Brasov at night
Favorite thing: 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.
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Churches in Brasov
Favorite thing: 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).
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Overview from Tampa Mountain
Favorite thing: 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".
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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...
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: 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: 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.
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: 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: 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: 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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Of course... spend some time in the city center
Favorite thing: 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.
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
Eastern European Cars
Favorite thing: 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.
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