One of the largest cities in Romania, tucked away in the shadows of the Carpathian Mountains, and part of the mythical Transylvania region, Brasov is the capital of Brasov Country, and considered the 8th largest city in the country, as well as one of the most popular with travelers. A perfect blend of old-world charm with new-world modernity, Brasov is a heady blend of medieval wonder, from the cobblestone streets to the various castles and buildings, all surrounded by the beauty of the mountains.
Arguably the main sights to see within Brasov are within the Old Town district, host to buildings like the Black Church or the Council Square. You can hike up to the top of Tampa, which allows you a bird’s eye view over the entire city below, or visit the Brasov Citadel, which is a 16th century fortress just up the hill, giving one a unique feel of stepping back in time. In addition to everything that can be seen within Brasov itself—and indeed, there is enough here to keep you busy for a week at the very least for the full experience—there are also the traditional sites of the Transylvania region to consider. Dracula’s Castle—otherwise known as Bran Castle—is just a short bus ride away, and there are also Prejmer and Viscri, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And beyond the hiking in the summer and the skiing in the winter there are also various festivals throughout the year, such as the Zilele Brasovului, known as the Feast Days of Brasov, which is a time of craftsmen, wine, food, and the Parade of Juni. There is also an annual beer festival and the Cerbul de Aur, which is a music festival held in August-September. Perhaps a bit too touristy for some travelers, Brasov is nevertheless a unique gem among the Carpathian Mountains, and it’s an easy way to experience the region in the comfort of modern accommodations.
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