Brasov is located in the centre of Romania and is the 7th biggest city. It known for its medieval Saxon city walls and bastions, Gothic-style Black Church, the Holywood style Brasov sign overlooking the city and bustling cafe culture.
Brasov 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.
Old Town Brasov
Brasov Old Town is a vibrant place with cafes, bars and restaurants on the main streets in Old Town. Most establishments have outside seating during the warmer months. Piaţa Sfatului (Council Square) in the cobbled old town is surrounded by colourful baroque buildings. Council Square 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 & Tampa Mountain with its iconic Holywood Style Sign.
Travel With Pets
Travelling with a dog in tow to the city is a pleasure, there are plenty of eateries and bars that allow pets in or to sit outside in the summer. There are many who venture out with dogs. To help others that travel with a canine friend I collated a list of places that were Dog Friendly.
Christmas & NYE
Christmas and New Year in the city has a great Christmassy vibe with loads of festive lights and a Christmas market. The Central square has a very big tree and the fireworks for the new year were loud and bright.
One of the easier walks in the city is the historic city walls and the town centre where you can marvel at the cities history. One of the easier walks I did not far from the out of town shopping district was walking in the hills near to Brasov Zoo.
There are many mountains in the local area including many walks to enjoy. One of my favourites is the climb of Postavaral Massif where the views are fantastic in all seasons.
Solomon’s Rocks are located not far from Brasov town centre and is a great place to hike or have a barbeque with friends or family.
Tampa Mountain is well worth a climb to view the city from above. For those not into hiking a cable car can take you to the top for some amazing views. 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. On my first visit 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.
Canionul Șapte Scări
Located a short drive from Brasov is the popular walking destination of Seven Ladders Canyon. This is a very fascinating place to walk in the woods and mountains where near the top you can venture through the canyon.
Food & Drink
Drinks and food in Brasov and Romania, in general, are very reasonably priced. At the table, service is the default in restaurants and cafes 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.
This comprised of Pork, Chicken and Some Mici or Mititei (Romanian Sausages) served with pickles, mustard and sour cream. This was delightful and the meat was required as the 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.
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.
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.
Review of My First Visit
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. I was suitably impressed with the 2nd major Romanian settlement I got to visit.