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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

Getting to Braşov is very easy, because it is a major Romanian railway hub. From the capital city Bucharest there are 18 trains daily and there are also frequent trains from other cities, as well as daily connections to Budapest, Hungary (via Oradea) and a EuroNight (fast night train) connection to Budapest via Arad. Another international overnight train arrives daily from Vienna. Also due to its affordability and comfort, train is the best way of reaching Braşov. Even though all Romanian trains are increasingly comfortable, try to take the InterCity (IC) trains, of which there are three per day. These are very modern and comfortable, as they are an initiative of the state railways to reinvigorate Romania's transport sector. Rapid trains are also comfortable and almost as fast as the InterCity trains. Accelerat trains are a fast alternative, lacking the kind of comfort an InterCity or Rapid train would provide. (In December 2011, Rapid and Accelerat categories were merged to InterRegio.) The cheapest way is the local-train, labeled as Regio (abbreviated R before their route number, previously called Personal). There are three of these per day, and they take nearly twice the time to get there, since they stop at every minor station, but nevertheless they're a good way to know better about the local people. Train tickets for the Regio trains are very cheap, while for the InterCity are the most expensive. Trains also arrive in Braşov from Iaşi, Suceava, Baia Mare, Satu Mare or Constanţa.

By Car

Aside from the train, car is one of the most popular ways of reaching Braşov, due to its fairly good road connections. Road E60 will be the main road to use in and out or Braşov, because this European Road links Braşov to Bucharest in the south, as well as Cluj-Napoca, Oradea and Budapest, Hungary in the west. Road E68 will take you to Sibiu and further onwards to Arad and Timişoara. Road E574 takes you into the north, to the Moldavia region and the Painted Monasteries and Iaşi. The nearest airport to Braşov is Otopeni near Bucharest, which is 166 km away and accessible directly by the E60 road.

Parking can be difficult in Braşov, specially because coins are scarce after the new lei has been introduced. Do as the braşovians, park where you find a free spot. The police don't seem to bother much with such a small crime.

Winter tires are now mandatory in Romania when driving on snowy and icy roads. If you're coming in the winter season make sure that your car is completely equipped with tires bearing the M+S designation. Fines for non-compliance can go from €570 up to €920.

By Bus

There are quite a few intercity bus operators CDI (departures in front of the railway station), but these aren't as comfortable and reliable as the train.

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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).

Upscale

View our map of accommodation in Brasov or use the form below to search for availability (Travellerspoint receives a commission for bookings made through the form)

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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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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 45.64235
  • Longitude: 25.58841

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