A few days in Brasov including a walk on Tampa Mountain

I arrived in Brasov in the early evening after a delightful train journey from Cluj- Napoca. Brasov is a city in the Transylvania region of Romania, it is completely surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains making the train journey to the city extra special.

Brasov

Brasov is located in the centre of the country and is the 7th biggest city. It known for its medieval Saxon walls and bastions, Gothic-style Black Church, the Holywood style Brasov sign overlooking the city and bustling cafe culture.

The city is a vibrant place with cafes and restaurants on the main streets in Old Town, most with covered outside seating. Piaţa Sfatului (Council Square) in the cobbled old town is surrounded by colourful baroque buildings and is home to the Casa Sfatului, a former town hall that is now the local history museum. The Square has a fountain, is overlooked by The Black Church and Tampa Mountain with its iconic Holywood Style Sign.

Food & Drink

Drinks and food were very reasonably priced and table service was default and good service at that. We enjoyed many beers out and a few meals including a fantastic Romanian take on my favourite meal The Mixed Grill.

Mixed Grill

This comprised of Pork, Chicken and Some Mici or Mititei (Romanian Sausages) served with pickles, mustard and sour cream. This was delightful and meat was required as next stop was The Danube delta and fish was on the menu for the whole stay. This meal was washed down with a very nice Romanian red wine.

Kurtos

I had heard many good things about Kurtos or Kürtőskalács which is made from sweet yeast dough which is strip is spun and then wrapped around a truncated cone–shaped baking spit, and rolled in sugar. It is roasted over charcoal while basted with melted butter, until its surface cooks to a golden-brown colour. This was delicious and can see why popular and was suggested I try this, great that I found a street vendor selling this on my first night. Thumbs up from me.

Hanul Domnesc

We ate out at Hanul Domnesc on the outskirts of the city for lunch as it came highly recommended. I opted for the set meal, a bacon soup followed by grilled pork, potatoes and vegetables, all washed down with Ursus lager. The meal was delicious, had good service and the venue was very nice.

Tampa Mountain

A bucket list item of mine was to walk in the Carpathian mountains so one of my activities was to ascend Mount Tampa and to see the famous Holywood Like sign up close. I chose the lazy option and had a ride on the Tampa Cable Car,this was fun and showed the city below from many angles.

Tâmpa is a mountain that is part of the Postăvarul Massif, it is located in the southern part of the Eastern Carpathians and nearly entirely surrounded by the Transilvanian city of Braşov. Its elevation is 960 m which is almost 400 m above the city.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C3%A2mpa,_Bra%C8%99ov

The walk to the sign was not far from getting off the cable car, this had a viewing platform nearby with views over the city and into the mountain valleys. I really enjoyed the walk at the top and the descent via a well trodden path through some much needed shade. There were other walkers and off road cyclists enjoying the day too. I would ideally love to explore further and have a day in the mountains next time for a solo walk with a proper map.

Photos

Some of the other photographs of my visit to the city.

Next Visit

Next visit to the city I hope to do the following.

  • A proper hiking adventure in the local Carpathian mountains.
  • See the Black Church inside and out.
  • Visit the history museum.
  • Visit the black tower and white tower on the fortifications of the city.
  • Walk to the Cetățuia de pe Strajă AKA Cetatuia Fortress that overlooks the town and have a meal at the restaurant there.

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