Train From Brasov to Bucharest
Favorite thing: 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.
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Full of history...
Favorite thing: 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.
Favorite thing: Ambulance / Emergencies
Victor Babes 21, Brasov
Phone: +40-268-961 +40-268-410999
Mountain Rescue Brasov
Colonel Buzoianu 8, Brasov
Phone: +40-268-472461 +40-744-503585 +40-722-523298
Nicolae Titulescu , Brasov
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A bit of history
Favorite thing: The origins of Brasov as a medieval town are lost in the dark times. Archaeological discoveries mention life on this land since the Bronze Age, 60,000 years ago. The most impressive monument of the Antiquity is the Dacian Sanctuary of Racos, though, hardly accessible to tourists. Another testimony of life on this land is the Roman camp discovered in Rasnov, the former Northeastern border of the Roman empire. An inscription in stone reveals the ancient Dacian name of the land: Cumidava. The Dacian-Roman settlements (Brasov, Harman, Cristian, Feldioara) in this area stand proof that after the Romans retreat (the year 271) the inhabitants (Daco-Roman population) remained on this land.
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Favorite thing: The gothic church was built between 1384 and 1477. its black colour is dued to a fire in 1689.
The name ?Black Church? was given to the main German Evangelic - Lutheran church in Bra?ov as a consequence of the catastrophic fire in the year 1689, when the entire city burnt down. The flames and smoke blackened the walls but the stateliness and grandeur of the church could not be destroyed.
Among Romania?s cultural monuments, the Black Church, which is still dominating the medieval centre of the city, plays an outstanding role. It is for sure one of the most important and the most imposing monument created by the Transylvania Saxons during their 850 years of history.
Favorite thing: The main square in the city where the locals gather themselves with friends and drink something in terraces and pubs around
There is a nice square joined by the most comercial streets and very busy streets
Str Republicii is the main and alivest pedestrian street crowded with shops and now after my visit cobbled new stones on the floor..it was under construction just in the center of the street (rebuilding)
Other streets behind it doesnt have special interest or something to see
Favorite thing: Architecture of Brasov is very original, there are some truly unique buildings, among them this school! Yes, believe it or not, this is a school where children go to study! It looks more like Harry Potter college, but after all, this is Transylvania... muahahaha (spooky laughter here)
Favorite thing: If you are around Brasov area in winter, you'd find lots of icicles hanging from just about anywhere, including trees! It is so charming, and gives extraordinary ornaments. They can be easily picked up and played with. They are especially lovely when they glitter on the sun.
Favorite thing: Brasov is a multicultural place, besides the majority of Romanians, there are also a lot of Germans and Hungarians living there. It is great to see the cultural diversity, inscriptions on several languages, and different cultural programs around the town. There are also Catholic churches, beside Orthodox ones (since Romanians are Orthodox).
Favorite thing: Sun & ice, snow everywhere, freezing cold, but as beautiful as in the fairy tale! The road to climb the Râsnov fortress on the hill behind the little village of Râsnov is full of scenes like this, but they are the same all over the Brasov area, especially in the Poiana Brasov ski center, you can't escape dreamy frost scenes...
Visit the classic sites, they're worth it!
Favorite thing: Visit the tourist sites! Starting, of course, with the main square, which goes back centuries. On a nice day, you can sit out at a cafe, have a drink, and watch the people. It is a busy square, the heart of the city, and closed to traffic. There is a history museum in the buildings straight ahead and it is fascinating just to look around at the architecture and to soak up the atmosphere.
According to the ancient story, when the Pied Piper led the children away from Hamelin, they disappeared underground, only to resurface...right here!
Fondest memory: The Black Church is one of the most important and doubtlessly the most imposing monument built by the German people from Transylvania in Their 850 years of history. The name "Black Church" was conferred to the main Evangelic - Lutheran Church of German language from Brasov after the catastrophic fire in 1689, when the whole city was actually burnt. The flames and the smoke blackened its walls, but the sumptuousness and the greatness of the church couldn't be destroyed.
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Fondest memory: Brasov and its adjoining region have much to offer in the form of history, culture, leisure and adventure. The city has a number of interesting historical monuments worth visiting. In its vicinity, there are important ski slopes, hiking trails, camping sites, etc., which are good for outdoor activities.
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Fondest memory: The entire region of Transylvania, including the county of Brasov, was once a part of the Roman province of Dacia. During the Middle Ages, this region was first annexed by the Hungarians and later on by the Turks. The tenacious Romanian people stubbornly resisted the invading Turks, under the leadership of men like Vlad Tepes (1456–75). Vlad fought against the Turks ferociously and earned notoriety as the ‘Impaler’ due to his strange nature. The life of Vlad has been immortalized as Dracula, the bloodthirsty vampire of a popular horror story. The notorious castle of Vlad is situated in the town of Bran, near Brasov. This region was incorporated into the Hapsburg Empire in 1799 and became a part of Hungary in 1867. With the independence of Romania in 1878, Brasov became a free county.
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Fondest memory: If you want to find out more about Dracula or Transylvania, then this is the place. Yes, Dracula was a real prince. And yes, Transylvania does exist. They are just a part of the rich Romanian history. The following is just a brief outline of the history of the people living between the Carpathian Mountains, the Danube and the Black Sea. Due to its geographical location, Romania was always the meeting point of political and territorial interests. The Romans, and later the Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and Russian Empires tried in turn to take over this land. This makes Romanian History particularly interesting, as the local people always stood up against foreign occupation, managing to preserve its culture and traditions.
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