Brasov – the perfect medieval city

Hello travelers! Good to be here again! Today I want to tell you about Brasov which is a city located in the central part of Romania, about 166 kilometers north of Bucharest. It is surrounded by the Southern Carpathians and is part of the Transylvania region. This is one of my favorite cities in our country and every now and then I like to escape the hustle and bustle of Bucharest and visit it!

Talking about Bucharest, I know I also have to write a blog post about the city I live in… it’s just that I don’t like it that much, or maybe I am too bored of it. Anyways, I will act like a tourist in my city one day and will show you lots of pictures and nice places to visit in the capital.

Until then, let’s get back to Brasov. Went there with husband and two other good friends of ours. Woke up pretty early in the morning and in almost 2 hours, we reached our destination. Yuhuuu!

We stayed at Bellevue Apartment (rated as “Exceptional 9.7” on Booking) and I have to admit that the apartment was indeed exceptional. It was super big, modern, comfy beds, big sofa, balcony with a view, chimney, underfloor heating… Totally worth the price! We paid around 40 Euros in total, meaning 10 Euros each. BARGAIN!

Before reaching Brasov, we also stopped a bit to take some pictures at the Peles Castle. Nestled at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains in the picturesque town of Sinaia, Peles Castle is a masterpiece of German New-Renaissance architecture, considered by many one of the most stunning castles in Europe. TADAAAAA!

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You can also visit the castle which is quite impressive on the inside as well! Also, you may find some information about the prices here: https://peles.ro/program-si-taxe/. I just figured out that this website doesn’t have an English option… Awesome! We are supposed to promote Romania, right? We are doing a great job! NOT.

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We didn’t know why was that big old suitcase standing in the woods along with that tent… so my friend wanted to take pictures there. However, we discovered later… what was with that suitcase :))) funny, right?

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After moving on from this area, we also stopped somewhere around Caraiman Monastery where I knew it was a super cool picturesque spot.

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That’s how you act when you’re 30 years old. Haha :))) Sorry guys for mentioning the age, should have said you were younger???

Moving on to Brasov! After we checked in, we immediately went out to explore the city and also to eat something. NOM NOM NOM! Cuz until then, we haven’t eaten anything more than a couple of sandwiches. Long live our moms!

By the way, let me show you the view from our apartment:

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In the picture, you may see the Brasov Citadel. It is very easy to find the Citadel of Brasov as it is on that top hill that you can see basically from anywhere in the city. It isn’t a very unique or amazing fortress. It seems they don’t put much effort to make it a tourist attraction. It is rather used for making panoramic pictures of the city. Still nice, though!

There are two small towers that keep watch over old Brasov from the Warthe hill on the northern side of the city: the so-called White and Black towers. While not identical, were nevertheless built at the same time, late in the 15th century.

The White Tower is located directly above the Graft Bastion, and you can climb up to it via some very steep steps – do not try it unless you are feeling extremely fit and agile. There are more steps when you actually get to the tower, but the views from the top are fantastic.

Further along the path that runs alongside the old city wall and the canal (yes, it is a canal) is an old blue sign pointing the way to the Black Tower. You will notice immediately that the Black Tower (which you can see by glancing up to your right) is in fact very much white. A steep path (but no steps) leads up to it. The deck in front of it is a great location for photos of old Brasov. The tower picked up its name after a fire in 1649 blackened the exterior walls.

The following pictures where taken from the White Tower. Hope you’ll enjoy the view!

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Now I will just show you some more pictures while we were actually wandering those streets seen from above in the previous photos. Enjoy!

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Above is the Black Church – a must see in Brasov! It was built by the German community of the city and stands as the main Gothic style monument in the country, as well as being the largest and one of the most important Lutheran (Evangelical Church of Augustan Confession in Romania) places of worship in the region.

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Here you may see the Brașov Council Square (Piața Sfatului in Romanian, former Marktplatz in German) which is located in the historic center of the city. It obtained its right to hold markets in 1520, but it has been the place for annual markets since 1364, being visited by merchants from the country and abroad. The houses surrounding the square are historic.

Then, moved further and went to the Rope Street (Strada Sforii in Romanian) which is the narrowest street in the city. It is believed to be one of the narrowest streets in Europe (Spreuerhofstraße, in Germany, and Parliament Street, in England, are narrower).

It is situated near Șchei Gate and it is perpendicular to Strada Cerbului (Stag Street). It was initially built as a corridor that firemen could use, and it is first mentioned in 17th century documents. Strada Sforii is now a tourist attraction and meeting spot. Its width varies between 111 and 135 centimeters, and it is 80 meters long.

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We then walked along and wandered more through the city! It’s not like I hadn’t been there so many times before… but it’s always a pleasure to walk these paths of Brasov.

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My number one wish was to go up on the Tampa Mountain to see the whole city from above! Its elevation is 960 m (995 m according to some sources), almost 400 m above the city. The view up there is outstanding!!! However, the cable car wasn’t working that day. Lucky girl, huh?! MEH.

After the sun went down, we drank some beers and went clubbing that night! We went to a club named Rockstadt and I have to admit that it was pretty cool. A lot of youngsters were hanging out and really felt like traveling back in time. In 2008 to be more precisely, when I used to party a lot and marriage never occurred in my mind :))))

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The next morning, after we checked-out… we just went for another walk to eat some soup that would get all the booze out of our bodies! We ate at a very nice restaurant but damn… I always forget the names of the restaurants! OOOOPS. Promise to pay more attention to these details from now on!

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FUN FACT: one of my friends met a girl at the club the other night who invited him over her place and asked him to stay 1 more day. Of course he stayed :)) TOUCHEEEE PUSSYCAT! So we just left the city without him and he came back to Bucharest the next day by train. I guess it was his lucky trip! Hahahaha.

While we were heading back to Bucharest, we stopped by the Rasnov Citadel and also took few pictures there.

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This picture actually made me gain my first 1k likes on Instagram. Yeah… I am an Instagram addict, but I think you already knew this :))). So this made me really really really happy! YAAAAY

Moving on, we also stopped a bit to photograph another amazing castle in our country, which is the Bran Castle. I am sure many of you have heard of it because it is related to Dracula! Actually, the tale isn’t true… Dracula was as a matter of fact Vlad Tepes, meaning Vlad The Impaler. Let me tell you more!

Few names have cast more terror into the human heart than Dracula. The legendary vampire, created by author Bram Stoker in his 1897 novel of the same name, has inspired countless horror movies, television shows and other bloodcurdling tales of vampires.

Though Dracula is a purely fictional creation, Stoker named his infamous character after a real person who happened to have a taste for blood: Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia or as he is better known and as I’ve said before – Vlad the Impaler. The morbid nickname is a testament to the Wallachian prince’s favorite way of dispensing with his enemies.

But other than having the same name, the two Draculas don’t really have much in common, according to historians who have studied the link between Stoker’s vampire count and Vlad III.

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As a bonus, I will show you some pictures taken from the Tampa Mountain in Brasov, because you can imagine I wasn’t satisfied at all by not being able to go up there :)) So after few weeks, husband and I went on a short trip (only for 2 hours because it was work related) and actually climbed up there! AWESOOOOME!

As another bonus in this bonus, it was also snowing so yeah… Brasov seemed to be part of a fairy-tale!

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Hope you enjoyed Brasov through my pictures and will visit it once you are in Romania! It really is amazing!

Until next time,

Andreea.

  • Our stay in Brasov: 25.11.2017 – 26.11.2017
  • Bucharest –> Brasov: 184 km by car
  • Accommodation: Bellevue Apartment
  • Total: 50 Euros as a couple (gasoline + accommodation)

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