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Tour Recommendation:

March

  • Flight & transportation: from 50 EUR
  • Accomodation: from 30 EUR/day
  • Touring historical sights around Brasov:
    - Old City of Brasov
    - Bran Castle
    - Peles Castle
  • Relaxation:
    - Paradisul Acvatic - pool, sauna
  • Total: from 500 EUR/10 days

Sightseeing

Here’s what you can’t miss while visiting Brasov!

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  • The old city

    The old city is very well preserved; take a cable car to the top of Tampa, a small mountain in the middle of the city (995 m above sea level) for the best view

  • The Black Church (Biserica Neagra)

    The Black Church, a celebrated Gothic site - the building dates from 1477, when it replaced an older church (demolished around 1385). It’s acquired the name after being blackened by smoke from the 1689 great fire. Here you can listen to classic and preclassic musical concerts at the biggest organ in Europe. In front of the church is the statue of the great German humanitarian Johannes Honterus.

  • The Council Square (Piata Sfatului)

    The Council Square, known to the Saxon population as the Marktplatz, is the heart of the old medieval Brasov. Lined with beautiful red-roofed merchant houses, the square is one of the finest in the country. The buildings recall the region's German heritage.

    In the center of the square lies the Council House, built in 1420. The tower, called the Trumpets Tower, is in fact much older, and was once a watchtower for approaching barbarians before being incorporated into the main building. It was the place where an alarm was sounded when danger menaced the city. What you see today is largely the result of an 81-year renovation after the great fire of 1689. Then, the pile was restored and completed with the Renaissance loggia dominated by the baroque facade bearing the coats of arms of the town. The tower is 58 meters high. The Counsel House was the decision-making center of the important businesses of the city, where outstanding notables of the time were welcomed. Nowadays the building hosts the History Museum of Brasov with rare exhibits and collections.

  • St. Nicholas Church (Biserica Sf. Nicolae)

    Being mentioned on historical documents since 1292 and referred to in one Pope's Bull in 1399, the church was rebuilt in stone in 1495 with the main support of the voivodes Vlad Calugarul, Neagoe Basarab and Petru Cercel. The church is a true architectural masterpiece; a mix of the Byzantine, Baroque and Gothic styles. The final construction was ready in 1594.

    St. Nicholas Church dominates the oldest part of the city, Scheii Brasovului. Like other medieval churches it is surrounded by protective walls with large wooden gates. The enclosure shelters a small old cemetery where some famous people are buried. The First Romanian School, The Library and The Archives of the St. Nicholas Church are also to be found here. The church holds precious paintings and icons.

  • The First Romanian School (Prima Scoala Romaneasca)

    The First Romanian School, a museum with the first Romanian printing press and the first Romanian language classroom, among many other firsts.

  • The First Romanian Book Museum (Prima Carte Romaneasca)

    It exhibits the first printed book in the Romanian language.

  • The Rope Street

    It is considered the narrowest street in Europe. It links Cerbului Street with Poarta Schei. It is 80m long and its width is between 111cm and 135cm (3.64 feet to 4.42 feet). It was mentioned in official documents starting with the 17th century. It was first meant to facilitate easier access to the city Centre for the firefighters. The street was renovated in 2003 .

  • The Citadel Fortress (Cetăţuia Braşovului)

    The Citadel Fortress is a fortified construction built of wood and rocks, recently restored and transformed in a very special restaurant

  • Paradisul Acvatic

    The Aquatic Paradise Complex is the biggest covered aqua park in Romania – 6,5 ha. Opened all year round, has 8 modern pools, both indoor and outdoor, water slides, covered football and tennis fields, a SPA and aprox. 2000 locker rooms.

    In the summer enjoy the two outdoor pools, about 1000 sm and 90 sm, with water temperature between 27 and 31 Celsius degrees. 1300 sun beds are available starting early spring till the fall. Also the sand volley court, the children playground , exterior terraces, good music and many other surprises make you fill wonderful in a summer day, in a place where the sea meats the mountains.

    In the winter you can watch the snow falling from one of the two indoor-outdoor pools with warm water at 36-38 Celsius degrees.

    The rustic showers, the whirlpools, the water falls, the beauty saloon, two solariums (vertical and horizontal), the massage and relaxation rooms are all here so that you can relax and spend a great day at “Paradisul Acvatic”.

  • Poiana Brasov

    Just 12km (7 miles) away from Brasov city you will find Romania's most famous skiing resort, Poiana Brasov. It is referred to in ski directories all over the world. The snow layer lasts for 120 days a year. It features great hotels and restaurants, modern winter sports facilities and numerous ski slopes.

    In the summer the mountain hikes and horse back riding are two activities that can make your stay here even more pleasant.

  • Dracula's Castle (Bran Castle)

    Dracula's Castle is situated between Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains, right where you enter Rucar-Bran Pass. It is the same with Bran Castle.

    The first documentary attestation of Bran Castle is the letter written in 1377 by the Hungarian Ludovic I D'Anjou, giving the inhabitants of Brasov some privileges.

    In the 18th century the fortress was the house of the Austrians frontier guards. In 1836 Bran became the official border and the defense role of the fortress was no longer a priority. In 1920, the Brasov Town council donated Bran Castle to Queen Maria of Great Romania, who lived there with the royal family till 1947.

    Since 1947 the Castle is opened as a museum.

  • Râşnov Fortress

    Râşnov Fortress is located on a rocky hilltop in the Carpathian mountains, 200m above the town of Râşnov, Romania. It was built by the Teutonic Knights in the 13th century and was in use till the 19th century.

  • Predeal

    Predeal is an other important mountain resort, just 25km from Brasov. It is the town at the highest elevation in Romania (1033 m altitude). Located in the Prahova Valley it is surrounded by five massifs and is the perfect base for mountain hikes and, in winter, for skiing down the Clabucet and Cioplea slopes.

  • The Peles Castle, Sinaia

    Located in a beautiful mountainous region, about 120km from Bucharest and 50 km from Brasov, in the Prahova Valley, Sinaia is one of the oldest and most famous mountain resorts, often referred to as "The Pearl of the Carpathians". It was named after the holy Mount Sinai in Egypt. It used to be the summer residence of the royal family. Today you can visit the breathtaking Peles Castle.

  • Valea Zimbrilor Reservation

    The wisent (Romanian: zimbru), or European bison (Bison bonasus), is a bison species and the heaviest surviving land animal in Europe. A typical wisent is about 3.0m long and 1.8–2.2m tall, and weighs 300–920kg. It is typically smaller than the related American bison (Bison bison), and has shorter hair on the neck, head, and forequarters, but longer tail and horns. Wisent are now forest-dwelling. They have few predators (besides humans) with only scattered reports from the 1800s of wolf and bear predation. Wisent were first scientifically described by Carolus Linnaeus in 1758. Some later descriptions treat the wisent as conspecific with the American bison. It is not to be confused with the aurochs (Romanian: bour), the extinct ancestor of domestic cattle.

    In Western Europe, wisent became extinct by the 11th century, except in the Ardennes, where they lasted into the 14th century. Many bison became victims of World War I, with German troops occupying Bialowieza killing 600 of the animals for meat, hides, and horns. A German scientist brought to the attention of army officers that the animals were facing imminent extinction, but at the very end of the war, retreating German soldiers shot all but 9 bison. The last wild wisent in Poland was killed in 1919 and the last wild wisent in the world was killed by poachers in 1927 in the Western Caucasus. By that year fewer than 50 remained, all in zoos.

    Wisent were reintroduced successfully into the wild, beginning in 1951. Actually, there were 3,000 individuals (as of 2000), all descended from only 12 individuals. Because of their limited genetic pool, they are considered highly vulnerable to diseases like foot and mouth disease.

    In Romania were created four natural reservations for wisents: Hateg-Slivut - the oldest one (Transylvania, November 12, 1958, 6 wisents), Dragos-Voda Reservation in Vânatori Neamt (Moldavia, 1968, 4ha, 4 wisents), Bucsani in Dâmbovita - the largest one (Wallachia, 1980, 162ha, 32 wisents), and Valea Zimbrilor Reservation, Vama Buzaului - the newest (Transylvania, 2008, 92ha, 5 wisents).

  • Sports and Adventure

    Want some adventure? Then try some extreme sports: bungee jumping, escalade rock climbing, rafting, kayaking, paragliding and many more!

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