The main reason to visit Rasnov is to go to the fortress. You get to Rasnov by taking a bus from Brasov bus station number 2. It costs 3.50 Ron. You can get to the fortress by walking up the main road towards it from the bus stop, then passing through an archway with a little cafe inside. There are steep stairs going up the hillside near the cafe. These stairs disappear in part and on some patches you are walking on steep slippy rocks. I had slippery sandals on and was all over the place.
If you don't fancy that route you can walk along the side of the main road. First go to the church turn right, then off to the left (there are a couple of sign posts). You will eventually reach a gasthaus near a camp site. From the far side of the camp site you can walk up to the fortress from near the camp site. Or you can pay to take a little train pulled by a tractor up if you are feeling tired or lazy. We came down by this road route as our way up was slippy.
The fort has a museum inside which we did not visit. My guide book tells me it is open from 8am to 8pm and costs the equivalent of 1 Euro 50 to go in.
We were happy just to enjoy the views and look at the fortress walls.
The fortress was founded around 1225 by Teutonic knights.
The castle in Rasnov is so fantastic it deserves several tips of its own, but I shall limit myself to just one.
The castle was built upon the hill in the 13th century by Teutonic knights, and when you see its commanding position it will be no surpirse that it was only conquered once in all those eight centuries. It's an incredible complex, which looks like it was still a functional castle just years ago, and the views are simply unforgettable. Whether you are looking out over the plains that feed Rasnov, or the forested hills and valleys behind that protect it, you are guaranteed to lose your breath, and take dozens of stunning photos that will amaze your friends.
Don't read my tip. Look at the pictures. Go there!
There was a very pleasant cafe on the main road right next to the bus stop. We had a drink here because we were thirsty but also so we could wait in comfort for the bus. We paid in advance so we could just leap on any bus that turned up. The cafe also served food but we did not eat there.
Also, close to Râșnov. The cave, was not too big, but is still active. I personally enjoy the road to cave. You will have to leave your car in the parking, and walk about 500m to the cave.. I suggest you to walk on the large road when you go to cave, and take the "stairs-road" when you leave the cave.
Near Râșnov, you can find 3 ski jumping hills with K point at 15m, 35m and 64m. Also, it will be built another one, with K point at 90m. so, they are not huge, but is a nice place to visit near sunset..you'll have an lovely view.
If you have the luck to visit them during the competition, I was informed that you can simply stay and watch, no tickets, no tax for watching the competition.
Quite beautiful, but the view from this Citadel it's amazing...You can basically, see everything around it, and we love it.. A must see while you're in Râșnov.
I remember we paid 10 Ron, but the students(Romanian) and kids can pay only half price.
We went to Rasnov on 23-Apr-2010 and the locals told us it was closed since few months ago due to come walls collapsed. No timeline was given when it will be fixed. We managed to hike up the hill until the castle entrance until some security guard shows up and stop us.
As you approach the castle from Rasnov you will most likely see it framed along with the lovely Evangelical Church. It's a Prostetant church, so you can bet it was built by the long gone German settlers that once dominated this area. It's also the last Saxon church remaining in the town.
There is a myth attached to Râşnov Fortress. During a particularly long siege of the fortress, the citizens of Râşnov were concerned about the lack of available fresh drinking water. Two Turkish soldiers, having been captured earlier, were put to the task of digging a well in the centre of the fortress. These two men were assured that they would be given their freedom once the well was completed. According to local legend, it took them 17 years to finish the well, but they were still killed afterwards. This famous well still sits in the centre of Râşnov Fortress, and is 143 metres deep.
Fortress is built on a dominant place on the hill above Râşnov, and you can reach it by car or walking. During winter days don't even try to go there without winter setup on your car.
Fortress is not so special, however there is a great view from the top of it.
And there is this myth....
It is said that two Turkish soldiers, held prisoner at the fortress, were put to the task of digging a well in the centre of the fortress. They were told that they would be given their freedom once the well was completed.
Local accounts say that it took them seventeen years to complete the well, but that once they had conmpleted their task, they were killed. How sad is that? But the wars between Christians and Muslims fought in these borderlands were always fierce and merciless.The famous well is still in the centre of Râşnov Fortress, and it is 143 metres deep.
The indoor castle museum features a variety of old gadgets including a skeleton. In the yard you may see a deep well which was built between 1623 and 1640 by two Turks and used to be 146 meters deep. It was in use until 1850.
Rasnov castle or Rosenauer Burg as it’s called in German was a hiding place for the peasants from invasions. The oldest part of the castle was built between 1211 and 1225 by German teutonic knights. It was first mentioned in 1331, under the rule of Carl Robert d’Anjou (1308-1342). In 1427 Rasnov was raised to the status of a market town by Sigismund de Luxemburg (1387-1437).
Today the castle is being slowly reconstructed. There is an entry fee of 10 Lei for adults to enter the grounds. The fee includes the visit of the small museum. If you want to take pictures you have to pay an additional 5 Lei. Keep the photo ticket at hand as you may get checked like me.
The settlement developed in the southern part of the Bârsa Land, at cca 15 km –s of Brasov. It is first mentioned in 1331, and during the Middle Age and the modern period it was one of the 12 villages, which formed the autonomous Braºov district, first mentioned in 1337. It is placed on the ancient commercial road, which connected Transylvania to Vallachia through the Bran Pass – this position making possible an early economic development. The settlement was first of all a transit commercial center, already in 1427, with weekly fairs, a right offered by king Sigismund of Luxemburg, preserving its importance due to the neighborhood of Braºov, the most important commercial center from the south of Transylvania in its relations in South-Eastern Europe.
In March of 1612 Rasnov Fortress was besieged by Gabriel Bathory (a Prince of Transylvania), and surrendered in April after the secret route to their water supply was found. With the location of their water supply no longer a secret, the need for a well inside the fortress became more evident. With the castle atop a calcareous mountain, however, it meant digging down 146m through solid rock. Work on the well began in 1623 and took 17 years to be completed till 1640.
The work was done by two Turkish prisoners who were promised their freedom once it was finished. According to local legend, it took the two turkish soldiers 32 years to finish the well. The well provided extra security as it meant the people didn't have to go outside the gates at all during a siege.
The well was in use until 1850 when the wheel broke.