Brasov is the beating heart of Transylvania. With its old town wrapped in fortress walls, climbing all the way up humble mount Tampa, Brasov reminds you every day that nature is close. While years ago bears payed the city with visits often, Brasov has turned into a safe tourist destination now. I’m sorry to say that secret is out, as, apart from Romanians, tourists have already discovered this breath of fresh air during the summer. Still, Brasov is a place that can’t be missed during a proper visit to Romania.
Brasov is also a great location to start many adventures from. With these 22 tips for exploring Brasov and beyond you get to make the most out of your trip and start to understand Transylvania a little bit better.
21 TIPS FOR VISITING BRASOV & BEYOND
1.Piata Sfatului is the place where everything happens! From concerts and festivals during the summer, to late night parading around in your prettiest dress. Tourism is mainly built around the square and the main street, Strada Republicii.
2. Located right in the city center, mount Tampa is a place for relaxing and working out. The small mountain is great for hiking and outdoor activities, such as mountain biking, and even when you don’t wish to be that active on your lazy holiday, there’s a cable cart service to drag you up there.
3. Not into heights? Sit down on one of the benches at the Tampa promenade and people watch away!
4. If you want to learn to understand Brasov, try exploring the Schei district, a neighborhood beyond the Schei gate behind the old city center. Life here is slow paced so take your time and enjoy all of it.
5. Right on Republicii Street, Deane’s Irish Pub isn’t exactly what you call ‘going local’, however the strawberry margarita’s there will convince you to sit there anyway. Deane’s is also one of the places to stay out ‘late’, as is it one of the only places that is open until 2:00.
6. They call it the narrowest street in the Balkan area, but Rope street is basically just fun and convenient to walk through.
7. The Black Church is iconic when it comes to the architecture in Brasov’s old town area. Walk around it to view the amazing details on the church walls or take a peek inside to check out the immense organ.
8. When you’re out exploring the Schei district, pay a visit to the first Romanian school, next to the St. Nicholas church. It gives and interesting insight into’s Brasov rich history with the use of historic props.
The little streets of Schei.
9. Ando’s is the place to go to when hungover or hungry for fast food. Their chicken schnitzel sandwich is to die for and super cheap!
10. Despite the 80’s modern look, the Racadau neighborhood is a great area to walk around in. Have a BBQ near the dam on Sunday’s to connect with locals or find your way up mount Tampa to walk across to the old town.
11. On the opposite side of mount Tampa the black and white tower surround the city. With great vantage points on the city, these towers are a must see when exploring Brasov!
12. Another great vantage point is the citadel of Brasov, at the end of the old town and near the government buildings. The view from the top is amazing!
13. The Modarom building used to be a place for lovers to meet in Communist times, now it’s just another Brasov landmark. It is an interesting sight, among its historic brothers and sisters decorating the old town.
14. In it for the food? Here’s a range of restaurants you can try in the old town.
15. The Piatra Craiului mountains are the ideal countryside escape with a thrill. The surrounding village of Moeiciu de Jos is well worth your trouble too.
16. Climb the Rasnov fortress for stunning views on your surroundings and learn about the Saxon history of Transylvania. Regular buses depart from Brasov Autogara 2.
17. Located right next to Rasnov, Bran Castle is one of the most touristic places in Transylvania. Famous because of Bram Stoker’s imagination this is a place that shines on many peoples’ bucket lists.
18. While Brasov is not the place to see bears anymore, the nearby rescue center in Zarnesti is. Visits are allowed before and around 11:00 to witness the feeding of the animals.
19. The cable cart up Bucegi mountain is definitely a way to see the spectacular side of Transylvania the easy way. Visit the sfinx, a rock formation famous for its energy or stand next to the giant cross that can be seen from the train. Breathtaking views included.
Tip: Dress warm, you’re going up a 2500 m high mountain.
20. When Bucegi mountain isn’t a thrill to you, you can always go skydiving from Bunloc mountain. This skydiving will help you fly over Transylvania’s wilderness.
21. During the summer, Brasov’s old town might be the place to be, in winter Poiana Brasov attracts many – mostly Romanian – tourists, enjoying skiing and wintery outdoors life.
Brasov is one of my favorite places in Romania and according to the Romanians, I’m not the only one! Feel like giving this Transylvanian beauty a chance? Be sure to read up on all my Romania stories to get all the information you need for a succesful visit!