There are so many reasons to visit the medieval town of Brasov and the surrounding areas however, we will point out only a few of them. Named also the Crown City (or Kronstadt in German), Brasov charms its visitors with an amazing natural landscape, rich history and a great variety of touristic activities.
Stunning natural landscapes
The drive from Bucharest to Brasov introduces you into the beautiful landscapes of the Carpathian Mountains; especially from the moment you get to Sinaia where the former royal summer residence Peles is located. While the curvy road unfolds, the majestic mountain peaks guard it from both sides. Sometimes they have a coat of white snow, making you think about winter fairytales. Do not forget to look up for the biggest cross in the world built on a summit (2,291 metres altitude). It is on the left side of the road, which is how you drive from Sinaia to Brasov. The Heroes` Cross is commonly known as the Cross on the Caraiman.
Once we get closer to Brasov, Tampa Mountain will make its appearance at the horizon. In addition, tourists can stop in Zarnesti to visit the wild bear sanctuary – Libearty. Did you know that Romania has the largest population of brown bears in Europe? Or that the Black Cove Farm from the famous movie `Cold Mountain` was located in the mountains surrounding Brasov city?
Brasov City deserves the Crown title
The old town of Brasov with its mostly pedestrian streets is like a walk back in time: beautiful medieval buildings painted in vivid colors displaying the essence of the Saxon architecture essence. The Town Hall and the Black Church are the only two survivors of the Great Fire, which destroyed the city late 17 century. Not to mention the fortifications of the Old City, its bastions and its gate brings a medieval-romantic flavor to your tour.
With its medieval stories, picturesque sightseeing, delicious restaurants and cultural agenda truly deserves the name of the Crown City.
The villages that charmed even the Royalties
The old Saxon villages scattered through the county of Brasov are worth visiting if you have a soft spot for local authenticity and traditions kept as centuries ago. The famous Viscri village won Prince Charles` heart and he owns now several traditional Saxon houses transformed into guesthouses. Everything here is in harmony; the landscape, the houses, and the people, whose kind and calm way of greeting visitors seems so out of this times. The food is tasty and delicious, made with natural ingredients from their own small farms.
Citadels, castles, and fortified churches
There is more than Bran Castle when you think of Brasov county, however few are so popular as the allegedly Dracula`s castle. There are many fortified churches worth visiting: Prejmer (UNESCO World Heritage site), Harman, Codlea, Fagaras and Ghimbav are just a few of them. When speaking about castles, the fortified peasant citadel of Rasnov stays tall since the 13th century, during Teutonic knights.
If our short list triggered you desire to visit, we would love make all the arrangements for an amazing trip to Brasov!