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Introduction

Piaţa Sfatului at night

Piaţa Sfatului at night

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Brasov is one of the most beautiful cities in Romania, located in the souther central part of the country. The Southern Karpat Mountains act as a backdrop to the city, which is part of Transylvania. It has a well preserved city centre, which you can enjoy by taking the cable car up Tampa Hill. While in the city itself, the Black and St. Nicolas Churches deserve a visit, as does the Orthodox Church. But just walking in the city centre and tasting the atmosphere of this walled city is just as nice.

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Sights and Activities

  • The central square and streets around it show well-preserved, Medieval architecture;
  • The Romanian School House - Romania's oldest surviving school house, exhibiting books dating back to the 11th century;
  • The Black and White watch towers, on the hill overlooking the west of the City;
  • The Black Church (largest Gothic Church between Vienna and Istanbul);
  • City Walls stretch along the west and south of the old town;
  • The Weavers Tower to the southwest includes an exhibition of arms and armour;
  • It is possible to see wild bears scavenging in the eastern suburbs of the city in the evening;
  • There is also a free walking tour that starts in the central square every day at 6:00pm.

Several day trips are possible from Brasov:

  • Bran where the incredibly commercialised 'Dracula's Castle' stands;
  • Sinaia and the amazing 19th century Peles Castle;
  • Rasnov a ruined hilltop castle;
  • Sighisoara;
  • Several walled Saxon Churches.

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Weather

Mountain conditions mean that the nights are often chilly and weather can change rapidly. It is cold and rather snowy in winter, but mild, sometimes with hot days, in summer.

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Getting There

By Plane

Although there are no flights so far, the building of an airport has already begun and it is planned that the airport will open up in 2011.

By Train

Brasov is well connected by train to other cities in Romania, and is on the main line between Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca and Targu-Moras and international routes to Vienna, Prague and Bratislava.

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Getting Around

By Car

Taxis are clearly marked but make sure they turn the meter on.

By Public Transport

Buses link the Old Town and the train station and buses also go to nearby Bran, Rasnov and Sinaia.

By Foot

Old Brasov can easily be walked around.

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Eat

The main square and streets radiating out from it include a large number of cafes and restaurants.

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Sleep

Brasov is a very popular tourist destination in summer - even though it never seems overly crowded - so book accommodation in advance.

Budget

There are two competing hostels within walking distance of the centre; both are 15 minutes walk south of the central square, both cost the same: Rolling Stone Hostel (homely, friendly, breakfast and internet included); Kismet Dao Villa Hostel (large, impersonal, noisy).

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
AAE Mury Hotel Transylvania62 De Mijloc Street BrasovHotel-
Accommodation BrasovOld Center Hystorical CenterApartment84
Ambient HotelAninoasa 5Hotel-
Budget Guest HouseDealul Melcilor nr 1, BrasovGuesthouse83
Dolce Far NienteBrasov,Lupeni str.,nr.11Guesthouse91
Eugene jr. & Garlicia GuesthouseNeagoe Basarab no 1, ap.1.Guesthouse-
Florin R&BStr. Aurel Vlaicu No. 110, Bl. 23, Sc. EGuesthouse-
Florin R&B City Centre9th Alexandru Ioan Cuza str., Ap. 2BGuesthouse87
Guesthouse PostavaruluiStr Postavarului No. 16Guesthouse93
Hostel Mara BrasovPiata Sfatului 11, ap. 18 Johan Goth 5AHostel80
Kismet Dao HostelStr. Democratiei, 2Hostel92
LaDespaniMihai Viteazu 128Guesthouse91
Maris Apartments15 Noiembrie nr.82 bl.C25Apartment89
Pensiune Ambient62 Iuliu Maniu St.Hotel-
Rolling Stone Hostel2a Strade Piatra Mare ScheiHostel81
Villa Bradut ArgintiuPiatra Mare street, no 37Apartment-
Villa ParkBrasov Magura-MoeciuHostel88
Rina VistaValea Sticlariei Street, Poiana BrasovHotel-
Rina TirolPoiana lui Stechil, Poiana BrasovHotel-
Ladespani Historical CentreDr. Vasile Saftu nr. 41Guesthouse-
Old Town Brasov Hostel39 Prundului, Brasov, RomaniaHostel75
Villa CristianiLunga Street 153Hotel-
Guesthouse GinaStreet Postavarul no 18, BrasovGuesthouse81
Cubix Business HotelStr.Saturn - nr.47 mariaHotel-
Pensiunea LuizaStr. Lunga nr. 244Hotel-
Pantex HotelStr. Dobrogeanu Gherea nr. 4CHotel-
Bielmann Hotelstr. Republicii, nr. 134Hotel-
Atlas HotelCalea Bucuresti no.7Hotel-
Gabriel HostelVasile Saftu 41 A, BrasovHostel87
Antonella ApartmentBrasov, street De Mijloc nr.32Apartment92
Bella Muzica HotelPiata Sfatulul 19HOTEL-
Grand Hotel Perla CiucasuluiTarlungului Street, No. 110 AHotel-
Oliver HotelCalea Bucuresti 99Hotel-
Adabelle HotelPietii 5Hotel-
Royal Hotel - BrasovStr. Poiana lui Neagoe, FNHotel-
Hotel SerbanCarpatilor 9, Brasov Carpatilor 9, BrasovHotel-
Phoenix HouseHarmanului street, no.25, bl. 32, sc.A, ap.6GUESTHOUSE80
Oasis HotelStr. Vulcan nr. 41Hotel-
Casa Terezia25 Nicolae Balcescu StreetGuesthouse89
Ro - HostelStr. Dorobantilor 9,Hostel88
Accommodationbrasov II92 Branduselor Street BranduselorApartment-
Villa Prato B&BStr. St. O. Iosif nr. 2Guesthouse-
Jugendbegegnungszentrum SeligstadtSelistat Nr. 75Hostel-
Valentina HotelMehadia nr 5b TimisoaraHostel-
Marmot Residence BranStr.PRINCIPALA NR.194C BRAN-PREDELUTHotel-
Hotel Residence Ambient-BrasovStr. Castanilor nr. 3, 500097 Brasov Str. Castanilor nr. 3, 500097 BrasovHotel-
Happy Hostel BrasovNo. 35 Razboieni StreetHostel-
Hotel Ambient27 Iuliu Maniu BoulevardHotel-
Vintage Placestr. Nicolae Balcescu nr. 27 ap. 2 BrasovApartment-
Natalia GuesthouseCOASTEI 54A COASTEI54AGUESTHOUSE-
JugendStubeStr Michael Weiss nr 13HOSTEL87
Studio Office Brasovstreet Ecaterina Varga, nr.10Guesthouse-
Casual HostelStrada Lunga nr 8HOSTEL-
Casa SamuraiPetru Maior Nr 12A, BrasovHOTEL-
Hostel BoemiaGheorghe Baritiu street no.13HOSTEL90
LibertyVilla HostelStr. Democratiei, nr 2bHOSTEL85
Vila Twins AparthotelStr. Calcarului Nr.9GUESTHOUSE-
Kronstadt Studios-Studio Kalista27 Nicolae Balcescu Street, apartment 5APARTMENT-
Kronstadt Studios-Studio Office10 Ecaterina Varga StreetAPARTMENT-
Pensuine Hotel Brasov62 Iuliu Maniu StHostel-
Predeal Comfort SuitesStr. Trei Brazi, nr. 33HOTEL-
Alpin Resort HotelPoiana Doamnei5Hotel-
Hotel AstraPanselelor Street 2HOTEL-
Pensiunea Natural BrasovStr. Castelului no. 58GUESTHOUSE-
Hostel Zenstr Petru Maior nr 12HOSTEL-
Pensiunea MonikBrasov Str. Tomis Nr. 12GUESTHOUSE-
Centrum House HostelRepublicii Street Nr. 56-58HOSTEL-
Studio HostelStr. Carierei nr. 77HOSTEL-
Kronwell Hotel7 Garii BoulevardHotel-
Flamingo PensionLunga street number 75Guesthouse-
Apartment Luxor BusteniAlley Silva, no. 52 Block E, apartment 2Apartment-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes exist in most cities and towns. The number of internet cafes seems to be declining in bigger cities recently because of cheap availability of computers and the rising living standard here. Wifi is widely available in University areas, airports, public squares, parks, cafes, hotels and restaurants. Pay-as-you-go Wifi is also available in many venues. If uncertain, look for plazas near the Town Hall, large parks or other important buildings. Most (if not all) McDonald's restaurants and Starbucks in Romania have Wifi access and so do most 3-star (and higher) hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Romania's country code is +40. To dial to other countries from Romania, dial 00 and then the international number usually without the first 0.
Public phones work well and are available in all areas. You must purchase a phonecard from a kiosk to use them. When dialing within Romania, dial 0 + three digit area code + six digit telephone.

There are five networks - four GSM/3G (Orange Romania, Vodafone, Cosmote and DigiMobil) and one CDMA (Zapp). Orange and Vodafone have almost full national coverage (98-99% of the surface of the country), while the newly-merged Cosmote+Zapp are expanding quickly. Tariffs are average for the European Union (€0.08-0.30/min, €0.04 per SMS). Both pre-paid cards and subscriptions are available, and special options for discounted international calls exist with some pricing plans. Roaming is available but is, like in most of the EU, rather expensive. Pre-paid cards or recharge codes can be bought in almost every shop, either rural or urban.

On prepaid SIMs you can activate extra options ("extraopţiune") starting from €5 (+ 24% VAT) in total = RON27-32, with a validity period of 30 days, containing thousands (200 -3,000) of minutes and SMSs within the same network and up to 100 minutes outside the network, including most European Union fixed land-line networks and two or three mobile networks.

Post

Posta Romana is the national postal service of Romania. Postal services are generally very affordable, reliable and reasonably fast. Post boxes are red and can be found near the post offices, along the street or in main train stations. Post offices can be found in even the smallest towns and the opening hours are generally Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 6:00pm and Saturday 8:00am to 12:00, closed on Sunday. You can buy stamps here or at kiosks. Prices for international mail start at around €0.55 and takes at least 3-5 days to countries within Europe. It's slightly cheaper and faster for domestic mail to be send. Intercontinental post is slightly more expensive but takes much longer. For slightly more expensive but faster and more reliable services you can also try international courier companies like TNT, DHL, FedEx or UPS.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 45.64235
  • Longitude: 25.58841

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