What to see in Brasov, Romania
The Tourist Information Centers are in the Town history museum, i.e. in the Council House (Piaţa Sfatului), opened daily between 9.00 and 17.00 and in front of the railway station, opened daily between 10.00 and 22.00.
The Black Church
The old Synagogue is located in the str. Poarta Schei, 29. Opening hours are daily from 10-16 h.
Panoramic Tâmpa. Take a two way cable car ticket (16 lei) up to the top until 4pm and enjoy the magnificent view of Brasov old town from the top. You could trek to a lot of places from the top. A short 300 meter walk will take you to the spot where the ‘BRASOV’ signboard is erected. This is an excellent photo spot from where a lot of awesome pictures could be taken of the beautiful old city below you.
The Braşov Citadel (Cetatea Braşovului)
Strada Sforii (Rope Street) – Narrowest street in Europe, around 1.3 meters (4 ft) wide was renovated in 2003. It’s a little bit hard to find it: from the Black Church go ahead on the Hans Benkner Street until you will intersect with the Poarta Schei street. Then, cross the street and go few meters to the right. It’s indicated by a sign besides the house str. Poarta Schei, 19.
Schei district – Just outside the citadel, it is the first original Romanian site, surrounding the fortress.
Biserica Sf. Nicolae (St. Nicholas Church) – orthodox, situated in Piaţa Unirii (Union Square);
Prima Scoala Romaneasca (The First Romanian School) – 400 years old, located in the yard of St. Nicholas Church;
Biserica Sf. Treime (Holy Trinity Church) located a bus stop from St. Nicholas Church (Pe Tocile bus stop) towards Solomon’s cliffs.
You can find and many religious monuments along the narrow and very beautiful streets of the Schei district.
A natural main wonderful attraction is Pietrele lui Solomon (the Solomon cliffs) located at the very end of the district. From there on you can reach Poiana Brașov by walking.
Biserica Sf. Bartolomeu (St. Bartholomew Church) – located in the Old Braşov (Braşovul vechi) is the oldest church of gothic architecture (1241) of these sites. You can take bus 28 from Livada Poștei (city center) to Biserica Bartolomeu.
Valea Cetăţii district – also known as Răcădau district is a residential area, but has an outstanding natural landscape. This new (built in the 80’s) neighbourhood is located at the foot of Tâmpa mountain on the eastern part of it. One can easily make a walking course between this district and the old citadel, either by surrounding the mountain (aorund 1h.45min walking) or cross the mountain (approx. 1h.15min walking). This is recommended only in summertime and usually in groups with a guide.
Braşov Zoo – Placed in the Noua district, it is one of the most beautiful zoos in Romania. It shelters a great variety of species of animals, most of them domestic. It is still a nice place to spend time walking. You reach there by bus, line 17 from the city centre, line 35 from the train station and or line 21.
Art Museum – Placed on Bulevardul Eroilor (21 Heroes Blvd.), houses mostly paintings by Romanian painters. Ticket price 5 lei (€1.2)
Museum of Ethnography – just near the Art Museum (21A Heroes Blvd.) Ticket price 5 lei (€1.2)
Town History Museum located in Council Square (Piaţa Sfatului)
Muresenilor House located in Council Square (Piaţa Sfatului), with free classical music recitals. Ticket price for the museum 5 lei (€1.2)
Prima Scoala Romaneasca (The First Romanian School) located in Unirii Square (Piaţa Unirii)
Brașov Philharmony – Classical concerts and recitals, ticket price 20 lei (€4.5)
Black Church – summer organ concerts. June, September: Tuesday 18.00 – 18.30; July, August: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 18.00 – 18.30, ticket price 8 lei (€1.8)
Mureșenilor House – Free classical music recitals
Brașov Opera – Ticket prices 20 lei (€4.5)
Brașov Theatre – Ticket prices from 10 lei (€2.2) to 15 lei (€3.3)
Centrul Cultural Reduta – Folklore concerts, theatre plays and film projections, sometimes with free entrance.
Cinemateca Patria – Film projections, usually with free entrance, except for newer movies, where a ticket is 10 lei.
Braşov is a perfect base for easy day trips (4-6 hours) in the area using public transport, cycling or by car.
Poiana Braşov – The most popular Romanian ski resort and an important tourist centre preferred by many tourists not only from Romania, but also from Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and other European states. It’s easily accessible by car but there are regular buses operated by Braşov Transit (RAT Braşov) which can be taken from “Livada Poştei”. ATV’s, ski, luges and snowboards at a reasonable price. Poiana Braşov is host to a number of hotels, restaurant, cafe bars and some nice nightclubs. Two of the better known restaurants are Şura Dacilor (The Dacians’ Barn) and Coliba Haiducilor (The Outlaws’ Shack) which serve traditional food. Next to the road and near parking merchants sell manufactured wooden decorations or jewellery at a price lower than in down town. A recently opened leisure center offers table tennis, climbing, pool, bowling and minigolf facilities, as well as video consoles. Alternatively, you can visit the horse riding center (on the road to Braşov), which offers rides at prices between 20 and 80 lei.
Prahova Valley – A very popular nearby destination, with the mountain resorts of Predeal, Azuga, Buşteni and Sinaia, the latter being the best of them all. Numerous trains go there throughout the day (up to one hour distance) and minibuses also (take them from the bus station at the train station, usually those with Bucharest written on top of them). Cable cars in Buşteni and Sinaia go up to over 2,000 meters altitude on the Bucegi Plateau, and operate only until afternoon, for around 70 lei for a return trip.
Hărman – A good excursion is a visit to the fortified churches in Prejmer and Hărman, only 8-15 km on the northeastern side of Braşov. There are regular minibuses going to both villages (signs on the front window reading Braşov – Prejmer), that cost 4-5 LEI one way and take 20 min. These minibuses stop on Bulevardul Garii, right before the roundabout with Strada 13 Decembrie (starting from the Autogara/Gara cross the Bulevardul Garii and turn right).
Râşnov town and fortress – This old Saxon town and citadel (15 km to the west of Braşov) can easily be combined with a visit to the fortified church in Christian, which is on the same route. There are good bus (and slower train) connections. Inside the Râşnov citadel you can find an interesting museum, archery, a cafe/tavern, and some excellent views of the city and surrounding mountains. You can also see old Saxon houses and churches. Near Râşnov you can do paragliding and bungee-jump, as well as horse riding, hiking and alpinism. Check here the events in Râşnov.
Bran Castle – Also called Dracula’s Castle, for touristic as opposed to historical reasons (because it looks intimidating), it’s in a town called Bran, at 20 km near Braşov. Once you are in Bran follow the tourists through a street full of stands selling things for tourists. The castle is now a museum open to tourists, displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie. Tourists can see the interior individually or by a guided tour. At the bottom of the hill is a small open air museum park exhibiting traditional Romanian peasant structures (cottages, barns, etc.) from across the country. As of August 2018, the entrance fee was for adults 40Lei (8.5€), seniors (65+) 25Lei (5.6€), students: 20Lei (4.5€), pupils 7Lei (1.5€); non-professional photo fee included in the ticket. From the top of the fortress you can see the mountains in a superb panorama. Its worth getting there early in the morning, because there are less visitors. Check the opening hours and the prices at the official homepage.
Temple cave of Sinca Veche: Near the village Sinca Veche is a old cave, which are said to be 7000 years old. It’s not clear who build it. Probably they were used in the past as temple, now it is a sacred place for christians. Please respect the sacred place. Since approximately 10 years there is also a monastery at the top of the hill, above the cave. In summer its open from 8 to 20, in winter from 9 to 18. Entrance was free, but donations are welcome (March 2017). If you are in Sinca Veche, walk from the church in direction of the police-station, and then to the south. There are signs to the monastery. Approx. 1 km to walk
UNESCO World Heritage sites: the villages Prejmer and Viscri with fortified churches
Prejmer Fortified Saxon Church – Built in the 13-14th centuries; this is the best preserved fortified church in Transylvania. It can be easily reached with public transport, which takes only 20 min.
Băile Tuşnad – A mountain resort at the border between the Covasna and Harghita counties, famous for its spas and mineral waters. Train routes there take around one hour. Since you are here, you can also visit the Sfânta Ana Lake, about 10 km near.
Sfântu Gheorghe – The county capital of the neighboring Covasna county, part of the so-called Szekler Land, with a population of 54,312, the large majority being Hungarian ethnics. It is less than an hour away by train (type “Sfintu Gheorghe” in the search form of the CFR Călători website), or 36 km by car.
Hoghiz with several historical buildings
Sâmbăta de Sus fortress and monastery