1. Bran Castle (“Dracula’s Castle”)

The most popular tourist destination in this area is without question Bran’s Castle, also referred to as “Dracula’s Castle”.  It’s not actually located in Brasov, but most of the visitors will lodge here before heading into Bran for the day excursion.  Even though myth and reality have not exactly agreed on the validity of the claim this is indeed Dracula’s Castle, those details can be brushed aside for a moment as you gaze upon one of the country’s most beautiful structures nestled in the heart of Transylvania.   Inside the castle, you can gaze upon the exhibitions displaying the lives of its previous royal inhabitants.  The castle has been very well preserved, conserving many of its original architecture, paintings, rugs, carpets and squeaky floors.  One of the nicest one day excursions you will ever have!

  1. Biserica Neagră (Black Church)

This is Romania’s biggest Gothic church and it stands as a true testament of time.  Biserica Neagră’s origins date back to the 1300s, but it didn’t get its “Black Church” nomenclature until the 1600s after it survived the Great Fire of 1689.  Weekly organ recitals will allow you to experience this church’s architectural beauty together with its marvelous acoustics.  

  1. Piața Sfatului and Casa Sfatului (Council Square & Council Hall)

The once heart of medieval Brasov, Piata Sfatului opens its arms to visitors from all over the world welcoming them to quench their thirst and appetite in one of the many cafes, bars, and restaurants overlooking the Casa Sfatului.  Be sure to look up in the direction of the Trumpeter’s Tower around midday, you will be pleasantly surprised 😉 

  1. Mount Tâmpa

If you are looking for the best view of Brasov, make your way up to Mount Tampa for an unforgettable sight.  You can go up the “Knight’s Road” trail or if you are not up for the climb, there’s a cable car that will drop you off right at the top (approximately 900 meters altitude).  This mountainous area is also a nature reserve, so you will be sure to catch an eyeful of the abundant wildlife of this region.

  1. Strada Republicii

Off Council Square (Piața Sfatului) head down the newly renovated Strada Republicii.  This beautiful pedestrian street offers some of the nicest bars and eateries in the city.  This is also one of your must spots if you are looking for the nightlife vibe in Brasov.

  1. Strada Sforii (Rope Street)

At 1.2 meters wide, this street has got to be one of the narrowest in the world!  Formerly a passageway for firefighters, this is now one of the city’s most popular attractions.  Be sure to pass by and get the feel of being sandwiched by its walls!

  1. Poiană Brașov

The magic of Brasov certainly doesn’t stop in the summer months.  Starting in November all the way to March, Poiană Brașov offers some of the best ski slopes in the country.  With 80 hectares of skiable areas and more than 20 kilometers of slopes, you are bound to have a great time with your snowboard or skis!

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