Brasov, Romania

Stop #17

I had really high hopes for Brasov.  I saw great pictures of this place and expected it to be spectacular like Sibiu.  But when we arrived, we saw a spectacular mountain in the background with the word BRASOV in huge letters (like Hollywood) on the side facing town.  It was a turnoff.  But the town was nice, just not the nicest in Romania.

When I read up on the place, one of the sources said that the city is notable for being the birthplace of the national anthem of Romania and for hosting the Golden Stag International Music Festival.  They need to work on their sales pitch!


  • Brasov is a Medieval town surrounded by a 12m high and 3 km 15th century wall built to defend from Turkish attacks.
  • If you like cobbled streets and fairy tale turrets, there are plenty to see.
  • The streets are pretty much a maze.
  • There are loads of “Bohemian” cafes
  • Architecture is pretty interesting with Austro-Hungarian gingerbread roofs, baroque gods, medieval spires and Soviet flat-tops.
  • Piata Sfatului is a really nice square
  • This is a good launching point for the Transfagarasan Road, although we went the other direction

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