Perhaps this is the best place in Brasov and for sure this is making so different this city in the Romanian environment...
We have choosen to buy an apartment in this city because it is so different comparing with the other romanian cities.
Everything, from people and their behaviours to the architecture and environment... is making from Brasov a place where you may want to go always back.
Fondest memory: Quiet city with nice people and beautiful old buildings...
Lot of restaurants and lot of tourists filling them and enjoying romanian food.
Beautiful mountains around it and a lot of places to visit and explore....and not only this of course.
If you want to go out in the forest and you don't have enough time for it... this is a place you can go. You will pass through the old City and it will be a good idea to look around for the old houses and the specific architecture.
Fondest memory: What I miss the most? Everything.
Brasov is famous for manufacturing planes, tractors and trucks, not automobiles, but there are plenty of old classics around the streets. Mostly they are old Dacias, especially the Dacia 1300. These are basically copies of the old Renault 12. But I did spot a few like this, which I didn't recognise at first. They are Dacia 1100, based on an even older Renault 8 design. This Renault was never sold in the UK so it was completely new to me.
The other one pictured is a Dacia 1300, in the same shade of grey as my dad's old Renault 12 estate. This one has a more modern make-over than the old Renault ever saw.
This is also a wonderful façade that represent an attraction for the gazes of the tourists.
The numerous stone sculptures and embroideries give an extraordinary face to the old buildings of the city.
It is a pleasure and a great experience to go in the inside of an art museum, where you have the possibility to admire a lot of art works, but to see these art pieces on the external walls of the buildings, in the middle of the city, it is a extraordinary privilege.
Many edifices of Brasov are real collections of pictures and sculptures.
The city is a place where you can admire a large number of architectural styles.
The old houses have on the walls the follows of the historical events.
The many details that decorated the façades of the buildings are an important part of art works from many artists and architects.
The windows and the gates of the edifices are bordered by sculptures and arches.
Many statues are placed on the tops and on the walls of the buildings.
The whole character of the city is connected with the whole architecture of it.
If you drive to Poiana Brasov, you have the possibility, on the way, to have a rest on the Panorama Platform, and to have a look, over the whole city.
From here, you can admire the old city, situated in the middle of a green valley, at the feet of the mountains.
The historical part of the city is surrounded by the new and modern side of it.
The numerous parks an gardens of the city, the green hills and mountains that bordered the region, the many flowers and nature elements in the inside of it, make from Brasov a green place of safety.
The Tampa Mountain is the most important peak in Brasov, with a wonderful view above the city and an important natural reservation on a surface of 150 ha.
Here you can see a lot o rare plant species that grow up only in this region.
On the North side of the mountain there is a wonderful forest with numerous exceptional trees that are very important for the scientifically studies and for the ornamental face of the region.
The southern side of the peak is very sunny and with not many trees.
On the Tampa Peak there are numerous species of birds and animals.
The mountain that has an altitude of 955 m is an attraction for the many tourists that come in Brasov.
A cable railway brings the visitors on the top of the peak, where is a wonderful place for relax with a superb view over the town and many fresh air for the lungs.
A good and elegant restaurant is also placed on the top of the mountain. From here you can have a good panorama over the whole region.
The restaurant offers to the guests a large number of traditional and international meals and drinks, and the personal is friendly and competent.
The Central Park Nicolae Titulescu” is a place to relax, in the middle of the city, between important old buildings.
The New City Hall, the Post Office, the Army House, the Holy Trinity Church , the Art Museum, the Hotels Capitol and Aro-Palace, and other important edifices are there, surrounded the park.
On the avenues of the park there are numerous where the people find their silence, under the trees’ shade, after a hard work day, or in a holiday.
A wonderful fountain is placed in the middle of the area and numerous statues complete the face of the park.
Here you can see the monuments of Nicolae Titulescu, St. O. Iosif, or Cincinat Pavelescu.
For the children, the young guests, the park offers a good furnished play ground, with slides, swings and sandboxes.
The Council Square is a triangular place, situated in the middle of Brasov, and surrounded by several Renaissance, baroque and neoclassical edifices.
The place is dominated by the yellow building of the old city hall that is, at the present, the domicile of the County Historical Museum.
Numerous restaurants and shops flanked the square that is for many people a place to relax and to witness.
A modern pyramidal fountain is also placed in the centre of the place.
A lot of important events take place here, during the year, and they are a large attraction for the visitors.
Fondest memory: The Square is placed in the old part of the city, at the foot of the Tampa Peak, next to the famous Black Church.
Most of Brasov's churches are listed in guide books, but for us it wasn't always easy to find at least basic details about the less known churches.
Information about most of the churches which we visited can be found under my "Things to do" tips.
Other churches we had a look at include the following ones:
The silver domed Romanian Orthodox church Buna Vestire is located at Nicolae Iorga street, just next to the northern end of the Central Park "Nicolae Titulescu" (Photo 1 and 2).
The small Romanian Orthodox church Cuvioasa Paraschiva is surrounded by a cemetery and can be found at Bicazului Street (Photo 3).
A German Protestant Church with an adjacent cemetery is situated in a courtyard of Prundului street. Access is only possible through a metal door from the street (Photo 4).
Hidden in a courtyard of the Gh. Baritiu Street is the Romanian Orthodox church Sf. Treime which was built in the late 18th century (Photo 5).
The Tampa Mountain (Muntele Tampa) is part of the Eastern Carpathians and almost completely surrounded by the city of Brasov.
You can either walk or take the Tampa Cable Car (Telecabina Tampa) to get to the top of the mountain.
At the summit (967 m) a 15 minutes walk in the direction of the large letters of Brasov leads to a viewing platform called Belvedere.
Unfortunately the weather was a bit foggy when we were there, but nevertheless we enjoyed the panoramic views of the old town. On clear days even the surrounding area can be seen.
For more info about the Tampa Cable Car please read my "Transportation tips".
When wandering around Brasov at night you will definitely notice the illuminated Hollywood style large white letters of BRASOV. They are installed at the hill Tampa at a height of about 960 m and can be seen from the Town Hall Square (Piata Sfatului).
There are some more sights which are illuminated in Brasov's old town. Among them are the Black Church and some buildings around the Old Town Hall, so a walk around Brasov in darkness is recommended.
If you need to go from Brasov to Bucharest you can take the early train. There should be one at 0635am arriving in Bucharest at 0907am. Around 39,70 Lei and the 0903am arriving at 1135 for 35,80 Lei. (August 2007)
If you are heading to Bulgaria you can easily catch the number 499 from Bucharest Nord to Veliko Tarnovo. If you want it continues all the way to Istanbul.
From Bucharest it leaves at 1324pm and should arrive in Veliko Tarnovo at around 2000pm.
Around 85 Lei including reservation and couchette. It also stops in Ruse just inside the Bulgarian border.
PELES CASTLE-Located in Sinaia(44 km from Brasov),is considered by many one of the most beautiful castles in all Europe.It was the final resting place for several Romanian monarchs including King Carol I,who died here in1914.The building of the castle began in1873(Viennese architect Wilhem Doderer).Several other buildings,annexed to the castle is:Guard's Chambers,Economat Building,Foisor Hunting House,Royal Stables,and Electrical Power Plant.Karel Liman would later supervise the building of Pelisor('89-1903,the future residence of King Ferdinand and Queen Mary of Romania).The castle was built in wood,stone,bricks and marble and comprises more than160 rooms.The representative style used is German Renaissance,but can discover elements belonging to the Italian Renaissance,Gothic,German Baroque and French Rococo style.Peles is surrounded by seven terraces decorated with statues(sculptured by the Italian,Romanelli),stone-made-wells,ornamental vases and Carara marble.The architects used an abundance of wooden decoration,both for the exterior and for the interior of the castle,which confers a special quality to the building.Quite outstanding are the Big Armory Room,the small Armory Room,Florentine Room,Reception Room,Moresque Room,French Room,Turkish Room,Council Room,Concert Room as well as the Imperial Suite.Other exquisite attractions such as the statues,ceramics,gold and silver plates,the Meissen and Sevres porcelain,Murano crystal chandeliers,German stained-glass windows,walls covered with Cordoba leather,ebony and ivory sculptures,as well as the extensive weapon collections are worth mentioning.Peles Castle shelters one of the most important and most valuable painting collections in Europe,almost 2.000 pieces.Almost adjacent to Peles Castle is Pelisor("Little Peles").with 70 rooms feature a unique collection of turn-of-the century Viennese furniture and Tiffany,Lalique glassware.Near Peles castle is Foisor,a kings' residence with 42 rooms designed in the Swiss style.
Fondest memory: DRACULA'S CASTLE
Situated between Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains, right where you enter Rucar-Bran
The first documentary attestation of Bran Castle is the letter written in 1377 by the Hungarian Ludovic I D'Anjou
At the end of the 14th century, king Sigismund gave up the leadership of Bran Fortress in favor of Mircea cel Batran.
The Fortress had an essential role in protecting the Hungarian king from the Ottomans and Tartars' invasion, coming from Wallachia through Rucar Pass. That's the reason why the inhabitants of Brasov built the Castle on their own work and expenses.
Iancu de Hunedoara fortified Transylvania's borders and also the towers of the Bran Castle. He made sure the rights of the peasants were respected by the boyars who ruled the fortress. However, there were frequent fights between merchants and boyars.
In 1498 the fortress passed under the merchant's possession and it was used mainly for treading. You should also know that it was a time when in charge of the leadership was a judge called "Judele Brasovului". Responsible for the defense of the castle was the permanent garrison: 2 guards and 10 - 20 archers and ballisters.
The boyars. had the right to collect fees from visitors and peasants. The fortress had an extra income from: selling cheese, milk and muttons and from manufacturing wood. The peasants fought against the aristocracy for several times. In 1514 they refused to take action against Gheorghe Doja.
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.