Brasov, situated at the foot of the Tampa Mountain, is located in one of the top 3 Romania’s main touristic areas. The old center of the city (Council Sq.), flanked by Renaissance –style, baroque and neo-classical buildings, is dominated by the celebrated Black Church (1384-1477), the largest gothic construction in Romania, and with a façade adorned by numerous stone carvings. The interior of this church conceals many treasures: 15 th century murals painted in the renaissance style, more than a 100 oriental carpets, and a 4000 pipe organ, thought to be the largest in Europe. The Bartholomew Church (13 century) is in the early gothic style.

VLAD DRACUL (TEPES)  AND CORONA TRANSSYLVANIAE 

BRASSO VRBS (the city of the arm) was the principal residence of the famous Hungarian prince WLADISLAUS ("VLAD") DRAGKULYA, so-called in so-many Transsylvanian languages: Czipes (=the bootsmaker Mag.) / Cipus (the Column Lat.) /  PALER (the Steaker Lat.) Spitzer (the top/ the head Germ.) der Stoker (the cloud/the steak Germ.) the Steaker / IMPALER (the Imperial Steaker Lat.) etc. If someone had not known at least German, Magyar, Slovak,  Italian and - above all - LATIN , he should not write the history of this huge, gigantic military hero and Humanist  scholar. His figure was perceived in so many different ways by the nations of medieval Transsylvania: "SAXONES, OLACIS et SICULI" (the Saxons, the Latins and the Szeklers).

The oldest medieval statue of VLAD it is in his beloved native CORONA, his Gothic churches are still standing and his "szek" (sedes, throne) is still the oldest and the most beautiful and picturesque place of the upper town: SCHEI (the sacred keys/ gorge of the mountain/ "der PASS" from "TZEPASS"...

The old family "Krausser"'s legend say that one day, about noon, on a snowing-day of December 1455, while the already famous prince Wlad Drakulae Tzepess, was with his Huniad garde at the Weavers' bastion walls, he saw a group of pretty Saxon girls pushing up the hill a wooden heavy sledge full of food-pots and bread for the soldiers. The sledge was carried up by the most beautiful and chaste Saxon girl in the city: the 17 year old daughter of Thomas Sigelius (a former guild altmeister) : KATHARINA. To his officers'stupefaction the prince Wlad helped her courteously and pulled up alone the load up to the Bastion gate {his figure is wooden-engraved by a well-known Brassovian sculptor}. Even he was already known as a fornicator...the truth was that  Prince Drakulae was struck by such a sudden love for the beautiful blue-eyed and thick-long golden pigtailed girl, that he would not considered anymore the deadly perils he was exposed by his future rivals (her rich Saxon suitors that present time). The moment he met her he also forgot other gallant affairs...he used to have in the city of Corona. The intrigue net hatched round about him at that very moment. The dark prince Wlad Drakulae - a stern and ruthless soldier -, considered beautiful virgin Katharina an inexpugnable and most desirable walled city worthy to be conquered...   They might affirm that the whole "Drakula Myth" is sprung from Corona on December 1455.

Black Church

Many of the fortifications of the mediaeval city of Brasov have been preserved; sections of the city wall, the Ecaterina Gate, the Butcher’s Tower, the Black Tower, and the Weavers, Ropers, Furriers, Clothiers and Blacksmiths Bastions.

The area around Brasov is one of the most visited tourist destination in Romania. From here, you can set off on excursions to the Fagaras, Rupea and Rasnov Castles and the mediaeval castles at Bran, Racos and Hoghiz.

The mountain resort of Poiana Brasov,above which looms the Postavaru Massif, is just 12 km away from  Brasov. Winter sports enthusiasts will find numerous ski slopes here.

Sights

St Nicholas Church, dating back to the 14th century.
The Orthodox Cathedral built in 1858.
The Museum "Prima Carte Romaneasca", exhibiting the first printed book in the Romanian.
The nearby Bran Castle, attracting many fans of Dracula, and often (but incorrectly) said to have been the home of Vlad III the Impaler.
Poiana Brasov, mainly a ski resort, but also a sightseeing spot.
Tampa, a hill in the middle of the city (900m above sea level), a sightseeing spot near the old city center.
The Jewish Synagogue
The Rope Street

 Public transport

Public transport in Braşov is very extensive, around 40 lines that run within the whole city in a convenient way. Here are some pictures followed by information.

Line 4 Livada Postei - Gara Trolley on line 8Line 51 Gara - Centre - Pe TocileLine 31 Valea Cetatii - Centre (Livada Postei) Line 20 Centre (Livada Postei)- Poiana Brasov (ski resort/spa)   
  • Operated by: Regia Autonoma de Transport Brasov -  RAT Brasov (The Public Transportation Company of Brasov).
  • Schedule: Weekdays: 5.30 - 23.30/24; Weekends: 6.30 - 22.30/23; Night: no service.
  • Tickets/fares:

- Tickets valid for all lines, except line 20: 1 trip - ticket/1.5 lei (approx. 0.3E); 2 trip - ticket/3 lei (approx. 0.7E).

- Tickets valid for line 20: 1 trip - ticket/3.5 lei (approx. 0.8E);

- Passes: 1 day nominal pass valid for all lines, except line 20: 5 lei (approx. 1.3E); 1 week nominal pass valid for all lines, except line 20: 25 lei (approx. 6E); 10 days nominal pass valid for all lines, except line 20: 35 lei (approx. 9E). Please always have ID with when using these passes.

-Notes: These are the most important tickets. There are also other types, please check the link at the bottom of the page. Tickets must be punched when getting on the bus. Passes must always be accompanied by ID, since they are nominal. You have to buy the ticket before and validate it on board. Travelling without tickets/passes, or with the wrong tickets/passes, is liable for paying a fine between 100-200 lei (20-40E).

  • Ticket sales: There are special kiosks with the sign Bilete si abonamente transport public (Public transport tickets) which are also accompanied by the sign RAT. However they are not present in all bus stops and their opening hours might be different. Then, you must look for the nearest super/mini market, or newspaper vending kiosk, since they will most likely sell tickets too. If they do, they usually have a sign saying "bilete" (tickets). The most important ticket vending kiosk is in the Gara (Train Station) busstop, which is open from 5.00-24.00.
  • The most important tourist lines are:
  •  - line 4: Gara (Train Station) to the Centre (Livada Postei);
  •  - line 51: Gara (Train Station) to the Centre (Piata Sfatului - The Council Square) - it stops 1 minute away from the Black Church. This line also takes you to the Union Square (Piata Unirii) another important site to be seen.
  •  - line 50: Centre (Livada Postei) to Union Square (Piata Unirii), circle line, anticlock wise. It is nice to take it as a tour line of the citadel and some of its surroundings. Please note that it can be crowded.
  •  - line 50B (barat): Centre (Livada Postei) to Pietrele lui Solomon, through the picturesque Schei District.
  •  - line 31: Centre (Livada Postei) to Valea Cetatii district. This here is a residential area, but it is woth visiting for its nature surroundings.

- For those whose accommodations are located on Str. Lunga or Str. De Mijloc, a handful of lines are available to get to the Centre:

  • lines 5, 15, 28 take you from all stops on Str. Lunga to the Centre (Livada Postei) and back. To go to Str. De Mijloc, you stop on Str. Lunga and then walk 5-6 min. to Str. De Mijloc.

For those who want to travel to Bran, Moeciu, Rasnov and other directions, by bus, you can take them from either Autogara 2 (Busstation 2) or Bartolomeu busstation, there are lines that take you from the train station/centre to these particular places.

  • line 23, 23B: Train Station (Gara) - Bartolomeu Busstation via Stad. Tineretului (Autogara 2) and Bartolomeu area.
  • line 16: Autogara 2 - Citycenter
  • line 12: Centre (Livada Postei) - Stad Tineretului (Autogara 2).
  • line 5: from the Primarie bus stop (City Hall - 4 min walk from the Livada Postei busstation through the Park) - Bartolomeu Busstation via Str Lunga and Bartolomeu.

For an exciting tour of the City, a new open double-deck bus has been introduced (May 15th, 2008). More details, soon. For those who want to reach the beautiful and fancy Poiana Brasov ski resort/spa:

  • line 20 Centre (Livada Postei) - Poiana Brasov. Please mention when you buy the ticket that you want trips for line 20! The clerks will give you the appropriate ticket (please read the ticket part of this post).
  • Busses/trolleys/shuttles : They are fairly new, as RAT is undergoing a major renewal program and the overwhelming majority of (long) buses/trolleys/shuttles are in very good shape.
  • Signaling: All the stops have the timetables of the lines stopping there, posted.
  • URL: For more information about the lines and their timetables, as well as a detailed map of the public transport in Brasov, please check the website www.ratbv.ro (in Romanian). Please note that changes might apply, so check the website for updated information.
  • Dictionary: Gara = Train station; Bilet = Ticket (plural: bilete); Autogara = busstation
  • Information based on tourist attraction - important lines and stops, according to their position to the main attractions (under construction):
  •   - Brasov Trian station (Gara Brasov): 4, 51, 23, 23B;
  •   - Centre - Livada Postei Busstation: 4, 12, 16, 20, 50, 50B;
  •   - Centre - Titulescu Central Park/City Hall (Primarie): 4, 5, 12, 16, 31, 50, 50B, 51.
  •   - Centre - City Hall Square (Piata Sfatului)/Black Church/Ecaterina Gate: 50, 50B, 51 at the stop: "Biserica Neagra/Maternitate";
  •   - Union Square (Piata Unirii) - Schei District: 50, 50B, 51;
  •   - Solomon Rocks (Pietrele lui Solomon)/Schei District - middle: 50B;
  •   - Busstation 1 (Autogara 1) - for rides outside city: 4, 51, 23, 23B nearby Gara Brasov stop;
  •   - Busstation 2 (Autogara 2) - for rides outside city: 12, 16, 23, 23B.
  •   - Bartolomeu Busstation (Autogara Bartolomeu) - for rides outisde the city: 5, 16, 23, 23B.