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About Brasov, Romania



Brasov is the capital of Brasov County and the 8th most populous city in the country, according to the last census, when over 284 500 people, were estimated to be living here.


It is situated in Romania's central area, about 166 km, north of the capital of Bucharest, and it is surrounded by the Southern Carpathians, being part of the Transylvania region.


Brasov is best known for being the birthplace of the national anthem of Romania and for hosting the Golden Stag International Music Festival, but, these are not the only things that make Brasov the vacation destination, every year, for numerous visitors from around the country, as well as from around the world.


With historical evidences that place Brasov in existence since the Neolithic age (about 9500 BCE), the city has many historical areas and attractions to be seen.


Founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site and settled by the Saxons as one of the seven walled citadels, Brasov exudes a distinct medieval ambiance and has been used as backdrop in many recent period films.


A walk around the old Town Hall Square (Piata Sfatului) will give you the chance to admire colorfully painted and ornately trimmed baroque structures, and, a visit to the Black Church, the largest gothic church in Romania, will certainly provide a memorable religious experience.


Other places of touristical importance in Brasov are also The Old Town Hall and Brasov's Defensive Fortifications, dating between 1400 and 1650, with Brasov Fortress, Schei Gate (Poarta Schei), Weavers' Bastion (Bastionul Tesatorilor), Tampa Mountain (Muntele Tampa), Black and White Towers, and Graft Bastion (Bastionul Graft).


Brasov's natural touristical potential is closely connected with its surroundings, given that the close-by Eastern and Southern Carpathians are able to satisfy the tastes and desires of all tourists, eager to practice either winter sports or summer sports.


In addition to what Brasov has to offer, visitors can also enjoy dozens of other attractions, in the city's nearby vecinity, among the most popular destinations also being Rasnov Fortress, 9 miles southwest of Brasov, Bran (Dracula's) Castle in Bran, about 16 miles away, and Peles Castle in Sinaia, about 40 miles south of the city.


In fewer words, Brasov is a beautiful, mountain, historical city, boasting with appealing attractions and recreational activities for all ages - a delightful city definitely worth seeing, when sightseeing in Romania!