In Romania, at the foothills of the Carpathians, is a city that welcomes visitors with big white letters. It’s Brasov, whose name, just like in Hollywood, stands on a green hill.
At the foot of dangerous mountains is located one of the most beautiful cities in Transylvania - Brasov. There’s a street that aspires to be the narrowest in Europe, called Strada Sforii (Rope Street) with a width of maximum 132 cm. That’s not all, however. In Brasov’s Black Church, which is one of the main attractions of the region, you can admire the largest organ in Transylvania. It consists of 4,000 pipes. The temple also has the heaviest bell in Romania, weighing nearly 6.3 tonnes.
Treasures of Brasov
In the past, Brasov was the center of trade - because of its location it attracted buyers from various parts of the world. In slightly less ancient times, it was called the City of Stalin (Oraşul Stalin), and today is an important tourist, cultural and historical center. The most beautiful monuments are located in the city center, which is surrounded by three hills. Market Square (Piata Sfatului) with late Gothic town hall, created as a kind of extension of the old watchtower, is the heart of the old part of the city. In the past, it used to warn inhabitants against invaders. Today, the town hall houses a historical museum.
The square is surrounded by old houses built in different architectural styles. Near the town hall, you can find orange Casa cu Cerb, which resembles the Cloth Hall from Krakow. Its function was the same as the function of the Polish building - in the past, merchants exposed their goods here, tempting residents to buy them.
On the north-eastern side of the square you will find 19th century Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. The word "find" fits here perfectly, because to do that, you have to go through the gate, and next through a small backyard. In contrast a monument, which is already visible from a distance, is the already mentioned, stone Black Church (Biserica Neagră). This is the easternmost Gothic cathedral in Europe, a huge building which can accommodate approximately 5,000 worshipers. Its name comes from the color of the facade - the temple was scorched during the great fire in 1869, which burned down the entire city.
Brasov from above
Brasov looks beautiful also from above. If we have more time, we can ascend Mount Tampa by a cable car. From the top extends a magnificent panorama of the entire city. When you are there, you can take a pleasant trip to a nearby nature reserve.
The area is beautiful and welcoming throughout the year. In the warmer months you can hike for hours in the wooded hills, while in the winter the city is visited mostly by skiing enthusiasts. A popular ski resort, Poiana Brasov, is located in the close proximity.
Overnight at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains
Where to stay during the journey around Transylvania? The guests can enjoy many hotels and several campsites. One of them is Camping Dirste Brasov, where two people spend the night in the motorhome or caravan for 65 RON. Accommodation for a child between 4-12 years old cost 12 RON/ day. The campsite is located next to the European road E60, in a picturesque valley of the river Timis. The location on the foothills of the Piatra Mare is another advantage, just like its size – it has 80 parking spots with access to electricity and chemical toilets. Tourists can also choose between one of eight bungalows, 108 cottages or 5 rooms in a mini-hotel. There are also 180 pitches for tent.
Going to Brasov, take the opportunity to visit the legendary home of Count Dracula, Bran Castle, which is located approximately 30 km from Brasov. Then you can move on to conquer other Romanian lands.