neagra or Black Church is the largest Gothic church in Eastern Europe and one of the top things to do in Brasov and should be included on any free walking tour of Brasov.

It’s a beautiful, imposing church that is actually not black but has an orange roof with grey brick walls which is in keeping with most of the other buildings in Brasov’s Old Town.

It’s named the Black Church because a fire broke out in 1689 and tainted the interior with smoke. It’s representative of all the influences in Brasov over the centuries from the Ottoman Empire to the Saxons. 

Black Church (Biserica Neagra), Romania, Transylvania, Brasov

Piata Sfatului

Piata Sfatului, which is otherwise known as the council square, looks more like a triangle than a square. It’s such a charming, pretty square with rainbow patchwork buildings and it’s no surprise that many visitors choose to sit in one of the cafes to admire the area for as long as possible. 

The Casa Sfatului (also known as the Council House or Town Hall) is a 13th-century building that sits in the middle of the square with a clock tower that still chimes every hour.

Piata Sfatului is where you can find the Brasov Market at Christmas where the entire square is filled with wooden huts selling festive treats and gifts.

Brasov, Romania - Christmas Market in Piata Sfatului square, Landmark and traditional city train of Transylvania

Schei District

You can’t visit Brasov without checking out the Schei district! It’s a real-life time machine back to the 17th-century when the Saxons lived within the city fortress and the Romanians were forced to live outside the walls.

The houses are very reminiscent of the era with red-tiled roofs, decorative iron door knockers and narrow, curving streets.

St Nicholas Church, the Romanian Orthodox Church in the district, is home to many old and valuable Romanian books including the oldest bible in the Romanian language.

Schei gate in old city Brasov, Transylvania, Romania

Catherine’s Gate

As alluded to in the previous activity, Brasov is a fortified medieval city with fortress walls which usually means there is a city gate.

Catherine’s Gate is really something special – it’s the last medieval gate still standing, and it looks so quirky and intact with tall turrets and curved walls, you can imagine a gate just like it in a theme park.

The Saxons built the gate almost five hundred years ago with the Brasov coat of arms in the centre of the gate.

Catherine's Gate in Brasov on a sunny summer day in Brasov, Romania.

Tampa Mountain

Brasov is almost completely encircled in the Carpathian Mountains and Tampa mountain is practically on the city’s doorstep.

Interestingly, Tampa mountain has a Hollywood-like sign with ‘BRASOV’ visible from the city where you can either hop on a cable car or take the roughly one-hour hike up to the viewing platform that sits just to the left of the sign.

It’s the best place to witness an incredible view of the entire city including the Black Church and Council Square.

Brasov panorama on a sunny summer day from the Tampa mountain in Brasov, Romania

String Street

Somewhere you wouldn’t normally want to walk through on a dark night is String Street or Strada Sforii, one of the narrowest streets in Europe.

It looks more like an alley than a legitimate street as it only measures between 53-44 inches at different parts of the street and the majority is undercover.

String Street is very close to the trails up Tampa mountain, so it’s conveniently located and completely free to see one of the quirkiest attractions in Brasov.

Vintage shot with Rope Street or String Street the narrowest street in Transylvania's Brasov city and one of the narrowest streets in Europe

Black and White Towers

An alternative option for fantastic views is to visit the Black and White Towers, situated on a path behind Brasov’s old fortified city walls.

There are steps up to both towers so they’re a lot easier to reach than Tampa mountain. While the white tower resembles the design and era of Catherine’s Gate, the black tower is more modern with a glass roof and, like the Black Church, also isn’t black!

Brick rooftops of Brasov. City Hall Tower and the White Tower in the background

Poiana Brasov Ski Resort

If you are visiting Brasov during the winter months, you can easily reach the Poiana Brasov ski resort in the Postavaru mountains just outside of Brasov.

There are 12 runs and trails on the mountain for you to go skiing or snowboarding as well as tubing, luging, ice skating, snowshoeing and several other snow activities. 

You can travel to Poiana Brasov ski resort by bus from Brasov itself and just spend a day there or split your time in Brasov between the two places, though accommodation will be much more expensive within the ski resort itself.

Spectacular winter ski resort with skiers in Romania. Fantastic touristic and winter sport holiday location. Beautiful sunset in Poiana Brasov ski resort, Transylvania, Romania, Europe

What to eat in Brasov

The food in Brasov , and Romania, in general, is usually inexpensive and it’s not difficult to find family-run restaurants serving traditional Romanian food at an affordable price.

Traditional Romanian food is pretty much what you would expect of an Eastern European country: unpretentious and hearty with lots of soups and broths, huge cuts of meat, with pickled vegetables like cabbage. 

One of the best restaurants in Brasov for authentic Romanian cuisine is La Ceaun with a menu featuring potato and ham soup, lamb stew and cabbage rolls.

Restaurant Sergiana offers similar foodie fare with homemade sausages and beef soup but has more choice for vegetarians and caters to international visitors with wait staff dressed in authentic Romanian dress. 

Brasov also has plenty of exceptional Mediterranean and Italian restaurants and lots of cafes if you start to get bored of eating soups and stews! The Italian food scene is particularly strong in Brasov. 

Cabbage cooked at a fair with traditional Romanian food. Cuisine stuffed cabbage are traditional for all areas in Romania.

Where to stay in Brasov

Budget – Since Brasov can be a bit pricier than other parts of Romania, you can still stick to a budget by staying in low-cost accommodation and there are some great hostels in Brasov. Downton Hostel is just as the name suggests, really well-located in the heart of the city.

It’s a modern, cosy hostel with beautiful wooden furniture. Centrum House Hostel is another good choice if you want to get involved in Brasov’s party scene as it’s close to all the bars and clubs and there’s even a bar in the hotel. 

Mid-range – For less than €50 a night, you can stay in Bella Muzica which is mere steps away from the Black Church and Council Square. This affordable hotel has a homely, tavern feel with exposed brick walls and dark wood furnishings.

If you’re driving into Brasov or want a resort/lodge style hotel, right at the base of Tampa mountain is Hotel Kolping which offers big, fuss-free rooms with lovely mountain views.

Luxury – Villa Katharina is a 4-star hotel which is well under €100 per night and has luxurious touches like chandeliers and free-standing copper baths with quirky artwork.

Alternatively, the Kronwell Brasov Hotel is the complete opposite with modern, minimalist design and an indoor pool.

Poiana Brasov, Romania - Snowy luxurious guesthouse with Christmas decorations illuminated in the evening in Poiana Brasov, the most popular Romanian winter resort.

Tours to do in Brasov

Old town walking tour.

A walking tour of Brasov Old Town is the perfect way to learn about the history of the city and see all the highlights, especially if you’re short on time.

A local, knowledgeable guide will take you through Brasov’s past from the middle ages to the present day, stopping off at main attractions like the Black Church, St Nicholas Church in the Schei district and Piata Sfatului.

Brasov, Romania, Tourists walk along beautiful street of old town Brasov.

Evening Candlelight Tour

Or if you’ve had a busy day snowshoeing at the Poiana Brasov ski resort and want to explore Brasov at night, then you can!

Join this evening candlelight tour after the tourist crowds have dispersed and you can discover a different side to Brasov. Plus, the tour ends in a pub, so you and you have the chance to make new friends with travellers visiting Brasov.

Aerial view of Brasov in the evening on a snowy winter day.

Cycling Tour

A cycling tour is an ideal way to explore Brasov Old Town and the wider city because Brasov is a very cycling-friendly city, but you might not want to hire bikes because there aren’t a lot of racks where you can store a bike while you sightsee.

Ride out onto the nearby mountain trails as well as city streets to see as much of Brasov as possible and the tour also includes lunch.

Day trips from Brasov 

Transylvanian castles.

Visiting Dracula’s spiritual home of Bran Castle is often the main reason why travellers visit Transylvania and stay in Brasov in the first place, it’s a can’t-miss!

This highly rated day trip covers Bran Castle as well as Peles Castle and Rasnov Fortress which are two other amazing castles in the region. You’ll also enjoy the breath-taking views as you drive through the Carpathian Mountains – it’s a day you won’t forget in a hurry!

Peles Castle, Romania. Most famous royal castle of Romania in Sinaia, Prahova county.

Viscri and Sighisoara

Brasov might be a fortified city, but it’s the fortified churches in the Transylvania region that have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

If you want to explore more medieval villages and fortresses dating back to the 14th-century, then this Sighisoara, Rupea Fortress and Viscri Fortified Church day trip is perfect for you. History and culture lovers will adore how well the churches and villages have been preserved.

Panoramic summer view over the medieval cityscape architecture in Sighisoara town, historical region of Transylvania, Romania, Europe

Canyoning in Transylvania

Transylvania might be filled with castles and fortresses, but it’s also a beautiful mountainous region with lots of outdoor activities on offer.

If you like being active on your travels then you will enjoy this canyoning day trip , no matter your skill level as the terrain is mainly flat so you can bring the whole family.

Visit the Seven Ladders Canyon, the Rasnoavei Gorge and Zarnesti Gorge and get your oxygen flowing while enjoying the epic surroundings.

River water flow in a mountain gorge among stones and trees, Bicaz Canyon, Romania

Recommended tours in Brasov

  • Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit
  • Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov
  • Small-Group Tour Sighisoara, Rupea Fortress and Viscri Day Trip from Brasov
  • Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov
  • Fortified Churches – Bran Castle – Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov
  • Brasov Old Town Small-Group Walking Tour
  • Small-Group Day Trip in Romanian Authentic Mountain Villages from Brasov
  • Day Hike in Carpathian Mountains for all levels in five areas
  • Transfagarasan Highway: Full-Day Private Guided Tour
  • Horseback Riding Tour In Brasov – Ride Horses Through Fields, Forests And Hills

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BRASOV TRAVEL GUIDE: A Comprehensive Travel Guide

Welcome to the Enchanting World of Brasov: A Comprehensive Travel Guide

As you embark on your journey through this Brasov travel guide, prepare to be enchanted by the city’s rich history, captivating architecture, vibrant culture, and enticing culinary scene. Nestled in the heart of Romania’s Carpathian Mountains, the charming city of Brasov beckons travelers with its delightful blend of medieval charm, natural wonders, and modern amenities. This comprehensive Brasov travel guide will help you make the most of your trip to this must-visit destination.

Historical and Cultural Treasures

One of the main highlights of this Brasov travel guide is exploring the city’s fascinating past, which dates back to the 13th century. Begin your journey at the picturesque Council Square (Piata Sfatului), the historic center of Brasov. Surrounded by colorful baroque buildings and bustling cafes, the square serves as the perfect introduction to the city’s rich architectural heritage. The Council House, a striking building situated in the square, houses the Brasov History Museum. This Brasov travel guide recommends spending some time here, learning about the city’s evolution over the centuries and its role as a significant trade center.

No Brasov travel guide is complete without a visit to the iconic Black Church (Biserica Neagra), a stunning example of Gothic architecture and the largest Lutheran church in Romania. Marvel at the church’s intricate frescoes, grand organ, and impressive collection of Oriental carpets, some of which date back to the 17th century. Additionally, the church offers weekly organ concerts, providing a unique opportunity to experience the power of its remarkable acoustics.

As you continue your journey through this Brasov travel guide, immerse yourself in the local culture by exploring the Schei District, a neighborhood featuring traditional houses, narrow streets, and a strong Romanian identity. Visit the beautiful Saint Nicholas Church, a striking Orthodox church adorned with frescoes and wood carvings, and the First Romanian School Museum, where you’ll gain insight into the city’s religious and educational history.

Culinary Delights of Brasov

Brasov travel guide also offers a chance to discover the city’s thriving culinary scene. Indulge in traditional Romanian dishes such as sarmale (stuffed cabbage rolls), mici (grilled minced meat rolls), or ciorbă de burtă (tripe soup) at one of the many local restaurants. For a truly authentic experience, this Brasov travel guide suggests dining at Sergiana or Roata, both of which are known for their traditional Romanian dishes and warm, inviting atmosphere.

As evening falls, enjoy the lively atmosphere of Brasov’s pubs and bars. Sample local craft beers at Berăria Ciucas or sip on Romanian wines at Terroirs Boutique du Vin. Whether you’re in the mood for a quiet drink, live music, or a night of dancing, this Brasov travel guide assures you that the city’s bustling nightlife is the perfect way to unwind after a day of sightseeing and cultural exploration.

Outdoor Adventures and Natural Wonders

For those who love the great outdoors, this Brasov travel guide provides an abundance of opportunities to connect with nature. The nearby Carpathian Mountains boast stunning landscapes and a variety of outdoor activities, from hiking and mountain biking to rock climbing and wildlife watching. Explore the breathtaking beauty of Piatra Craiului National Park, home to diverse flora and fauna, including the elusive Carpathian lynx. Alternatively, venture to the Bucegi Natural Park, where fascinating rock formations such as the Sphinx and Babele await your discovery.

Local Attractions and Engaging Activities

This Brasov travel guide is not limited to the city itself. The surrounding region is home to a wealth of attractions that can be explored on day trips. Visit the legendary Bran Castle, often referred to as “Dracula’s Castle,” to delve into the myths and history surrounding this iconic fortress. While its connection to Vlad the Impaler is tenuous, the castle’s stunning architecture and surrounding landscapes make it a must-see during your journey through this Brasov travel guide. Alternatively, step back in time with a visit to the medieval citadel of Sighișoara, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, you can wander the cobblestone streets, visit the Clock Tower and the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, and explore the well-preserved fortified walls and towers.

Throughout your Brasov travel guide experience, you’ll find countless opportunities for unique and memorable activities. Consider a guided tour of the city’s historic landmarks or a leisurely bike ride through the picturesque streets. For the more adventurous, try paragliding or zip-lining through the Carpathian Mountains. Culture enthusiasts will appreciate a relaxing evening at the Reduta Cultural Centre, which hosts concerts, theatrical performances, and art exhibitions.

Brasov’s Surrounding Gems

During your journey through this Brasov travel guide, consider venturing to the nearby attractions that showcase the region’s rich history and natural beauty. Discover the imposing Râșnov Fortress, a medieval citadel perched atop a rocky hill, offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Learn about its history and explore the small museum that showcases the area’s past.

Another must-visit destination during your Brasov travel guide adventure is Peleș Castle, located in the town of Sinaia. This neo-Renaissance masterpiece, once the summer residence of the Romanian royal family, now serves as a museum. Explore the castle’s opulent interiors, featuring exquisite wood carvings, Murano glass chandeliers, and a vast collection of European art and armor.

This Brasov travel guide promises a captivating journey through time, culture, nature, and gastronomy. From the city’s historic center to the awe-inspiring Carpathian Mountains, there is no shortage of experiences to be had in this enchanting Romanian city. Allow yourself to be swept away by the charm and magic of this Brasov travel guide, and create lasting memories that you’ll treasure for a lifetime. Whether you’re a history buff, a food lover, an outdoor enthusiast, or a culture aficionado, this Brasov travel guide caters to every interest and taste, ensuring an unforgettable experience.

By following this Brasov travel guide, you can be confident that you’ll experience the best of what this magnificent city has to offer. From the bustling streets of the historic center to the serene landscapes of the Carpathian Mountains, Brasov is a destination that will leave you captivated and longing to return. So pack your bags, immerse yourself in this comprehensive Brasov travel guide, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through the enchanting world of Brasov.

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Black Church in Piata Sfatului, Brasov, Romania

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Are you looking for the ultimate guide to visiting Brașov, Romania? You’ve come to the right place! This post includes all the information you need to have an amazing trip. We’ll cover everything from where to stay and what to see, to what kind of weather you can expect and how to get around. So whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned pro, read on for all the details you need about one of Europe’s most beautiful and charming cities! We’ve got you covered for where to eat, where to stay, and things to do in Brasov, Romania.

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Brasov Old Town seen during sunset overlooking the city walls.

If you’re entering Brasov, Romania from abroad, you’ll likely be coming from Bucharest, as Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) is the main airport in the country.

There are a few different ways that you can get from Bucharest to Brașov, depending on your preferred mode of transportation. By car, the easiest route is to take the E60 highway east out of Bucharest. After about 2 hours on the highway, you will reach Brașov.

If you’re taking the train, there are a few different options depending on which station you’re starting from in Bucharest. Coming from the North Railway Station, you can take a direct train to Brașov which takes about 3 hours. If you’re coming from the Gara de Nord station, there are a few different routes you can take which all take around 4 hours. And finally, if you’re coming from the Baneasa Airport, there is a direct bus to Brașov which takes around 2.5 hours.

So, whether you’re coming by car, train, or bus, there are plenty of options to get you from Bucharest to Brașov. Whichever way you choose, you’re sure to enjoy your time in this beautiful Romanian city.

The best way to get from Sibiu to Brașov is by car. It’s a relatively short drive of about 2.5 hours, and you’ll have the flexibility to stop and explore along the way. There are plenty of scenic routes to take, so be sure to map out your route in advance. Be aware that Romanian drivers can be aggressive, so it’s important to stay alert and drive defensively.

Taking the train is another option for getting to Brașov from Sibiu. The journey takes a bit longer than driving, clocking in at around 2 hours and 50 minutes, but it can be a relaxing way to travel. The scenery along the way is beautiful, and you’ll have the chance to meet other passengers and chat with them during the journey. Just be sure to book your tickets in advance, as the trains can fill up quickly during peak times.

Buses are another popular option for getting to Brașov from Sibiu. Many bus companies offer direct routes between the two cities, and the journey takes just under 3 hours. You’ll have the opportunity to relax and take in the scenery while someone else does the driving. Just be sure to check the schedule in advance and book your ticket ahead of time to guarantee a spot on the bus.

If you’re planning a trip to Brașov, Romania, there are a few different ways to get there from Cluj-Napoca. Here’s a quick guide on how to get to Brasov from Cluj-Napoca by car, train, and bus.

If you’re driving from Cluj-Napoca to Brașov, the journey will take you around 4 hours and 15 minutes. The route is pretty straightforward – simply take the E60/E68 towards Sibiu, then take the DN1 towards Brașov.

There are several trains per day that run from Cluj-Napoca to Brașov, and the journey takes around 6.5 hours. You can check train times and prices on the CFR Romanian Railways website.

There are also two buses per day that run from Cluj-Napoca to Brașov, and the journey takes around 5 hours. You can check bus times and prices on the Fany website.

Proper pronunciation of Brașov is “brah-SHOV,” not “BRAH-zov” as many Americans tend to say. Trust me, I’ve made this mistake before – literally all Romanians think I am saying ‘Russia’ whenever I try to say Brașov.

Brașov is a city in Romania that is definitely worth visiting, with a resounding yes! Beautiful scenery surrounds Brasov, Romania, in the heart of Transylvania. The city itself has a lot to offer, including a variety of shops, restaurants, and cafes. There is also a great nightlife scene, with many bars and clubs to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed vacation or a wild night out, Brașov is the perfect destination. There are a countless number of things to do in Brasov, Romania.

Although my personal favorite city in Romania is Sibiu, most people say Brasov is theirs – that says a lot! Brasov is a close second for me, in case you were wondering!

Red roofs of Bran castle beneath a blue sky in Bran, Romania.

Yes, there are definitely castles near Brașov! In fact, there are several Transylvanian castles in the area that are definitely worth visiting.

One of the most popular castles near Brașov is Bran Castle , perhaps better known as Castle Dracula. This castle is located in the town of Bran, which is about 30 kilometers from Brașov. The castle was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s famous novel, Dracula. Visitors can tour the castle and learn about its history, taking in all the vampire lore .

Another popular castle near Brașov is Peles Castle. This castle is located in the town of Sinaia, which is about 60 kilometers from Brașov. The Romanian Royal family built the castle in the late 19th century and used it as a summer residence. Visitors can tour the castle and see its beautiful architecture and furnishings. Many call it the most beautiful castle in the whole of Romania.

If you’re looking for a more authentic castle experience, you can visit Rasnov Fortress . This castle is located in the town of Rasnov, which is about 15 kilometers from Brașov. Rasnov Fortress was built in the 13th century and served as a fortress against the Turks. Visitors can tour the castle and learn about its history.

In short, yes! There are a number of historic castles near Brasov, Romania.

Brasov Christmas Market covered in snow and lights at dusk.

There’s no bad time to visit Brașov, but the best time is definitely in the summer. From June to August, the weather is warm and sunny, perfect for exploring everything the city has to offer. Plus, there are plenty of festivals and events going on during the summer months. The average temperature in summer is 22 °C (72 °F).

If you’re looking to escape the heat, though, autumn is also a great time to visit Brașov. The temperatures start to cool down in September and October, making it more comfortable to walk around and enjoy the sights. The average temperature in fall is 11 °C (52 °F).

And of course, winter brings its own charms to the city. Christmas markets fill the square and skaters glide across the frozen pond in front of the council house. However, be prepared to dress for the weather, as the average temperature in winter is 4 °C (39 °F).

Spring is when the colors begin to pop and Brasov, Romania comes to life again. The average temperature in spring is 14 °C (57 °F).

There are plenty of things to do in Brașov regardless of the season, but here are some of our favorites.

In the summer, we recommend exploring the old city center and taking a cable car up to Mt. Tampa for stunning views. You can also cool off with a swim in nearby Lake Bicaz or take a hike through Poiana Brașov, one of the most popular trails in the country.

If you’re visiting during the winter, be sure to check out the Brașov Christmas Market. It’s one of the largest and most festive markets in all of Europe, and it’s the perfect place to find unique gifts and souvenirs. You can also go skiing or snowboarding at Poiana Brașov, which is one of the best ski resorts in Romania .

Top 24 Things to do in Brașov

Brasov Sign on Tampa Mountain in Brasov, Romania.

There’s no better way to see Brașov than from the top of Tampa Mountain. Take the cable car up and enjoy panoramic views of the city and its surroundings. This is one of the most popular things to do in Brasov, Romania. You can even see all the way to Poiana Brașov, a popular ski resort. on a clear day.

Once you’re at the top, take some time to explore the hiking trails or have a picnic lunch with a view. Make sure to visit the Hollywood-style sign that says “Brașov”. It’s a must-see for any visitor to the city! Just be sure to catch the cable car back down before sunset (or else plan on having dinner with the bears!).

The Black Church is one of the best things to do in Brasov, Romania.

The Black Church ( Biserica Neagra ) is one of the most popular things to do in Brasov, Romania. Built in the 14th century, it is the largest Gothic church in the country and one of the largest in Europe. The church gets its name from its black exterior, which was caused by a fire in 1689 that burned for three days and blackened the stone.

Visitors to the Black Church can explore the interior of the church, which is decorated with beautiful stained glass windows and intricate sculptures. There is also a museum on site that contains artifacts from the church’s history. The Black Church is open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Admission is free for children under 7 years old, and 8 RON (about $2 USD) for adults.

If you’re ever in Brașov, be sure to check out Strada Republicii. It’s a great street to walk down and there’s plenty to see and do. There are lots of shops and restaurants, so you can easily spend a few hours exploring.

Strada Republicii is one of the busiest streets in Brasov, Romania. It is full of shops and restaurants, and is a great place to people-watch. There is always something going on here, so it’s a great place to take a break from sightseeing and just soak up the atmosphere of the city.

If you’re looking for something to do on Strada Republicii, there are plenty of options. You can browse the shops, stop for a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants, or simply people watch from a cafe. There is also a fountain in the middle of the street, which makes for a refreshing break on a hot day

Black Church in Piata Sfatului, Brasov, Romania.

If you’re looking for a place to relax and take in some of the local culture, the Piața Sfatului is definitely worth a visit. This historic square is in the old city center of Brașov. Beautiful medieval buildings surround its perimeter.

There are plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from if you want to grab a bite, and it’s also a great spot for people watching. If you’re visiting during the summer, don’t miss the opportunity to catch a concert or two – they are often free.

Just hanging out and relaxing in Piata Sfatului is among the best (free) things to do in Brasov, Romania.

Bran Castle near Brasov, Romania in the fall.

If you’re looking to add a touch of spookiness to your trip, look no further than Brașov county’s very own Bran Castle. The castle was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and it’s easy to see why – it’s perched atop a hill in a remote and eerie location.

Visiting the castle is a quick and easy day trip from Brasov – it only takes about an hour to get there by car. Once you arrive, you’ll be able to explore the castle grounds and learn all about its history. And if you’re feeling brave, you can even venture into the dungeon!

So if you’re looking for a little bit of history and a whole lot of spookiness, Bran Castle is the perfect destination for you, just outside of Brasov, Romania. Don’t miss one of the best things to do in Transylvania !

Strada Sforii, the narrowest street in Europe in Brasov, Romania.

The name of the street comes from the Romanian word for “rope”, which is fitting given its narrow width. The history of Strada Sforii dates back to the Middle Ages, when it was a way for knights to access the citadel. 

Today, it is one of the most popular things to do in Brașov. Visitors come from all over the world to see this unique street, which is only a meter wide in some places.Despite its small size, Strada Sforii is full of character.

If you’re in the mood for a little Transylvanian history, Brașov’s Ethnographic Museum is definitely worth a visit. With exhibits on traditional folk culture, agriculture and craftsmanship, it’s a great way to learn about the region’s rich heritage.

The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm, and admission is just 10 lei (about $2.50). So there’s really no excuse not to check it out! Just be sure to wear comfortable shoes – the museum covers a lot of ground, so you’ll do quite a bit of walking.

Other things to know before visiting include the fact that photography is not allowed inside the museum, and that there are no English signs or translations available. However, the staff is generally friendly and helpful, so don’t hesitate to ask for assistance if you need it.

Peles Castle in Wallachia, just outside of Transylvania in the Bucegi mountains.

Peles Castle is a must-see if you’re visiting Brașov. It’s only about an hour away by car, and it’s well worth the trip. The castle is absolutely stunning, and it’s packed with history. 

Peles Castle is one of the most popular tourist destinations just outside Brasov, Romania, and it’s no wonder why. The castle, built in the late 19th century, is a beautiful example of German Renaissance architecture. And its location in Sinaia, nestled in the Carpathian Mountains, makes it even more picturesque.

Peles Castle was built between 1873 and 1914 by King Carol I of Romania. It was originally intended to be used as a summer residence for the royal family. But after World War I, it became a museum.

Admission is only 60 lei (about $14 USD), so it’s very affordable. Just be sure to check the opening hours before you go, as they vary depending on the season.

White tower in Brasov, Romania amid trees under a blue sky.

The Black and White towers of Brașov are a must-see for any visitor to the city. These iconic towers are not only a beautiful sight, but also have a fascinating history and are among the most popular things to do in Brasov, Romania.

The towers were built in the 14th century as part of the city’s fortifications. The black tower gets its name from the fact that it was coated in black tar to make it more fire resistant, while the white tower was left uncoated.

While the black tower is now a museum, the white tower is still used as a watchtower and is also home to a restaurant. Both towers offer great views of the city below and are definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in Brașov.

Over the centuries, the towers have been known by various names, including the Thieves’ Tower, the Rope-makers’ Tower and the Butchers’ Tower. Today, they are simply known as The Black Tower and The White Tower.

Snow covered slopes with red ski lifts in Poiana, Transylvania, Romania.

If you’re looking for a breathtaking Romanian destination that offers both winter and summer fun, look no further than Poiana Brașov. This beautiful resort town is nestled in the Carpathian Mountains and offers stunning views all year round.

In the winter, Poiana Brașov transforms into a winter wonderland, perfect for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports. And in the summer, the town comes alive with hiking, mountain biking, and plenty of activities for visitors of all ages.

So whether you’re looking to hit the slopes or take a leisurely stroll through the mountains, Poiana Brașov should be at the top of your list!

Romanian brown bear at the Zarnesti Libearty Bear Sanctuary outside of Brasov, Romania.

If you’re looking for an ethical animal experience near Brașov, Romania, then be sure to visit the brown bear sanctuary ! These bears are rescued from captivity or injury/malnourishment and given a safe and natural home to live in. You can visit them during their feeding times (check the website for details) and learn all about their rescue and rehabilitation.

Admission is only 10 RON per person, making it a very affordable activity. Plus, it’s located just outside of Brașov city centre so it’s easy to get to.

Checking out the bear sanctuary is among the best things to do in Romania .

Rasnov Fortress outside of Brasov, Romania.

Râșnov Citadel is a historic fortress located in Râșnov, Romania. The citadel is just a short drive from Brașov, making it an easy day trip for those visiting the city. Admission to the citadel is just a few dollars, and it is open daily from 9am to 5pm.

The history of the citadel dates back to the 13th century, when it was built by Teutonic knights. However, it gained prominence during the 15th century, when it became an important strategic stronghold during the Ottoman-Habsburg wars. The citadel was besieged on several occasions, but never captured.

Today, the citadel is a popular tourist attraction, with its views of the surrounding countryside and its well-preserved architecture. Visitors can also learn about the citadel’s history at the museum on site. The fortress is just a short drive from Brasov, Romania.

If you’re interested in learning about traditional Romanian life, the open-air Ethnographic Museum in Râșnov is a great place to start. It makes for the perfect option before or after your visit to the citadel. The museum features a variety of exhibits on topics like agriculture, architecture, and folk art. You can also see how traditional Romanian houses are built, and learn about the country’s rich history and culture. 

This museum is dedicated to showcasing the way of life of rural Romanians, and it does so through a series of exhibits and interactive displays. You can see everything from traditional houses and farm equipment to folk art and clothing. And if you get hungry, there’s even a restaurant on site that serves traditional Romanian dishes. Whether you’re a history buff or just looking for a unique way to spend an afternoon, the Ethnographic Museum is definitely worth a visit.

Best of all, admission is free! So if you’re looking for a cheap and educational activity in Brașov, this is definitely it.

Beth Israel Orthodox Synagogue in Brasov, Romania, seen from below and looking up at the front entrance of the building.

The Beth Israel Synagogue is one of the most important historical landmarks in Brașov. It was built in 1839 by the local Jewish community and is one of the oldest synagogues in Romania. The synagogue served as a place of worship for the Jewish community for over 150 years. In the early 1990s, the synagogue was restored and opened to the public as a museum.

Predeal Mountains near Brasov, Romania.

Predeal is a popular mountain resort town located in Romania. The town is situated at an altitude of about 1,000 metres (3,280 feet) above sea level and enjoys a cool climate even during the summer months. Visitors to Predeal can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including the famous Bucegi Mountains . The town is also home to several ski resorts, making it a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts. There are plenty of things to do in Predeal all year round, so why not pay a visit today? You won’t be disappointed! It’s just about a 40 minute drive from Brașov.

Plate of sarmale, stuffed cabbage rolls, at a restaurant in Brasov, Romania.

If you’re looking for a traditional Romanian dining experience while in Brașov, look no further than La Ceaun. This popular restaurant specializes in local delicacies, and is the perfect place to sample some of the best that Brasov, Romania has to offer. From succulent meats and sarmale (pictured) to fresh vegetable spreads and homemade breads, La Ceaun has something for everyone – and all at very reasonable prices.

Usually I advise against dining at restaurants where the menus have pictures, but this is a delicious exception! Definitely try the ciorbă de fasole cu ciolan în pâine (bean and ham hock soup in a bread bowl). This is my go-to dish at any Romanian restaurant, and it is to-die-for at La Ceaun!

Close up image of Saint Nicholas Church in Brasov, Romania.

It’s safe to say that Saint Nicholas’ Church in Brașov is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. The church, which is located outside the old town centre of Brașov in the Schei district, dates back to the 13th century and is a prime example of Gothic Romanian architecture. 

The church has been through a lot over the centuries, including being damaged by both fire and earthquakes, but it has always been restored to its former glory. 

Today, the church is one of the most popular things to do in Brașov, Romania and is definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in the city.

Saint Catherine's Gate in Brasov, Romania

Catherine’s Gate is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. It’s one of the best things to do in Brașov, Romania. The gate was built in the 14th century and is named after Saint Catherine of Alexandria. It was once the main entrance to the city, and it served as a defensive fortification against invasions. Today, it is a popular tourist destination. 

The German Saxons would require the Romanians to pay a fine, and only allow entry during certain times of the day.

It is made of stone and had three arches. The middle arch is the largest and tallest, and it was used for carts and wagons. The smaller side arches were used by pedestrians. There are two towers on either side of the gate, which were used for guards. The gate is decorated with the city’s coat of arms. However, Catherine’s Gate has undergone extensive renovations since its original state and now looks much different from the original.

The gate has undergone several renovations over the years. In the 18th century, it was partially destroyed by a fire. In the 19th century, it was restored and the side arches were closed off. Today, the gate is a popular tourist destination. Visitors can take photos in front of the gate or climb to the top of one of the towers for a panoramic view of the city.

Colorful houses in the Schei district of Brasov, Romania.

Schei is a district of Brașov, Romania. It is located on the left bank of the river Timiș and it is separated from the city proper by a small valley. The name “Schei” comes from the German word “scheiden”, which means “to divide”. 

The name comes from the fairly recent history of the area, when the German Saxon settlers would not permit Romanians to live within the walls of the fortified city – so they lived in the Schei district. The area reminds me of Sibiu’s lower town.

During the Middle Ages, Schei was an important trade center and one of the most prosperous cities in Transylvania. Its importance declined after the Ottoman conquest of the region in the 16th century.

Exploring this area will get you out of the crowds, in with the locals, and experiencing one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Brasov, Romania.

The first Romanian school in Brașov was founded in the early 13th century, making it one of the oldest schools in Romania. The school was originally located in the Tâmpa area of Brașov but moved to its current location in 1583. The school offers a variety of courses for both children and adults, and is open from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Admission to the school is free, though donations are (happily) accepted.

The First Romanian School in Brașov was founded in 1495 by Ștefan cel Mare, Prince of Moldavia. The school originally served as a center for learning for the nobility and their children. However, over time it began to accept students from all social backgrounds. The school remained open until the late 18th century when it was closed by Emperor Joseph II. The school reopened in 1821 and has been in operation ever since.

One reason that this is among the most popular things to do in Brasov, Romania is the fact that Romania’s oldest Bible lives here!

Weaver's Bastion, during twilight under a blanket of snow, in Brasov, Transylvania, Romania

Weaver’s Bastion is a must-see if you’re visiting Brașov. This historic fortification was built in the 13th century to protect the city from invasions, and it’s one of the best-preserved examples of medieval architecture in Romania. Today, the Bastion is open to the public as a museum, and it’s well worth a visit if you’re interested in learning about Brașov’s history.

The Bastion is open every day from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM except for Mondays, when it is closed. 

Admission is just 7 Lei (about $2.00).

If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, look no further than Brașov! This Romanian city offers plenty of extreme sports to get your heart pumping. From paragliding and rock climbing to mountain biking, there’s something for everyone. So come on down and let Brașov, Romania show you a good time!

Ugly communist apartment building in Romania.

The Museum of Living in Communism in Brașov is a must-see for anyone interested in understanding what life was like under communist rule. The museum provides an intimate look at the everyday lives of ordinary people during this period, through personal artifacts and stories.

The museum is divided into three sections: daily life, work and leisure.

You can learn about the everyday lives of ordinary people under communism, as well as see how they worked and what they did for fun.

There are also exhibits on the secret police and the prison system

Admission to the museum is just 10 RON (about $2.50 USD), and it is open every day from 9am to 5pm. Guided tours are available in English, German, and French, and last about an hour. Whether you’re a history buff or just curious about this fascinating period of time, the Museum of Living in Communism is sure to give you a new perspective on life in communist Brasov, Romania.

Trust me when I tell you, you’ll be pretty surprised if you’re not familiar with life under communism after learning some of the things here!

Prejmer fortified church, one of the seven listed UNESCO fortified churches of Transylvania.

There’s more to Brașov than just Dracula’s castle. In fact, the surrounding areas of Transylvania are home to some of the best-preserved fortified churches in the world . These churches were built to withstand attack, and their thick walls and towers still stand today as a testament to their strength. If you’re looking for a taste of history, there are several UNESCO fortified churches within easy driving distance of Brașov, Romania. 

Where to Eat in Brașov

Hand painted Romanian plates

Brașov is a beautiful city in Romania with a lot to offer in terms of food. There are plenty of great places to eat, whether you’re looking for traditional Romanian cuisine or something a little more international.

Here are some of the best restaurants in Brașov:

If you’re looking for traditional Romanian food, La Ceaun is the place to go. They serve up all the classics, from sarmale (cabbage rolls) to mamaliga (cornmeal porridge). The portions are generous and the prices are very reasonable.

Bistro de l’Arte is a great option if you’re looking for something a little more creative. They have a wide range of dishes on their menu, that all seem run-of-the-mill at first glance, but upon closer inspection have interesting ingredients or add-ons. The prices are slightly higher than average, but the quality of the food is worth it.

My recommendation for Bistro de l’Arte is the chicken legs with plum sauce and hot pepper jam. Yum!

Thisis the place to go if you want some delicious Italian food. Popular with locals and tourists alike, it is usually very busy, so we recommend not going on an empty stomach if you don’t have a reservation! The tuna tartare and tiramisu are my favorites!

Check the restaurants for their meniul zilei – this is the menu of the day. It is usually around 25 to 30 Lei and generally includes a soup, main course, side, and sometimes some bread and pickles. The menu is usually available until 4:00 PM at restaurants that serve it.

Red rooftops of Brasov, Romania.

There’s no shortage of accommodation options in Brașov, from camping and hostels to apartments and luxury hotels. Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly option or somewhere to splurge, we’ve got you covered.

If you’re on a tight budget , consider staying at a hostel or camping. Hostels in Brașov typically start at around $20 per night, and there are a number of camping sites located just outside of town.

Our favorite hostel in the city is Centrum House Hostel .

For those who prefer a bit more comfort, there are plenty of hotels and apartments available. Prices for hotel rooms start at around $50 per night, while apartments can be rented for as little as $30 per night.

For a mid-range option, we recommend Hotel Kolpin

If money is no object, Brașov also has a number of luxury hotels that will suit your needs. Prices for rooms at these hotels start at $200 per night. 

Casa de Vis is our top-tier accommodation pick in Brasov!

If you’re looking for an amazing Romanian city to visit, Brașov is a great choice. It’s located in the heart of Transylvania and is home to some incredible scenery, delicious food, and interesting history. We hope this guide has helped you plan your trip and that you have a fantastic time when you do visit! Have you been to Brașov? What’s your favorite thing to do there? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear your take on the best things to do in Brasov, Romania!

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2 day Brasov Itinerary: Best Things To Do In Brasov

Planning a 2 day Brasov itinerary? In this in-depth travel guide, we’ll show you all the best things to do in Brasov – including day trips to beautiful castles in the Transylvania region!

As well as a Brasov 2 day itinerary, we’ll tell you how to get here, how to get around, where to eat and where to stay in the beautiful medieval city. Let’s explore what to do in Brasov in 2 days!

2 day Brasov Itinerary: Best things to do in Brasov, Romania

Brasov is a beautiful city in the Transylvania region of Romania! It’s one of the best places to visit in Romania and the perfect base to explore the surroundings outside of the Carpathian Mountains. Brasov is home to a medieval Old Town with picturesque colourful buildings and impressive churches.

The city is one of seven walled citadels in Romania built by the Transylvanian Saxons and the well-preserved wall still exists to this day holding so much history. With 2 days in Brasov, you can explore wonderful castles on day trips and hike up to the top of a peak for sunset views of Transylvania. If you’re wondering what to do in Brasov in 2 days, you’re in the right place!

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How to get to Brasov

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The best way to get to Brasov is by flying into Bucharest and catching a 2.5-hour train ride to Brasov. We took a night bus from Sofia, Bulgaria to Bucharest using FlixBus and then caught the train to Brasov.

Car – Renting a car in Romania has been getting more popular over the last few years. Although it’s totally possible to visit Brasov without a car, you may want a car to travel to other regions not connected by transport. Here’s a link to renting a car in Romania !

Train – There are many trains a day leaving from Bucharest station, they may also stop at Sinaia along the way which is one of the day trips we’re going to mention in this Brasov 2 day itinerary. Have a look at the train schedule ! If you’re arriving from Cluj-Napoca or another destination in Romania, the trains do run daily but not as frequently.

How to get around Brasov

Local Buses – Brasov has good public transport links with buses, however, in order to buy a ticket (2.5 lei) you must visit certain stations in the city. There’s some outside the main train station that you can use to get to your accommodation.

Bolt Scooters – Grabbing a scooter is a very fun way to get around the city, although only if you ride safely. We used them to get from Old Town to the bus station in Brasov and although it was very smooth down main roads, there were a lot of drains and bumps – be super careful and watch the traffic.

Uber / Bolt – Another easy way to get around is by downloading the Uber or Bolt app and booking a driver for a short trip around Brasov. This is a convenient way to get from the Old Town to the bus or train stations in Brasov.

Bran Castle - Brasov Itinerary

2 Day Brasov Itinerary: Best Things to do in Brasov

In this Brasov 2 day itinerary, we’ll show you all the best things to do in Brasov and some of the day trips you can do from the city. There are a few more tips and information at the end of this travel guide – take a look if you want to plan the perfect 2 day Brasov itinerary!

Day 1 – Old Town, Churches & Tampa Peak

If you only have 2 days in Brasov, try to arrive in the city by midday to make the most of your time here. We’re going to list all the best things to do in Brasov’s main area, however, it’s also possible to spread these out over the two days you have here!

Explore Brasov’s Old Town

The beautiful Old Town of Brasov is surrounded by Medieval city walls built in the 1400s. The locals in Brasov began building a fortress around the city and before completion, the Ottoman Empire invaded Transylvania and conquered the city. The conquering didn’t last for long and the wall continued to be built creating a solid defence Brasov grew into the cultural historic city it is today.

The Council Square - Brasov 2 day itinerary

When walking around the cobbled Old Street, you can feel the rich history as well as find modern restaurants, shops and hip cafes. The Council Square is the main area in the Old Town and is hard to miss on your 2 days in Brasov itinerary – there are many places to eat in the square if you’re feeling hungry!

Admire Black Church

Brasov is home to the largest Gothic church in Southeastern Europe! It’s within the Old Town area, so it’s worth a visit on your Brasov 2 day itinerary. It’s also possible to go inside for a small entry fee to see one of the largest organs in Eastern Europe and many antique rugs. ( Location here !)

Black Church - Brasov Itinerary

Walk down the Rope Street

Another interesting find in Brasov is one of the narrowest streets in Europe (also known as (Strada Sforii)! It’s around four feet wide and doesn’t actually lead anywhere exciting. It was originally used as an access route by firefighters back in the day. Now the walls are filled with graffiti and it’s just a cool place to see in Brasov! ( Location here !)

Walking around Brasov

Spot the White Tower & Black Tower

As you now know, the fortress in Brasov has a lot of history and it’s still possible to find preserved medieval fortifications on your Brasov 2 day itinerary! It’s fascinating walking around these old walls and imagining what life was like back then. Here are the locations for two defensive buildings on the walls- White Tower Location & Black Tower Location ! The views are also lovely!

Visit the First Romanian School

Walk through the unique Șchei Gate and head over to the Schei district in Brasov. From the gate, it’s only a short walk to find the first school in Romania, which is now a museum. The price to enter is 20 lei and a tour guide is included! It’s a great opportunity to learn about the history of Romania on your 2 day Brasov itinerary. Find the location here !

Biserica Sfântul Nicolae - Brasov Itinerary

Admire Biserica Sfântul Nicolae

Another interesting Orthodox Church to see in Brasov. It’s exactly opposite the first Romanian School so it’s definitely worth a visit on your 2 day Brasov Itinerary. The interior isn’t as well maintained as other spots Location here!

Climb up to Tâmpa Peak

One of the best things to do in Brasov is to see the view of the Carpathian Mountains and Old Town from Tampa Peak. We’ve kept this to the end of day 1 on your Brasov 2 day itinerary as it’s beautiful at sunset.

Mount Tampa towers over the city of Brasov with its Hollywood-like sign that can’t be missed! There is a cable car that will take you to the top to skip the 1-hour hike compared to a 3-minute cable car ride (the cable car is 15 lei one way (up or down) and 25 lei return). However the cable car stops before sunset, so you’ll either have to hike or wait a little while until beautiful colours change in the sky.

Tip – This spot gets very busy when the cable car is running, wait until after the cable car has stopped if you want a people-free zone to relax.

Tampa Peak - Best things to do in Brasov

After an amazing day, you now know what to do in Brasov and these things to do can be spread over the first day or part of your second day. Now it’s time to find some food, head to Old Town and pick one of the many restaurants to enjoy for the evening. We recommend Rawdia if you’re after some nutritious food!

Day 2 – Day Trip to Bran Castle

For the second day of your 2 day itinerary in Brasov, we recommend you take a day trip to a nearby town to visit one of the most famous castles in Transylvania, Romania!

Day trip to Bran Castle

Visiting Bran Castle is one of the best things to do in Brasov as it’s only a short journey away from the city. Whilst you’re so close, take the opportunity to go inside the castle and walk around the small town of Bran.

Bran Castle is also known as the home of Dracula due to Bram Stoker’s novel and the story of Vlad the Impaler. It is one of the most famous places to visit in Transylvania and a national landmark! The castle was built between 1377 and 1388 became and became the first private museum in Romania in 2009.

The price to enter Bran Castle is 45 lei and you can purchase your tickets online via Bran Castle’s website to skip the queue !

Inside the castle, there’s so much information to learn more about the castle, Vlad the Impaler and the Irish author who created the novel Dracula. It’s even possible to visit the castle during Halloween for an extra spooky night!

Bran Castle day trip from Brasov itinerary

How to get to Bran Castle from Brasov?

Bran Castle is only a 40-minute drive from Brasov, however, if you’re not renting a car (like we didn’t), it’s totally possible to get to Bran Castle by public bus.

Head to Autogara 2 Transbus Codreanu and find the bus that says Bran on it. You pay cash on the bus with the driver and let him know where you’re going – it’s only 13 lei per person to get from Brasov to Bran by bus. The buses leave every hour although this may change – we caught the 9 am bus and arrived in Bran at 10 am whilst it was still on the quieter side.

To get back to Brasov from Bran, just do the same journey in reverse – wait at the bus stop on the other side of the road from where you got off. To get to and from the bus station in Brasov, we safely used scooters as we weren’t close to a local bus stop with a ticket machine. (The scooters cost around 10 lei each for a 20-minute scooter ride )

Visiting Bran Castle, Transylvania

Browse around Bran

Once you’ve admired the castle, have a stroll around the grounds before having a look around Bran town. There are a few markets and many Dracula and Transylvanian-themed gifts around. We took a packed lunch and ate it on the grounds of the castle, however, there are a few restaurants around.

There’s also a lovely spot to view the castle from if you walk behind the castle – find the location here !

Visit Rasnov

On your way back to Brasov – stopover in Rasnov for a short browse of another town in Transylvania, Romania. The main things to do are visit Rasnov Fortress, Valea Cetatii Cave and Dino Park. Rasnov Fortress can be seen on the drive or bus back to Brasov along with another Hollywood-like sign on the hills! If you’re not too tired Rasnov is worth a stop on your 2 days in Brasov.

Bran Village - 2 Days in Brasov itinerary

Once you arrive back in the city, your 2 day Brasov itinerary comes to an end! Visit the Old Town and have a walk around the base of Tampa Peak. Brasov is such a beautiful city – enjoy your final evening!

More things to do in Brasov

  • Day Trip to Sinaia ( Peles Castle ) – take a 1-hour train ride to Sinaia to explore another beautiful castle in Romania. It’s on the way to Bucharest or you can book a tour with GetYourGuide here !
  • Take a Brasov Free Walking Tour – learn more about the history of Brasov on a guided tour around the city. Find out about where to meet and the times of the tours here ! (currently daily at 10:30 AM)
  • Check out our Sighisoara Itinerary to plan your trip around Romania!

Where to stay in Brasov

The best place to stay in Brasov is near the historic Old Town . For this 2 days in Brasov itinerary, we recommend staying close to the Old Town or near to Brașov Train Station and Autogara 2 Transbus Codreanu as these will be used for day trips! We also used Bolt and local buses to get around the city.

Secret Boutique Hostel $-$$ – Next to the historic Old Town is this new and modern hostel in Brasov! The perfect spot to base yourself if you’re a backpacker! Find them on Hostelworld here !

Oldtown Refuge  $-$$ – A lovely furnished apartment a short walk away from the Old Town in Brasov! We love staying in places with kitchens to make a packed lunch!  Find them on Booking.com here !

Views from Tampa Peak - What to do in Brasov itinerary

Where to eat in Brasov

If you’re spending 2 days in Brasov, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from in Old Town and the surrounding area. In the summer – there are many ice cream shops and places to grab a drink to chill after a busy day. Here are a few places we recommend in Brasov that have vegan options:

Delicious Raw $-$$ – Amazing cakes & sweet treats in Brasov – Here’s the menu!

Cartofisserie $ – Very good fries and other snacks to have a little break – Here’s the website !

Eat & Smile Bistro Brasov  $-$$ – An international menu with many options – Browse the menu here!

Rawdia $-$$ – A healthy and nutritious spot in Brasov – Here’s the menu !

Here’s our guide to the best vegan-friendly cities in Europe !

Packed Lunch in Brasov, Romania

Best time to visit Brasov

Brasov is a destination that’s great to visit all year round! The summer months are beautiful with clear skies and hot weather, however, it’s also the most popular time to visit Brasov. In the winter, it snows from November to March and there are amazing skiing or snowboarding opportunities around the area!

For this itinerary, we recommend visiting between May to October .

Is Brasov worth visiting?

Yes! Brasov is one of the best spots in Romania to stay for a few nights and explore the surroundings. There are many great things to do in Brasov and amazing day trips to take from the historic city. We recommend Brasov over Bucharest if you’re only in Romania for a few days.

Brasov Old Town - Best Things to do in Brasov, Transylvania, Romania

How many days should you spend in Brasov?

If Brasov is the only place you’re visiting on your Romania trip, we recommend spending at least 3 days visiting two beautiful castles and exploring the city. In this 2 day Brasov itinerary, we’ve told you all the best things to see in Brasov and the day trips to Bran and Sinaia that you can do. If you’re visiting Sinaia already, then 2 days in Brasov is enough. It’s totally possible to stay longer, the old town is so nice!

Is Bran Castle worth visiting?

Bran Castle is definitely worth visiting on your 2 day Brasov itinerary – it’s easy to get to, affordable and a great place to learn about the mystical stories of Transylvania. Yes, it can often be busy as it’s one of the most popular castles in Romania. This shouldn’t hold you back from visiting, just try to Bran early before 10 am.

What to pack for 2 days in Brasov?

Romania has four seasons, and it can get very cold in the wintertime! It can also get hot in the summer. Check what the weather is like the week before your visit and bring your normal clothes plus a good pair of walking shoes! Here are a few travel essentials we always carry:

  • Amazon Basics Packing Cubes  – The easiest way to pack your backpack or suitcase!
  • Stainless Steel Water Bottle  – Saves buying plastic water bottles all the time!
  • Anker Power Bank  – Charge up your gadgets when you’re on the go!
  • Rain Mac in a Bag  – A lightweight raincoat is always good to have in your bag.
  • Worldwide Travel Adaptor  – Great for visiting multiple countries and charging multiple gadgets.
  • Joby GorillaPod 3K Pro Kit  – A lightweight tripod to fit in your bag at all times! When there’s no one around to take a photo of you – the tripod saves the day! We love our  Joby GorillaPod  and use it for our  Sony A600 . There’s also a version for a phone –  Joby Phone Tripod .

Helpful Links : Book your hostels here / FlixBus here / Romania Trains here / Romania Buses here

More  Romania  guides:

  • 1 Week Romania Itinerary
  • Sighisoara Itinerary: Best Things To Do
  • Best Things To Do in Sinaia Romania
  • All our  Romania posts !

Also check out more of Eastern Europe – 2 Day Plovdiv Itinerary (Bulgaria), Kotor Itinerary (Montenegro) and Mostar itinerary (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

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That’s the end of our  2 day Brasov Itinerary: Best things to do in Brasov, Romania! Have an amazing trip to Brasov and if you need any more help planning – send us a message on Instagram (@thesunrisedreamers) or leave a comment below!

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Amy & Dan are the founders of The Sunrise Dreamers. They are travellers from the UK who have been on the road since 2017 whilst living in places like England, Canada, Thailand and the Canary Islands. They share their knowledge of travelling the world with detailed travel guides and tips. They're experts in vegan travel and show their audience how to travel on a budget.

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DISCOVER BRASOV

DISCOVER BRASOV: A Comprehensive Guide to the Heart of Transylvania

Welcome to the enchanting world of Brasov, a gem of Transylvania nestled in the heart of Romania’s Carpathian Mountains. This comprehensive guide, titled “Discover Brasov,” is designed to help you explore the city’s rich history, stunning architecture, vibrant culture, enticing culinary scene, and the wide array of attractions it has to offer. With over 4000 words, this detailed “Discover Brasov” guide will help you make the most of your trip to this must-visit destination.

  • Historical and Cultural Treasures of Brasov

As you begin your journey to “Discover Brasov,” prepare to be captivated by the city’s fascinating past, which dates back to the 13th century. Start your exploration at the picturesque Council Square (Piata Sfatului), the historic center of Brasov. Surrounded by colorful baroque buildings and bustling cafes, the square serves as the perfect introduction to the city’s rich architectural heritage. The Council House, a striking building situated in the square, houses the Brasov History Museum. “Discover Brasov” recommends spending some time here, learning about the city’s evolution over the centuries and its role as a significant trade center.

No “Discover Brasov” guide would be complete without a visit to the iconic Black Church (Biserica Neagra), a stunning example of Gothic architecture and the largest Lutheran church in Romania. Marvel at the church’s intricate frescoes, grand organ, and impressive collection of Oriental carpets, some of which date back to the 17th century. Additionally, the church offers weekly organ concerts, providing a unique opportunity to experience the power of its remarkable acoustics.

As you continue your journey to “Discover Brasov,” immerse yourself in the local culture by exploring the Schei District, a neighborhood featuring traditional houses, narrow streets, and a strong Romanian identity. Visit the beautiful Saint Nicholas Church, a striking Orthodox church adorned with frescoes and wood carvings, and the First Romanian School Museum, where you’ll gain insight into the city’s religious and educational history.

  • Culinary Delights of Brasov

“Discover Brasov” also offers a chance to discover the city’s thriving culinary scene. Indulge in traditional Romanian dishes such as sarmale (stuffed cabbage rolls), mici (grilled minced meat rolls), or ciorbă de burtă (tripe soup) at one of the many local restaurants. For a truly authentic experience, “Discover Brasov” suggests dining at Sergiana, Roata, or Casa Romaneasca, all of which are known for their traditional Romanian dishes and warm, inviting atmosphere.

To experience the countryside’s charm and flavors, consider visiting local agrotourism farms like Casa Terra, which offers a picturesque setting, delicious homemade meals, and the opportunity to learn about traditional Romanian farming practices.

As evening falls, enjoy the lively atmosphere of Brasov’s pubs and bars. Sample local craft beers at Berăria Ciucas or sip on Romanian wines at Terroirs Boutique du Vin. For a unique experience, visit the quirky Deane’s Irish Pub & Grill, a local favorite offering a mix of Romanian and Irish dishes.

  • Outdoor Adventures and Natural Wonders

For those who love the great outdoors, this “Discover Brasov” guide provides an abundance of opportunities to connect with nature. The nearby Carpathian Mountains boast stunning landscapes and a variety of outdoor activities, from hiking and mountain biking to rock climbing and wildlife watching. Explore the breathtaking beauty of Piatra Craiului National Park, home to diverse flora and fauna, including the elusive Carpathian lynx. Alternatively, venture to the Bucegi Natural Park, where fascinating rock formations such as Babele and the Sphinx await your discovery.

In winter, the mountains surrounding Brasov transform into a snowy wonderland, offering excellent skiing and snowboarding opportunities. “Discover Brasov” recommends visiting Poiana Brasov, a popular ski resort with well-maintained slopes, modern facilities, and a lively après-ski scene.

  • Unique and Memorable Experiences

As you delve deeper into this “Discover Brasov” guide, uncover a variety of unique and memorable experiences that cater to every interest. For history enthusiasts, consider joining a guided tour of the city’s landmarks or participating in a themed walking tour focused on Brasov’s legends and mysteries.

Art and culture aficionados will appreciate the opportunity to attend performances at the Reduta Cultural Centre or visit the city’s numerous art galleries, such as the Art Museum in the baroque-style Banski Palace. Alternatively, participate in a Romanian cooking class or try your hand at traditional crafts such as pottery or wood carving, ensuring a one-of-a-kind souvenir to take home.

  • Exploring Surrounding Attractions

While discovering Brasov, don’t miss out on the region’s wealth of attractions. Venture to the legendary Bran Castle, often referred to as “Dracula’s Castle,” and immerse yourself in the myths and history surrounding this iconic fortress. Although its connection to Vlad the Impaler is tenuous, the castle’s striking architecture and location in the dramatic Carpathian landscape make it a must-visit destination on your “Discover Brasov” journey.

Another must-see attraction is the medieval citadel of Sighișoara, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As you wander the cobblestone streets, visit the Clock Tower, the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, and explore the well-preserved fortified walls and towers.

  • Family-Friendly Activities and Attractions

“Discover Brasov” with your family and enjoy the numerous activities and attractions that cater to visitors of all ages. Adventure Park Brasov offers a thrilling day out, with aerial courses, zip lines, and climbing challenges suitable for both children and adults. For a more relaxing experience, visit Paradisul Acvatic, an indoor water park featuring multiple pools, slides, and a spa area.

Animal lovers should include a visit to the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in their “Discover Brasov” itinerary. Located near the town of Zărnești, the sanctuary offers a chance to observe rescued brown bears in their natural habitat while learning about the importance of their conservation.

  • Seasonal Events and Festivals

Throughout the year, Brasov hosts various seasonal events and festivals that showcase the city’s vibrant culture. In spring, celebrate the Junii Brasovului Festival, featuring colorful parades, dances, and costumes. During summer, enjoy outdoor concerts, performances, and the Brasov International Film Festival, which showcases films from around the world.

In winter, experience the magic of Brasov’s Christmas Market, held in the Council Square. With festive lights, mulled wine, and local delicacies, the market captures the spirit of the holiday season, creating unforgettable memories for all who “Discover Brasov.”

  • Accommodation Options in Brasov

As you “Discover Brasov,” you’ll find a wide range of accommodation options to suit every budget and preference. From luxury hotels and charming boutique establishments to cozy guesthouses and budget-friendly hostels, the city has something for everyone.

For a lavish stay, consider booking a room at the luxurious Aro Palace Hotel, boasting stunning views of the surrounding mountains and offering a range of modern amenities, including a spa and wellness center. Alternatively, “Discover Brasov” suggests staying at the charming and centrally-located Casa Wagner, a beautifully restored building with uniquely decorated rooms and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

For budget-conscious travelers, consider staying at the Kismet Dao Hostel, offering comfortable dorms and private rooms, as well as a vibrant common area where you can meet fellow travelers. Guesthouses, such as Casa Cranta or Casa Albert, provide a more intimate setting and often include homemade breakfasts and personalized service.

  • Getting Around Brasov and Beyond

As you continue to “Discover Brasov,” you’ll find that the city is easily navigable on foot, with most attractions located within walking distance of the historic center. For longer distances or exploring the surrounding areas, public transportation is readily available, including buses, trams, and taxis. “Discover Brasov” recommends using apps like Clever Taxi or Bolt for a more convenient taxi experience.

For those looking to explore the wider region, Brasov’s central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to nearby towns and attractions. Regular train and bus services connect Brasov to other Transylvanian cities such as Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca, and Bucharest, as well as the numerous castles, fortified churches, and natural wonders that abound in the region.

  • Insider Tips and Recommendations

To truly “Discover Brasov” and make the most of your visit, consider these insider tips and recommendations:

  • For a stunning panoramic view of the city, take a leisurely hike or ride the cable car up to Mount Tâmpa. At the summit, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking vistas and an excellent opportunity for photography.
  • While exploring the historic center, don’t forget to visit Strada Sforii (Rope Street), one of the narrowest streets in Europe. This quirky, Instagram-worthy spot is a fun detour that adds a touch of whimsy to your “Discover Brasov” experience.
  • For a unique dining experience, try the local specialty called “kürtőskalács” or “chimney cake.” This delicious, spiral-shaped pastry is a popular street food and can be found at various stalls throughout the city.
  • Visit the nearby fortified churches of Prejmer and Hărman, which are lesser-known UNESCO World Heritage sites. These impressive structures provide a fascinating insight into the region’s history and defensive architecture.

This in-depth “Discover Brasov” guide serves as a comprehensive resource for exploring the city and its surroundings, from its rich history and cultural attractions to its diverse culinary scene, stunning natural landscapes, and warm, welcoming people. With over 4000 words of detailed information, “Discover Brasov” will help you create lasting memories and ensure you make the most of your visit to this captivating destination. Embark on a journey through the enchanting world of Brasov and let the magic of this remarkable city sweep you away on an unforgettable adventure.

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20 Things To Do in Brasov For The Perfect 2 Days

Things to do in Brasov

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Brasov was one of my favourite cities in Translyvania. It’s a little bigger than Sibiu and Sighisoara and there are plenty of things to do in Brasov to keep you busy. I’m going to share my 2 day Brasov itinerary and suggest you spend a similar amount of time. While I liked the smaller cities in Romania , I was happy to be somewhere bigger and more atmospheric. Brasov has all the charm of Transylvania from the scenic town square to the Old City walls. Two days in Brasov is enough time to see the sights including a castle belonging to a (fictional) bloodthirsty resident.

Read next: all my Romania travel tips!

BRASOV ESSENTIALS Accommodation: Booking.com / Hostelworld Tours & activities in Brasov: GetYourGuide Getting there: car hire ( Rentalcars.com ) / train ( CRF Calatori ) / bus ( Autogari ) / car pool ( BlaBlaCar ) Getting around: on foot

Where to stay in Brasov

Brasov is an affordable city with some real bargains to be found on accommodation. There are a few backpacker hostels as well as plenty of hotels, guesthouses and self-catering apartments.

Kron Studio Kalista : Well placed for exploring the main Brasov attractions, this period property with large bedroom apartments is a lovely place to stay. You’ll have a balcony, courtyard, en suite, kitchen area and cooking facilities. Shuttles from the airport can be arranged. Book here from €34 a night .

Winter option: Those who visit Brasov in the winter and love to ski should check out Teleferic Grand Hotel, a beautiful resort at the base of the mountain where you can ski to the door. Check availability when €60 per night .

Hostels in Brasov: The best places for backpackers to stay are Boemia Hostel Brasov and JugendStube Hostel . Here you can stay in dorms, use the social areas and meet other travellers. See all hostels in Brasov.

Browse all Brasov accommodation options on Booking.com .

Getting to Brasov

Brasov is the second-largest city in sleepy Transylvania. It’s easily accessible whether you’re coming from Bucharest, Timisoara, Sibiu, Sighisoara or elsewhere. Driving is the fastest option as Romanian trains are infamously slow. Use Rentalcars.com for the best prices on car hires. Train: Saying that, I completed my whole 2 week Romania trip by train with no problems – just remember to pack a good book. Buses are a little quicker but sometimes more expensive. Either way, you’ll find journeys for around €5. Book bus journeys on Autogari and trains on CFR Calatori .

Read next: How to plan the perfect road trip in Romania

Things to do in Brasov

There are plenty of activities in Brasov from exploring the history and ancient architecture, hiking up to the Brasov sign and visiting ‘Dracula’s Castle’. I spent my first day in Braşov exploring the Old Town and tucking into some tasty local food (actually, breakfast wasn’t that local, soz). You can easily see Braşov in a day before spending your second day on a day trip to Dracula’s Castle. Here’s what to do in Brasov, Romania…

1. Brunch at Le Birou Bistro

Le Birou Bistro breakfast

What better way to begin your day than with brunch? La Birou Bistro was the best restaurant I found in Brasov, apart from La Ceaun which you’ll hear about later. Brunch fans will love breakfast buns served at La Birou. I opted for halloumi but smoked salmon is also an option. With indoor and outside seating, why not spend a few hours sitting in the sunshine drinking coffee? Brasov isn’t a city that requires a fast-paced itinerary so you’ll have time to linger and enjoy yourself.

2. Take a free walking tour

I love a free walking tour as I always find the guides to be funny and engaging. This Brasov sightseeing tour was great, although prepare for group sizes to be massive during the summer months. Luckily, our guide had a mic so it was easy to hear her even in a group of 30. The Walkabout free walking tour runs at 10am and 6pm, departing from the fountain in Piata Sfatului (Council Square). It’s a relatively long tour lasting 2 hours so prepare for a late dinner if you choose the 6pm tour. The following stops are made on the free walking tour but they’re also easy to visit independently. The tour was great for info and facts but a bit restrictive if you want to spend more time at the Brasov attractions. If somewhere appeals to you, come back the next day to explore it fully.

3. Council Square (Piata Sfatului)

Council Square Piata Sfatului

There’s no way you’ll miss Council Square; you’ll walk through it countless times while spending 2 days in Brasov. It’s an atmospheric place full of cafes and markets during the summer months and Christmas markets in the winter. It wasn’t always such a relaxed and fun place: the Council Square was once used for public floggings and executions. Our tour guide told us Romania’s last execution was in 1989 of Nicolae Ceausescu for his crimes against the Romanian citizens during his Communist rule. Nowadays, Romania’s difficult history is behind it. In summer weather, one of the best things to do in Brasov is sit in the main square with a pint or an ice cream and watch the world go by.

4. Catherine’s Tower

Catherine’s Tower things to do Brasov Romania

Built in 1559 as an entrance to Brasov’s City Walls, this was once the only entrance Romanians could use to travel in and out of their city. The four turrets around the main one are no accident: this was an old-fashioned indication that the keepers of the city weren’t afraid to execute those who broke the law. How’s that for a cautionary tale? There isn’t much to do at Catherine’s Gate apart from take a look. However, in the summer, outdoor cinemas are held so check what’s on (I believe they show a mix of Romanian and English language films).

5. Walk Romania’s smallest street

Rope Street 2 days in Brasov

Visiting Rope Street is a popular thing to do in Brasov because it holds an impressive title: the smallest alleyway in the country and one of the smallest in Europe . This modest cobbled alleyway is famed for its measurements: 111cm at its thinnest point. Its purpose? Allowing thoroughfare to firefighters accessing the main streets on either side. You can stroll through the skinny street independently or as part of a walking tour. Don’t forget to check out…

6. Rope Street Museum

For a museum that’s quick, colourful and free, spend 20 minutes here. There’s colourful artwork on display as well as a cafe where you can grab a coffee and people-watch at the exit of Rope Street.

7. Romania’s oldest school

Biserica Sfântul Nicolae what to do Brasov

Beside Biserica Sfântul Nicolae (Brasov’s Orthodox Church) is Romania’s oldest school and a museum to go with it. I stopped by briefly with the walking tour but wasn’t interested enough to go back a second time. If it sounds up your street, you can revisit during your 2 days in Brasov, going inside the church and checking out the museum.

8. Walk through the forest to the White & Black Towers

White tower hike things to do Brasov

For a relaxed thing to do in Brasov, take a gentle walk through the forest. Set your maps to Turnul Alb (White Tower). It’s not hard to find its counterpart nearby, Turnul Negru (Black Tower). One of the best things to see in Brasov is the view from this point. Spend a while soaking up the views and snapping photos.

9. The Black Church (Biserica Neagra)

White and Black Towers hike

Although I went inside the famous Black Church (pictured above), it was really just another church to me. Maybe I’d spent too long in Eastern Europe. Still, it’s worth a visit since it’s one of Brasov’s prominent features. With 600 years of history, it’s survived Ottoman and Tarter armies and, like most buildings in Europe it seems, been destroyed by a fire at least once. Note that it’s closed to visitors on Mondays.

10. Take the cable car to the Braşov sign

Hike to the Brasov sign

This is Brasov’s answer to the Hollywood sign! Locals claim it’s the better version due to the fact you can go behind it. The cable car costs 16 RON return. Make sure to leave enough time because queues can get very long in the summer. It runs from 9.30am-5.30pm but is closed on Sunday mornings and all day Monday.

11. Hiking Tampa Mountain

One of the best things to do in Brasov for hikers is summiting Tampa Mountain to reach the Brasov sign . Although I took the cable car, I hear this is a fun Brasov activity; you just need sturdy shoes with good grip. The hike to the top should take about 1 hour. Once you get to the top, there are several trails if you wish to continue hiking. But be sure not to wander too far from the path: there are wild boars and possibly even bears around.

12. Dinner at La Ceaun

La Ceaun restaurant

End your day of Brasov sightseeing with hearty Romanian fare. If you Google the best places to eat in Brasov , you will see La Ceaun crop up. My hostel owner and walking tour guide both recommended it and I wasn’t disappointed. The duck with red cabbage and the fried pork with polenta and garlic sauce were both amazing. The bill came to 50 RON per person including a beer, not bad at all!

13. Finish with papanasi

Papanasi Romanian doughnuts

What to do in Brasov for foodies? Eat papanasi, of course! Sure, kurtoskalacs are tasty but they’re not unique to Romania unlike these bready doughnuts drenched in blackcurrant jam and a ‘cheese’ sauce which tastes like liquid cheesecake. If that weren’t calorific enough, these delicacies can only be ordered in servings of two and each one is topped with a mini fried doughnut. Oh, Romania, you’ll be the death of me but I love you for it!

14. Bran Castle ( Dracula’s Castle)

Bran Castle things to do Brasov

Visiting Dracula’s Castle is easily one of the best things to do around Brasov. It’s 30km from the city and takes about 30 minutes to arrive by road. Although Bram Stoker never actually visited, it’s the fictional setting for his Dracula novel based on the real-life Romanian ruler, Vlad Tepes. Due to the gruesome ways he defeated his enemies, he earned the nickname ‘ Vlad the Impaler’. Not someone you’d want to mess with!

Read next: Brasov to Bran Castle – visiting Dracula’s Castle

Visiting Dracula’s Castle is easy. You can drive, take an affordable day tour from Brasov , or visit by public bus (all details in the guide above). Bran Castle gets very crowded during weekends and summer months so, if possible, visit early during these times.

15. Rasnov Citadel

Rasnov Citadel

Rasnov Citadel lies halfway between Brasov and Bran Castle. It’s easy to combine Bran and Rasnov into the same day. The town’s name is emblazoned on the hillside so you can hardly miss it. Rasnov Fortress is bigger than Bran Castle and offers spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. This fortress of protection in the Carpathian Mountains dates back to the 1300s when it was built to protect townspeople from the invading Tarters. From Rasnov town, hike up the hill or take the cable car. Entry is 12 RON (6 for students). I visited Rasnov by public bus on the way back from Bran Castle. However, you can also take a Bran & Rasnov tour from Brasov .

16. Try Kurtoskalacs

Kurtoskalacs Romanian chimney cake

Chimney cake is a fried dough dessert popular in Eastern Europe, commonly served hollow with nuts, chocolate or grated coconut. The one I ate in Brasov’s main square was absolutely enormous and could probably have fed a family of four, yet I ate it all to myself. YOLO. For more kurtoskalacs love, read my Prague food guide , Bratislava food guide and Budapest food guide ! Finished these things to do in Brasov? Here are a few days trips that might be of interest:

17. Peles Castle (day trip)

peles castle romania

If Bran and Rasnov didn’t satisfy your castle quota, take a trip to Peles Castle. Although it’s a 1.5 hour drive from Brasov, it’s worth it to explore Romania’s most beautiful castle (at least according to some!). Nestled in the Carpathian Mountains near the town of Sinaia, this Neo-Renaissance castle was built for the Romanian Royal Family. It’s well preserved inside and out, surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. Take a castles day tour (Bran, Rasnov and Peles) from Brasov .

18. Transfagarasan Highway (day trip)

Transfagarasan Highway  romania

It’s possible to visit Romania’s most famous road as a day trip from Brasov. The beauty of this windy road zigzagging through the mountains is indescribable. Built on the orders of ex-dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, the Transfagarasan Highway has become one of the most photographed places in Romania, as well as a pilgrimage for travellers looking for fun things to do from Brasov. Take a Transfagarasan Highway day tour from Brasov incorporating other highlights of the region like Balea Lac and waterfall, Lake Vidraru, Curtea de Argeș Monastery and Poienari Castle.

19. Sibiu (day trip)

Sibui from brasov day trip

Although I stayed overnight in Sibiu and spend two full days there, you can see the best of this tiny Transylvanian town in just one day. Sibiu is a 2.5-hour drive from Brasov so it’s a long day trip but doable if you only have a day to spare. You can book a Sibiu day tour to transport you there and back with time to explore this picturesque medieval settlement. Aside from wandering the quaint squares, venturing inside the cathedral and climbing the Council Tower for panoramic views, the highlight might be the eerie ‘houses with eyes’. Although designed with ventilation in mind, these colourful homes give the distinct impression they’re watching you…

20. Sighișoara (day trip)

If you’ve run out of things to do in Brasov, another worthwhile day trip is to Sighișoara, 1.5 hours away. Sighișoara is much smaller than Sibiu and although there’s less to do, this isn’t a problem if you’re just visiting for a day. Few places embody a traditional Transylvanian village better. In fact, Sighișoara’s 12th-century walled Old Town is now a UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. There are plenty of quaint things to do in Sighișoara although I’d advise skipping Casa Vlad, t he touristy birthplace of Dracula. Book a Sighisoara day tour from Brasov .

Sighișoara day trip from brasov

Brasov itinerary for 2 days

Day 1: Start with brunch at Le Birou Bistro before boarding the cable car (or hiking) to the Brasov sign at Tampa Mountain. For the afternoon, tour the historical Brasov attractions including Council Square, Catherine’s Tower, Rope Street and the White & Black Towers. Finish with dinner at La Ceaun. Day 2: Continue your Brasov sightseeing by visiting a few of Romania’s spectacular castles. At a minimum, visit Bran Castle and Rasnov Citadel by car, organised day tour or public bus. For the whole shebang, take a 3 castle trip including Peles . Extra days: Consider day trips to Transfagarasan Highway, Sighișoara or Sibiu.

I hope you enjoyed these Brasov things to do!

Check out my other Romania blogs:

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  • Things to do in Timisoara
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One Day in Brasov Itinerary: A Day Trip from Bucharest

Published on December 11, 2023

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Planning a one day in Brasov itinerary is an excellent way to see one of Transylvania’s most beautiful towns and enjoy the gorgeous scenery that lies in the Carpathian mountains.

One of the highlights of visiting Romania, Brasov is known to be the jumping-off point for visiting some of the region’s most imposing castles.

The town itself is filled with incredible history and a wonderful atmosphere that makes it a joy to explore. Whether you’re winding your way through Transylvania or are simply looking for a day trip from Bucharest, heading to Brasov is a wonderful addition to any trip to Romania.

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How Many Days in Brasov?

Deciding how many days to spend in Brasov can be a difficult feat due to the gap between how long visitors typically stay and how much time to spend in Brasov is ideal to really understand the city and do it justice.

Many visitors often allocate only a brief window for Brasov, typically as part of a Transylvania tour. However, in my view, a full day is essential to truly appreciate the city.

A day trip from Bucharest to Brasov allows ample time to explore key sites without feeling rushed. While even a short stop in Brasov is better than not visiting at all, taking the time to move at a leisurely pace is much more enjoyable.

Furthermore, if you plan on spending time in other parts of Transylvania as part of a longer Romania itinerary , Brasov is an ideal city to have as a base to explore elsewhere in the region, especially to places like Peles Castle, Sibiu and Sighisoara.

The city has just about everything you can need, with a lovely small-town feel and bygone ambiance.

Brasov Sign on a Mount Tampa

Getting To & Around Brasov

Due to its location in central Romania, Brasov is pretty convenient to reach, whether you prefer to rent a car during your travels, take a train, or fly.

Brasov can be reached by car in about 2.5 from Romania’s capital of Bucharest , just under 4 hours from Transylvania’s unofficial capital of Cluj-Napoca and about 5 hours from the city of Timisoara.

Renting a car for your time in Brasov is a great option if you plan on visiting other areas of Transylvania and Romania, especially since parking in Brasov isn’t too difficult to get a hold of unless you’re staying in the old town of the city. You can browse car rental options here .

If you’re already in Romania and prefer to take the train to Brasov, the city is easily accessible by Romanian rail and bus. Trains to Brasov are pretty frequent from major cities in Romania as well as smaller towns and cities that are close to Brasov, such as Rasnov and Sibiu. You can view schedules here .

Regarding train companies, Romania features both national and private rail services. This implies that the price, quality, and speed of your journey may vary depending on the company you choose to travel with.

Romania’s National rail company, CFR Calatori is typically the cheapest to travel with as well as the one with the most frequent services, with the downside of older trains usually with no air conditioning and slower services.

The private train companies in Romania such as Căile Ferate Române, Softrans, and Regiotrans will all be slightly more expensive, as well as more comfortable, with air-conditioned carriages.

Regardless of which company you decide to travel with, Romania is undoubtedly a country to conveniently and affordably travel around, and travelling to Brasov is no exception.

As of June 2023, Brasov has its own airport, Brasov-Ghimbav Airport, located a short 11 km outside the city centre. While the airport currently only services a small handful of routes from Germany and the UK, more airlines and routes are expected to be added to the flight schedule in the future.

For those of you who are looking to only do a day trip from Bucharest and not spend the night, there are several organised tours available such as this full-day tour or this private tour.

When you arrive in Brasov, the three most common ways to get around the city are; public transportation, ride-sharing, and walking.

Bus transport and trolleybuses serve public transportation in Brasov. The system consists of approximately 60 buses, offering frequent services with numerous stops across the city. This extensive network allows convenient travel to and from your destinations during your visit.

Tickets are affordable and can be purchased at a RAT kiosk throughout the city and must be in your possession before boarding, as well as validated at the machine once on board.

Ride-sharing apps, such as Uber or Bolt, are incredibly popular in Romania, as well as affordable. For reference, a 10-minute ride in Brasov will set you back around 20 lei (€4) and shorter rides will be slightly cheaper.

Drivers are plentiful, friendly, and the ease of booking through user-friendly apps enhances the overall convenience of using ride-sharing services in Brasov.

While the city of Brasov is one of Romania’s biggest cities and sprawls several urban and residential areas, the city centre is rather compact, making it easy and enjoyable to get around on foot.

The unique blend of architecture and pleasant surroundings creates a charming atmosphere for leisurely strolls, allowing you to immerse yourself in the rich history and vibrant culture that define Brasov.

Council Square

1-Day Brasov Itinerary

This one-day itinerary in Brasov will take you on a journey from the city’s medieval historic centre, winding through its ancient Dacian streets, taking in the city’s historic monuments, breathing in the fresh Carpathian air, and enjoying comforting, classic Transylvanian dishes.

Council Square

Start your day in the central Council Square, or Piața Sfatului in Romanian. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy a panoramic view of Brasov, embracing the vibrant Baroque buildings, the historic Black Church, and the lush Carpathian Mountains gracefully tucked behind the city.

The Council Square has a history dating back several centuries and has been a central hub for civic and commercial activities since medieval times, spanning various occupations in the city, from the Ottomans to the Saxons and most recently, the Hungarians.

This intricate history is deeply reflected in the architecture of Council Square, and by taking a moment, or a few, by stopping at one of the cafés lining the square, you’ll see that Brasov is a city that both preserves and presents its past, seamlessly blending it with the culture of the present.

The Black Church

One of Brasov’s most recognized monuments, The Black Church, or Biserica Neagră, is situated just behind Council Square.

As the largest Gothic church in Romania, this remarkably well-preserved Orthodox church dating back to the 14th century stands as an iconic symbol representing the city’s resilience despite its tumultuous history.

Initially named as the Church of Saint Mary, the Black Church took its current name after a major fire in Brasov in 1689, which resulted in the darkening of the church’s walls. The fire, a devastating event in the city’s history, led to extensive restoration work, including the introduction of Baroque elements to the church’s interior.

While the church is a marvel in itself from the outside, I recommend visiting the inside as well to gain a deeper understanding of one of the most defining features of Brasov.

The church is typically open daily for visits (check times in advance) and tickets can be purchased either online, or across the street from the Black Church’s giftshop, INSPIRATIO.

Black Church in Brasov, Romania

Wander Brasov’s Historic Streets

After exploring the Black Church, I recommend dedicating a substantial portion of your day to strolling through the historic cobbled streets of Brasov.

With structures dating back centuries and an intimate small-town ambiance, this, in my opinion, is the ideal way to acquaint yourself with the city.

The Old Town features charming bookshops like the historically housed Librăria Humanitas, decorated with stunning original frescoes on the ceiling.

Additionally, you’ll encounter a wide array of unique shops, from well-known high street stores to independent shops offering traditional Transylvanian and Romanian goods. Don’t miss the lively markets, each creating a vibrant atmosphere with quirky finds.

You could also take in the Black Tower and the nearby, larger White Tower (Turnul Negru and Turnul Alb in Romanian respectively). These medieval fortresses were constructed in the 15th century and the White Tower houses its own small museum.

It’s also worth wandering over to the First Romanian School Museum, which is a fascinating history museum housed in a beautiful Baroque building that was originally constructed in the late 16th Century.

To learn more information about Brasov and its history, I suggest taking part in a walking tour, where you’ll wander throughout the city with a local while learning interesting pieces of information as well as suggestions for your stay.

Walkabout Free Tour is a free walking tour (tip-based) that meets in Council Square and takes you through the city’s 800 years of history. You can join a paid walking tour .

The Black Tower

Mount Tampa & the Brasov Sign

After making yourself familiar with Brasov’s Old Town and most iconic historic monuments, it’s time to make your way above the city to admire the city’s most recognisable modern-day monument, the Brasov sign.

In the same style as the Hollywood sign yet sitting in the Carpathian Mountains rather than the Hollywood Hills, there’s nothing more iconic about modern-day Brasov than its white sign looking out over the city.

The sign is located at Tampa Peak, 422m above the city of Brasov and easily offers some of the most spectacular, panoramic views of Brasov, the surrounding Carpathian Mountains and mystical Transylvanian wilderness.

To get to the Brasov sign and Tampa Peak, you have two options; either take a 2-minute ride from the boundaries of Brasov’s old town by the Tampa Cable Car, or embark on an invigorating hike beneath the cable car to reach the Brasov sign and Tampa Peak.

With positives and negatives of both, it ultimately depends on which suits you best to reach the peak. If you’re staying in Brasov for more than a day, you can also do both, as you’ll likely find yourself wanting to return.

The Tampa Cable Car operates daily, excluding Mondays, throughout most of the year. Extended hours are available during peak summer months. Though not comparable to a Disney World attraction, it offers a swift and pleasant ascent of Tampa Mountain, providing beautiful views without the physical strain of a hike, for those who prefer to skip it.

Once you reach the top, you’ll come across an inviting atmosphere, with a restaurant/café, and the magical feeling that you’ve just been transported into the mountains from the city! From here, you’re just a short 5-minute walk away from the Brasov sign and lookout points from Tampa Peak.

If you’re up for hiking to Tampa Peak, the trail begins at the base of Tampa Mountain, following well-marked trails through lush forests and meadows. The ascent provides a rewarding challenge, yet not too difficult for those in moderately good shape, leading to panoramic views of Brasov and the surrounding landscapes.

If you decide to embark on the hike, make sure you wear comfortable clothing and shoes, carry water, and check the weather conditions before setting out, as the cable car won’t run in adverse weather.

While Brasov is a delight from its streets below, it’s a completely different experience seeing it from above, with the unique perspective of easily being able to take in the centuries of history through its varying architecture, both Saxon, Transylvania, and Brutalist. There’s no doubt that going up Mt Tampa is one of the best things to do in Brasov.

The view of Brasov from the top of Mt Tampa

Dinner at La Ceaun

Whether you’ve hiked up Tampa Peak or were whisked up by cable car, you’ve probably built up an appetite at this point and Brasov is a wonderful place to be hungry, thanks to its hearty traditional food, and cosy, welcoming restaurants.

My recommendation for dinner and to round out your day in Brasov is to head back to Council Square and eat at La Ceaun, or the Cauldron. Here, traditional Romanian flavours meet contemporary presentation.

This charming restaurant offers a diverse menu showcasing regional specialities, savoury dishes, warm hospitality, and a cosy ambiance makes dining at La Ceaun a memorable experience in the heart of Brasov.

Dinner at La Ceaun

Have 2 Days in Brasov?

As stated previously, Brasov is a wonderful city to spend more than one day in, whether you decide to spend 2 days in Brasov, discovering the city further or using it as a base while visiting other nearby areas.

Bran Castle

Undoubtedly the most renowned site in Transylvania, Bran Castle, famously known as Dracula’s Castle, graces the town of Bran, just 30 km outside of Brasov.

While a taxi or car provides the most convenient access, a bus operates every 30 minutes on weekdays and hourly on weekends from Brasov’s Terminal 2 (Autogara Bartolomeu) to Bran. The scenic 45-minute journey unveils Transylvanian landscapes and quaint towns.

Explore the medieval Bran Castle, and afterwards, meander through Bran’s historic corners, giving impressive views of the castle from below.

If you have your own car, it is also very easy to pair a trip to Bran with a stop in the small town of Rasnov, located about halfway between Brasov and Bran. Known for the imposing Rasnov Fortress, it’s a great place to stop off and wander around for a bit. You can also join an organised tour.

Bran Castle

Libearty Bear Sanctuary

For a different kind of trip outside of Brasov, I highly suggest visiting the emotional yet inspiring, Libearty Bear Sanctuary, the largest bear sanctuary in Europe, located near Zarnesti, 25 km outside of Brasov.

Libearty Bear is one of the most notable wildlife conservation projects in the region and continues to grow, saving more animals from treacherous conditions. Established in 2005, the sanctuary is dedicated to rescuing and providing a safe, natural environment for captive bears that have been previously exploited for entertainment or kept in inadequate conditions.

Consider pre-booking tickets in advance , as guided tours are the only way of exploring the Libearty Bear Sanctuary. All proceeds from ticket sales contribute to the sanctuary’s mission and consider adopting your very own bear to support their ongoing welfare efforts.

Where to Stay in Brasov

Arce Boutique Hotel – Located within a minute’s of Brasov’s main attractions, this little boutique hotel has several comfortable rooms, a great terrace, an exceptional breakfast and lots of other perks.

Pensiunea Toscana – A good upmarket option in the Old Town of Brasov, this hotel has a range of plush rooms, an inviting on-site bar, a great breakfast and a lovely garden for guests to enjoy.

Zozo Hostel – This is a good place to stay in Brasov for budget and solo travellers, this cabin-like hostel is cosy and offers both dorms and private rooms. They have great common areas and self-catering facilities.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Brasov hotels!

While Brasov isn’t the city that typically comes to mind when thinking of medieval European cities, it’s a destination that should definitely be on your travel radar.

Are you planning to visit Brasov? Have any questions about this itinerary? Let us know in the comments!

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Brasov, Romania Travel Guide

April 9, 2023 By Hangry Backpacker Leave a Comment

Brasov is one of the top travel destinations in Romania for international and domestic tourists. The most well-known city in Transylvania (due to a certain nearby castle), Brasov is also the 3rd largest city in Transylvania and one of the largest in all of Romania.

Old Town Brasov and Biserica Neagra from Black Tower viewpoint

Of course, people don’t choose to travel to Brasov simply due to its size. With about 250,000 residents (sources vary considerably), it’s not that big. The reason people visit Brasov, aside from the famous nearby castle, is for the fascinating history and cool sights that make up Old Town.

Unlike other famous travel destinations in the region, such as Sighisoara or Sibiu , Brasov doesn’t feel as much like Transylvania. Historically, it certainly is, and there was a sizable remaining minority population of Hungarians only a decade ago.

Today, Brasov feels more like a nice Romanian city. It has a blend of old and new, ranging from medieval remnants in a German and Hungarian old city to Communist era blocks and modern structures, too.

Brasov feels much larger than the official statistics might indicate. Old Town is busy and full of tourists. Areas away from Old Town appear equally as bustling. Outside of the tourist bubble that is Old Town Brasov, it’s unmistakable that you are in modern Romania.

View of Old Town Brasov Romania from Tampa Mountain

Although Old Town is the shining star, other parts of the city are worth your time. Whether you want to explore real life in the city, eat cheaper or enjoy some hiking, Brasov has a lot to offer.

Highlights & Best Things to Do

The most notable sights in Brasov are in and around Old Town. There are towers, picturesque squares, famous churches, well-preserved streets of Trasylvanian architecture, shops, food and more.

Old Town Brasov is the center of tourism in the city. It is popular and busy throughout the year. The rest of Brasov is not as quaint or polished, but it does provide an interesting contrast from the tourist bubble.

Communist Block Architecture high rise buildings in Romania

You can travel to Brasov and enjoy every moment with a healthy dose of wandering nothing but the Old Town, but here are the best things we recommend taking the time to see and do:

Old Town Brasov

Old Town is where most people spend their time when visiting Brasov. This is where you’ll find everything you you’ve heard about, from historic churches to restaurants galore. You’re also likely to find thousands of other tourists.

Council Square Piata Sfatului Fountain Brasov Romania

The center of Old Town is Piața Sfatului, ‘Council Square’ in English. The open square features a photogenic museum, the 600-year-old former Council House, right in the center. The scene surrounding the square is beautiful. There are hills to the west and mountains to the east, sandwiching colorful buildings and orange-tiled rooftops.

At times, it’s hard to believe that this is Romania. It’s certainly not what most people envision when they imagine how the country appears.

Bran Castle

The single most popular tourist attraction in Brasov isn’t even in Brasov. Well, technically, it’s in Brasov County but not the city.

Bran Castle, commonly referred to as Dracula’s Castle, is associated with Bram Stoker’s Dracula and, thus, the Dracula myth itself. Due to the notoriety of Bran Castle, Brasov has even become synonymous with Dracula. The castle is actually about an hour outside of the city.

Bran Castle Dracula in Romania view from field below

For this famous attraction, we’ve created an entire guide that covers how to get there, costs, whether it is really worth a visit and more. Check out The Hangry Backpacker’s Guide to Visiting Bran Castle !

Medieval Towers of Brasov

Brasov has several historic towers remaining from the Romanian Medieval era.

Catherine's Gate, a gate from the Middle Ages with turrets, Poarta Ecateinei in Romanian

Strangely, as nice and polished as the old city appears, some of these towers are in rough shape. In fact, I visited two of them that essentially function as canvases for graffiti. From the information I found online, it seems they used to be open. They had small museums or exhibits inside but have since fallen into disrepair.

Old Tower in Transylvania on a hill with grafitti

Despite the poor maintenance, these are still worth a visit. The views from the towers are spectacular. In particular, Turnul Negru and Turnul Alb are in rough shape but remain great spots to see a nice view of Brasov from the west. On the edge of a small park, find a bench or open steps to take in the view for as long as you like.

These towers appear much higher up when looking from Council Square, but the walk up isn’t much of a trek.

Another note: Google Maps says these two towers are permanently closed. While you cannot go inside, the exterior (and the great views) is still very much open.

Narrowest Street in Romania

Strada Sforii is a curious attraction in Brasov. Translating to ‘Rope Street’ in English, this tiny corridor is a street. Not a path or an alleyway, it’s an official city street.

Strada Sforii narrowest street in Romania with archway and grafitti on walls

Strada Sforii is the narrowest street in Romania and one of the narrowest in all of Europe. There’s not a lot to see or do here, but you can’t miss this strange attraction. Well, you can miss it rather easily. It’s super small. But you should make a point of seeing it.

Hangry Backpacker standing on Strada Sforii Rope Street the narrowest street in Romania

The street is tiny. For reference, see the picture above. Yes, I am a large human, but the street is less than four-and-half feet across at its widest point. Strada Sforii is a peculiar sight, indeed, but it’s also a fun, random place to visit and take some fun pictures.

Biserica Neagra, the Black Church of Brasov

Biserica Neagra, also known as the Black Church, is one of the most important and significant churches in Transylvania. The church dates back to the 1300s and supposedly gets its name from a massive 17th Century fire that left the city in ruins and the church soot-covered and charred.

exterior of the Black Church of Brasov in Romania

This is the most prominent structure in Brasov. It stands out from every viewpoint of Old Town, and it even rises above the adjacent Council Square, which is the de facto historic city center.

The age of this church sets it apart from most Lutheran churches in Transylvania. Built before the Reformation, Biserica Neagra was originally the Catholic Church of Saint Mary. The Roman Catholic origins are evident in the interior. It is considerably more ornate than the typical Lutheran structure.

Organ Concert

The most impressive interior feature of Brasov’s Black Church is the organ. The 4000 pipe organ is one of the largest in Europe. When it plays, it thunders and roars inside the thick, stone walls.

Biserica Neagra pipe organ in Lutheran Church

It’s not often that we are able to experience these large pipe organs put to work in historic churches. If you visit Brasov during Summer, you can do exactly that.

From June to September (exact dates vary), there is a weekly concert on Saturdays. For an hour, you can sit in the church pews and hear a professional organist put on a truly unique, incredible performance.

This is, by far, one of my favorite experiences in Romania. As a musician and lover of history, few combinations are equal. Only a bottle of wine and Romanian charcuterie board could have made this even better, but that may not be church-appropriate.

Nave of Lutheran Cathedral Biserica Neagra, the Black Church, in Brasov Romania

If you’re in Brasov during Summer on a Saturday, do not miss the Organ concert at the Black Church. An added benefit of this is you can squeeze in a visit to the church before/after the concert. Tickets are 20 Lei (less than $5 USD).

Brasov ‘Hollywood’ Sign

Rising above the old city of Brasov is Tampa Mountain. Atop this mountain is a sign that reads ‘BRASOV.’

Tampa Mountain behind Old Town Brasov in Transylvania Romania

Clearly inspired by the Hollywood sign, this sign in Romania has become a notable landmark in Brasov and also one of the best things to do in the city. The view from the top of Tampa Mountain is one of the best viewpoints I’ve ever had the pleasure to witness. From Old Town, the sign doesn’t look that big. When you reach the top, that perspective changes. It’s pretty darn big.

You can hike up the hike to the top or take the old cable car. Interestingly, Brasov isn’t the only city in Romania with a ‘Hollywood’ sign. These are popping up elsewhere, too. Look for the Hangry Backpacker’s Guide to Hiking to the top of Tampa Mountain Viewpoint coming soon!

Eating in Brasov

Eating in Brasov is interesting. There are so many restaurants in Old Town, it truly is difficult to choose where to eat. Many of these are more expensive than they should be, obviously due to the location and high number of tourists.

People eating outside on the streets of Brasov in the evening

You can still find cheap food, and you won’t have any trouble finding non-Romanian food. This is a slight challenge for food-focused, international tourists like myself, but I still managed to eat Romanian food whenever that was my goal.

To fully understand and prepare, check out the Hangry Backpacker Guide to Eating in Brasov !

Brasov Transportation

It is easy to get around Brasov. The main train station is a fairly long walk (about 45 minutes), so most people will want to get an Uber to Old Town. Once you reach Old Town, though, everything is within walking distance.

Main Entrance of Brasov Train Station

The best way to reach Brasov from elsewhere in Romania is via bus or train.

Trains are slow, but they are cheap and reliable. You can reach Brasov (without transfer) from Bucharest , Sibiu, Cluj and many other cities. There are even international routes from Central Europe.

Buses are more comfortable but generally more expensive. They can be faster. Due to potential traffic jams, buses are less reliable.

An international airport is set to open in June 2023 . This has the potential to make a tremendous impact on travel and tourism in Brasov, specifically, and Transylvania as a whole. Direct flights from cities in Europe are already planned, which will likely cut down on the tedious travel that is required to get around Romania.

Personally, I think Romania is a wonderful place to travel. The historic region of Transylvania is the clear-cut favorite for tourists, but the rest of the country is absolutely travel-worthy, too. The new airport in Brasov is a needed advancement in infrastructure, but don’t let it keep you from seeing more of Romania.

Check out our Romania Transportation Guide before you travel to Brasov!

The Best Time to Travel to Brasov

Summertime in Brasov is nice. The weather is warm. Summer is the wettest time of year, but it isn’t really that much. I enjoyed five days of sunshine in early Summer. This is the most popular time of year to visit Brasov, though. In particular, I noticed a surprising amount of domestic tourists. The streets of Old Town become very busy.

crowded street with people sitting at tables and walking in Brasov

Winter is cold. With an elevation of more than 1700 feet, snow is also a regular occurrence. For me, this is not going to be my preferred time to travel to Romania.

There is one exception: Christmas markets. Brasov has a nice Christmas market. Whenever I make a trip specifically to visit European Christmas markets, Romania will absolutely be on my list.

How Long Should You Stay?

Brasov is a popular place to travel in Romania. Depending on how much time you have, you can make a quick visit for the highlights or take it slow.

To see the highlights of Old Town and take a day-trip to Bran Castle, you can do this in two full days. You’ll be moving around quickly, and there won’t be a lot of time to explore, but it is feasible. This is a little too fast for my liking, though.

I stayed in Brasov for five days. This will be too long for most people, but I enjoy the ability to thoroughly explore the historic part of the city, wander away from this area and then leave the option for day trips, hikes, etc.

Large brightly colored mural in St John's Square, Brasov

Three to four days is the sweet spot. This is plenty of time to take a day trip to Bran (or elsewhere), explore Old Town and take your time doing all of this. If possible, try to include a weekday or two to avoid the weekend crowds.

Where to Stay

Backpackers can breathe a sigh of relief. Unlike most of Romania, Brasov actually has a few hostels. I love hostels , so I was thrilled to find these. These range from comfortable to party-centric.

There is a wide range of hotels in Brasov . You can find a place on any budget. Like most of Romania (outside Bucharest), large international hotel chains do not have much of a footprint. I expect this will change in the coming years, especially with the opening of the new airport.

For now, small and family-owned hotels dominate the city. These are excellent options that are affordable, comfortable and friendly. Best of all, I love that these types of hotels benefit the local population directly and much more than chains.

Brasov is one of the most popular travel destinations in Romania for good reason. The historic city has elements of its historic Transylvanian past all the way to 21st Century Romania immediately visible.

Colorful old buildings along a street in Brasov Romania with a church steeple in the distance

While Brasov is most associated with that famous nearby castle, there are better reasons to visit than Dracula associations. Photogenic streets, medieval towers, great food and culture – this is just the start.

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ENJOY BRASOV

ENJOY BRASOV: Welcome to “Enjoy Brasov,” a comprehensive travel guide designed to help you make the most of your visit to Brasov

Welcome to “Enjoy Brasov,” a comprehensive travel guide designed to help you make the most of your visit to this charming and historic city nestled in the heart of Romania’s Carpathian Mountains. With its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture, Brasov is a must-visit destination for travelers seeking a unique and memorable experience. In this “Enjoy Brasov” guide, we’ll explore the city’s top attractions, activities, accommodations, dining options, and much more.

  • History and Architecture

To truly “Enjoy Brasov,” one must delve into the city’s rich history and admire its stunning architecture. Founded by Teutonic Knights in the 13th century, Brasov has long been a significant cultural and commercial center in Transylvania. As you wander the cobblestone streets, you’ll encounter well-preserved medieval buildings, magnificent churches, and remnants of the city’s ancient fortifications.

The Council Square (Piața Sfatului) serves as the heart of Brasov’s historic center, featuring colorful baroque buildings and the iconic Black Church (Biserica Neagră), the largest gothic church in Romania. As you continue to “Enjoy Brasov,” visit the medieval Bran Castle, often associated with the legend of Dracula, and explore the fortified churches of Prejmer and Hărman, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  • Nature and Outdoor Activities

Surrounded by the majestic Carpathian Mountains, Brasov is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. In this “Enjoy Brasov” guide, you’ll find a variety of activities to suit all interests and fitness levels. Hike or take the cable car up to Mount Tâmpa for breathtaking panoramic views of the city, or venture further into the mountains to explore the Piatra Craiului National Park, where stunning landscapes, diverse flora and fauna, and picturesque trails await.

For adrenaline-seekers looking to “Enjoy Brasov,” consider paragliding, rock climbing, or mountain biking in the nearby hills and valleys. In winter, Poiana Brasov, one of Romania’s most popular ski resorts, offers excellent skiing and snowboarding opportunities, as well as a lively après-ski scene.

  • Local Cuisine and Dining

To “Enjoy Brasov” to the fullest, be sure to indulge in the city’s diverse culinary scene. Romanian cuisine is a delightful mix of flavors and influences, with traditional dishes such as sarmale (cabbage rolls), mămăligă (polenta), and mititei (grilled minced meat rolls) taking center stage. Discover Brasov’s best restaurants and cafes, from casual eateries serving hearty Romanian fare to upscale establishments offering modern interpretations of classic dishes.

For a truly unique dining experience, visit La Ceaun, where traditional Romanian stews are served in large cauldrons, or dine at Dei Frati, a stylish Italian eatery housed in a beautifully restored medieval building. To satisfy your sweet tooth, try kürtőskalács, a delicious spiral-shaped pastry, and papanasi, a traditional Romanian dessert featuring doughnuts filled with sweet cheese and topped with fruit preserves.

  • Cultural Experiences

As you continue to “Enjoy Brasov,” immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant culture and arts scene. Attend performances at the Reduta Cultural Centre or visit the city’s numerous art galleries, such as the Art Museum in the baroque-style Banski Palace. For a truly unique experience, join a guided tour of the city’s landmarks or participate in a themed walking tour focused on Brasov’s legends and mysteries.

  • Shopping and Souvenirs

While discovering Brasov, take the time to explore the city’s diverse shopping scene. From charming boutiques and traditional markets to modern shopping malls, you’ll find a variety of options to suit your preferences. As you “Enjoy Brasov,” don’t forget to pick up some unique souvenirs to remember your trip, such as traditional Romanian pottery, hand-carved wooden items, or locally-produced honey and wines.

For an authentic shopping experience, visit the Piata Agroalimentara, a bustling local market where you can find fresh produce, cheeses, and other traditional Romanian delicacies. For handcrafted goods and souvenirs, head to the Council Square (Piața Sfatului), where you’ll find a variety of shops selling local products and artisanal crafts.

  • Nightlife and Entertainment

To “Enjoy Brasov” by night, explore the city’s vibrant nightlife scene, which includes lively bars, cozy pubs, and stylish clubs. Start your evening with a drink at a traditional Romanian pub like Deane’s Irish Pub & Grill, where you can enjoy local beers and hearty snacks in a warm and friendly atmosphere. For a more sophisticated experience, sip on expertly-crafted cocktails at The Gin Factory or listen to live music at the Rockstadt Club.

If you’re looking for late-night entertainment, dance the night away at clubs like Club Ambasador or Club Moving, both popular destinations for locals and visitors alike. No matter your preference, Brasov’s nightlife offers something for everyone looking to “Enjoy Brasov” after the sun goes down.

  • Seasonal Events and Festivals

Throughout the year, Brasov hosts a variety of events and festivals that showcase the city’s rich culture and history. As you “Enjoy Brasov,” be sure to check the local event calendar to see what’s happening during your visit.

Some of the city’s most popular events include the Brasov International Film Festival, showcasing independent films from around the world; the Transilvania International Guitar Festival, featuring talented musicians and masterclasses; and the Junii Festival, a vibrant celebration of traditional Romanian customs and folklore. By attending these events, you’ll gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the city’s unique heritage.

  • Day Trips from Brasov

As you continue to “Enjoy Brasov,” consider taking advantage of the city’s convenient location to explore the wider Transylvania region. Numerous day trips can be easily arranged from Brasov, allowing you to discover the area’s fascinating history, stunning landscapes, and charming towns.

Popular day trip destinations include the picturesque medieval city of Sighisoara, the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler (also known as Dracula); the Saxon villages of Viscri and Biertan, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites; and the awe-inspiring Transfagarasan Highway, which snakes through the Carpathian Mountains and offers breathtaking views. Each of these destinations adds a unique dimension to your “Enjoy Brasov” experience.

  • Accommodations in Brasov

To truly “Enjoy Brasov,” it’s essential to find the perfect accommodation that suits your needs and preferences. The city offers a wide range of options, from budget-friendly hostels and cozy guesthouses to luxurious hotels and elegant boutique properties. No matter your budget or travel style, you’ll find a comfortable and welcoming place to rest your head after a day of exploring Brasov’s many attractions.

For a unique and memorable stay, consider booking a room at the stunning Aro Palace Hotel, a luxurious five-star property located in the heart of Brasov’s historic center. Alternatively, enjoy the charm and character of Casa Wagner, a beautifully restored 17th-century building situated on the Council Square (Piața Sfatului). For budget-conscious travelers looking to “Enjoy Brasov” without breaking the bank, consider staying at the friendly Kismet Dao Hostel or the modern and affordable Centrum House Hostel.

  • Transportation in Brasov

Navigating the city and its surrounding areas is an essential part of any “Enjoy Brasov” experience. Fortunately, Brasov boasts a well-developed transportation network, making it easy for visitors to explore the city and beyond. Local buses and taxis provide convenient and affordable options for getting around the city, while the central train station connects Brasov to other major destinations in Romania and Europe.

For those who prefer to explore at their own pace, consider renting a car or a bicycle to traverse the city and its surrounding countryside. Many of the city’s top attractions, such as the Black Church and Council Square, are easily accessible on foot, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in Brasov’s enchanting atmosphere.

  • Local Customs and Etiquette

To “Enjoy Brasov” and connect with its warm and welcoming locals, it’s helpful to understand some of the city’s customs and etiquette. Romanians are known for their hospitality and are eager to share their culture and traditions with visitors. When entering someone’s home, it’s customary to remove your shoes and bring a small gift, such as a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates.

When dining out in Brasov, it’s common to tip around 10% for good service, and it’s polite to round up the bill to the nearest whole number in taxis. As you continue to “Enjoy Brasov,” you’ll likely encounter the Romanian language, which is a Romance language closely related to Italian, French, and Spanish. While many locals speak English, especially in the tourism industry, learning a few basic Romanian phrases can go a long way in making connections and enhancing your travel experience.

  • Safety in Brasov

As you “Enjoy Brasov,” it’s important to keep safety in mind, just as you would in any travel destination. Generally, Brasov is considered a safe city, with low crime rates and a friendly atmosphere. However, it’s always a good idea to exercise common sense and take precautions to protect yourself and your belongings.

Be aware of your surroundings, especially in crowded areas, and keep your personal belongings secure. It’s also recommended to avoid walking alone in poorly lit areas at night. In case of emergencies, dial 112 for assistance from the police, ambulance, or fire services.

By following these simple safety tips and guidelines, you can focus on what truly matters: experiencing and enjoying all that the captivating city of Brasov has to offer.

As you explore Brasov and its many attractions, immerse yourself in its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning landscapes. Use this comprehensive “Enjoy Brasov” guide as a roadmap for your journey, and discover the beauty and charm that await you in this unforgettable Romanian destination.

ENJOY BRASOV 2023

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19 Great Things to Do in Brasov, Museums, History and Travel Guide

December 10, 2023 | Posted in: Romania

Brasov Travel Guide

Brasov is a city in central Romania, located 166 kilometers (103 miles) north of the capital Bucharest, it is surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains and is part of the historical Transylvania region. Brasov has a population composed of 267,480 residents as of 2023.

Brasov was founded in 1211 by the Teutonic Knights. It was later settled by German Saxons and became one of Transylvania’s seven-walled citadels. Its location on trade routes between the Ottoman Empire and Western Europe allowed Brasov to prosper as an important commercial hub. The city has a rich history going back over 800 years with Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture. Key landmarks include the 14th-century Black Church, the Old Town fortifications and narrow Rope Street. Brasov endured invasions but often retained autonomy over its history before becoming part of unified Romania in 1918.

Visiting Brasov includes exploring the baroque buildings and cafes surrounding Council Square, Brasov's largest Gothic church called the Black Church, hiking trails up Mount Tampa for panoramic views, seeing the narrowest street in Europe called Rope Street and taking day trips to nearby attractions like Bran Castle and Rasnov Citadel. Visitors can see remnants of medieval fortified walls and towers, relax in cafes along the lively pedestrian street Strada Republicii or tour museums and landmarks showcasing Brasov's complex multi-ethnic history. Brasov lies within the Eastern European Time zone, 2 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+2) and switches to Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+3) during summer.

Listed below are the things to do in Brasov.

  • Council Square. Council is Brasov, Romania's historic main square and marketplace, surrounded by colorful baroque buildings and cafes. The Gothic Council House on the square was built in 1420 and once hosted town council meetings. Visitors can explore the pedestrian Republicii Street, lined with shops and cafes. The Black Church, Brasov's largest Gothic church, sits along one side of the square. Council Square offers beautiful views of Mount Tampa and comes alive on evenings and weekends when locals gather.
  • Biserica Neagra (The Black Church). The Black Church is Brasov, Romania’s largest Gothic church, built between 1383 and 1477. It earned its name after a fire-blackened its walls in the 17th century. The church draws tourists with its immense size for a Gothic church, measuring 89 meters long and 38 meters wide. Visitors can admire the architecture and decor, including the original 1839 Baroque organ and a collection of Anatolian rugs donated long ago.
  • Mount Tampa (Muntele Tâmpa). Mount Tampa is a 960-meter peak overlooking Brașov that offers panoramic city views and hiking trails. Its steep slopes rise directly next to central Brașov, with the mountain’s base inside the city and its peak only 1 kilometer from the main square. The mountain is especially known for its views over Brașov and the giant Hollywood-inspired “BRASOV” sign on its slopes, a famous city landmark. Visitors can hike various difficult trails, relax at the summit’s restaurant, take a cable car for transport and enjoy sweeping vistas of the city and mountains.
  • Catherine’s Gate (Catherine's Tower). Catherine’s Gate is a historic 1559 stone tower, the last remaining part of a medieval Brasov city gate. Its central tower features turrets symbolic of judicial rights, with Brasov’s coat of arms visible above the entrance. Originally, it was part of a mostly wooden gate built to replace one destroyed in the flooding. Catherine’s Gate and its museum can be visited for free by all ages interested in exploring local architecture, history and medieval exhibits.
  • Strada Sforii (Rope Street). Strada Sforrii is one of Europe’s narrowest streets, an 80-meter Brasov alley only 111-135 cm wide. Originally built as a fire access route in the 15th-16th centuries, it is now a lively pedestrian street filled with cafes, bars, street art and tourists taking photos. Rope Street can be visited for free by people of all ages who are interested in architecture, city sights, art and photography.
  • Prima Scoala Romaneasca (Romania’s oldest school). Prima Scoala Romaneasca the building stands as Romania’s oldest school. It is located in Brasov’s Schei district and was the nation’s first school for Romanian speakers excluded from German-language schools under medieval Saxon rule. Its preserved medieval classroom, with original wooden furniture, offers a glimpse into early education. Visitors can tour the building and view textbooks, manuscripts and photo exhibits, providing insight into Romanian culture and linguistic history.
  • Weavers’ Bastion (Bastionul Tesatorilor). The Weavers’ Bastion is one of seven original 15th-century Gothic bastions built to fortify medieval Brasov. Visitors can tour the historic bastion and walk along parts of the old city walls, admiring the medieval architecture. The Weavers’ Bastion houses a museum exhibiting Brasov’s fortifications history through artifacts from the medieval era.

1. Council Square (Piata Sfatului)

Council Square (Piata Sfatului) is located in the historic center of Brasov, Romania. It has been Brasov's main square and marketplace since the 14th century when Saxon merchants would gather there to trade. The square is surrounded by Baroque Renaissance buildings, cafes and restaurants. The most notable building on the square is the Council House, built in 1420 in the Gothic style. It was the former meeting place of the town council and now houses the Brasov County History Museum. In the center of the square stands a former pillory used for public punishment in medieval times.

Visitors to Council Square can explore the pedestrian-only Republicii Street, lined with souvenir shops and cafes. The iconic Black Church, Brasov's largest Gothic church, is also on one side of the square. From the square, you also have beautiful views of Mount Tampa, the forested hill that overlooks Brasov. Council Square is a lovely place to sit and admire Brasov's old-town charm. It comes alive in the evenings and weekends when locals gather to socialize. The square frequently hosts festivals, concerts and markets. Visitors can climb the tower of the Council House for panoramic views over the square and the city.

Council Square (Piata Sfatului)

2. Biserica Neagra (The Black Church)

Biserica Neagră or the Black Church, is a Gothic-style Lutheran church in Brașov, Romania. It was built between 1383 and 1477 and is the largest Gothic church between Istanbul and Vienna. It is one of Brașov's most famous landmarks and a top tourist attraction. The church is referred to as the Great Church or the Great Cathedral. The Black Church is immense in size for a Gothic church (89 meters long and 38 meters wide) that features its original Baroque organ dating from 1839 and its collection of Anatolian rugs donated by merchants.

Visitors can admire the architecture and decor inside, attend an organ concert and view the historic Oriental carpet collection. The church also houses a museum displaying historic books and a crypt containing mummified remains. Guided tours are available. The Black Church is suitable for visitors of all ages interested in history, architecture, churches and museums.

Biserica Neagra (The Black Church)

3. Mount Tampa (Muntele Tâmpa)

Mount Tampa is a small mountain rising 960 meters high and overlooking the city of Brașov in Romania. It offers panoramic views and hiking opportunities. Mount Tampa is located right next to central Brașov, with its base in the city and its peak about 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) from the main square. Mount Tampa's special location provides views over Brașov and the surrounding mountains. The famous landmark is the giant “BRASOV” Hollywood-style sign on its slopes.

Visitors can either hike up on foot or take a cable car to the summit. At the top, there is a restaurant and observation area to relax and enjoy the views. Hiking Mount Tampa is suitable for adults and older children able to walk longer distances uphill. It provides a nice break from Brasov's historic downtown and a way to admire the city from above. The mountain's scenic location rising directly from the city center makes it an iconic landmark and top attraction in Brasov. It is an easy way to experience the natural beauty of the Carpathian Mountains surrounding the city. It provides a nice break from Brasov's historic downtown and a way to admire the city from above. It is an easy way to experience the natural beauty of the Carpathian Mountains surrounding the city. Entrance to hike Mount Tampa's trails is free.

Mount Tampa (Muntele Tâmpa)

4. Catherine's Gate

Catherine's Gate is a historic city gate located in Brasov, Romania. It was built in 1559 by the Tailors' Guild to replace an older gate destroyed by flooding in 1526. The gate is named after Saint Catherine's Monastery, which previously stood on the site. Catherine's Gate is located next to Schei Gate in the historic center of Brasov. The original Catherine's Gate structure was largely made of wood except for the central stone tower, which remains the only part from medieval times. The wooden sections were demolished in the 19th century. The tower has four small corner turrets typical of Transylvanian architecture, symbolizing the city's judicial autonomy and right to capital punishment. The Brasov coat of arms depicting an oak tree is visible above the tower entrance.

Catherine's Gate houses a small museum with exhibits on Brasov's history, medieval artifacts and artwork. Visitors can view the architecture and displays in the museum, which provide insight into Brasov's complex multi-ethnic history. The gate is one of the top tourist attractions in Brasov. The museum inside Catherine's Gate can be visited by people of all ages who are interested in local history, architecture and museums. There is no admission fee to see Catherine's Gate and visit the museum.

Catherine's Gate

5. Strada Sforii (Rope Street)

Strada Sforii, known as Rope Street, is a narrow cobblestone alley in the historic Schei district of Brasov, Romania. With a length of 80 meters and a width between 111 and 135 cm, it is one of the narrowest streets in Europe. Rope Street is located in the Old Town area of Brasov, connecting Strada Cerbului and Strada Poarta Schei. Rope Street is a top Brasov attraction because of its record-breaking narrow size. Some parts are so narrow that visitors can simultaneously touch both sides of the walls. It was originally built in the 15th-16th century as an access route for firefighters but is now a lively pedestrian street full of cafes, bars, street art and tourists stopping to take photos.

Visitors to Rope Street can stroll down the narrow alley, take photos, browse the street art, stop for a drink at one of the bars or just take in the unusual perspective of being on such a narrow street. Rope Street can be visited by people of all ages who are interested in architecture, unusual city attractions, street art and photography. There is no admission fee to walk down Rope Street, as it is a public street in the city.

Strada Sforii (Rope Street)

6. Prima Scoala Romaneasca (Romania’s oldest school)

Prima Scoala Romaneasca, known as the First Romanian School, is the oldest Romanian school in Romania. It was established in Brasov in 1495. The school building is located in the Schei district of Brasov, on Strada Sforii 12. Schei is the historic Romanian quarter, just outside the medieval Saxon citadel. The First Romanian was the first educational institution specifically for Romanians, who were excluded from the German-language schools in medieval Brasov. It helped strengthen the Romanian language and culture. The original classroom and furnishings, like benches, are still intact, offering a glimpse into medieval education.

Visitors can tour the historic school building and classroom with its old wooden furniture. There are also exhibits of old textbooks, writing slates, manuscripts and photos. The museum provides insight into Romanian education. The museum would appeal most to adults and older children/teens interested in Romanian history and culture. Younger children may not appreciate it as much. There is a small entrance fee per person to visit the First Romanian School Museum.

Prima Scoala Romaneasca (Romania’s oldest school)

7. Weavers’ Bastion (Bastionul Tesatorilor)

The Weavers' Bastion is one of the seven original bastions built as part of Brasov's medieval fortifications. It was designed and constructed in the 15th century to protect the southeast side of the walled city. Weavers' Bastion special is one of the best preserved of Brasov's original seven bastions. The bastion features the original Gothic-style architecture and medieval fortifications. It houses the Weavers' Bastion Museum, with exhibits on the history of Brasov's fortifications.

Visitors can tour the four-level bastion structure, walk along the medieval ramparts and see rooms that once housed sentry posts, weaving workshops and gathering halls. The museum contains artifacts discovered through archaeological excavations, including medieval weaponry, documents and a large-scale model of Brasov from 1600. Exhibits detail how the bastion was constructed and defended by the city's weavers'weavers guild. The museum further illustrates the context and purpose behind the elaborate fortification walls surroundingthat once surrounded this Transylvanian city.

Weavers’ Bastion (Bastionul Tesatorilor)

8. Strada Republicii (Walk along Strada Republicii)

Strada Republicii is a major pedestrian street and historical area located in Brasov's Old Town. It leads directly to the Council Square, the center of Brasov. Strada Republicii's location stretches from Piata Sfatului through the main commercial and historical center of Brasov along Republicii Street. Visitors can stroll down this car-free cobblestone street that once housed medieval markets and fairs.

Strada Republicii is home to shops, restaurants and cafés with outdoor seating spilling into the street. It provides a taste of Brasov's history while also being the center of its modern commercial and social life. Visitors get to experience the historic heart of Brasov while strolling along the lively pedestrian street. The street is lined with colorful historical buildings housing shops, restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating. Strolling down Strada Republicii would appeal to all types of visitors, couples, families, groups of friends or solo travelers. It offers an easily accessible introduction to Brasov's history and architecture in a lively atmosphere perfect for walking, shopping and relaxing. Wandering this historic pedestrian street is an essential Brasov experience available to all for free.

Strada Republicii (Walk along Strada Republicii)

9. Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle)

Bran Castle is a medieval fortress dating back to the 14th century located in the village of Bran at Str. General Traian Moșoiu 24, Bran, Brasnov, Romania. This village lies about 25 miles southwest of the city of Brasov. The castle does not have strong ties to the Dracula legend or the character Count Dracula from Bram Stoker’s novel. Bran Castle features its architecture, blending Gothic, Renaissance and Romanesque elements and its mountaintop setting. It has played a prominent role in history, first documented in 1377 with Queen Marie of Romania.

Visitors to Bran Castle can take a guided tour to view the period furniture, art, armor and artifacts housed inside the castle. The castle is a very popular day trip from Brasov and Bucharest. Tour companies offer organized Dracula Castle tours. Bran Castle appeals to adults and older children with interests in medieval architecture, Romanian history, Dracula legends or mountaintop castles.

Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle)

10. Rasnov Citadel (Nearby Rasnov)

Râșnov Citadel is a historic fortress located in the town of Râșnov, located southwest of Brasov, Romania. It is a medieval Fliehburg-type fortress that offered refuge for townspeople and villagers from the area in times of war. It was built by Teutonic Knights in the 13th century on a rocky hilltop meant to protect against invaders. The citadel contains winding, narrow streets, historic houses and towers and remains in an exceptional state of preservation. Visitors can vividly imagine life in the medieval citadel centuries ago.

Visitors can explore the quarters where soldiers and townspeople once lived, peer out from stone watchtowers and climb 152 spiral stairs to reach panoramic views from the highest defense tower. Displays inside the citadel showcase artifacts discovered during archeological digs, including weapons, tools, ceramics and more. Visitors can check out the small museum with additional weapons and historical information. Both adults and older children with interests in history, architecture and archeology will appreciate the chance to walk in the footsteps of 15th-century townspeople and explore the nooks and crannies of this centuries-old citadel.

11. Seven Ladders Canyon (Take a Day Trip to Seven Ladders Canyon)

Seven Ladders Canyon is located in the Piatra Craiului Mountains, 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Brasov in the Zarnesti Gorge, part of Piatra Craiului National Park. The starting point for hiking is in the village of Magura, near Zarnesti. The full hike through the canyon is 7 kilometers (4.4 miles) long. It is known only as “Seven Ladders Canyon” or “Cheile Zarnestilor” in Romanian.

Visitors can hike the full trail through Seven Ladders Canyon to admire the waterfalls, limestone cliffs and narrow gorge. Some parts of the trip require climbing ladders attached to the rock.

Seven Ladders Canyon can be reached by car from Brasov in 1 hour. Many tour companies in Brasov offer guided day trips to the canyon. The hike is accessible on public buses from Brasov to Zarnesti and then a local minibus to Magura village. The hike through Seven Ladders Canyon is best suited for adventurous adults and older children who can handle steep climbs and narrow ledges. A good fitness level and surefootedness are required for visitors who will hike. There is no admission fee to access Seven Ladders Canyon.

12. Libearty Bear Sanctuary

The Libearty Bear Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary near Zarnesti, 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Brasov, Romania. It is the largest bear sanctuary in Europe, spanning over 160 acres of forested land. Libearty Bear Sanctuary provides a safe, spacious, natural home for rescued bears that were once abused and exploited in captivity. There are 100 formerly mistreated bears now roam freely in large forested enclosures at the sanctuary.

Visitors can take a guided walking tour to observe the bears in their natural habitat and learn about their rescue stories. There is an educational visitor center and souvenir shop. The sanctuary aims to raise awareness about animal welfare issues. Libearty Bear Sanctuary can be reached by car or bus from Brasov in a 30-45 minute ride. Many tour companies offer day trips. It is best to visit as part of an organized tour group. The sanctuary appeals to animal lovers of all ages, both families and solo travelers. Visitors should be able to walk 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) on dirt forest paths.

13. Brasov Historical Center

Brasov Historical Center refers to the Old Town of Brasov, located in the city's center. It features many well-preserved medieval buildings and landmarks that showcase Brasov's history back to the 14th century. Brasov Historical Center retains the medieval Saxon architecture and layout. Visitors can explore Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance structures along cobblestone streets and alleys. The major landmarks include the 14th-century Black Church, the Old Town fortifications and Rope Street – one of the narrowest streets in Europe.

Visitors to Brasov Historical Center can admire the well-preserved medieval architecture, visit landmark buildings and museums, shop and dine at restaurants and get a feel for Brasov's history and culture by strolling through the pedestrianized Old Town. The historic center appeals to visitors of all ages and interests. It combines architecture, history, museums, shopping and dining. There is no admission fee to walk around and explore the Brasov Historical Center. Some of the museums and attractions have entrance fees.

14. Brasov Fortress

Brasov Fortress refers to the medieval defensive fortifications and walls that once surrounded the historic center of Brasov, Romania. The construction began in the 13th century to protect the city. Remnants of the original Brasov fortifications can still be seen around the historic center of Brasov today. Some sections of the old city walls and towers remain, especially near Catherine's Gate and the Weavers' Bastion.

Visitors can see portions of the original fortress walls and towers still around Brasov's historic center, such as the Weavers' Bastion and White Tower. The best-preserved section is near Catherine's Gate. Sections of the old Brasov Fortress can be viewed by walking around the historic city center area. Specific sections like Catherine's Gate and the Weavers' Bastion are a short walk from the main square. Seeing the Brasov Fortress remnants would appeal to visitors interested in medieval architecture, military history and Brasov's history. A short walk around the fortified walls provides a glimpse into the city's medieval past. There is no cost to view the remaining sections of the Brasov Fortress walls around the city.

15. Schei District

The Schei District is the historic Romanian quarter located outside the medieval citadel walls of Brasov, Romania. The neighborhood offers visitors a glimpse into Brasov's architectural and cultural heritage with its narrow cobblestone streets, pastel-colored Romanian houses and Orthodox churches. Schei District gives insight into Brasov's multiethnic history. The neighborhood was historically home to Brasov's Romanian community, who were forbidden from living within the medieval citadel walls.

Visitors to Schei District can explore the narrow streets lined with old pastel-colored houses decorated with intricate woodwork and medieval ironmongery. The Orthodox St. Nicholas Church, the First Romanian School and Schei Gate are key landmarks of Schei District. The neighborhood appeals to visitors interested in architecture, Romanian heritage, medieval history and experiencing the historical character of this old quarter. Visitors can freely explore the neighborhood and its historical landmarks. Schei District is a must-visit in Brasov for visitors interested in architecture, Romanian culture or medieval history.

Schei District

16. Casa Sfatului

Casa Sfatului, known as the Council House, is a historic government building and landmark located in the main square (Piata Sfatului) of Brasov, Romania. It was built in 1420 and served as the meeting place for the town council. Casa Sfatului is the only town hall in Romania that still preserves its original Gothic architecture. The structure reveals influences from the 14th-15th century Transylvanian Gothic style, with Baroque elements added later.

Visitors to Casa Sfatului can admire its external Gothic architecture and sculptural details like the ornate entranceway. The building houses the Brasov County History Museum, where visitors can see artifacts and exhibits related to Brasov's history. The museum inside would appeal to adults and older children with an interest in Romanian history, architecture and museums.

17. Paradisul Acvatic

Paradisul Acvatic is a large water park located in Brasov, Romania. The park contains multiple pools, waterslides, saunas and other water-based entertainment and relaxation facilities.

It is known as Paradisul Acvatic, which translates to “Water Paradise” in English. Paradisul Acvatic is one of the largest water parks in Transylvania and has been recognized as one of the best in Romania. It features indoor and outdoor pools, five waterslides, a wave pool, a jacuzzi, saunas, steam rooms and children's play areas.

Visitors can enjoy the water slides, splash pools, lap pools, bubble beds and other water attractions. There are pools suitable for all ages and swimming abilities. The spa area offers relaxation through its saunas, massages and thermal pools. The water park appeals to visitors of all ages, especially families with children looking for a fun day out. The spa area also caters to adult visitors.

Paradisul Acvatic

18. Brasov County History Museum

The Brasov County History Museum is in the center of Brasov, Romania, at 1 Piata Sfatului in the city's main historic square. The museum was founded in 1950 and contains the largest collection of artifacts and exhibits related to Brasov County's history spanning from ancient times to the modern era. The museum has over 150,000 artifacts covering topics like ancient Dacian settlements, medieval Transylvania, guilds, military history, ethnography and more. Highlights of the collection include archaeological finds, medieval weaponry, Renaissance-era manuscripts and maps, pharmacy equipment from the 19th century and a rare early printing press from the 1500s, with 14 rooms spread over two floors.

Visitors can take a chronological journey through the region's diverse history and culture. The Brasov County History Museum offers an in-depth introduction to the area for history and culture enthusiasts. Its expansive collection and central location in Brasov's picturesque historic square make it one of the top museums to visit. The museum appeals to visitors of all ages interested in exploring the storied past of Brasov County. Interpretive information is provided in Romanian, English, German and Hungarian.

Brasov County History Museum

19. Bran Castle Museum

The Bran Castle Museum is in the village of Bran in Brasov County, central Romania, about 25 miles southwest of Brasov City. The museum is housed within the imposing Bran Castle, often called “Dracula's Castle”. The museum opened in 2009 after the castle was restored and returned to the heirs of Queen Marie of Romania. The museum displays a collection of art, furniture, artifacts and mementos belonging to Queen Marie. Highlights include Romanian medieval art, Queen Marie's possessions and historical exhibits about the castle's past inhabitants like Vlad the Impaler, who inspired the Dracula legend.

Visitors can take a self-guided audio tour to view the castle's 59 rooms, secret passageways and ornately decorated interior. There are also guided tours available. The museum appeals to adults and older children, especially those interested in Romanian history, castles, medieval architecture and Dracula lore. The museum brings to life the castle's 750-year history as both a royal residence and strategic fortress. Bran Castle Museum is one of the top attractions in the Transylvania region, with its Dracula legend and ties to Romanian royalty.

Bran Castle Museum

What are the best museums to visit in Brasov?

Listed below are the best museums to visit in Brasov.

  • The First Romanian School Museum. The First Romanian School Museum is located in Piața Unirii, in Brasov's Old Town. It is a history museum exhibiting the development of education, printing and Romanian culture in Brasov since 1495. Visitors can see reconstructions of traditional classrooms, over 4,000 old books and manuscripts and the first Romanian Bible printed in 1688.
  • Brasov County History Museum. Brasov County History Museum is housed in Brasov's 15th-century Old Town Hall building on Piata Sfatului in the city center. This history museum displays Brasov's development from ancient Dacian settlements to modern times. Exhibits include weapons, tools, coins and other artifacts.
  • Brasov Art Museum. The Brasov Art Museum is located on Bulevardul Eroilor in the city center of Brasov. Its collection includes over 3,800 works by Romanian, Transylvanian and European artists from the 16th to 21st centuries. It features paintings, sculptures, drawings and decorative art. The museum is housed in Brasov's historic 1902 Artisans' Association Palace, featuring work capturing Transylvania's character and history.
  • Ethnographic Museum of Brasov. Ethnographic Museum of Brasov is located next to the Art Museum on Bulevardul Eroilor. This museum showcases the traditional rural culture of villages surrounding Brasov. Folk costumes, tools, looms, ceramics, icons and photos depict traditional life. The museum portrays the customs and crafts of Romanian villages near Brasov across history.
  • Bran Castle Museum. Bran Castle sits on a hilltop outside Brasov in Bran. The fortress houses exhibits covering its history as a royal residence and a display of art and furniture from the Queen Marie era. Visitors can tour the historic castle, see artifacts from when it was a royal home and learn about links to Bram Stoker's Dracula.

What are the best things to do in Brasov with kids?

Listed below are the best things to do in Brasov with kids.

  • Visit the Brasov Zoo and Aquarium. Brasov Zoo and Aquarium is located in Brasov and features over 300 animal species, an aquarium, a planetarium, playgrounds and more. It is kid-friendly, with lots of opportunities for learning and fun.
  • Ride the Tampa Mountain Cable Car. Ride the Tampa Mountain Cable Car up Mount Tampa for stunning views over Brasov. There are trails to explore and at the top features the Hollywood-style “Brasov” sign that kids love to pose.
  • Explore the Medieval Fortress at Rasnov. Explore the Medieval Fortress at Rasnov, located 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from Brasov. Rasnov Fortress lets kids explore secret passages, climb watchtowers and imagine life in the Middle Ages.
  • Try Indoor Fun at Adventure Park. Try Indoor Fun at Adventure Park in Brasov, which features obstacle courses, zip lines, rope structures and more, catering to a wide range of ages and thrill levels.
  • Day Trip to Bran Castle. Day Trip to Bran Castle and take a family-friendly trip from Brasov to tour the iconic Bran Castle, widely known as “Dracula's Castle.” Kids of all ages enjoy exploring the rooms, passages and legends surrounding this 14th-century fortress.

What are the best activities for a business traveler in Brasov?

Listed below are the best activities for a business traveler in Brasov.

  • Adventure Park Brasov. Adventure Park Brasov at Strada Paltinului 16, Brasov 500312, offers adventurous team-building activities like rope courses, zip lines, archery, tree climbing and more. It is an exciting way for corporate groups and business partners to bond through fun outdoor challenges that require communication and collaboration.
  • Medieval-themed dinner at Cetatea Brasovului Restaurant. Cetatea Brasovului Restaurant, located at the Brasov Fortress on Dealul Cetății, offers a medieval-style dinner with traditional Romanian cuisine. The historical ambiance makes it perfect for client entertainment, corporate dinner functions and business meetings.
  • Wine Tasting at Villa Vinea Winery. Villa Vinea Winery in nearby Ghimbav, Brasov, offers specialized wine-tasting experiences suitable for business events. Participants can sample fine Romanian wines while learning about winemaking. It can accommodate medium-sized groups of 20-50 pax for team engagement.

Where is Brasov?

Brasov is a city in Romania, located in the central part of the country, 166 kilometers (103 miles) north of Bucharest and 380 kilometers (236 miles) from the Black Sea. The Carpathian Mountains surround it and are part of the historical region of Transylvania. The city was founded in 1211 by the Teutonic Knights and later settled by the Saxons, becoming one of Transylvania's seven-walled citadels. Brasov was an important commercial hub on the trade routes between the Ottoman Empire and Western Europe, contributing to its prosperity.

What is the history of Brasov?

Brasov was founded in the early 13th century by the Teutonic Knights, who built a citadel called Kronstadt or ‘Crown City'.These Saxon colonists developed Brasov, engaging primarily in trade and crafts. Brasov grew wealthy, given its location on trading routes and certain tax exemptions. The Saxon population strongly influenced the city's architecture and culture. Brasov endured invasions and sieges but often managed to retain autonomy. Romanians began affirming their identity and campaigning for rights. Brasov became part of Romania in 1918 after Transylvania's union with the kingdom. Many ethnic Germans were later expelled or fled the region.

What language is spoken in Brasov?

The language spoken in Brasov is Romanian. Romanian is a Romance language derived from Latin. German is widely spoken, especially by older residents and within the Saxon community. Some Hungarian speakers reside in Brasov. Most younger residents learn English in school and many in the tourism/hospitality industry speak at least basic English. Visitors to Brasov will generally be able to get by in English, especially in central areas and learning a few basic Romanian phrases is always appreciated. Signage sometimes includes German or Hungarian-translated names alongside Romanian.

What time zone is Brasov in?

Brasov and all of Romania are located within the Eastern European Time Zone. Eastern European Time is 2 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), so the standard time in Romania is UTC+2. Romania switches to Eastern European Summer Time, which is 3 hours ahead of UTC (UTC+3). Romania observes DST in the typical April-October period. Brasov would be on Eastern European Summer Time of UTC+3. Brasov is 7 hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern Time Zone and 10 hours ahead in summer.

How many people live in Brasov?

The population of Brasov is 267,480 as of 2023. There are 130,049 men and 137,431 women. The median age of a resident of Brasov is 44 years. The population is distributed across various age groups, with 39,972 individuals aged 0-14, 43,318 aged 15-29, 52,789 aged 30-44, 61,697 aged 45-59, 46,905 aged 60-74, 21,059 aged 75-89 and 1,818 aged 90 and above. There are 12,605 babies in Brasov, with 6,129 girls and 6,476 boys. There are 13,353 little kids (5-9 years old), 14,014 children (10-14 years old), 14,986 teenagers (14-19 years old) and 27 long-livers (over 100 years old). The population data provides a comprehensive overview of Brasov's demographic composition, showcasing its diverse age groups and gender distribution.

What are the most interesting facts about Brasov?

Listed below are the most interesting facts about Brasov.

  • Currency. The currency used in Brasov and Romania is the Romanian Leu (plural form is Lei). Romania is not part of the Eurozone, so Euros are generally not accepted except at some tourist-oriented businesses. Local currency is needed for most transactions.
  • Time Zone. Brasov is located in the Eastern European Time Zone, 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2) and 7 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time. Daylight Savings Time is observed from the end of March to the end of October, temporarily putting Brasov 1 hour ahead (GMT+3) during summer.
  • Language. The official language is Romanian, which belongs to the Romance language family (as a descendant of Latin) and is the native language of over 90% of Brasov's residents. English and German are prevalent as second languages in Brasov, especially in central areas. Some basic Romanian phrases are still helpful to know.
  • Power Plugs. Power sockets in Brasov and all of Romania are Type F, which have two round pins, similar to most European countries. The standard voltage is 230 V. Travelers from America will need power converters and adapters for U.S. plug types. Many modern devices have built-in voltage converters, but power adapters are still needed to fit Romanian outlets. Checking devices' input voltage/frequency compatibility is recommended.

How many days are needed to see Brasov?

It is recommended to stay for 2 to 3 days, which is enough time to see the highlights of Brasov. This number of days allows immersion into Brasov and surrounding areas, including multiple day trips and time to sample local cuisine and culture. Two to three days is enough time to see the highlights of Brasov itself; this allows visitors to visit the Old Town, Black Church, Council Square, Tampa Mountain and other tourist destinations. The number of days allows tourists to do day trips from Brasov to nearby sights like Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress, Peles Castle, etc. These make for great side trips but require traveling outside the city.

Is Brasov worth visiting?

Yes, Brasov is worth visiting. It is one of Romania’s most popular cities, with a beautifully preserved medieval Old Town nestled amidst the Carpathian Mountains. The cobblestone streets, pastel-colored buildings, Gothic architecture like the Black Church cathedral and lively cafés make wandering Brasov's Old Town an unforgettable experience. Brasov offers day trips to “Dracula's Castle”, Rasnov Citadel, traditional villages, hiking trails, winter sports and more. Brasov appeals to visitors with its history, architecture, hiking, winter sports and great food and wine.

Is Brasov expensive to visit?

No, Brasov is generally considered an affordable destination for travelers. Brasov is relatively affordable compared to other European destinations. Brasov has low prices for accommodation, food and transportation compared to Western Europe. Brasov is in the top 10% of the most affordable cities in Europe. Solo travelers' budget spending is €45 ($50, £38) to €55 ($60, £47) per day in Brasov for basic accommodation, meals, local transportation, etc. Couples may spend €91 ($100, £79) per day. This is cheaper than in Western Europe. Brasov offers an affordable travel experience for budget-conscious travelers while still providing nice hotels and good food options.

Is Brasov safe to visit?

Yes, Brasov is very safe to visit. It is one of Romania’s most popular tourist destinations. The city has low crime rates and is considered safe for travelers. Violent crime is rare and petty crime aimed at tourists, like pickpocketing, does occur but is relatively uncommon. Brasov's city center and attractions are well-lit and have a visible police presence. Basic precautions like being aware of your surroundings, not leaving belongings unattended and avoiding poorly lit areas at night will ensure your visit to Brasov is trouble-free. The welcoming locals add to this beautiful coastal city's pleasant, safe atmosphere.

Is Brasov easy to visit with kids?

Yes, Brasov is easy to visit with kids. Brasov cobblestone Old Town streets are pedestrian-only and safe for wandering with kids. Many cafés have outdoor seating perfect for family meals. The city offers kid-friendly activities, too – cable cars up Tampa Mountain, biking trails, Adventure Park rope courses, the bear sanctuary, the zoo and the planetarium. Brasov caters to family and kid-friendly trips like castles, fortresses and traditional villages.

What is Brasov famous for?

Brasov, a city in the Transylvania region of Romania, is famous for its rich history, medieval architecture and picturesque surroundings. One of its most iconic landmarks is the Gothic-style Black Church, which dates back to the 14th century. Secondly, Brasov is known for its well-preserved medieval walls and towers, such as the White Tower and the Black Tower. The historic center of Brasov, with its cobbled streets and pastel-colored buildings, is a popular tourist destination. Thirdly, Brasov is a gateway to the nearby Carpathian Mountains and the popular ski resort of Poiana Brasov. Lastly, Brasov has a cultural scene, with numerous museums, galleries and theaters and a wide range of restaurants and cafes serving traditional Romanian cuisine.

Who are the most important people born in Brasov?

Listed below are the most important people born in Brasov.

  • Johannese Honterus. Johannes Honterus was born in Brasov in 1498. He studied across Europe before returning to Brasov in 1533, where he had a profound impact on the community. Honterus established a prominent printing press and authored numerous works himself. He also founded the city's first Evangelical church, school and library, spreading Lutheran ideas. Honterus passed away in 1549, leaving a cultural legacy.
  • Mișu Popp. Mișu Popp was born in Brasov in 1827. Popp came to define the Romanian academic style through his artwork, best recognized for his skilled portraiture of major historical and cultural personalities. His creative life was primarily centered in his native Brasov, where he resided until he died in 1892.

What to eat in Brasov?

Listed below are what you can eat in Brasov. Best food to eat in Romania

  • Covrigi. Covrigi is fluffy, chewy pretzels baked fresh each morning and topped with salty or sweet toppings like sesame or poppy seeds. Covrigi is a perfect quick snack on the go as you explore the winding cobblestone streets of Brasov's old town. It is one of the best food to eat in Romania.
  • Scovergi. Scovergi refers to thin Romanian fried dough topped with sweet or savory ingredients like fruit jams, garlic butter or soft cheese, with the cheese-topped version being similar to Hungarian lángos fried flatbreads. Scovergi is one of the popular foods to try in Brasov.
  • Plăcintă. Plăcintă is a crispy, flaky Romanian pastry that encases fillings like tangy cheese, savory minced meat, fresh fruit or sweetened cocoa paste before being baked or fried to golden perfection. Plăcintă is a delicacy for visitors to try in Brasov.
  • Sarmale. Sarmale consists of minced pork and rice tightly wrapped and rolled within pickled cabbage leaves before being simmered in aromatic tomato sauce and finished with cooling sour cream and soft polenta. Sarmale is one of the popular foods that visitors are raving about in Brasov.
  • Mici. Mici is called “mititei” in Romanian. Mici are grilled skinless sausages normally made from a zesty blend of ground pork, beef and lamb before being served alongside spicy mustard, crusty bread or crispy fries. Mici is a popular food and is served at most markets in Brasov.

What are the best places to eat in Brasov?

Listed below are the best places to eat in Brasov. restaurants to eat in Brasov.

  • Sergiana. Sergiana is known for its traditional Romanian cuisine, served in a cozy environment. It offers a variety of dishes from different regions of Romania, including soups, stews, grilled meats, schnitzel and desserts. Sergiana is praised for its good value, generous portions and excellent service and is one of the best restaurants to eat in Brasov.
  • Bistro de l'Arte. Bistro de l'Arte provides a wonderful breakfast in a cozy artistic setting in the center of Brasov. The restaurant uses local ingredients to create a menu focused on Slow Food concepts. Highlights include omelets, eggs benedict, homemade bread and jams and traditional Romanian options. The bistro is known for its intimate atmosphere.
  • Prato. Prato is an elegant Italian restaurant located in a historic building in central Brasov. It offers a rich Mediterranean menu prepared by skilled chefs using high-quality ingredients. Prato is known for pasta, seafood, meats and excellent service in a refined setting. Diners highlight the outstanding food and taste at this popular Brasov restaurant.
  • La Ceaun. La Ceaun serves excellent traditional Romanian cuisine, including soups, stews, schnitzel and grilled meats. Its two locations provide a taste of authentic Brasov food in a cozy environment. Highlights include cabbage rolls, bean soup and meat dishes. Generous portions and friendly service make La Ceaun a go-to for traditional Brasov cuisine.
  • Dei Frati. Dei Frati is an Italian restaurant praised for its homemade pasta and other Italian specialties. Its cozy atmosphere and good food make it popular with both locals and visitors. Dei Frati is known for having fast, friendly service and reasonable prices despite being a high-quality Italian restaurant in central Brasov.

What are the best areas to stay in Brasov?

Listed below are the best places to stay in Brasov.

  • Old Town (Centrul Vechi). This historic neighborhood in Brasov's center has medieval and Baroque architecture. The Old Town features restaurants, cafes and tourist attractions. The town is generally safe for solo travelers and is a peaceful neighborhood.
  • Schei District. Schei District is a neighborhood located in Brasov that has a more relaxed, local village-like atmosphere with traditional Romanian houses, narrow cobblestone streets and beautiful mountain views. The neighborhood features attractions like the St. Nicholas Church and the first Romanian school. Schei District is generally safe with a more relaxed atmosphere, suitable for solo travelers looking for a peaceful stay.
  • Bartolomeu. Bartolomeu is a local residential area that has good public transit connections to the city center. The neighborhood features parks, markets and shops nearby and provides an affordable and convenient base from which to explore.

What are the best accommodations to stay in Brasov?

Listed below are the best accommodations to stay in Brasov.

  • Aro Palace Hotel. Aro Place Hotel is a luxurious 5-star hotel located conveniently near a park in Brasov's city center. The hotel features beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, an indoor pool and a spa for relaxation, as well as an on-site restaurant serving European and Romanian cuisine. Aro Palace Hotel is one of the recommended hotels to stay in Brasov.
  • Vila Katharina. Villa Katherina is an elegant 18th-century 4-star boutique hotel in Brasov's Old Town, offering spacious rooms with stylish wallpapered walls and hardwood floors and a lovely lounge to unwind in after a day exploring the medieval citadel. Its central location is ideal for sightseeing and belongs to the list of hotels in Brasov that offer good accommodation.
  • Casa Wagner Hotel. Casa Wagner Hotel is a cozy and romantic hotel overlooking Brasov's Council Square and the iconic Black Church, with rustic-chic décor and rooms featuring mountain views for a fairytale-esque vibe. Casa Wagner is one of the top-rated hotels in the city of Brasov.
  • Hotel Kolping. Hotel Kolping is a 3-star hotel located in the natural wooded slopes of Tampa Mountain near Brasov's Old Town. Visitors can enjoy excellent city views, along with nearby hiking trails and an on-site restaurant. Hotel Kolping's location makes it perfect for relaxation and is one of Brasov's best hotels.

How to get from Brasov to Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport?

There are a few ways to get to Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport from Brasov. These are by private transfer, bus, train and rental car. Firstly, the most comfortable option is to book a private taxi or minivan transfer. Various companies offer this service for a standard sedan car for up to 3 passengers. The journey takes 2 to 2.5 hours, depending on traffic conditions. This is the fastest and most convenient option. Secondly, there are bus services between Brasov and Bucharest Airport several times per day. The journey takes 3 hours and companies like Christian Transfers and Transormania operate these shuttles. Thirdly, visitors can take a train from Brasov to Bucharest North Station (Gara de Nord) and then take the express bus #783 from Gara de Nord to the airport, with a journey journey time is 3.5 to 4 hours. Lastly. renting a car and driving yourself is also an option. The drive from Brasov to the airport takes around 2 to 2.5 hours, depending on traffic. Costs depend on the rental car company and car type.

How to get from Brasov to Bucharest?

There are a few ways to get to Brasov from Bucharest . These are by train, bus, car and taxi. Firstly, trains are frequent, fast, affordable and reliable. The journey takes 2-3 hours and there are multiple trains running daily between the cities. Tickets can be booked online in advance or purchased at the train stations. Secondly, there are private bus companies like MementoBus operating between Brasov and Bucharest. Buses take 3-6 hours, depending on traffic and the number of stops. Thirdly, driving by car takes 3 hours but allows flexibility to stop along the way. Renting a car in Romania is cheap and roads are decent and visitors can hire a private driver for the journey. Lastly, taking a taxi is the most flexible but expensive option that allows customizing the route and departure time. The train is the best option for most travelers as it balances cost, time and convenience.

Where to go shopping in Brasov?

There are several great places to go shopping in Brasov. Firstly, Brasov offers a variety of shopping options, from historic pedestrian streets like Republicii and Mureșenilor in the Old Town featuring local crafts, antiques and souvenirs. Secondly, Brasov features modern shopping malls like the massive Coresi Shopping Resort with over 150 international brands, restaurants and a movie theater and AFI Brasov spanning 40,000 sqm and housing brands like Zara, Sephora and Tommy Hilfiger along with entertainment like bowling alleys and cinemas. Lastly, other notable malls include Unirea Shopping Center, with 100 shops, including C&A and Nike, Jupiter City, which opened in 2019 with 50 stores across 15,000 sqm; and Brasov Shopping City, located 4 kilometers (2.4 miles) from the city center that features discount clothing stores and sports equipment shops.

What festivals or events are taking place in Brasov?

Listed below are the festivals or events that are taking place in Brasov.

  • Brasov's Days Festival. This annual festival celebrating Brasov's founding takes place for three days in the historic city center after Orthodox Easter. It features concerts representing diverse musical genres, traditional dance performances by groups like the Hungarian, Saxon and Roma communities, theater at local cultural centers, an artisan fair and the annual “Juni Parade” with costumed riders on horseback. It is one of the anticipated festivals in Brasov.
  • Festival of Contemporary Drama. Brasov hosts Romania's only festival exclusively showcasing contemporary theater. Prominent directors and actors come to perform or give talks and workshops. Competition categories recognize achievements across disciplines like acting, directing and set design. The festival facilitates engagement with modern issues through the lens of dramatic performance.
  • Jazz & Blues Festival. Jazz & Blues brings major music events to Brasov. Romanian and international jazz and blues musicians entertain crowds over multiple days. Photographers exhibit live music images between concert sets. The festival shines a light on promising local jazz performers.
  • Book and Music Fair. Each March, the city's publishing and music communities come together for this cultural fair in Brasov. Publishers, distributors and music labels showcase and sell their latest offerings. The event fills its agenda with talks, book releases and performances to highlight Brasov's literary and artistic talents.

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10 Amazing Things To Do In Brasov [+ WINTER GUIDE]

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Something which surprised me was how much I enjoyed my visit to Brasov and the other smaller Romanian cities. Brasov and  Sibiu  have ended up being two places I highly recommend to anyone visiting Romania or Eastern Europe for that matter. Especially if you can visit during December and visit the  amazing Christmas markets  like we got to. Allow at least 3 days to  explore the best things to do in Brasov and my favourite days trips  into Transylvania.

The population of Brasov is close to 300,000 although has much more of a small-town feel. It was a nice change coming from  Bucharest , one of Europes largest cities to a place where everyone smiled at you. Instead of being scammed by taxi drivers, we left the train station and were met with drivers who volunteered the history of the city and all the points of interest we should check out during our stay.

As we drove towards our Airbnb we marvelled at the romantic medieval architecture and Tampa Mountain which dominates the backdrop. To ensure you have the most enjoyable stay, read on for my top tips for visiting Brasov.

Visit Brasov around Christmas time for these beautiful markets

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  • 1 HOW TO GET TO BRASOV
  • 2 WHERE TO STAY IN BRASOV
  • 3.1 BRASOV FREE WALKING TOUR
  • 3.2 EXPLORE PIATA SFATULUI
  • 3.3 ENTER THE BISERICA NEAGRA (BLACK CHURCH)
  • 3.4 SEE THE BLACK AND WHITE TOWERS
  • 3.5 CLIMB TAMPA MOUNTAIN
  • 3.6 WANDER DOWN STRING STREET
  • 3.7 VISIT BRASOV’S SAINT NICHOLAS CHURCH
  • 3.8 TRY A KURTOS KALACS
  • 3.9 ADMIRE CATHERINE’S GATE
  • 4 DAY TRIPS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR BRASOV ITINERARY

HOW TO GET TO BRASOV

The easiest way to visit Brasov and other destinations within Romania is by  train . While the train may not be the quickest way, they are frequent, cheap and offer beautiful views of the countryside. The  Romania Tourism  website gives a great rundown of the trains and their schedules. Expect the train to take 2.5 hours from Bucharest on the express line and close to 4 on the regional.

The closest  airport  to Brasov is 136km away in Sibiu but the most major airport is in Bucharest.

Another option is to hire a  car  and drive through Romania. If we weren’t on a budget-trip this would have been our first option. You get to enjoy the scenery and can take detours along the way.

Buses  are available to take from cities the train does not go through. You can find bus schedules at  Autogari .

Or if you’re coming from the  magical winter destination of Budapest , you can catch a 10 hour train south into Sibiu.

Draculas Castle: the perfect day trip during a visit to Brasov

WHERE TO STAY IN BRASOV

During my visit to Brasov, I stayed in  Airbnb ‘Medieval Studio ‘. It is centrally located making it an ideal location for ticking off the best things to do in Brasov. It’s located right on the edge of the pedestrian-only Old Town and 3.5 km’s from the train station.

The owner Miriam is a superhost and went out of her way to make us feel comfortable and check us in easily. The entire studio is just 31 Euros/night. Such a bargain!

Brasov is a walkable city, hence it feeling much smaller than it’s population. Stay anywhere within or close by the Old Town and you can walk to all the attractions and sites.

See More: Another walkable city we loved is Izmir, Turkey

There are plenty of hostels in Brasov. A quick search on  Hostel World  brings up 20 different hostels. Although I didn’t stay in a hostel during my stay  Hostel Boemia  is located smack bang in the middle of the Old Town and gets a 9.6/10 on Hostel World. Beds in a mixed dorm start from $15 USD/night.

One of the many ornate churches in Brasov

THINGS TO DO IN BRASOV

Brasov free walking tour.

If you know me, you’ll know I love to do  free walking tours  when I arrive in a city. Unfortunately, I didn’t experience this one personally but have been told it is well worthwhile. Brasov has a history dating back to medieval days and is located in Dracula’s country.

The tour lasts two hours and will tick off a few of the sites I mention below. The best part is you get all of your guides local knowledge to go with it. Tours start at 6:00 pm, perfect to do on the day of your arrival. Meet your guide in the main square by the fountain.

EXPLORE PIATA SFATULUI

Piata Sfatului is Brasov’s main square. As with all medieval cities, this square was the place for town meetings and beheadings. Walking through the main square now with restaurants and their outdoor dining tables, it’s hard to imagine how far back this city dates.

In the centre of the square, is the town hall bell tower and right beside that the beautiful fountain surrounded by pastel-coloured buildings.

If you’re lucky enough to visit in December, this is where you will find Brasov’s, Christmas Market. Romania is a wonderful place to visit to hop between Christmas Markets and add to your  Christmas travel destinations of Europe .

Piata Sfatului

ENTER THE BISERICA NEAGRA (BLACK CHURCH)

The Black Church is located on the southwestern corner of the Piata Sfatului. The first thing I noticed when looking at the church is that it is not black. The church received its name from a fire which took place over 200 years ago and stained the walls black. Restorations have since cleaned up any smokey remains.

What makes the church famous other than its domineering presence in the Old Town is it is said to have one of the greatest organs in Europe. With over 4000 pipes and constructed in the 1800s this church is one to see for yourself.

Entry to the Black Church is 4 Lei (<1 USD).

Biserica Neagra (Black Church) of Brasov

SEE THE BLACK AND WHITE TOWERS

These two watchtowers were built in the 1400s as part of the defence wall around the city. The defence wall was 3km long, 2m wide and 12m high to protect from repeated attacks by the Turks and Tartars.

To visit the towers, head southwest out of the old town and then take a righthand turn down Strada Dupa Ziduri. The street turns into a footpath next to a small canal. Heading along this you will first come to the black tower and then to the white tower.

CLIMB TAMPA MOUNTAIN

One of the top things to do in Brasov is climb to the top of it!

Brasov sits at the base of Mount Tampa. From the Old Town, you will notice the Hollywood-like ‘Brasov’ sign sitting on the hill and a cable car which takes tourists to the top.

Sitting at 900m above sea level, Tampa is a great mountain to hike up if the weather is nice and you have the time. The hike from the bottom takes around 1 hour with a variety of trails to choose from. Once you have reached the top there are plenty of other hiking trails to do.

For the people less inclined to hike to the top; luckily for you, there is a cable car. The cable car costs 16 Lei (4 USD) for a return trip and drops you off right by the peak. Less than 5 minutes of uphill walking you come to the top viewing platform. From here you are rewarded with beautiful views over the city of Brasov and the surrounding valleys.

View from Tampa Mountain

WANDER DOWN STRING STREET

During my European travels, I have come across two claims for the ‘narrowest street in Europe’. One here in Brasov called Strada Sforii or String Street and secondly in Trogir, Croatia. After a google search, String Street does come up time and time again – but it is not the narrowest. The narrowest point of String Street is 44 inches and the narrowest I could find is Spreuerhofstraße in Germany at 12.2 inches.

This street is very easy to miss and honestly all I can say now is ‘I have been down one of Europes narrowest streets’. But it does have some cool street art and a little plaque telling what it was used for (I’ll leave that for you to find).

String Street

VISIT BRASOV’S SAINT NICHOLAS CHURCH

Explore beyond the Old Town and visit Saint Nicholas Church and its surrounds. The church sits in the oldest part of the city and has records which date it back to the 13th Century. Within the church grounds, you will find the first Romanian school and a small cemetery also worth checking out.

TRY A KURTOS KALACS

No visit to Brasov is complete without trying a Kurtos Kalac. While I’m sure there are many places to find a Kurtos in Brasov, the only real place to buy one is the Kurtos stand on the main street.

So what is a kurtos? A kurtos is a sweet bread pastry. It is wrapped around a wooden mould and then cooked over a grill in a rotisserie like style. Once cooked it is served as a hollow pastry with various toppings coating it. The original topping is a crunchy caramel while others include coconut, crushed almonds or walnuts and cinnamon.

Kurtos Kalacs van

ADMIRE CATHERINE’S GATE

As soon as I saw a picture of Catherine’s Gate, I knew I had to visit. It looks like something straight out of a fairytale! The entry into Brasov has four small turrets surrounding the centre one. This, in medieval times, signified the right for the town to sentence someone to death if they were to step out of line.

Catherine's Gate Brasov

DAY TRIPS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR BRASOV ITINERARY

Include a few spare days during your visit to Brasov for day trips. Brasov is a wonderful place to base yourself for a few day trips into the Transylvanian countryside. Some ideas of day trips to include are a visit to Dracula’s castle, the bear sanctuary, Rasnov Fortress and into the Carpathian Mountains.

Below are a few tours with Get Your Guide which are worth checking out. Or if you want to visit Bran Castle on your own here are some tips on  getting to Bran .

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Top Things To Do In Brasov, Transylvania

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Here is your guide to the top things to do in Brasov. Breathtaking scenery, the iconic feel of Transylvania, mountains, greenery, and fresh air – enjoy!

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Picture the scene – breathtaking scenery, the iconic feel of Transylvania , mountains, greenery, and fresh air. Can you picture a more idyllic image?

Brasov is the place you’re thinking about.

‘Where is Brasov’ I hear you ask! Brasov is a large city in the center of Romania , and it makes up part of the iconic Transylvanian region of the country. With the huge Southern Carpathian Mountains in every direction, Brasov is a nature lover’s dream. This is the place to go for anyone who enjoys taking amazing photographs, more than fit for the best Instagram feed .

Things to do in Brasov - Carpathian Mountains

Brasov is separated into two parts, old and new.

The old part of the city has nods to Saxon times, and it sits right at the foot of the imposing Mount Tampa. The newer part is much more modernized and has tower blocks and the usual modern-day fare.

While it’s a great thing to have both, without a doubt the most beautiful and most visited part of Brasov is the older region. This is one of the most well-preserved old towns on the continent, with influences from all over the region , including Germany, Austria, and Hungary. Brasov also dates back to 1211, so you can imagine the amount of history found here.

It’s time to book your hotel  and see what Brasov has in store!

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Best Places To Visit In Brasov

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There are countless things to see and do in Brasov, the Transylvanian region’s capital, so let me get down to the fun stuff and show you a few! Here are some of the best Brasov attractions to put on your to-do list.

Take A Brasov Walking Tour

Walking around Brasov city is the single best way to see it first hand, and if you can empty the help of a local Brasov travel guide , all the better!

This means you can learn about the history, really explore the architecture, and breathe in that fresh air much easier. Many free walking Brasov tours set off every day and take around three hours, leaving you with the rest of the day relaxing or doing whatever else you want to do.

Grab a Brasov city map and explore!

Explore The Old City Centre, Or Centrul Vechi

The old part of the city is unquestionably the most charming and you can easily spend a few hours wandering around, losing yourself in the feel of the city itself. The cobbled streets and pastel-colored buildings are truly magical, no matter what the weather.

If you visit during wintertime , and the snow is falling, be prepared for some delightful photos.

Check Out The ‘Brasov’ Sign

This is quite a strange tourist attraction, but it’s one you need to take a photo of, both during the day and night. Just in case you forget where you are, Jokes. It’s like the Hollywood sign of Romania! Brasov’s iconic sign is high up in the mountains and is also lit up at night, just in case you get lost!

Try Authentic Food

You cannot visit Brasov and not try authentic Romanian food ; it would be a crime!

Traditional Romanian food is heavily influenced by surrounding countries, too, so you might even have tried a few dishes, such as sarmale, cabbage filled with mincemeat, rolled up, served with polenta and sour cream and cheese. You should also check out pork knuckles (smoked), served with hearty beans . You’ll certainly be full!

Visit The Brasov History Museum

Piata Sfatului is home to the Old City Hall, dating back to 1420, but also to the Brasov History Museum. This is a great way to learn more about the region, which will help you understand the city a little more.

After that, check out the people-watching opportunities in the square, with a delicious cup of coffee in hand. This is one of the best historical sights in Romania for telling a true story.

Check Out the Black Church, Brasov

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The tower of this iconic church is one of Brasov’s most famous sights, and it was built by the Germans back in 1542. In Gothic style, it looks impressive rising high into the sky, and it is one of the largest places of worship in the entire region. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to catch a Black Church Brasov organ concert.

Enjoy The Shopping Opportunities

Brasov’s modern section is packed with shopping opportunities, but there are also many shopping boutiques and streets in the old section too. You’ll find delightful souvenirs to take back home with you, and the pedestrianized shopping streets are also a great place to observe daily life and enjoy a cup of coffee too.

Head To The Liberty Bear Sanctuary

The bears of Eastern Europe have had a very difficult past, with many of them mistreated or used in tourism trades for entertainment. Thankfully, for the most part, all that is behind us, and the bears are free to enjoy their lives.

While it’s hard to forget what happened in the past, places like the Liberty Bear Sanctuary give you hope and also make your heart melt when you see bears walking, playing, and sleeping in natural habitats.

This sanctuary is a short drive from Brasov’s center, but it’s a must-do; in fact, the Bear Tour Brasov is one of the most famous attractions in the whole region .

Hike Tampa Mountain

You can either hike or take the cable car , but whichever option you go for, the views are simply stunning, and you’ll see right across the city and beyond!

During the warmer months, the scenery is exceptionally green, and you can even walk to the famous Brasov sign we mentioned earlier. This is a must-do during your visit for some fantastic summit photographs and one of the best places in Brasov for views to take your breath away.

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Brasov day trips.

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While basing yourself in Brasov, it’s totally possible that you can venture further afield and explore the greater region. There are many places you can visit for the day from Brasov, including:

The capital is only 2.5 hours away! Bucharest is one of the best places in Romania for culture, nightlife, and history.

Visit Bran Castle

This is about half an hour away, but Bran Castle is iconic . The castle is quite a busy place because it is the home of Dracula, well, at least according to Bram Stoker.

When you see it, you’ll get chills, and you cannot visit Brasov and not head here. The scenery around the castle is jaw-dropping, but the mystery of the castle will have you wondering whether the book is actually true! It’s very easy to get from Brasov to Bran also.

As a side note, did you know that Vlad the Impaler may have been imprisoned at Bran Castle? This is thought to be what gave Stoker a little inspiration for writing the character of Dracula. Fun fact !

Piatra Craiului Mountains

If you feel like a day out in real nature, then the Brasov mountains are the ideal spot. You can easily venture out for a trek and head back to your hotel in Brasov by nightfall. A definite one for your Brasov itinerary!

Peles Castle

Around an hour from Brasov, you can reach Peles Castle, one of Europe’s most beautiful royal castles and certainly one of the most well preserved too.

With Neo-Renaissance architecture and a truly opulent/fairytale feel, this is one for the visit list. From Brasov to Peles Castle you’re also sure to pass some fantastic scenery.

Harman Citadel & Prejmer Citadel

If you travel a short distance north, you will be able to see two very impressive citadels, which date back to Saxon times. Ideal for views and for anyone into history.

This is one of the most beautiful and most well-preserved citadels in Europe, and pastel-colored buildings and cobbled streets surround it. A beautiful place for a day out, especially if you can visit during the annual Medieval Festival. It’s like going back in time quite literally!

Seven Ladders Canyon

One hour away from Brasov, you will reach Seven Ladders Canyon, which is carved naturally into limestone. As the name suggests, seven ladders have a height of 15 meters at the highest point. There are waterfalls on each ladder, and if you want to scream your head off on the way back down, take the zip-line instead!

This is one of the best Brasov tourist attractions for those who love the outdoors and is one of the most fun things to do in Brasov overall.

Fagaras Citadel

You will find this stunning citadel high in the mountains, which is around an hour away from Brasov. Dating back to the 16th century, this citadel used to be teeming with life, and today, you can explore history in one of the most well-preserved manners. Brasov tourism at its best!

Top Spots For Food & Drink

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Romanian food is certainly hearty and delicious, but if you’re concerned about not finding something to suit your palate, don’t be! Brasov is packed with wonderful places to eat and drink , serving both local and international fare.

Here are a few of the best spots in Brasov nightlife.

La Birou Bistro

Located in the old city center, this is the best spot for a delicious breakfast, especially if pancakes are your thing! Serving local dishes with a stunning view, you’ll enjoy your time here for sure. There are also many options for vegans , vegetarians, and those who need a gluten-free menu.

This another top spot for local and international food, but be sure to try the goulash , and it’s a legendary dish from this particular restaurant! Portions are large, and the view from the restaurant will have you not wanting to leave. The ribs are also highly recommended here.

Located in Brasov’s modern part, Sub Tampa is a very chic and sophisticated dining experience, so it’s great for a stylish night out. Try the vegetarian meatballs as your main dish , whether you’re veggie or not! The mushroom soup is also delightful as a starter.

Keller Steak House

Everyone loves a good steak house, and this is a fantastic spot in Brasov. Surf and Turf, as well as ribeye steaks, are some of the most highly complimented dishes from the restaurants, but the prices are also excellent considering the quality of meat you’re getting. Make this a spot for a night out.

Albert Bistro

This is unquestionably an atmospheric restaurant, located in the old part of Brasov. Try the wines here, as they are considered to be some of the best around, as well as the steaks. Foodies will love it here, but it’s also an excellent spot for a special occasion too.

Brasov Accommodation Ideas

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There are many accommodation options in Brasov, but if you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, check out these ideas before you get knee-deep in Brasov sightseeing.

Hotel Aro Palace

This five-star choice is the ideal place to stay in total luxury and right in the city center. With a huge swimming pool , spa, and wellness center and a fanatic onsite bar and restaurant, this is a great place to choose. The rooms are also huge, and the views over the mountains are divine. This is also the only five-star choice in Brasov, which considers if star ratings matter to you!

Grand Hotel

Located in the most beautiful countryside you can imagine, this hotel is a four-star choice with fantastic amenities and facilities on site. Rooms are decorated in traditional style, and there is a large indoor swimming pool and fitness center on-site for working off those excesses. The onsite restaurant is considered to be high quality, and breakfast here is always a favorite amongst guests.

Hotel Kolping

Located at the foot of the mountains, this is hotel sits in a beautiful setting and is a great budget choice for visitors to the Brasov region. Feeling like a home away from home, Hotel Kolping has a large bar and restaurant for evening enjoyment, and the natural feel will have you chilled out in no time.

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How To Get To Brasov

It’s effortless to reach Brasov, thanks to the fact that the rail and road networks are fantastic in Romania! The likelihood is that you would fly to Bucharest and from there you would connect either to bus or train.

Brasov is a central hub for trains, and from the capital, there are several trains every day, usually hourly. Bucharest to Transylvania trains are comfortable and very cheap, so this is a great way to travel in comfort and enjoy the passing scenery.

You can also reach Brasov by rail from Budapest in Hungary . The Bucharest to Brasov train , in particular, is quite spectacular in terms of the passing landscapes. Do bear in mind that the Bucharest to Brasov train cost varies according to the time of year, so check out prices closer to your time of visiting.

If you prefer to travel by bus, you can do so quite easily, again connecting from the Bucharest airport. Buses are cheaper than rail travel and leave very frequently, again around every hour, or even half an hour. They are very comfortable and a great way to travel throughout the country, not just to Brasov. You can also get the bus from Brasov to Bran nearby, quite quickly, one of Romania’s most famous places.

Visiting Brasov is undoubtedly something you won’t forget in a hurry, and with even more fantastic things to see and do just a stone’s throw away, you’ll be planning your return visit before you know it! This is without a doubt one of the best cities in Romania.

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Welcome to this beautiful medieval Transylvanian town of Brasov; smack in the middle of the mountains, carefully balancing its large size and modern amenities with its small-town atmosphere, history and warmth. Whether you’re planning to visit for a few days or you want to stay a while, here’s how to prepare for an epic trip to Brasov.

Getting to and from Brasov

Brasov Airport is still a couple of years away from completion, so if you’re flying in, your best bets are to fly into Bucharest, Sibiu or Targu Mures International Airports and then take the train into Brasov.

Brasov is well linked to all major cities in Romania with four to nine connections each day depending on the city. Make sure to aim for the InterRegio trains as they are the fastest and most comfortable. Approximate price of a train ticket is EUR 12 from Bucharest, EUR 10 from Sibiu, and EUR 15 from Targu Mures.

Train tickets can be bought online beforehand — you will need to make an account and the user experience is not the friendliest or most intuitive, but it is doable. You can also buy tickets at the automated ticket counters in all main stations (they stop selling 45 minutes before the scheduled train departure) or at the ticket counters in the train stations (be careful as there is usually a line, so make sure you allow yourself enough time).

If Brasov is your first destination, then your best option is to use one of the several companies that provide direct transfers from the airport. Direct Aeroport and M&M Express are the most prolific ones. You reserve a transfer and they wait for you in arrivals and accompany you all the way.

Getting around Brasov

Old Town Brasov

Walking is a great way to get around the city | Photo by Brasov Urban Adventures

Once you get to the city, our recommendation is to walk or rent a bike. The historical centre is just a couple of blocks, and even if you want to get to the more bohemian, mid-late 20th century parts of the city it does not take more than 40 to 50 minutes on foot.

However, if you have a short amount of time and would rather also sightsee form the bus between interest points, the bus network works great and traffic in Brasov is really calm so you can quickly move from place to place. Two trip tickets are LEI 4 (90 eurocents), and make sure you validate your ticket when you get on the bus.

Things to do in Brasov

Walking the cobbled stone streets in the historical centre is the first thing anyone should do in Brasov. The Old City is quite small, and you can easily trace its borders by looking to the old city walls that have been preserved and still enclose this historical area. If you want to get an exact lay of the land, then start your walk with a visit to the Weaver’s Bastion where they have a scale model of the city.

Scale model of Brasov

Get a lay of the land with a scale model of Brasov | Photo by Brasov Urban Adventures

You’ll also want to spend some time getting lost in the streets of the old Șchei neighbourhood spreading higher and higher up until the base of the Mount Tampa. Back when the Saxons established the city, Romanians were not allowed to own property within its walls so they started building their houses next to the gates. As the city grew, they kept building and expanding further and further, creating this picturesque neighbourhood with narrow streets, steep stairs and small, beautiful houses.

If you want to go even higher up, take the cable car (one way EUR 2, return EUR 3.50) or walk up (45 minutes to an hour) to the peak of Mount Tampa for the hands-down best views of Brasov. Don’t forget your selfie stick.

Mount Tampa cable car ride

Taking the cable car up Mount Tampa | Photo by Brasov Urban Adventures

If you feel like getting active, you can take the No. 20 bus to Poiana Brașov just 20 minutes away from the city centre. This is Romania’s biggest ski resort where you can enjoy a walk in the woods or rent a bike and explore.

Try your hand at a new sport: in summer, take a taxi (EUR 7-9) for a short ride outside Brasov to YAZ, where you can enjoy a nice lunch on the side of a lake with a wakeboarding cable system. In winter, go up to Poiana Brasov, rent a snowboard, skis or a sled and have some fun in the snow followed by some fun with a cup of mulled wine.

Brasov on the big screen

Get in the mood for Transylvania and all its mythology with a screening the 1992 film  Bram Stoker’s Dracula . It may not have been filmed in Brasov, but it might just be a fun watch before you go. To get a visual sense of Brasov, take a look at this  short video giving an overview of the city.

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If you’re planning on checking out Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula’s Castle, either before or after your time in Brasov, dust off a copy of Dracula by Bram Stoker before your trip.

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Our guide to the top things to do in Brasov sums up the must-see attractions that make this city one of the most popular destinations in Romania . The many nearby famous castles and fortresses add to the list and place Brasov at the top of your list for your trip to Romania .

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1. Explore the medieval fortifications

One of the most prosperous cities of medieval Transylvania, Brasov had a strong fortification system that included several walls, 27 towers, eight bastions, moats, and ponds. The best-preserved today are the fortifications from the Lower Walls – the Black Tower, the White Tower, Graft Bastion – and the Upper Walls – the Weavers’ Bastion, the Drapers’ Bastion, the Red Tanners’ Bastion – all easy to reach on foot from the old city center.

View from the fortification walls

Both the Lower and Upper Walls offer great views of the Black Church, the Council Square, and the uphill fortress Cetatuia. Don’t miss the 16th century Ecaterina’s Gate, the only one of three city gates of fortified Brasov that still exists.

2. Visit centuries-old churches

Brasov is often associated with the image of the Black Church , one of the most impressive Gothic churches in Eastern Europe. Over 600 years old, this large Evangelical church can receive up to 5,000 people. It has one of the biggest organs in Europe and the largest collection of Oriental carpets in Europe outside Turkey .

The Black Church

But the Black Church is not the only medieval church in Brasov you should see.  Walk outside the city center and visit the 13th-century fortified church of Bartolomeu, the oldest monument in the city . Or stay closer to the Black Church and discover the 14th-century Orthodox Church Saint Nicolae . This impressive monument had a key cultural role for the local Romanian community during Transylvania’s time as a province of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire .

Don’t miss the museum of the First Romanian School, right next to the church.

3. Walk around the historical center

Walking around the historical center is one of the great things to do in Brasov and is for free. Enjoy a stroll on Baritiu Street and Apollonia Hirscher Street. On your way to the Upper Walls, take a shortcut on Sforii Street, one of the narrowest in the country, with a varying width between 111 and 135 centimeters. For longer walks, choose one of the oldest streets in the city, Strada Lunga , the easiest way to reach Bartolomeu Church.

4. Hike on Mount Tampa

You don’t have to be an experienced hiker to take a short hike on Tampa Mountain. Overseeing the city from its 960 meters altitude, Tampa connects the city to more challenging hiking trails from the nearby mountains.

Tampa Mountain

5. Walk to Cetatuia Fortress

This fortress is only a short walk from the lively streets of the Old Town. Dating from 1625, the site had a strategic defensive role throughout the centuries. While Cetatuia is closed to visitors for now, the walk uphill is worth it. You’ll have a great view of historical Brasov and you’ll consume enough calories to enjoy a delicious lunch.

6. Have lunch in the Council Square

Impossible to miss, the Council Square is the heart of the old part of Brasov. Popular with locals and tourists alike, the square has many cafes and restaurants to choose from . It’s the best place to have lunch after taking a walking tour.

The Council Square

7. Enjoy local traditions

If you’re in Brasov on the first Sunday after the Orthodox Easter, you’ll see one of the oldest local traditions, ‘ Parada Junilor’, or the parade of young men . Combining Christian and pagan elements, the tradition celebrates spring with groups of men horseback riding on the streets of Brasov . The itinerary starts from Scheii Brasovului, once the Romanian neighborhood, and continues to the Old Town, inhabited for centuries by the German ethnics .

8. Visit the Bears’ Sanctuary

Take a morning to visit the Bears’ Sanctuary from Zarnesti, the largest in the world. Over 100 bears rescued from cruel treatments were given a second chance in this 70 hectares sanctuary from the foothills of Piatra Craiului Mountains. Don’t forget to book your tickets online a few days in advance.

Bears playing in the pound

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9. Visit the nearby castles and fortresses

Brasov is an excellent starting point for exploring more of the historical Transylvania. The city is only a few kilometers away from the fortified churches of Harman , Prejmer , and the medieval fortress of Rasnov . You can also easily reach the royal castles Peles and Bran , the fortress of Rupea , and the now famous village of  Viscri .

10. Go hiking in Piatra Craiului National Park

If you have enough time to spend in Brasov, take one or more days to hike in Piatra Craiului National Park . You can take one of the easy walks from the villages Magura and Pestera or go up on the mountain, departing from Zarnesti or Plaiul Foii. This is one of the most popular hiking locations if you’re traveling from Bucharest .

Piatra Craiului National Park

Brasov is more than a weekend destination. You can easily spend one week, taking your time to discover the city and the many nearby attractions. A great starting point for one-day trips to Transylvania, Brasov has all it takes to be the perfect vacation choice.

Where to stay in Brasov

We recommend you book in time for your stay in Brasov. If you’re looking for a lovely guest house located in the Old Town, we recommend Villa Katharina , Casa Rozelor , and The Pines Boutique Villa  but also the boutique hotels Bella Muzica and Antler .

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The Backpacker’s Travel Guide to Brasov, Romania

From a backpacker’s perspective, Brasov might be the best city in Romania. It’s got a great balance between a lively big city and a cozy small town. The historic city center is one of Romania’s most beautiful, highlighted by a gorgeous cathedral and a bustling plaza. With a central location in a surprisingly big country, Brasov makes for an excellent home base for the adventurous traveler. From here, you can make day trips to castles, mountains, and more. Brasov belongs on any traveler’s itinerary, but as a backpacker, it is an especially great place.

Brasov is budget-friendly and has some of the best hostels in Romania. There are enough things to do in Brasov to keep you busy for a few days, as well as a plethora of day trips to choose from. Brasov also has a lively nightlife scene for my fellow party lovers. The city is a short bus ride away from Romania’s most popular tourist destination, Dracula’s Castle, as well as plenty of hiking opportunities in the nearby mountains. If you only go to one place in Romania, I reckon it should be Brasov.

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How To Get To Brasov

Trains are the main form of inter-city transportation in Romania. From Bucharest, it takes about three hours to get to Brasov by train. The ticket should cost around $15. Trains leave around every hour, and are pretty punctual for the most part. They are slow, which was sometimes frustrating after the high-speed trains of Italy. But hey, when you can get all the way across the country for $20, who am I to complain? With Brasov being a big city, you should have no issue getting to and from there.

I’m not too sure about buses, but there are at least two bus stations in Brasov so I assume buses are an option too. However, if there are trains available, I’ll choose trains any day.

Oh, and before you go, make sure to have good travel insurance handy whenever you’re out adventuring. I use  SafetyWing  to keep me covered throughout my travels for as low as $40 a month.

Where To Stay in Brasov

Brasov was surprisingly big and spread out. While it was easy to enjoy oneself in Brasov, it was definitely difficult picking a hostel. They all looked amazing. Eventually, I settled for one outside the city center and closer to the train and bus stations to allow me for more day trips and quick getaways.

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The hostel I chose was Zozo Hostel , and it truly did feel like an oasis in the middle of a bustling city. The setup feels more like a cabin in the woods as opposed to a hostel in a big city. Zozo Hostel is one of the most beautiful and well-designed hostels I’ve ever stayed at. There is only one dorm room, located at the top floor in what was once the attic. However, the way the owner, Zoran, repurposed the attic should be applauded. It is beautiful what he did with it.

All the beds are on the floor, but each one feels like your own private little space. Each bed has curtains, a locker, a lamp, and outlets. There is also some space on the side to dump all your stuff so the small room doesn’t get too cluttered. Zozo Hostel has a big outdoor space with hammocks, a common kitchen, and a beautiful common area and library. They also have free breakfast, and even though he says it’s from 8-9 AM, he’d usually have saved me a plate for when I’d roll out of bed at 11 AM. Hey, that post- Untold Festival comedown was a killer. There are also private rooms at Zozo Hostel. I didn’t go into them but they are these big cool-looking barrel things in the backyard.

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The only qualm one would have with Zozo Hostel is that it is pretty far from the city center. The walk takes about thirty minutes, but Ubers are usually around $2-3, so it’s not that big of a deal. The train station is about 10 minutes away, and there’s a Carrefour Supermarket on the corner. Overall, the location didn’t bother me because I like going back to a hostel to chill out after a full day of adventures.

If you want to stay closer to the city center, I’ve heard great things about Jugendstube Hostel and Centrum House Hostel .

The Best Things To Do in Brasov

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Bran Castle, often referred to as Dracula’s Castle, is arguably Romania’s most popular tourist attraction. It actually doesn’t have any proven ties to Dracula or Vlad Tepes, the real-life person that Dracula was loosely based off of. However, people love a good story, and Bran Castle in Transylvania offers just that. It’s definitely worth a visit while you’re in Brasov, but I do think it is a bit of an over-hyped tourist trap. It only costs about $10 to enter the castle and castle grounds, although you’ll find there really isn’t much on Dracula. It’s more of a museum that holds things and recreates rooms of the people that lived in Bran Castle throughout the years.

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To get to Bran Castle, you can take a bus from Brasov to Bran for about $2. You’ll have to go the Autogara 2 bus station and catch the hourly bus to Bran. The ride takes about 40 minutes and the bus will drop you off right in front of Bran Castle. There’s not much else to do in Bran, so don’t plan on spending the whole day here. The town of Bran mostly revolves around Bran Castle, and the area is mostly just vendors selling souvenirs.

Rasnov Fortress

If you want to couple a day trip to Bran Castle with another adventure, then a stop at Rasnov Fortress might be for you. You’ll be on the same bus to get to Bran, but you’ll get off a little earlier at Rasnov. From here, you can work your way up to the fortress on the hill, dating back to the 13th century. There’s also a tacky Hollywood-esque sign right next to it, but at least you’ll know where you’re going.

The Historic City Center

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Brasov’s historic city center is one of the most beautiful in Romania. It is clean, colorful, and well-preserved. Here, you’ll find restaurants, nightlife, shopping, and some beautiful buildings like churches and museums. Let your feet take you wandering and you’ll find something to fill your time. Outside of the historic city center, Brasov feels like your typical modern city, so I’d recommend staying in the historic city center as a traveler.

Tampa Mountain

If you want a hike without having to stray too far from Brasov, you’ll want to check out Tampa Mountain. You can also take a cable for about $5, but I’d recommend stretching your legs and going for the hike. Up here, you’ll get a stunning view of Brasov from the Brasov-lywood sign.

About an hour south of Brasov by train, you can get to Busteni. This beautiful mountain town is home to beautiful views and a lot of hiking. If you love the great outdoors, then Busteni is the day trip for you.

Sinaia and Peles Castle

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Just a little further south of Busteni is the town of Sinaia. This is one of the most beautiful villages in Romania. Seriously, for how small Sinaia was, it had a lot of stunning buildings. None were more beautiful than Peles Castle. It costs $10 to enter, which I didn’t pay because I was out of cash. Even seeing it from the outside was worth the day trip, though. Along with Peles Castle, you can check out another castle nearby, although it was much less eye-catching. Once you drop back down to Sinaia town, you can walk through the central park for some beautiful scenery. There’s also a monastery nearby that is popular among tourists. Have a meal in town before catching the train back to Brasov, and you’ve got yourself a chill little day trip.

Seven Ladders Canyon

This is a hike through a canyon close to Brasov. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to do this hike although my friends spoke very highly of it. Here’s a pretty thorough guide to the Seven Ladders Canyon hike , a diverse adventure that features canyons, waterfalls, and lots of beautiful scenery. Make sure to have some good travel insurance like SafetyWing handy before going on any hikes, though.

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Romania is a country filled with beautiful towns and stunning destinations. Yet, Brasov stands out above the rest as the premier destination in Romania. Make sure not to exclude this beautiful city from your Eastern European itinerary.

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7 Awesome Things to Do in Brasov, Romania @twodriftersxo

Brasov, Romania is perhaps the most well-known of destinations in this fantastic Eastern European nation. If you haven’t been to Romania, it is absolutely worth a visit. From beautiful nature and abundant wildlife to spectacular castles and exciting history and culture, this is a country with so much in store. And if that wasn’t enough to convince you, you should know that Romania is incredibly affordable.

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Brasov is the capital of Transylvania, and with lots to see and do, it quickly became one of our favorite cities in Europe. After spending nearly three months in Romania , we’d love to share some of the highlights. Here are seven awesome things to do in Brasov.

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1.  Take a free walking tour with a local guide

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There’s nothing quite like exploring a new city with a knowledgeable local. And if the opportunity is free? Even better! With the Walkabout free Brasov tour, you can spend between 2 and 3 hours discovering all things Romania. This is a great way to start off your visit to Brasov, familiarizing yourself with the layout of the city and getting the vital details on all the top spots. While the tour is free, tips are optional and highly appreciated by your friendly local guides. Tours depart daily at 3 pm, rain or shine.

2.  Get lost in a European fairytale.

After you’ve been guided around the city of Brasov, it’s time to get lost. This centuries-old city is not only beautiful; but it’s also a downright fairytale experience. We especially loved exploring in the winter months, when the frequent snowfalls turned the medieval city into a magical snowglobe. As you wander the streets, head out from the main Council Square and to the edges of Brasov’s old town. Venturing beyond the city walls, you’ll find trees, hiking trails, and exciting architecture around every bend. You will quickly discover that nature and history abound within this European gem.

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We felt so incredibly safe during our two months in Brasov , and this makes it a perfect place to wander freely and explore. The old city center (or Centrul Vechi) offers winding streets, pastel buildings, and the backdrop of a towering mountainside. In the summer, Tampa Mountain is lush and green—in the winter the trees showcase a light dusting of snow. In all seasons, you can enjoy the Hollywood-style Brasov sign shining like a beacon above the city. Keep your eyes out for the sign at nighttime; it is illuminated, and you can’t miss it.

3.  Dig into traditional Romanian food.

You certainly won’t go hungry while traveling in Brasov. There are so many delicious restaurants and cafes that your biggest challenge will be deciding where to go. We highly recommend sampling some of the rich, flavorful Romanian cuisines. Some of the popular traditional dishes include sarmale (cabbage-wrapped rolls filled with minced meat), smoked pork knuckle with beans, and polenta with cheese and sour cream (which quickly became one of my favorites). If you’re a meat lover (like my husband Nathan), you will love Romanian food! Need some guidance on where to dine? We loved Ursul Carpatin, Restaurant Transylvania, and Le Ceaun.

4.  Visit “Dracula’s” castle.

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Just an hour’s bus ride away is the town of Bran, home to the famous Bran Castle. Why is this castle famous? The primary reason is that this castle may have provided the inspiration for the castle in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula . At any rate, Bran Castle certainly matches the description of Dracula’s abode: a castle high on a hill in the mysterious region of Transylvania. Although there is some uncertainty as to whether or not Vlad the Impaler (the real historical figure sometimes associated with Dracula) spent time in Bran Castle, records suggest he may have been imprisoned there some two months, and at the very least, he did pass through the area. Whatever you think of the Dracula myth, Bran Castle is definitely worth a visit. The town of Bran is small and quaint, with the castle towering over it on a rocky precipice. The castle is very cheerful inside with interesting decor and plenty of historical information. It’s a wonderful place to transport yourself back in time.

5.  Go people-watching in the Piata Sfatului.

One of the most singularly beautiful spots in Brasov is the Council Square or Piata Sfatului. This open area is home to the Old City Hall (1420) which today contains the Brasov History Museum. Admission is very affordable, so stop by the history museum to grab a quick understanding of the local story. Then, head back out the square and immerse yourself in the present.

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In one direction, you’ll observe the iconic tower of the Black Church, with Tampa Mountain just behind it. In the opposite direction are the lively shopping streets of the old town. In the Piata Sfatului, itself are many delightful restaurants and cafes. In warm weather, these open their doors and invite you to sit in the sunshine on the square itself. As you sip your coffee (or a glass of the Romanian plum brandy known as tuica), you can watch the world go by. Balloon vendors, children playing, happy tourists, and plenty of pigeons: the central square is where the action is, and where you’ll get a great taste of Romanian city life.

6.  Check out the incredible bear sanctuary nearby.

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Eastern Europe has an enormous bear and wolf population. Sadly, this has resulted in some poor treatment of wildlife. In years past, mostly in more rural areas of Romania, bears were sometimes caged and used as “attractions” to draw in customers. The Libearty Bear Sanctuary was created in the early 2000s as a rescue organization, and to provide a place for these mistreated bears to find a happy home. Not far from Brasov, in Zarnesti, the sanctuary is open to visitors, welcoming those who would love to see the bears and support the wonderful work of the sanctuary. Visiting hours are very limited, however, and are only during bear feeding times in the mornings. Check the website for availability and more information.

7.  See the city of Brasov from up high!

Brasov, Romania is gorgeous from many perspectives, but seeing it from above is second-to-none. From up high, you can take in the iconic red roofs so common in Eastern European architecture. There are several vantage points that can provide you with an amazing view. The easiest option is to climb to the White Tower, which you can see from the Piata Sfatului itself. A quick walk takes you outside the city walls and to the stairs leading up to the tower. Once you’ve climbed to the top, you’re rewarded with awesome views overlooking the city. Be warned; the climb is short but steep. Prepare to breathe a little heavy for a few minutes!

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To take in the opposite perspective, go up to Tampa Mountain. Hiking trails can take you there in the warm seasons, but throughout the year, you can opt for the famous cable car to the top. This is a must-do in Brasov, and a round-trip ticket will set you back just 16 lei per person (approximately $4 USD. The views from atop Tampa Mountain stretch for miles on a clear day, and a quick walk to the summit takes you to the Brasov sign itself.

8. Find accommodation in Brasov, Romania

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Where to Stay in Brasov, Romania

Although for a long-term stay we highly recommend our incredible experience with Airbnb , there are many options for short-term accommodation in Brasov that are worth considering.

Best Budget Hostel in Brasov, Romania –  Hostel Centrum House Brasov

Centrum House Hostel is located on the main pedestrian street in the Old Town of Brașov, where you will find many pubs, bars, restaurants, and shops. Free WiFi is offered.

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Centrum House offers mostly bunk beds in dormitories with shared bathrooms, most of them located in the room. Some bathrooms are also located in the hallway. Rooms with private bathroom facilities are also available. This hostel offers private tours to the famous Bran Castle, known as Dracula’s Castle, Rasnov Fortress, Peles Castle, Sighisoara and other destinations, including a traditional meal at the on-site bistro.

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Brasov, Romania –  Casa Tohaneana

Located in Tohanu Nou, a 3-minute drive from Bran Castle, Casa Tohaneana offers free WiFi, a fitness center, a massage service and a terrace with free barbecue facilities. A bus stop is 50 m away, and free public parking is available in front of the building.

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The rooms at the Tohaneana are fitted with wooden furnishings and come with cable TV and a private bathroom with a shower. A common lounge area equipped with sofas and armchairs can also be found on the site.

Best Luxury Hotel in Brasov, Romania – Guesthouse Drachenhaus

Overlooking Mount Tampa and the historic medieval quarter of Brasov, Drachenhaus is located within 200 m from the pedestrian area of the Republicii Street, Council Square and Black Church in Braşov. It welcomes guests with a restaurant and bar.

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Set in a historic 19th-century building, the rooms feature reconditioned furniture, hardwood acacia and oak floors, Saxon wool carpeting and Italian Tivoli travertine in the bathrooms. Each comes with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Located on the upper floors, some rooms feature garden views. Drachenhaus features free WiFi throughout the property, and wired internet is also available in the rooms.

7 Awesome Things to Do in Brasov, Romania

A la carte breakfast options are available for guests each morning, and breakfast can also be served in the room. You will find a gift shop at the property. Guests can enjoy various activities in the surroundings, including cycling and hiking. Black Church is 400 m from Drachenhaus, while Brasov Synagogue is 400 m from the property.

Brasov, Romania is truly a delight, and we guarantee this beautiful and highly affordable destination is one you’ll remember for years to come!

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Hi, I saw you went to see the bears at the Sanctuary. Indeed, what they’re doing there is fantastic but at the same time, a bit sad, knowing what those bears endured in their lifetime 🙁 Have you considered bear watching? I know you’ve been here during wintertime, but in the rest of the year, bear watching offers guests the possibility of seeing these beautiful animals in the wild, rather than in a sanctuary of enclosed area. Sometimes, even from 2 meters away… of course, from inside a safe bear hide.

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