This itinerary takes place over two days. We believe they are ideal for visit Brasov. Above all, should you choose to come here on a tour; maybe, a road trip.
In our opinion, the car is the ideal way to reach the city. Make sure you arrive in the morning to make the most of the day; stay in town, and leave in the late afternoon the following day.
DAY 1 VISIT BRASOV
For those coming from Bucharest via 1E, Bulvardul Eroilor represents the arrival point of the city; it represents the ideal dividing line between Centrul Vechi and the modern part of Brasov. It is a wide avenue bordered by the splendid Nicolae Titulescu gardens with the homonymous monument to his memory; here, there are numerous buildings including the Town Hall and, above all, the Art Museum.
Photo ©, Alex: D
The Muzeul de Arta, located at number 21 Bulevardul, is dedicated to modern Romanian painting and sculpture and to ancient Transylvanian goldsmiths. You will also find costumes, fabrics and carpets from Birsâ. Open every day, except Mondays, from October to April from 09:00 to 17:00, and from May to September from 10:00 to 18:00.
The ticket costs 7.00Lei for adults and 1Lei for children up to 18 years of age. To access the temporary exhibitions the price is 4.00Lei. More information on the official website.
Continuing, the perpendicular Strada Republicii, is a splendid street of stones and pebbles, entirely closed to traffic, flanked by splendid buildings. The street leads into the heart of the historic center. On the right, the beautiful Mănăstirea Franciscană Sfântul Ioan, a monastery dating back to the 16th century, rebuilt in the 1700s.
The narrow street leads straight to Piata Sfatului, or the Council Square, dominated by the Casa Sfatului (Council House), an important architectural monument in the Brașov City Hall. Initially, there was only a watchtower, 48 meters high and built in 1528; on the basis of the latter, the current building was built which collects Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. The building also houses the Muzel Judetean de Istorie, which includes prehistoric, Roman and feudal finds, documents relating to the markets and guilds of Brasov.
The Museum is open every day, except Mondays, from 10 to 17.
Behind the square stands Turnul Alb, or the White Tower, a 15th century bastion. forming part of the ancient fortifications of the city. Before the revolt of 1711, Brasov was the best defended fortress in Transylvania with a wall covering a perimeter of 3 km, with walls that reached even 12 meters in height!
Bistro de l’Arte, is a nice and rather welcoming place to stop. Affordable prices, rustic place and tasty dishes. If you prefer a restaurant, Brasovia might be a good choice. It is located just before the splendid Biserica Neagra, or the Black Church.
Photo ©, 2014 Vlad Moldovean
It is an evangelical church of the fourteenth century, declared a historical monument of Romania. Unmissable stop for those who decide to visit Brasov. It was partially destroyed with the great fire of 1689: hence, its current name. It is the symbol of the city. 89 meters long, 38 wide and whose capacity is over 5000 individuals; it is the largest Gothic-style church in Romania and south-eastern Europe! The bell tower is beautiful, with the largest bronze bell in Romania; Absolutely unmissable, inside, are the tombstones and the series of 119 oriental carpets of the XII-XVII century from Anatolia of the merchants who trafficked with the East. Next to the church, outside, is the statue of Johannes Honterus, by the German sculptor Magnusson.
The church is open every day, except Mondays, from April to October from 10 to 19, while from November to March from 10 to 15. Every Sunday, the opening is postponed to 12.
The entrance fee is 15Lei for adults, 10Lei for students and 5Lei for under 18.
Several remains of the complex of ancient fortifications are present in the area surrounding the church: the Bastionul Fierarilor, or the Bastion of the Blacksmiths, from 1520, the Turnul Macelarilor (tower of the Butchers) and Turnul Negru, the Black Tower, dating back to the middle of ‘400. Not far away, at the entrance to the Gheorghe Dima Park, is the Renaissance Poarta Ecaterina (photo below), from the 16th century.
Photo, 2010 Andrei kokelburg
This was one of the main entrances to the city; square with four small towers, it represented the power of life and death over the subjects; on the façade there is the coat of arms of the crown, symbol of the city. It is possible to see the remains of the ancient walls.
The classical Porte Schei, in the immediate vicinity, represented the door to enter the neighborhood of the same name, the settlement area of the oldest Romanian community.
After a lot of walking, a well-deserved break is all it takes right now. Right in Strada Poarta Schei, you will find the beautiful Kafe Pub; a welcoming environment, chill music in the background, and an excellent range of cocktails (for the evening). In the morning and early afternoon, you can opt for refreshing hot chocolates or excellent smoothies. Also ideal for after dinner. It is open every day from 07:30 to 23:30.
Photo, 2010 Andrei kokelburg
In the heart of the Schei district, there is the beautiful Biserica Sfântul Nicolae, an Orthodox church located in Piata Unirii. In Wallachian style, with a significant development in height, thanks to its slender towers. Inside there are several 16th century icons. In Piata Unirii, inside the San Nicolae complex, there is the Prima Scoala Româneasca, a building from 1495, rebuilt in 1760. It was the first Romanian language school in the city, today it has become the interesting Schei Museum Complex. More than 4000 ancient manuscripts and 30,000 historical documents and topographical maps are preserved here; moreover, the Tetravangelo illuminated by Mateias from 1560 is preserved.
At this point, we recommend a splendid and suggestive walk up to Aleea Tiberiu Brediceanu, before returning to your accommodation. Along the way you will find the Bastionul Tesatorilor, the largest and best preserved bastion in the city, dating back to 1420 with walls over 4 meters thick; opposite the entrance to the cable car (which we invite you to use for the following day) is the Bastionul Frîngherilor; subsequently, the Postavarilor, the last of the ramparts; it is a round tower of over 20 meters in diameter, dated 16th century. At this point, we recommend returning to the hotel for a shower (please, hygiene is important!) And to relax a bit.
For dinner we recommend Trattoria del Chianti, located at N.100 in Str. Branduselor. I’ll be honest: I’m always reluctant to recommend Italian restaurants abroad. Equally honestly, we give credit to our friend Lello, a person of “good food” who was there; according to him, he eats really well. Not just Italian cuisine. If the restaurant does not live up to your expectations, you can contact us; we will provide you with an address and telephone number to contact Lello in private !!! You can reach the restaurant, by public transport, with buses 17b, 21, 23, 25, 34b, 40 or 45.
DAY 2 VISIT BRASOV
Cetatea, Sfintul Bartolomeu and Mount Tampa are the sites that we invite you to visit for the second day. The first is located north of the center. Cetatuia de pe Straia, is the citadel of the fifteenth century, which was part of the ancient fortifications of the medieval city. It is located on a hill, just beyond the Nicolae Titulescu Park: it is accessed after a series of steps. The view over the city is beautiful.
Photo ©, 2013 OOVNI
With bus 5, and a walk of about ten minutes, crossing the Long Road, you will arrive at Biserica Sfântul Bartolomeu, a Calvinist church, as well as the oldest building in Brasov. The building, in Cistercian Gothic style, dates back to the 13th century. and was completed around the middle of the fifteenth century.
What to do or see in a certain place is never something objective. It all depends on your tastes, and on the time available. It is still a journey! However, don’t leave Brasov without climbing over the Mount Tampa viewpoint.
In Aleea Tiberiu Brediceanu, you will find the cable car to the splendid viewpoint.
As an alternative to the cable car, you could also reach the top on foot, via a path. Going up, it would take you a good half hour, so we only recommend it if you want to go down.
Have fun with: visit Brasov.