What can you visit in Brasov county on a weekend trip?
As a Romanian, it is very unlikely you have never visited Brasov, at least once. In the old days, Brasov was an important crafts center, a true commercial knot. Modern times sees it as a very important touristic knot, a city situated in the heart of Transylvania, which connects most of the areas of the country.
Being a medieval town, dating from the 13th century, it was built like all the others from Transylvania, with forts and towers; here there used to exist (in the old days), forts belonging to each guild. Nowadays, the city has more than 5 towers and each is an impressive museum, which attracts many tourists. But Brasov county means much more than this: it is the place where you can find the amazing Viscri village, with traditions dating back centuries. You can also discover the amazing wildlife and scenery in the Rucar-Bran pass, past the Bran Castle, or just drive through the many ancient villages, each with its own fortified Gothic church.
What can you visit?
The Council Square and the Black Church
These are the first on your list of “not to miss”, if you are for the first time in Brasov. And even if you have seen them once, they are still worth another visit, because you will always find something new. The locals say that the best view of the Council Square is only from the top of Tampa Mountain, after taking the cable car ride up. The view is truly impressive.
A map is always there fro you from the info center, but don’t worry, as you will have our great guides with you at all times. And if you’re hungry, then the best place to eat is Sergiana Restaurant, with it’s amazing Romanian cuisine. Even the locals know this, so make sure to make a reservation before going there. And for a great coffee, make sure to visit Festival 39 pub, a place decorated in an authentic style, which will take you back to the time of the 1930′.
The Black Church, named this way after the great fire from the 17th century, which blackened its walls, needed more than 100 years to be built (1384-1477).
The Fortress of Brasov
The locals also call it the Citadela and you can find it, where else but the Citadel Hill. Being surrounded by forests, it is hidden from view. But once in it, you can take a walk on the narrow, labyrinth like street and take in the amazing aerial view of Brasov, from all angles. Also in the citadel there is a great restaurant.
The fortified churches
Tara Barsei (The Land of the Barsa River) is famous for the number fortified churches it has: Prejmer, Harman, Codle are just the most famous. They all date back many centuries and they offer such a pretty site, a lot of them sitting on a small hill, right in the middle of the villages. The main 3 ones can be visited in just one day, as they are not so far apart. the prejmer church is the best concerved, even though it was built by the Templer knights in 1212. it is only 12 km away from Brasov, on the road leading to Buzau.
From Brasov to Harman the drive is even shorter, of only 10 km. The fortified church of Harman was mentioned in historical documents fro the first time in 1240, but most of its original elements are still intact today. In the historical center of Codle, 15 km away from Brasov, you will discover another fortified church, but much different, as it is the only one from Tara Barsei without a bell tower.
Viscri Village and its traditions
Somewhat further from Brasov, almost 80km away, on the road leading to Sighisoara, you can visit Viscri village. This is a fairy tale land, redescoverd because of its traditions and crafts, which are starting to make a comeback in the tourism of today. The road leading to Viscri, passing through Feldioara, Maierus, Hoghiz and Rupea, makes for a drive with some amazing views of fortified churches.
We cannot talk about Brasov county without mentioning Bran Castle. Originaly a wooden fort, the castle, rich in Gothic decatrations, was built in 1377 by the local Saxon population. It sits on the beautiful Rucar – Bran pass, which will offer some spectacular wildlife and scenery for all visitors.