Brasov Romania has a well preserved medieval old town and is a popular tourist destination in Transylvania. The Council Square consists of the Town Hall, a large fountain, street vendors and outdoor cafes. The cobblestone streets surrounding the square are lined with colorful baroque buildings and packed with outdoor cafes. This is a great place to relax and people watch.
The Gothic Black Church sits immediately off the square; it was originally Catholic and converted to Lutheran. The Church earned its name after receiving fire damage during the Great Fire of 1689. It has an impressive organ. Unfortunately, photos are not allowed in the Church. Don’t miss the four-foot-wide Rope Street (Strada Sforii). It was built as a corridor for firefighters and is the narrowest street in Romania. It is a fun place to take a few photos.
Brasov once had defensive walls; some have been torn down but a lot remain. Catherine’s Gate was the main entrance to the city and remains standing. There are also two remaining towers, the Black Tower and the White Tower. You may climb them for roof top photos of the city.
Brasov sits below Tampa Mountain. There is a cable car to the top and a restaurant for lunch. Take a picture next to the city sign and opt to hike back down the mountain. The walk takes about an hour, be on the lookout for bears! If you are a hiker, I have heard good things about Seven Ladders Canyon. And, if you are a bear lover, there is a bear sanctuary in Zarnesti.
Brasov is 2.5 hours from Bucharest. It is near Bran Castle, Peles Castle and Rasnov Fortress. A stop in the city is often part of Castle Tour day trips. There is enough to do in this area to fill two days and Brasov is a good overnight option. Visit the Romanian Office of Tourism to learn more about this Transylvanian town.
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