Braşov travel guide

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You're Going to Love Braşov

Visit Brasov, the land of Dracula, and experience one of Romania's most historical towns. With traditional Romanian dishes, castles, outdoor sports and Christmas markets, there's sure to be something for the whole family to love.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Braşov

1. Bran Castle

This castle is attributed to the Transylvanian torturer Vlad the Impaler, better known as the character Dracula in Stoker's famous novel.

2. Poiana Brașov

This popular ski resort attracts thousands of visitors from Italy, Hungary and Romania each year.

3. Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti

This 70 square kilometers is a safe haven for Romania's black and brown bear populations.

4. St. Nicholas Church

This ornate Orthodox church is situated in the center of Brasov's historical center.

5. Tâmpa

This mountain overlooks Brasov city and bears the town's name in huge letters. The mountain is accessible via a cable car.

What to do in Braşov

1. Brasov's Saxon Centerpiece

The "Black Church" is widely seen as Brasov's most important attraction, and when you see its soaring bulk and delicate interior, you probably won't disagree. Built in the 14th century in a Gothic style (to suit the Saxon funders), it became known as "black" following a devastating fire in the 17th century. Inside, there's a gigantic 4,000 pipe organ. Recitals take place three times a week, so check the schedule if you want to hear it in action. And there are also some gorgeous Anatolian rugs draped across the pews.

2. The Epicenter Of Everyday Life In Brasov

Translated as "Council Square", Piata Sfatului is the real heart of modern Brasov, and somewhere that all visitors gravitate towards, which is a good thing, as the area is full of diversions. The square itself is in fantastic shape, having undergone a stunning facelift. Nearby, the County Museum of History provides some grim background about the square's days as a public execution ground. But these days, you're much more likely to witness raucous folk music and markets, which take place most days of the week.

3. The Endlessly Fascinating Romanian Quarter

In the Middle Ages, Brasov was a deeply divided town, with a Saxon and Hungarian elite, and a marginalized Romanian majority, who were largely confined to the Schei - a cramped neighborhood of awkward stairs and winding alleys. It's also home to some gorgeous religious buildings, with St Nicholas' Cathedral chief among them. There's the First Romanian School Museum, which focuses on the country's proud publishing tradition, and the Museum of the Juni, with a magical collection of costumes, dating back 500 years.

4. Trace The City's Enormous Ramparts

Literally "the Street Behind the Walls", Strada Dupa Ziduri is easily the best place to launch an exploration of Brasov's impressively preserved city walls. As with many western Romanian cities, the walls were stoutly built by Saxon experts, and served their purpose. As you wander their length, you'll find plenty of eye-catching structures, including the climbable White Tower, and the beautiful Catherine's Gate. Continue all the way, and you'll also see the Weaver's Bastion, which houses a museum dedicated to the city's history, including a wonderful model of the city as it was in 1600.

5. The Pinnacle Of Brasov's Viewing Locations

In Brasov, Mount Tâmpa is pretty much inescapable, looming as it does almost 1,000 meters above the city. It's such a big part of the city's identity that locals have created a Hollywood-style sign on the lower slopes, letting you know where you are. A cable car runs from the center of town up to a viewing platform, which offers unrivaled views of the town below. So, if you feel the need to capture that perfect Facebook feed photo, you know what to do.

1. Brasov's Saxon Centerpiece

The "Black Church" is widely seen as Brasov's most important attraction, and when you see its soaring bulk and delicate interior, you probably won't disagree. Built in the 14th century in a Gothic style (to suit the Saxon funders), it became known as "black" following a devastating fire in the 17th century. Inside, there's a gigantic 4,000 pipe organ. Recitals take place three times a week, so check the schedule if you want to hear it in action. And there are also some gorgeous Anatolian rugs draped across the pews.

2. The Epicenter Of Everyday Life In Brasov

Translated as "Council Square", Piata Sfatului is the real heart of modern Brasov, and somewhere that all visitors gravitate towards, which is a good thing, as the area is full of diversions. The square itself is in fantastic shape, having undergone a stunning facelift. Nearby, the County Museum of History provides some grim background about the square's days as a public execution ground. But these days, you're much more likely to witness raucous folk music and markets, which take place most days of the week.

3. The Endlessly Fascinating Romanian Quarter

In the Middle Ages, Brasov was a deeply divided town, with a Saxon and Hungarian elite, and a marginalized Romanian majority, who were largely confined to the Schei - a cramped neighborhood of awkward stairs and winding alleys. It's also home to some gorgeous religious buildings, with St Nicholas' Cathedral chief among them. There's the First Romanian School Museum, which focuses on the country's proud publishing tradition, and the Museum of the Juni, with a magical collection of costumes, dating back 500 years.

4. Trace The City's Enormous Ramparts

Literally "the Street Behind the Walls", Strada Dupa Ziduri is easily the best place to launch an exploration of Brasov's impressively preserved city walls. As with many western Romanian cities, the walls were stoutly built by Saxon experts, and served their purpose. As you wander their length, you'll find plenty of eye-catching structures, including the climbable White Tower, and the beautiful Catherine's Gate. Continue all the way, and you'll also see the Weaver's Bastion, which houses a museum dedicated to the city's history, including a wonderful model of the city as it was in 1600.

5. The Pinnacle Of Brasov's Viewing Locations

In Brasov, Mount Tâmpa is pretty much inescapable, looming as it does almost 1,000 meters above the city. It's such a big part of the city's identity that locals have created a Hollywood-style sign on the lower slopes, letting you know where you are. A cable car runs from the center of town up to a viewing platform, which offers unrivaled views of the town below. So, if you feel the need to capture that perfect Facebook feed photo, you know what to do.

Where to Eat in Braşov

La Ceaun Restaurant close to the old square serves traditional Romanian food, with a standard meal costing 20lei.

When to visit Braşov

Braşov in June
Estimated hotel price
$67
1 night at 3-star hotel
Braşov in June
Estimated hotel price
$67
1 night at 3-star hotel

The best time to visit Brasov is in the Spring (April-June), when the attractions in the nearby countryside become more accessible. However, it is also a popular destination in the winter for its skiing and winter markets.

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How to Get to Braşov

Plane

The Brasov airport is currently being built. Generally, tourists fly into the Bucharest International Airport and then connect via bus or train to Brasov.

Train

There are daily trains from Brasov train terminal to other main Romanian cities. Tickets from Brasov to Bucharest cost roughly 60lei one way and the journey takes around 3 hours.

Car

The A3 motorway passes through Brasov and down towards Bucharest. Please note that sections of this highway are under construction.

Bus

Buses leave from Gare Du Nord in Bucharest several times a day to Brasov, with tickets costing around 40lei. The journey takes around 3 hours.

Airports near Braşov

Airlines serving Braşov

Lufthansa
Good (1,385 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (2,464 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (3,901 reviews)
KLM
Good (292 reviews)
Air France
Good (299 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (1,076 reviews)
Delta
Excellent (2,657 reviews)
British Airways
Good (941 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (360 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (937 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (642 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (663 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (197 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (373 reviews)
Ryanair
Good (1,167 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (307 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Good (155 reviews)
LOT
Good (257 reviews)
Air Europa
Good (97 reviews)
ITA Airways
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Where to stay in Braşov

House of Dracula Hotel near Poiana Brașov ski resort offers rooms staring at 150lei per night.

Popular neighbourhoods in Braşov

Schei - The old Romanian/Wallachian quarter features a beautiful 16th century orthodox church.

Old Town - The centralized historic center comprises the highest concentrations of restaurants, shops and lodgings. The area is made up of cobble stoned streets and unique old architecture.

Rasnov - Just outside of the city, the medieval Rasnov fortress was built high above the city as a defense against ancient invaders.

Most popular hotel in Braşov by neighbourhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Braşov

Most booked hotels in Braşov

NH Collection Medellín Royal
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
$137+
Hotel Estelar Milla De Oro
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
$93+
Hotel Estelar Blue
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$81+
Travelers Orange Suites
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
$84+
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How to Get Around Braşov

Public Transportation

Brasov has many buses and cable cars, with tickets available upon boarding for 2lei.

Taxi

There are many taxis with a starting tariff at 1.73le. Taxis cost around 10lei per trip within the city center.

Car

Rental cars can be picked up from downtown or at the train station. Daily rental prices start around 100lei.

Car hire agencies in Braşov

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The Cost of Living in Braşov

Shopping Streets

The main pedestrian shopping area in Old Town is Republicii Street, which sells books, clothes, art and souveniers.

Groceries and Other

The two main supermarkets in Brasv are Rapid and ProfiCity. A dozen eggs costs 6.5lei.

Cheap meal
$7.60
A pair of jeans
$68.43
Single public transport ticket
$0.77
Cappuccino
$2.36