Brasov is hands down my favorite city in Romania. One the best-preserved cities, it has awesome bars, my favorite hostel in the country, a beautiful town square, medieval walls you can walk on, and is located 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). I came for two days and stayed for five. You’ll see with this travel guide that there is a lot to do here so I urge you to make time for Brasov. You won’t be disappointed. Few rarely are. Don’t breeze through the city. Stay awhile and really soak in this cultural capital of the country. It doesn’t get better than here!
Top 5 Things to See and Do in Brasov
1. Explore Bran (Dracula’s) Castle
2. Wander through Piata Sfatului
3. Climb Tampa Mountain
4. Visit Rasnov Fortress
5. Check out the Black Church
Other Things to See and Do
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1. See Catherine’s Gate
This medieval gate was built by the Tailors’ Guild in 1559 for defensive purposes and is the only part of the medieval gates still standing. Presently, it houses a museum that presents art and history exhibitions.
2. Wander along Brasov’s wall
The bastions here were part of the defensive wall. They once stood 40 feet high, seven feet thick and two miles long. They can still be seen today, though most of the wall was taken down in the 19th century to make room for the city’s expansion. It provides a view of Brasov’s medieval history.
3. Visit Peles Castle
If Bran castle isn’t enough, stop by the nearby Peles Castle. Built in the 19th century, this castle is nestled into a beautiful backdrop of forests and mountains and has some incredibly detailed woodwork all throughout the castle. There are also plenty of antiques, including suits of armor and weapons. The tour isn’t the best, but even just strolling around the castle is worth the price of admission. Tickets are 40 RON for adults with discounts available for students and seniors.
4. Admire the Saint Nicholas Basilica
The interior of this church has frescoes painted by the renowned muralist Misu Popp, and there are also famous Romanians buried in the church graveyard.
5. Visit the Rupea Hilltop Fortress
This fortress has been restored to show what it would have been like in the medieval period. The process is ongoing, but visitors are able to walk through the site.
6. Search out the String Street
This street (Strada Sforii in Romanian) is reputed to be the narrowest in Europe at only 4 feet wide (although that’s probably up for debate). It used to be used as a corridor for firemen on duty.
7. Hike up to the Brasov sign
One of the first things you’ll notice is Brasov is the big white sign on the hill above town (like the Hollywood sign). If the weather is nice you can hike up there to a nice little viewpoint that overlooks the city. The hike is only 45-60 minutes and is quite easy. The view is definitely worth it!