Rasnov Travel Guide

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Rasnov Things to Do

  • Evangelical Church

    As you approach the castle from Rasnov you will most likely see it framed along with the lovely Evangelical Church. It's a Protestant 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.

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  • Rasnov Castle

    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 surprise that it was only conquered once in all those eight centuries. It's an incredible complex, which...

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  • Rasnov Fortress

    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....

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  • Cafe

    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.

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  • Valea Cetății Cave Râșnov

    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.

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  • The ski jumping hills

    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...

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  • Râșnov Citadel

    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.

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  • Temporary closure of Rasnov Castle

    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.

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  • Dead guy

    A skeleton of a dead guy, found in one of the dungeons below the fortress. You can only watch it through the glass. A pity, because I always wanted to touch a real skeleton....

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  • The Well

    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...

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  • Râşnov Fortress

    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....

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  • Râşnov Fortress

    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...

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  • Church

    This church is a landmark for the town center. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any information whatsoever about it.

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  • Castle museum

    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.

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  • Castle

    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...

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  • The settlement at Rasnov

    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...

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  • restoration works

    The fortress has been partly restored to it's former glory, with works still under way in certain areas.

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  • The myth of the fortress well

    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...

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  • The fortress chapel

    The chapel was lifted in 1640 and was also used as an observation tower. The chapel resisted until 1802, when it fell once with tower from the North extremity of the wall. Today it can be seen only small parts of its foundation.The archaeological researches of the 70-s and the more recent ones, discovered in the outer castle another chapel, with a...

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  • Behind the walls - museums

    There is also a museum here, hidden behind the ancient walls. The museum's "piece de resistance" is a skeleton buried below a glass floor, but you may also find some really interesting artifacts in there. The inner rooms are looking more like a maze, with several wood ladders linking them and a few so-called secret passages which should keep you...

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  • A Peasants' Fortress

    It is one of the biggest rural fortresses in the country and somehow unique in that it was meant to be a place of refuge for the commoners from sieges over extended periods of time. As such it had at least 30 houses, a school, a chapel, and other buildings more commonly associated with a village. The population from the neighbouring villages had...

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  • Conquered only once in 800 years

    The fortress citadel was conquered only once in its history - 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. Bathory's forces settled into the fortress and held off two attempts to win it back by joint forces from the towns...

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  • Defenses

    The castle has an upper and lower section, with polygonal perimeter walls reaching an average height of 5m. The east side is the most heavily fortified, and the walls on both that side as well as the northwest side are doubled. The defenses include 9 towers, 2 bastions, and a drawbridge. As Turkey and Austria battled over Transylvania, arms were...

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  • some 800 years old historic highlights

    Following the first Tartar invasion in the area in 1241, a series of fortresses were constructed by the Teutonic Knights to defend the people. Rasnov Fortress is one of these peasant fortresses. This castle differs from some in that it was meant to be a place of refuge for the commoners from sieges over extended periods of time. As such it had at...

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Rasnov Transportation

  • Bus to Rasnov

    The bus to Bran passes throught Rasnov first. We went by this bus.We got to Rasov and Bran by taking a bus from Brasov bus station number 2. The ticket cost 6RON. Buses leave a 9am, 10am, 11am then at half hourly intervals finishing around 7 (I think). The front of the bus will say Bran, but its final destination is the little village of...

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  • Bus

    The bus to and from Brasov takes about 30 minutes and is a very cheap, and sometimes rough ride. It's variable: one bus was clean, comfy and air-conditioned, the other was a rust bucket with seats and a suspension that was as hard as rock.The main problem you might have with getting to Rasnov is where to get off for the castle. There were three...

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  • How to get to the castle

    Once you are in Rasnov, walk to the town center underneath the castle. From the town square you can take a steepish path up. There is a small sign which points through an arch next to the pizza restaurant. Or else just follow the road and you will see the sign on the photo. Keep going until you hit a sportsfield on your left. There is a dirt road...

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Rasnov Local Customs

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    Outside the big cities you may still see horse-drawn carriages. This one came along the street leading up to the town square.

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Rasnov Warnings and Dangers

  • Climbing up to the fortress

    You'll be fine taking the roadway up on foot, but if you take the steep route through the archway, wear sensible non-slippy shoes. It is eas to turn your ankle on this route. We choose not to come back down this way as it was so slippy.

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  • Wasps!

    If it's not bears, it's wasps. There were hundreds of them on the hill and around the castle at the end of August. I nearly stepped on at least one nest that was built into the steps up to the castle. Some of them can be really annoying. I suggest wearing peppermint oil and carrying a small can of wasp killer with you.

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  • Town center

    Rasnov on a Sunday afternoon looks rather quiet even in the center. There is a small park on the town square with a few benches. I liked the town with is typical low buildings and wooden doors. The town life seems to be tucked away in the yards hidden behind those half round wooden doors.I find it very surprising that there are war memorials in...

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  • Tourist Office

    On the main street leading to the church and town square there is a tourist office. When we were there on a Sunday it was closed.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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