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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.
Several day trips are possible from Brasov:
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.
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.
Taxis are clearly marked but make sure they turn the meter on.
Buses link the Old Town and the train station and buses also go to nearby Bran, Rasnov and Sinaia.
Old Brasov can easily be walked around.
The main square and streets radiating out from it include a large number of cafes and restaurants.
Brasov is a very popular tourist destination in summer - even though it never seems overly crowded - so book accommodation in advance.
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).
|AAE Mury Hotel Transylvania||62 De Mijloc Street Brasov||Hotel||-|
|Accommodation Brasov||Old Center Hystorical Center||Apartment||86|
|Ambient Hotel||Aninoasa 5||Hotel||-|
|Budget Guest House||Dealul Melcilor nr 1, Brasov||Guesthouse||88|
|Dolce Far Niente||Brasov,Lupeni str.,nr.11||Guesthouse||91|
|Eugene jr. & Garlicia Guesthouse||Neagoe Basarab no 1, ap.1.||Guesthouse||-|
|Florin R&B||Str. Aurel Vlaicu No. 110, Bl. 23, Sc. E||Guesthouse||-|
|Florin R&B City Centre||9th Alexandru Ioan Cuza str., Ap. 2B||Guesthouse||-|
|Guesthouse Postavarului||Str Postavarului No. 16||Guesthouse||93|
|Hostel Mara Brasov||Piata Sfatului 11, ap. 18 Johan Goth 5A||Hostel||88|
|Kismet Dao Hostel||Str. Democratiei, 2||Hostel||91|
|LaDespani||Mihai Viteazu 128||Guesthouse||92|
|Maris Apartments||15 Noiembrie nr.82 bl.C25||Apartment||90|
|Pensiune Ambient||62 Iuliu Maniu St.||Hotel||-|
|Rolling Stone Hostel||2a Strade Piatra Mare Schei||Hostel||89|
|Villa Bradut Argintiu||Piatra Mare street, no 37||Apartment||-|
|Villa Park||Brasov Magura-Moeciu||Hostel||91|
|Rina Vista||Valea Sticlariei Street, Poiana Brasov||Hotel||-|
|Rina Tirol||Poiana lui Stechil, Poiana Brasov||Hotel||-|
|Ladespani Historical Centre||Dr. Vasile Saftu nr. 41||Guesthouse||-|
|Old Town Brasov Hostel||39 Prundului, Brasov, Romania||Hostel||86|
|Villa Cristiani||Lunga Street 153||Hotel||-|
|Guesthouse Gina||Street Postavarul no 18, Brasov||Guesthouse||83|
|Cubix Business Hotel||Str.Saturn - nr.47 maria||Hotel||-|
|Pensiunea Luiza||Str. Lunga nr. 244||Hotel||-|
|Pantex Hotel||Str. Dobrogeanu Gherea nr. 4C||Hotel||-|
|Bielmann Hotel||str. Republicii, nr. 134||Hotel||-|
|Atlas Hotel||Calea Bucuresti no.7||Hotel||-|
|Gabriel Hostel||Vasile Saftu 41 A, Brasov||Hostel||86|
|Antonella Apartment||Brasov, street De Mijloc nr.32||Apartment||92|
|Bella Muzica Hotel||Piata Sfatulul 19||HOTEL||-|
|Grand Hotel Perla Ciucasului||Tarlungului Street, No. 110 A||Hotel||-|
|Oliver Hotel||Calea Bucuresti 99||Hotel||-|
|Adabelle Hotel||Pietii 5||Hotel||-|
|Royal Hotel - Brasov||Str. Poiana lui Neagoe, FN||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Serban||Carpatilor 9, Brasov Carpatilor 9, Brasov||Hotel||-|
|Phoenix House||Harmanului street, no.25, bl. 32, sc.A, ap.6||GUESTHOUSE||83|
|Oasis Hotel||Str. Vulcan nr. 41||Hotel||-|
|Casa Terezia||25 Nicolae Balcescu Street||Guesthouse||90|
|Ro - Hostel||Str. Dorobantilor 9,||Hostel||89|
|Accommodationbrasov II||92 Branduselor Street Branduselor||Apartment||-|
|Villa Prato B&B||Str. St. O. Iosif nr. 2||Guesthouse||-|
|Jugendbegegnungszentrum Seligstadt||Selistat Nr. 75||Hostel||-|
|Valentina Hotel||Mehadia nr 5b Timisoara||Hostel||-|
|Marmot Residence Bran||Str.PRINCIPALA NR.194C BRAN-PREDELUT||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Residence Ambient-Brasov||Str. Castanilor nr. 3, 500097 Brasov Str. Castanilor nr. 3, 500097 Brasov||Hotel||-|
|Happy Hostel Brasov||No. 35 Razboieni Street||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Ambient||27 Iuliu Maniu Boulevard||Hotel||-|
|Vintage Place||str. Nicolae Balcescu nr. 27 ap. 2 Brasov||Apartment||-|
|Natalia Guesthouse||COASTEI 54A COASTEI54A||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|JugendStube||Str Michael Weiss nr 13||HOSTEL||91|
|Studio Office Brasov||street Ecaterina Varga, nr.10||Guesthouse||-|
|Casual Hostel||Strada Lunga nr 8||HOSTEL||-|
|Casa Samurai||Petru Maior Nr 12A, Brasov||HOTEL||87|
|Hostel Boemia||Gheorghe Baritiu street no.13||HOSTEL||90|
|LibertyVilla Hostel||Str. Democratiei, nr 2b||HOSTEL||86|
|Vila Twins Aparthotel||Str. Calcarului Nr.9||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Kronstadt Studios-Studio Kalista||27 Nicolae Balcescu Street, apartment 5||APARTMENT||-|
|Kronstadt Studios-Studio Office||10 Ecaterina Varga Street||APARTMENT||-|
|Pensuine Hotel Brasov||62 Iuliu Maniu St||Hostel||-|
|Predeal Comfort Suites||Str. Trei Brazi, nr. 33||HOTEL||-|
|Alpin Resort Hotel||Poiana Doamnei5||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Astra||Panselelor Street 2||HOTEL||85|
|Pensiunea Natural Brasov||Str. Castelului no. 58||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostel Zen||str Petru Maior nr 12||HOSTEL||-|
|Pensiunea Monik||Brasov Str. Tomis Nr. 12||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Centrum House Hostel||Republicii Street Nr. 56-58||HOSTEL||-|
|Studio Hostel||Str. Carierei nr. 77||HOSTEL||-|
|Kronwell Hotel||7 Garii Boulevard||Hotel||-|
|Flamingo Pension||Lunga street number 75||Guesthouse||-|
|Apartment Luxor Busteni||Alley Silva, no. 52 Block E, apartment 2||Apartment||-|
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.
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.
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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