Brasov – city in the Transylvania
Brasov is a city in the Transylvania region of Romania, surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains. It is located approximately 170 kilometers north of the Bucharest and 380 kilometers from Black sea. History of this place change century by century. German people use to live here and they left huge role in Brasov development, there were mainly involved in trade and crafts. Beside German population living here, Brasov also has significant Romanian, Bulgarian and even Hungarian population.
Even though was a winter when I was in Brasov, many places I visited. Local restaurants are much cheaper than in Bucharest and quality of food is the same. Bars are open till midnight and usually whit local live bands playing music.
The most visited places in Brasov are Lower and upper walls, where you can take panorama picture of whole city, down town whit shops and restaurants and even Starbucks in the Council square and of course the famous Black Church. If you want to go on Upper and Lower wall, you can walk or just simple go by car like I did. View is very nice and you can see Carpathian Mountains surrounded city. It will take you an about one hour walking or 20 minutes by car. WI-FI internet you can find in Starbucks, which is really good connection or at any coffee shops or restaurants. Only place where was harder to find WI-FI internet is area around Bran castle.
Council Square is in down town. Free car zone is very nice to walk and take picture of buldings and see different style of houses. Black church is close to Starbucks. Name of this church came from walls which are really black and it was built by German community in Gothic style. It was known as the largest and one of the most important Lutheran places in this region.
Other places you can visit in Brasov are White Tower, Poiana Brasov, the most popular ski resort and Bran castle.
Bran Castle or Dracula Castle visit many tourists during the year. In Romanian history he was known as Vlad the Impaler. Travel from Brasov to the Bran castle is about 40 minutes driving and you can see Romanian villages too. Around the Castle is a lot street food, cooking wine for a drink and little market with souvenirs. Entrance in area Dracula castle is around 10 Euros per person. Inside the castle some rooms are surrounded by ropes and you are not allowed to touch stuff. Taking pictures are allowed and you can go through small hallway with very low ceiling. I was wondering how tall people were in 13th century! Narrow stairways lead you through one by one rooms and Castle has 60 of them. Castle has also collection of furniture’s, weapons and armour dating from 13 till 19 century .There were also many connected underground passages very windy and cold. Now, Castle is just Museum open to tourists showing life style that period. My wish was to see Dracula Castle in Transylvania because I was impressed Transylvania movie and legend of this hidden place.
On the walls are original picture of Vlad and he is national hero Romanian people. There are a lot of legends you can hear about this Impressive man.
To conclude, I would like to say, come to Romania and not visiting Transylvania and Dracula Castle would be a shame. Brasov is very popular and impressive place to visit and have impression of past life on of the famous Romanians.
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