Brasov is a city in central Romania, located 166 kilometers (103 miles) north of the capital Bucharest, it is surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains and is part of the historical Transylvania region. Brasov has a population composed of 267,480 residents as of 2023.
Brasov was founded in 1211 by the Teutonic Knights. It was later settled by German Saxons and became one of Transylvania’s seven-walled citadels. Its location on trade routes between the Ottoman Empire and Western Europe allowed Brasov to prosper as an important commercial hub. The city has a rich history going back over 800 years with Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture. Key landmarks include the 14th-century Black Church, the Old Town fortifications and narrow Rope Street. Brasov endured invasions but often retained autonomy over its history before becoming part of unified Romania in 1918.
Visiting Brasov includes exploring the baroque buildings and cafes surrounding Council Square, Brasov's largest Gothic church called the Black Church, hiking trails up Mount Tampa for panoramic views, seeing the narrowest street in Europe called Rope Street and taking day trips to nearby attractions like Bran Castle and Rasnov Citadel. Visitors can see remnants of medieval fortified walls and towers, relax in cafes along the lively pedestrian street Strada Republicii or tour museums and landmarks showcasing Brasov's complex multi-ethnic history. Brasov lies within the Eastern European Time zone, 2 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+2) and switches to Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+3) during summer.
Listed below are the things to do in Brasov.
- Council Square. Council is Brasov, Romania's historic main square and marketplace, surrounded by colorful baroque buildings and cafes. The Gothic Council House on the square was built in 1420 and once hosted town council meetings. Visitors can explore the pedestrian Republicii Street, lined with shops and cafes. The Black Church, Brasov's largest Gothic church, sits along one side of the square. Council Square offers beautiful views of Mount Tampa and comes alive on evenings and weekends when locals gather.
- Biserica Neagra (The Black Church). The Black Church is Brasov, Romania’s largest Gothic church, built between 1383 and 1477. It earned its name after a fire-blackened its walls in the 17th century. The church draws tourists with its immense size for a Gothic church, measuring 89 meters long and 38 meters wide. Visitors can admire the architecture and decor, including the original 1839 Baroque organ and a collection of Anatolian rugs donated long ago.
- Mount Tampa (Muntele Tâmpa). Mount Tampa is a 960-meter peak overlooking Brașov that offers panoramic city views and hiking trails. Its steep slopes rise directly next to central Brașov, with the mountain’s base inside the city and its peak only 1 kilometer from the main square. The mountain is especially known for its views over Brașov and the giant Hollywood-inspired “BRASOV” sign on its slopes, a famous city landmark. Visitors can hike various difficult trails, relax at the summit’s restaurant, take a cable car for transport and enjoy sweeping vistas of the city and mountains.
- Catherine’s Gate (Catherine's Tower). Catherine’s Gate is a historic 1559 stone tower, the last remaining part of a medieval Brasov city gate. Its central tower features turrets symbolic of judicial rights, with Brasov’s coat of arms visible above the entrance. Originally, it was part of a mostly wooden gate built to replace one destroyed in the flooding. Catherine’s Gate and its museum can be visited for free by all ages interested in exploring local architecture, history and medieval exhibits.
- Strada Sforii (Rope Street). Strada Sforrii is one of Europe’s narrowest streets, an 80-meter Brasov alley only 111-135 cm wide. Originally built as a fire access route in the 15th-16th centuries, it is now a lively pedestrian street filled with cafes, bars, street art and tourists taking photos. Rope Street can be visited for free by people of all ages who are interested in architecture, city sights, art and photography.
- Prima Scoala Romaneasca (Romania’s oldest school). Prima Scoala Romaneasca the building stands as Romania’s oldest school. It is located in Brasov’s Schei district and was the nation’s first school for Romanian speakers excluded from German-language schools under medieval Saxon rule. Its preserved medieval classroom, with original wooden furniture, offers a glimpse into early education. Visitors can tour the building and view textbooks, manuscripts and photo exhibits, providing insight into Romanian culture and linguistic history.
- Weavers’ Bastion (Bastionul Tesatorilor). The Weavers’ Bastion is one of seven original 15th-century Gothic bastions built to fortify medieval Brasov. Visitors can tour the historic bastion and walk along parts of the old city walls, admiring the medieval architecture. The Weavers’ Bastion houses a museum exhibiting Brasov’s fortifications history through artifacts from the medieval era.
1. Council Square (Piata Sfatului)
Council Square (Piata Sfatului) is located in the historic center of Brasov, Romania. It has been Brasov's main square and marketplace since the 14th century when Saxon merchants would gather there to trade. The square is surrounded by Baroque Renaissance buildings, cafes and restaurants. The most notable building on the square is the Council House, built in 1420 in the Gothic style. It was the former meeting place of the town council and now houses the Brasov County History Museum. In the center of the square stands a former pillory used for public punishment in medieval times.
Visitors to Council Square can explore the pedestrian-only Republicii Street, lined with souvenir shops and cafes. The iconic Black Church, Brasov's largest Gothic church, is also on one side of the square. From the square, you also have beautiful views of Mount Tampa, the forested hill that overlooks Brasov. Council Square is a lovely place to sit and admire Brasov's old-town charm. It comes alive in the evenings and weekends when locals gather to socialize. The square frequently hosts festivals, concerts and markets. Visitors can climb the tower of the Council House for panoramic views over the square and the city.
2. Biserica Neagra (The Black Church)
Biserica Neagră or the Black Church, is a Gothic-style Lutheran church in Brașov, Romania. It was built between 1383 and 1477 and is the largest Gothic church between Istanbul and Vienna. It is one of Brașov's most famous landmarks and a top tourist attraction. The church is referred to as the Great Church or the Great Cathedral. The Black Church is immense in size for a Gothic church (89 meters long and 38 meters wide) that features its original Baroque organ dating from 1839 and its collection of Anatolian rugs donated by merchants.
Visitors can admire the architecture and decor inside, attend an organ concert and view the historic Oriental carpet collection. The church also houses a museum displaying historic books and a crypt containing mummified remains. Guided tours are available. The Black Church is suitable for visitors of all ages interested in history, architecture, churches and museums.
3. Mount Tampa (Muntele Tâmpa)
Mount Tampa is a small mountain rising 960 meters high and overlooking the city of Brașov in Romania. It offers panoramic views and hiking opportunities. Mount Tampa is located right next to central Brașov, with its base in the city and its peak about 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) from the main square. Mount Tampa's special location provides views over Brașov and the surrounding mountains. The famous landmark is the giant “BRASOV” Hollywood-style sign on its slopes.
Visitors can either hike up on foot or take a cable car to the summit. At the top, there is a restaurant and observation area to relax and enjoy the views. Hiking Mount Tampa is suitable for adults and older children able to walk longer distances uphill. It provides a nice break from Brasov's historic downtown and a way to admire the city from above. The mountain's scenic location rising directly from the city center makes it an iconic landmark and top attraction in Brasov. It is an easy way to experience the natural beauty of the Carpathian Mountains surrounding the city. It provides a nice break from Brasov's historic downtown and a way to admire the city from above. It is an easy way to experience the natural beauty of the Carpathian Mountains surrounding the city. Entrance to hike Mount Tampa's trails is free.
4. Catherine's Gate
Catherine's Gate is a historic city gate located in Brasov, Romania. It was built in 1559 by the Tailors' Guild to replace an older gate destroyed by flooding in 1526. The gate is named after Saint Catherine's Monastery, which previously stood on the site. Catherine's Gate is located next to Schei Gate in the historic center of Brasov. The original Catherine's Gate structure was largely made of wood except for the central stone tower, which remains the only part from medieval times. The wooden sections were demolished in the 19th century. The tower has four small corner turrets typical of Transylvanian architecture, symbolizing the city's judicial autonomy and right to capital punishment. The Brasov coat of arms depicting an oak tree is visible above the tower entrance.
Catherine's Gate houses a small museum with exhibits on Brasov's history, medieval artifacts and artwork. Visitors can view the architecture and displays in the museum, which provide insight into Brasov's complex multi-ethnic history. The gate is one of the top tourist attractions in Brasov. The museum inside Catherine's Gate can be visited by people of all ages who are interested in local history, architecture and museums. There is no admission fee to see Catherine's Gate and visit the museum.
5. Strada Sforii (Rope Street)
Strada Sforii, known as Rope Street, is a narrow cobblestone alley in the historic Schei district of Brasov, Romania. With a length of 80 meters and a width between 111 and 135 cm, it is one of the narrowest streets in Europe. Rope Street is located in the Old Town area of Brasov, connecting Strada Cerbului and Strada Poarta Schei. Rope Street is a top Brasov attraction because of its record-breaking narrow size. Some parts are so narrow that visitors can simultaneously touch both sides of the walls. It was originally built in the 15th-16th century as an access route for firefighters but is now a lively pedestrian street full of cafes, bars, street art and tourists stopping to take photos.
Visitors to Rope Street can stroll down the narrow alley, take photos, browse the street art, stop for a drink at one of the bars or just take in the unusual perspective of being on such a narrow street. Rope Street can be visited by people of all ages who are interested in architecture, unusual city attractions, street art and photography. There is no admission fee to walk down Rope Street, as it is a public street in the city.
6. Prima Scoala Romaneasca (Romania’s oldest school)
Prima Scoala Romaneasca, known as the First Romanian School, is the oldest Romanian school in Romania. It was established in Brasov in 1495. The school building is located in the Schei district of Brasov, on Strada Sforii 12. Schei is the historic Romanian quarter, just outside the medieval Saxon citadel. The First Romanian was the first educational institution specifically for Romanians, who were excluded from the German-language schools in medieval Brasov. It helped strengthen the Romanian language and culture. The original classroom and furnishings, like benches, are still intact, offering a glimpse into medieval education.
Visitors can tour the historic school building and classroom with its old wooden furniture. There are also exhibits of old textbooks, writing slates, manuscripts and photos. The museum provides insight into Romanian education. The museum would appeal most to adults and older children/teens interested in Romanian history and culture. Younger children may not appreciate it as much. There is a small entrance fee per person to visit the First Romanian School Museum.
7. Weavers’ Bastion (Bastionul Tesatorilor)
The Weavers' Bastion is one of the seven original bastions built as part of Brasov's medieval fortifications. It was designed and constructed in the 15th century to protect the southeast side of the walled city. Weavers' Bastion special is one of the best preserved of Brasov's original seven bastions. The bastion features the original Gothic-style architecture and medieval fortifications. It houses the Weavers' Bastion Museum, with exhibits on the history of Brasov's fortifications.
Visitors can tour the four-level bastion structure, walk along the medieval ramparts and see rooms that once housed sentry posts, weaving workshops and gathering halls. The museum contains artifacts discovered through archaeological excavations, including medieval weaponry, documents and a large-scale model of Brasov from 1600. Exhibits detail how the bastion was constructed and defended by the city's weavers'weavers guild. The museum further illustrates the context and purpose behind the elaborate fortification walls surroundingthat once surrounded this Transylvanian city.
8. Strada Republicii (Walk along Strada Republicii)
Strada Republicii is a major pedestrian street and historical area located in Brasov's Old Town. It leads directly to the Council Square, the center of Brasov. Strada Republicii's location stretches from Piata Sfatului through the main commercial and historical center of Brasov along Republicii Street. Visitors can stroll down this car-free cobblestone street that once housed medieval markets and fairs.
Strada Republicii is home to shops, restaurants and cafés with outdoor seating spilling into the street. It provides a taste of Brasov's history while also being the center of its modern commercial and social life. Visitors get to experience the historic heart of Brasov while strolling along the lively pedestrian street. The street is lined with colorful historical buildings housing shops, restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating. Strolling down Strada Republicii would appeal to all types of visitors, couples, families, groups of friends or solo travelers. It offers an easily accessible introduction to Brasov's history and architecture in a lively atmosphere perfect for walking, shopping and relaxing. Wandering this historic pedestrian street is an essential Brasov experience available to all for free.
9. Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle)
Bran Castle is a medieval fortress dating back to the 14th century located in the village of Bran at Str. General Traian Moșoiu 24, Bran, Brasnov, Romania. This village lies about 25 miles southwest of the city of Brasov. The castle does not have strong ties to the Dracula legend or the character Count Dracula from Bram Stoker’s novel. Bran Castle features its architecture, blending Gothic, Renaissance and Romanesque elements and its mountaintop setting. It has played a prominent role in history, first documented in 1377 with Queen Marie of Romania.
Visitors to Bran Castle can take a guided tour to view the period furniture, art, armor and artifacts housed inside the castle. The castle is a very popular day trip from Brasov and Bucharest. Tour companies offer organized Dracula Castle tours. Bran Castle appeals to adults and older children with interests in medieval architecture, Romanian history, Dracula legends or mountaintop castles.
10. Rasnov Citadel (Nearby Rasnov)
Râșnov Citadel is a historic fortress located in the town of Râșnov, located southwest of Brasov, Romania. It is a medieval Fliehburg-type fortress that offered refuge for townspeople and villagers from the area in times of war. It was built by Teutonic Knights in the 13th century on a rocky hilltop meant to protect against invaders. The citadel contains winding, narrow streets, historic houses and towers and remains in an exceptional state of preservation. Visitors can vividly imagine life in the medieval citadel centuries ago.
Visitors can explore the quarters where soldiers and townspeople once lived, peer out from stone watchtowers and climb 152 spiral stairs to reach panoramic views from the highest defense tower. Displays inside the citadel showcase artifacts discovered during archeological digs, including weapons, tools, ceramics and more. Visitors can check out the small museum with additional weapons and historical information. Both adults and older children with interests in history, architecture and archeology will appreciate the chance to walk in the footsteps of 15th-century townspeople and explore the nooks and crannies of this centuries-old citadel.
11. Seven Ladders Canyon (Take a Day Trip to Seven Ladders Canyon)
Seven Ladders Canyon is located in the Piatra Craiului Mountains, 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Brasov in the Zarnesti Gorge, part of Piatra Craiului National Park. The starting point for hiking is in the village of Magura, near Zarnesti. The full hike through the canyon is 7 kilometers (4.4 miles) long. It is known only as “Seven Ladders Canyon” or “Cheile Zarnestilor” in Romanian.
Visitors can hike the full trail through Seven Ladders Canyon to admire the waterfalls, limestone cliffs and narrow gorge. Some parts of the trip require climbing ladders attached to the rock.
Seven Ladders Canyon can be reached by car from Brasov in 1 hour. Many tour companies in Brasov offer guided day trips to the canyon. The hike is accessible on public buses from Brasov to Zarnesti and then a local minibus to Magura village. The hike through Seven Ladders Canyon is best suited for adventurous adults and older children who can handle steep climbs and narrow ledges. A good fitness level and surefootedness are required for visitors who will hike. There is no admission fee to access Seven Ladders Canyon.
12. Libearty Bear Sanctuary
The Libearty Bear Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary near Zarnesti, 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Brasov, Romania. It is the largest bear sanctuary in Europe, spanning over 160 acres of forested land. Libearty Bear Sanctuary provides a safe, spacious, natural home for rescued bears that were once abused and exploited in captivity. There are 100 formerly mistreated bears now roam freely in large forested enclosures at the sanctuary.
Visitors can take a guided walking tour to observe the bears in their natural habitat and learn about their rescue stories. There is an educational visitor center and souvenir shop. The sanctuary aims to raise awareness about animal welfare issues. Libearty Bear Sanctuary can be reached by car or bus from Brasov in a 30-45 minute ride. Many tour companies offer day trips. It is best to visit as part of an organized tour group. The sanctuary appeals to animal lovers of all ages, both families and solo travelers. Visitors should be able to walk 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) on dirt forest paths.
13. Brasov Historical Center
Brasov Historical Center refers to the Old Town of Brasov, located in the city's center. It features many well-preserved medieval buildings and landmarks that showcase Brasov's history back to the 14th century. Brasov Historical Center retains the medieval Saxon architecture and layout. Visitors can explore Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance structures along cobblestone streets and alleys. The major landmarks include the 14th-century Black Church, the Old Town fortifications and Rope Street – one of the narrowest streets in Europe.
Visitors to Brasov Historical Center can admire the well-preserved medieval architecture, visit landmark buildings and museums, shop and dine at restaurants and get a feel for Brasov's history and culture by strolling through the pedestrianized Old Town. The historic center appeals to visitors of all ages and interests. It combines architecture, history, museums, shopping and dining. There is no admission fee to walk around and explore the Brasov Historical Center. Some of the museums and attractions have entrance fees.
14. Brasov Fortress
Brasov Fortress refers to the medieval defensive fortifications and walls that once surrounded the historic center of Brasov, Romania. The construction began in the 13th century to protect the city. Remnants of the original Brasov fortifications can still be seen around the historic center of Brasov today. Some sections of the old city walls and towers remain, especially near Catherine's Gate and the Weavers' Bastion.
Visitors can see portions of the original fortress walls and towers still around Brasov's historic center, such as the Weavers' Bastion and White Tower. The best-preserved section is near Catherine's Gate. Sections of the old Brasov Fortress can be viewed by walking around the historic city center area. Specific sections like Catherine's Gate and the Weavers' Bastion are a short walk from the main square. Seeing the Brasov Fortress remnants would appeal to visitors interested in medieval architecture, military history and Brasov's history. A short walk around the fortified walls provides a glimpse into the city's medieval past. There is no cost to view the remaining sections of the Brasov Fortress walls around the city.
15. Schei District
The Schei District is the historic Romanian quarter located outside the medieval citadel walls of Brasov, Romania. The neighborhood offers visitors a glimpse into Brasov's architectural and cultural heritage with its narrow cobblestone streets, pastel-colored Romanian houses and Orthodox churches. Schei District gives insight into Brasov's multiethnic history. The neighborhood was historically home to Brasov's Romanian community, who were forbidden from living within the medieval citadel walls.
Visitors to Schei District can explore the narrow streets lined with old pastel-colored houses decorated with intricate woodwork and medieval ironmongery. The Orthodox St. Nicholas Church, the First Romanian School and Schei Gate are key landmarks of Schei District. The neighborhood appeals to visitors interested in architecture, Romanian heritage, medieval history and experiencing the historical character of this old quarter. Visitors can freely explore the neighborhood and its historical landmarks. Schei District is a must-visit in Brasov for visitors interested in architecture, Romanian culture or medieval history.
16. Casa Sfatului
Casa Sfatului, known as the Council House, is a historic government building and landmark located in the main square (Piata Sfatului) of Brasov, Romania. It was built in 1420 and served as the meeting place for the town council. Casa Sfatului is the only town hall in Romania that still preserves its original Gothic architecture. The structure reveals influences from the 14th-15th century Transylvanian Gothic style, with Baroque elements added later.
Visitors to Casa Sfatului can admire its external Gothic architecture and sculptural details like the ornate entranceway. The building houses the Brasov County History Museum, where visitors can see artifacts and exhibits related to Brasov's history. The museum inside would appeal to adults and older children with an interest in Romanian history, architecture and museums.
17. Paradisul Acvatic
Paradisul Acvatic is a large water park located in Brasov, Romania. The park contains multiple pools, waterslides, saunas and other water-based entertainment and relaxation facilities.
It is known as Paradisul Acvatic, which translates to “Water Paradise” in English. Paradisul Acvatic is one of the largest water parks in Transylvania and has been recognized as one of the best in Romania. It features indoor and outdoor pools, five waterslides, a wave pool, a jacuzzi, saunas, steam rooms and children's play areas.
Visitors can enjoy the water slides, splash pools, lap pools, bubble beds and other water attractions. There are pools suitable for all ages and swimming abilities. The spa area offers relaxation through its saunas, massages and thermal pools. The water park appeals to visitors of all ages, especially families with children looking for a fun day out. The spa area also caters to adult visitors.
18. Brasov County History Museum
The Brasov County History Museum is in the center of Brasov, Romania, at 1 Piata Sfatului in the city's main historic square. The museum was founded in 1950 and contains the largest collection of artifacts and exhibits related to Brasov County's history spanning from ancient times to the modern era. The museum has over 150,000 artifacts covering topics like ancient Dacian settlements, medieval Transylvania, guilds, military history, ethnography and more. Highlights of the collection include archaeological finds, medieval weaponry, Renaissance-era manuscripts and maps, pharmacy equipment from the 19th century and a rare early printing press from the 1500s, with 14 rooms spread over two floors.
Visitors can take a chronological journey through the region's diverse history and culture. The Brasov County History Museum offers an in-depth introduction to the area for history and culture enthusiasts. Its expansive collection and central location in Brasov's picturesque historic square make it one of the top museums to visit. The museum appeals to visitors of all ages interested in exploring the storied past of Brasov County. Interpretive information is provided in Romanian, English, German and Hungarian.
19. Bran Castle Museum
The Bran Castle Museum is in the village of Bran in Brasov County, central Romania, about 25 miles southwest of Brasov City. The museum is housed within the imposing Bran Castle, often called “Dracula's Castle”. The museum opened in 2009 after the castle was restored and returned to the heirs of Queen Marie of Romania. The museum displays a collection of art, furniture, artifacts and mementos belonging to Queen Marie. Highlights include Romanian medieval art, Queen Marie's possessions and historical exhibits about the castle's past inhabitants like Vlad the Impaler, who inspired the Dracula legend.
Visitors can take a self-guided audio tour to view the castle's 59 rooms, secret passageways and ornately decorated interior. There are also guided tours available. The museum appeals to adults and older children, especially those interested in Romanian history, castles, medieval architecture and Dracula lore. The museum brings to life the castle's 750-year history as both a royal residence and strategic fortress. Bran Castle Museum is one of the top attractions in the Transylvania region, with its Dracula legend and ties to Romanian royalty.
What are the best museums to visit in Brasov?
Listed below are the best museums to visit in Brasov.
- The First Romanian School Museum. The First Romanian School Museum is located in Piața Unirii, in Brasov's Old Town. It is a history museum exhibiting the development of education, printing and Romanian culture in Brasov since 1495. Visitors can see reconstructions of traditional classrooms, over 4,000 old books and manuscripts and the first Romanian Bible printed in 1688.
- Brasov County History Museum. Brasov County History Museum is housed in Brasov's 15th-century Old Town Hall building on Piata Sfatului in the city center. This history museum displays Brasov's development from ancient Dacian settlements to modern times. Exhibits include weapons, tools, coins and other artifacts.
- Brasov Art Museum. The Brasov Art Museum is located on Bulevardul Eroilor in the city center of Brasov. Its collection includes over 3,800 works by Romanian, Transylvanian and European artists from the 16th to 21st centuries. It features paintings, sculptures, drawings and decorative art. The museum is housed in Brasov's historic 1902 Artisans' Association Palace, featuring work capturing Transylvania's character and history.
- Ethnographic Museum of Brasov. Ethnographic Museum of Brasov is located next to the Art Museum on Bulevardul Eroilor. This museum showcases the traditional rural culture of villages surrounding Brasov. Folk costumes, tools, looms, ceramics, icons and photos depict traditional life. The museum portrays the customs and crafts of Romanian villages near Brasov across history.
- Bran Castle Museum. Bran Castle sits on a hilltop outside Brasov in Bran. The fortress houses exhibits covering its history as a royal residence and a display of art and furniture from the Queen Marie era. Visitors can tour the historic castle, see artifacts from when it was a royal home and learn about links to Bram Stoker's Dracula.
What are the best things to do in Brasov with kids?
Listed below are the best things to do in Brasov with kids.
- Visit the Brasov Zoo and Aquarium. Brasov Zoo and Aquarium is located in Brasov and features over 300 animal species, an aquarium, a planetarium, playgrounds and more. It is kid-friendly, with lots of opportunities for learning and fun.
- Ride the Tampa Mountain Cable Car. Ride the Tampa Mountain Cable Car up Mount Tampa for stunning views over Brasov. There are trails to explore and at the top features the Hollywood-style “Brasov” sign that kids love to pose.
- Explore the Medieval Fortress at Rasnov. Explore the Medieval Fortress at Rasnov, located 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from Brasov. Rasnov Fortress lets kids explore secret passages, climb watchtowers and imagine life in the Middle Ages.
- Try Indoor Fun at Adventure Park. Try Indoor Fun at Adventure Park in Brasov, which features obstacle courses, zip lines, rope structures and more, catering to a wide range of ages and thrill levels.
- Day Trip to Bran Castle. Day Trip to Bran Castle and take a family-friendly trip from Brasov to tour the iconic Bran Castle, widely known as “Dracula's Castle.” Kids of all ages enjoy exploring the rooms, passages and legends surrounding this 14th-century fortress.
What are the best activities for a business traveler in Brasov?
Listed below are the best activities for a business traveler in Brasov.
- Adventure Park Brasov. Adventure Park Brasov at Strada Paltinului 16, Brasov 500312, offers adventurous team-building activities like rope courses, zip lines, archery, tree climbing and more. It is an exciting way for corporate groups and business partners to bond through fun outdoor challenges that require communication and collaboration.
- Medieval-themed dinner at Cetatea Brasovului Restaurant. Cetatea Brasovului Restaurant, located at the Brasov Fortress on Dealul Cetății, offers a medieval-style dinner with traditional Romanian cuisine. The historical ambiance makes it perfect for client entertainment, corporate dinner functions and business meetings.
- Wine Tasting at Villa Vinea Winery. Villa Vinea Winery in nearby Ghimbav, Brasov, offers specialized wine-tasting experiences suitable for business events. Participants can sample fine Romanian wines while learning about winemaking. It can accommodate medium-sized groups of 20-50 pax for team engagement.
Where is Brasov?
Brasov is a city in Romania, located in the central part of the country, 166 kilometers (103 miles) north of Bucharest and 380 kilometers (236 miles) from the Black Sea. The Carpathian Mountains surround it and are part of the historical region of Transylvania. The city was founded in 1211 by the Teutonic Knights and later settled by the Saxons, becoming one of Transylvania's seven-walled citadels. Brasov was an important commercial hub on the trade routes between the Ottoman Empire and Western Europe, contributing to its prosperity.
What is the history of Brasov?
Brasov was founded in the early 13th century by the Teutonic Knights, who built a citadel called Kronstadt or ‘Crown City'.These Saxon colonists developed Brasov, engaging primarily in trade and crafts. Brasov grew wealthy, given its location on trading routes and certain tax exemptions. The Saxon population strongly influenced the city's architecture and culture. Brasov endured invasions and sieges but often managed to retain autonomy. Romanians began affirming their identity and campaigning for rights. Brasov became part of Romania in 1918 after Transylvania's union with the kingdom. Many ethnic Germans were later expelled or fled the region.
What language is spoken in Brasov?
The language spoken in Brasov is Romanian. Romanian is a Romance language derived from Latin. German is widely spoken, especially by older residents and within the Saxon community. Some Hungarian speakers reside in Brasov. Most younger residents learn English in school and many in the tourism/hospitality industry speak at least basic English. Visitors to Brasov will generally be able to get by in English, especially in central areas and learning a few basic Romanian phrases is always appreciated. Signage sometimes includes German or Hungarian-translated names alongside Romanian.
What time zone is Brasov in?
Brasov and all of Romania are located within the Eastern European Time Zone. Eastern European Time is 2 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), so the standard time in Romania is UTC+2. Romania switches to Eastern European Summer Time, which is 3 hours ahead of UTC (UTC+3). Romania observes DST in the typical April-October period. Brasov would be on Eastern European Summer Time of UTC+3. Brasov is 7 hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern Time Zone and 10 hours ahead in summer.
How many people live in Brasov?
The population of Brasov is 267,480 as of 2023. There are 130,049 men and 137,431 women. The median age of a resident of Brasov is 44 years. The population is distributed across various age groups, with 39,972 individuals aged 0-14, 43,318 aged 15-29, 52,789 aged 30-44, 61,697 aged 45-59, 46,905 aged 60-74, 21,059 aged 75-89 and 1,818 aged 90 and above. There are 12,605 babies in Brasov, with 6,129 girls and 6,476 boys. There are 13,353 little kids (5-9 years old), 14,014 children (10-14 years old), 14,986 teenagers (14-19 years old) and 27 long-livers (over 100 years old). The population data provides a comprehensive overview of Brasov's demographic composition, showcasing its diverse age groups and gender distribution.
What are the most interesting facts about Brasov?
Listed below are the most interesting facts about Brasov.
- Currency. The currency used in Brasov and Romania is the Romanian Leu (plural form is Lei). Romania is not part of the Eurozone, so Euros are generally not accepted except at some tourist-oriented businesses. Local currency is needed for most transactions.
- Time Zone. Brasov is located in the Eastern European Time Zone, 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2) and 7 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time. Daylight Savings Time is observed from the end of March to the end of October, temporarily putting Brasov 1 hour ahead (GMT+3) during summer.
- Language. The official language is Romanian, which belongs to the Romance language family (as a descendant of Latin) and is the native language of over 90% of Brasov's residents. English and German are prevalent as second languages in Brasov, especially in central areas. Some basic Romanian phrases are still helpful to know.
- Power Plugs. Power sockets in Brasov and all of Romania are Type F, which have two round pins, similar to most European countries. The standard voltage is 230 V. Travelers from America will need power converters and adapters for U.S. plug types. Many modern devices have built-in voltage converters, but power adapters are still needed to fit Romanian outlets. Checking devices' input voltage/frequency compatibility is recommended.
How many days are needed to see Brasov?
It is recommended to stay for 2 to 3 days, which is enough time to see the highlights of Brasov. This number of days allows immersion into Brasov and surrounding areas, including multiple day trips and time to sample local cuisine and culture. Two to three days is enough time to see the highlights of Brasov itself; this allows visitors to visit the Old Town, Black Church, Council Square, Tampa Mountain and other tourist destinations. The number of days allows tourists to do day trips from Brasov to nearby sights like Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress, Peles Castle, etc. These make for great side trips but require traveling outside the city.
Is Brasov worth visiting?
Yes, Brasov is worth visiting. It is one of Romania’s most popular cities, with a beautifully preserved medieval Old Town nestled amidst the Carpathian Mountains. The cobblestone streets, pastel-colored buildings, Gothic architecture like the Black Church cathedral and lively cafés make wandering Brasov's Old Town an unforgettable experience. Brasov offers day trips to “Dracula's Castle”, Rasnov Citadel, traditional villages, hiking trails, winter sports and more. Brasov appeals to visitors with its history, architecture, hiking, winter sports and great food and wine.
Is Brasov expensive to visit?
No, Brasov is generally considered an affordable destination for travelers. Brasov is relatively affordable compared to other European destinations. Brasov has low prices for accommodation, food and transportation compared to Western Europe. Brasov is in the top 10% of the most affordable cities in Europe. Solo travelers' budget spending is €45 ($50, £38) to €55 ($60, £47) per day in Brasov for basic accommodation, meals, local transportation, etc. Couples may spend €91 ($100, £79) per day. This is cheaper than in Western Europe. Brasov offers an affordable travel experience for budget-conscious travelers while still providing nice hotels and good food options.
Is Brasov safe to visit?
Yes, Brasov is very safe to visit. It is one of Romania’s most popular tourist destinations. The city has low crime rates and is considered safe for travelers. Violent crime is rare and petty crime aimed at tourists, like pickpocketing, does occur but is relatively uncommon. Brasov's city center and attractions are well-lit and have a visible police presence. Basic precautions like being aware of your surroundings, not leaving belongings unattended and avoiding poorly lit areas at night will ensure your visit to Brasov is trouble-free. The welcoming locals add to this beautiful coastal city's pleasant, safe atmosphere.
Is Brasov easy to visit with kids?
Yes, Brasov is easy to visit with kids. Brasov cobblestone Old Town streets are pedestrian-only and safe for wandering with kids. Many cafés have outdoor seating perfect for family meals. The city offers kid-friendly activities, too – cable cars up Tampa Mountain, biking trails, Adventure Park rope courses, the bear sanctuary, the zoo and the planetarium. Brasov caters to family and kid-friendly trips like castles, fortresses and traditional villages.
What is Brasov famous for?
Brasov, a city in the Transylvania region of Romania, is famous for its rich history, medieval architecture and picturesque surroundings. One of its most iconic landmarks is the Gothic-style Black Church, which dates back to the 14th century. Secondly, Brasov is known for its well-preserved medieval walls and towers, such as the White Tower and the Black Tower. The historic center of Brasov, with its cobbled streets and pastel-colored buildings, is a popular tourist destination. Thirdly, Brasov is a gateway to the nearby Carpathian Mountains and the popular ski resort of Poiana Brasov. Lastly, Brasov has a cultural scene, with numerous museums, galleries and theaters and a wide range of restaurants and cafes serving traditional Romanian cuisine.
Who are the most important people born in Brasov?
Listed below are the most important people born in Brasov.
- Johannese Honterus. Johannes Honterus was born in Brasov in 1498. He studied across Europe before returning to Brasov in 1533, where he had a profound impact on the community. Honterus established a prominent printing press and authored numerous works himself. He also founded the city's first Evangelical church, school and library, spreading Lutheran ideas. Honterus passed away in 1549, leaving a cultural legacy.
- Mișu Popp. Mișu Popp was born in Brasov in 1827. Popp came to define the Romanian academic style through his artwork, best recognized for his skilled portraiture of major historical and cultural personalities. His creative life was primarily centered in his native Brasov, where he resided until he died in 1892.
What to eat in Brasov?
Listed below are what you can eat in Brasov. Best food to eat in Romania
- Covrigi. Covrigi is fluffy, chewy pretzels baked fresh each morning and topped with salty or sweet toppings like sesame or poppy seeds. Covrigi is a perfect quick snack on the go as you explore the winding cobblestone streets of Brasov's old town. It is one of the best food to eat in Romania.
- Scovergi. Scovergi refers to thin Romanian fried dough topped with sweet or savory ingredients like fruit jams, garlic butter or soft cheese, with the cheese-topped version being similar to Hungarian lángos fried flatbreads. Scovergi is one of the popular foods to try in Brasov.
- Plăcintă. Plăcintă is a crispy, flaky Romanian pastry that encases fillings like tangy cheese, savory minced meat, fresh fruit or sweetened cocoa paste before being baked or fried to golden perfection. Plăcintă is a delicacy for visitors to try in Brasov.
- Sarmale. Sarmale consists of minced pork and rice tightly wrapped and rolled within pickled cabbage leaves before being simmered in aromatic tomato sauce and finished with cooling sour cream and soft polenta. Sarmale is one of the popular foods that visitors are raving about in Brasov.
- Mici. Mici is called “mititei” in Romanian. Mici are grilled skinless sausages normally made from a zesty blend of ground pork, beef and lamb before being served alongside spicy mustard, crusty bread or crispy fries. Mici is a popular food and is served at most markets in Brasov.
What are the best places to eat in Brasov?
Listed below are the best places to eat in Brasov. restaurants to eat in Brasov.
- Sergiana. Sergiana is known for its traditional Romanian cuisine, served in a cozy environment. It offers a variety of dishes from different regions of Romania, including soups, stews, grilled meats, schnitzel and desserts. Sergiana is praised for its good value, generous portions and excellent service and is one of the best restaurants to eat in Brasov.
- Bistro de l'Arte. Bistro de l'Arte provides a wonderful breakfast in a cozy artistic setting in the center of Brasov. The restaurant uses local ingredients to create a menu focused on Slow Food concepts. Highlights include omelets, eggs benedict, homemade bread and jams and traditional Romanian options. The bistro is known for its intimate atmosphere.
- Prato. Prato is an elegant Italian restaurant located in a historic building in central Brasov. It offers a rich Mediterranean menu prepared by skilled chefs using high-quality ingredients. Prato is known for pasta, seafood, meats and excellent service in a refined setting. Diners highlight the outstanding food and taste at this popular Brasov restaurant.
- La Ceaun. La Ceaun serves excellent traditional Romanian cuisine, including soups, stews, schnitzel and grilled meats. Its two locations provide a taste of authentic Brasov food in a cozy environment. Highlights include cabbage rolls, bean soup and meat dishes. Generous portions and friendly service make La Ceaun a go-to for traditional Brasov cuisine.
- Dei Frati. Dei Frati is an Italian restaurant praised for its homemade pasta and other Italian specialties. Its cozy atmosphere and good food make it popular with both locals and visitors. Dei Frati is known for having fast, friendly service and reasonable prices despite being a high-quality Italian restaurant in central Brasov.
What are the best areas to stay in Brasov?
Listed below are the best places to stay in Brasov.
- Old Town (Centrul Vechi). This historic neighborhood in Brasov's center has medieval and Baroque architecture. The Old Town features restaurants, cafes and tourist attractions. The town is generally safe for solo travelers and is a peaceful neighborhood.
- Schei District. Schei District is a neighborhood located in Brasov that has a more relaxed, local village-like atmosphere with traditional Romanian houses, narrow cobblestone streets and beautiful mountain views. The neighborhood features attractions like the St. Nicholas Church and the first Romanian school. Schei District is generally safe with a more relaxed atmosphere, suitable for solo travelers looking for a peaceful stay.
- Bartolomeu. Bartolomeu is a local residential area that has good public transit connections to the city center. The neighborhood features parks, markets and shops nearby and provides an affordable and convenient base from which to explore.
What are the best accommodations to stay in Brasov?
Listed below are the best accommodations to stay in Brasov.
- Aro Palace Hotel. Aro Place Hotel is a luxurious 5-star hotel located conveniently near a park in Brasov's city center. The hotel features beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, an indoor pool and a spa for relaxation, as well as an on-site restaurant serving European and Romanian cuisine. Aro Palace Hotel is one of the recommended hotels to stay in Brasov.
- Vila Katharina. Villa Katherina is an elegant 18th-century 4-star boutique hotel in Brasov's Old Town, offering spacious rooms with stylish wallpapered walls and hardwood floors and a lovely lounge to unwind in after a day exploring the medieval citadel. Its central location is ideal for sightseeing and belongs to the list of hotels in Brasov that offer good accommodation.
- Casa Wagner Hotel. Casa Wagner Hotel is a cozy and romantic hotel overlooking Brasov's Council Square and the iconic Black Church, with rustic-chic décor and rooms featuring mountain views for a fairytale-esque vibe. Casa Wagner is one of the top-rated hotels in the city of Brasov.
- Hotel Kolping. Hotel Kolping is a 3-star hotel located in the natural wooded slopes of Tampa Mountain near Brasov's Old Town. Visitors can enjoy excellent city views, along with nearby hiking trails and an on-site restaurant. Hotel Kolping's location makes it perfect for relaxation and is one of Brasov's best hotels.
How to get from Brasov to Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport?
There are a few ways to get to Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport from Brasov. These are by private transfer, bus, train and rental car. Firstly, the most comfortable option is to book a private taxi or minivan transfer. Various companies offer this service for a standard sedan car for up to 3 passengers. The journey takes 2 to 2.5 hours, depending on traffic conditions. This is the fastest and most convenient option. Secondly, there are bus services between Brasov and Bucharest Airport several times per day. The journey takes 3 hours and companies like Christian Transfers and Transormania operate these shuttles. Thirdly, visitors can take a train from Brasov to Bucharest North Station (Gara de Nord) and then take the express bus #783 from Gara de Nord to the airport, with a journey journey time is 3.5 to 4 hours. Lastly. renting a car and driving yourself is also an option. The drive from Brasov to the airport takes around 2 to 2.5 hours, depending on traffic. Costs depend on the rental car company and car type.
How to get from Brasov to Bucharest?
There are a few ways to get to Brasov from Bucharest. These are by train, bus, car and taxi. Firstly, trains are frequent, fast, affordable and reliable. The journey takes 2-3 hours and there are multiple trains running daily between the cities. Tickets can be booked online in advance or purchased at the train stations. Secondly, there are private bus companies like MementoBus operating between Brasov and Bucharest. Buses take 3-6 hours, depending on traffic and the number of stops. Thirdly, driving by car takes 3 hours but allows flexibility to stop along the way. Renting a car in Romania is cheap and roads are decent and visitors can hire a private driver for the journey. Lastly, taking a taxi is the most flexible but expensive option that allows customizing the route and departure time. The train is the best option for most travelers as it balances cost, time and convenience.
Where to go shopping in Brasov?
There are several great places to go shopping in Brasov. Firstly, Brasov offers a variety of shopping options, from historic pedestrian streets like Republicii and Mureșenilor in the Old Town featuring local crafts, antiques and souvenirs. Secondly, Brasov features modern shopping malls like the massive Coresi Shopping Resort with over 150 international brands, restaurants and a movie theater and AFI Brasov spanning 40,000 sqm and housing brands like Zara, Sephora and Tommy Hilfiger along with entertainment like bowling alleys and cinemas. Lastly, other notable malls include Unirea Shopping Center, with 100 shops, including C&A and Nike, Jupiter City, which opened in 2019 with 50 stores across 15,000 sqm; and Brasov Shopping City, located 4 kilometers (2.4 miles) from the city center that features discount clothing stores and sports equipment shops.
What festivals or events are taking place in Brasov?
Listed below are the festivals or events that are taking place in Brasov.
- Brasov's Days Festival. This annual festival celebrating Brasov's founding takes place for three days in the historic city center after Orthodox Easter. It features concerts representing diverse musical genres, traditional dance performances by groups like the Hungarian, Saxon and Roma communities, theater at local cultural centers, an artisan fair and the annual “Juni Parade” with costumed riders on horseback. It is one of the anticipated festivals in Brasov.
- Festival of Contemporary Drama. Brasov hosts Romania's only festival exclusively showcasing contemporary theater. Prominent directors and actors come to perform or give talks and workshops. Competition categories recognize achievements across disciplines like acting, directing and set design. The festival facilitates engagement with modern issues through the lens of dramatic performance.
- Jazz & Blues Festival. Jazz & Blues brings major music events to Brasov. Romanian and international jazz and blues musicians entertain crowds over multiple days. Photographers exhibit live music images between concert sets. The festival shines a light on promising local jazz performers.
- Book and Music Fair. Each March, the city's publishing and music communities come together for this cultural fair in Brasov. Publishers, distributors and music labels showcase and sell their latest offerings. The event fills its agenda with talks, book releases and performances to highlight Brasov's literary and artistic talents.
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