Brasov, circled by the Carpathian Mountains, is one of the most beautiful cities in Romania. Famous for its medieval Saxon walls and with an array of gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, Brasov is one of the highlights of a visit to Transylvania.
Founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 and settled by the Saxons as one of the seven walled citadels, Brasov has a distinct medieval ambiance that has caused the city to be used in many period films.
One of the most visited places in the country; it is not hard to see why Brasov is so popular with domestic and international tourists to Romania. Although popular, when you are walking around the ancient walls and exploring the defensive Saxon walls, you could be one of only a few tourists in sight.
The city never feels overawed by the visitors that come and it manages to maintain the calm and dignified demeanour of an elder statesman.
As well as the beautiful ancient and well preserved old town, Brasov is also well known for something altogether different. It is one of Romania’s premier ski resorts.
Poiana Brasov, located about 14km from the main city of Brasov, has a ski season that runs from December through to April. It is considered one of Europe’s best value resorts as it offers everything that could be expected of a Swiss Alps ski resort in terms of luxury and sport but with a much lower cost.
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Why visit Brasov?
Brasov is a beautiful picturesque city and admiring its charms is well worth a trip on its own. That said, the city also serves as an excellent base to explore the region of Transylvania with all of its stunning scenery. We would advise that you should plan on staying at least two days in Brasov. One day to explore the city and another day to visit some of the nearby sites.
If it is cobbled streets and medieval Saxon houses that you are looking for, then travel no further. Here in Brasov, the southern gateway to Transylvania, you have found the perfect place to set up camp and explore the region. In fact, there is no need to camp as Brasov has plenty of good value, centrally located hotels that are ideal for all types of traveller.
As a fairly popular tourist destination, Brasov has good tourist facilities. It may be due to the fact that it is not served by an international airport that makes it less well known to the generalpublic outside of Romania. For the UK travel market, Brasov is not as well known as similar old towns such as Sibiu and Cluj Napoca. That is not a bad thing though, and being the first to discover a place amongst your travelling friends has certain kudos.
A relatively easy place to explore, you will find that many staff in the shops, restaurants and hotel often speak English as well as another European language such as German. A great time to visit Brasov is during the Oktoberfest. This is a smaller but less commercial version of the Munich event, with beer tents, music and of course sausages.
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