City Spotlight: Brașov, Romania

Brașov, Romania

September 2015

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Length of visit: 2 days

Lodging: Aparthotel Pilvax

This spacious apartment is located so conveniently to the historic center! Our one-bedroom apartment could have comfortably housed three to four adults, and cost roughly $70 per night. It was modern, quiet, clean, and had a lovely balcony over a pedestrian street. Breakfast was in the restaurant downstairs and was hearty and delicious.

Can’t Miss Sights, Tours, and Experiences

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+ If you have a grasp of Romanian, or a Romanian speaker with you, the Muzeul Judeţean de Istorie (Brasov County Museum of History) is full of great artifacts and pieces of local history.

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+ No trip to Brașov is complete without a visit to the Black Church. After a fire in 1689, the walls became blackened.  Orignally a Catholic Church, Biserica Neagră is now a Lutheran Church, serving the significant Lutheran (and German-speaking) population in the region.

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+ Take a trip up Mount Tâmpa on the funicular! You can take a short hike, see the Hollywood-esque “Brașov” sign up close, and generally feel like you’re going to be captured by a vampire!

Bran…

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+ This is really a section all on its own, but if you want to go to Bran Castle, you’ll probably travel there from Brașov, as it’s a short drive and easy day trip.  The inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula’s Castle, you would be remiss to skip this landmark.  Bran Castle is full of artifacts, sweeping views, and allusions to Vlad Dracul, who stayed a few nights in the castle at some point.

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Overall

I am so glad we stopped in Brașov! It was charming, historic, and had some day trips nearby. When we are back in the area, I would like to visit Râșnov Citadel, which we didn’t have time to visit, as well as include some more hiking (with an appropriate coat – I was underdressed for the chill in the mountains).  You could easily spend 2-3 days here taking your time and enjoying things!

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