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Brasov

Country
Romania
State
Brasov
City
Brasov
Type of Location
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About Location

         Brasov is a city in Romania and the capital of Brasov County.The city is notable for being the birthplace of the national anthem of Romania and for hosting the Golden Stag International Music Festival.
       The city was first attested in 1235 AD under the name Corona, a Latin word meaning "crown", a name given by the German colonists. The current Romanian and Hungarian names are derived from the Turkic word barasu, meaning "white water" with a Slavic suffix



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How to Reach

By plane

Currently Brasov has no civilian airport but plans exist for an airport to be operational by 2012, the auction for deciding the building and the operator company of the airport is going to take place in December 2010. Bucharest Otopeni Airport is 3 hours away by car south, the same as Sibiu airport west.

By car

Aside from the train, car is one of the most popular ways of reaching Brasov, due to its fairly good road connections. Road E60 will be the main road to use in and out or Brasov, because this European Road links Brasov to Bucharest in the south, as well as Cluj-Napoca, Oradea and Budapest, Hungary in the west. Road E68 will take you to Sibiu and further onwards to Arad and Timisoara. Road E574 takes you into the north, to the Moldavia region and the Painted Monasteries and Iasi. The nearest airport to Brasov is Bucharest Otopeni, which is 166 km away and accessible directly by road E60. A highway is also being built that, by 2007, will link Bucharest to Brasov and Brasov to Cluj-Napoca and Oradea.

By train

Getting to Brasov is very easy, due to the fact that it is a major Romanian railway hub. Between Bucharest, the capital, there are 19 trains daily, and there are also frequent trains from other Romanian cities as well as a daily connection to Budapest, Hungary (via Oradea) and a EuroNight (fast night train) connection to Budapest via Arad.There are daily trains from Wien,Krakow,Prague. Also due to its affordability and comfort, train is the best way of reaching Brasov. Even though all Romanian trains are increasingly comfortable, try to take the InterCity (IC) trains, of which there are three per day.

By bus

Recently, there are quite a few intercity bus operators, but these aren't as comfortable and reliable as the train. Brasov does not have an airport yet (one is in being built), due to its proximity to Bucharest and Sibiu, which both do. Consequently, you will need to take land transport if you're flying in to Bucharest. All coaches stop in the city center, and so do trains, due to the fact that the railway station is very central.
 

Key places to visit
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), The Black Church, Town Museum, Panoramic Tampa, Brasov Zoo


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Places to Visit

Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
 
    Also called Dracula's Castle, for touristic as opposed to historical reasons (because it looks intimidating), it's in a town called Bran, at 20 km near Brasov. The best ways to get there is by bus or by car on European Road 574 (E574). The bus for Bran leaves from the Autogara II (the second bus station) about every half hour for the whole day. You have to buy the ticket on board and it costs 7 RON each way (as of 05.12.2011). You can arrive to the Autogara II from the center, you can take the bus 12 from Teutrul Dramatic (as of 11.06.2008), or from the Autogara I (the bus station in front of the train station) by bus dashed 23 (it has a 23 written on in, with a dash on the number). Once you are in Bran follow the tourists through a street full of stands selling things for tourists. The castle is now a museum open to tourists, displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie. Tourists can see the interior individually or by a guided tour. At the bottom of the hill is a small open air museum park exhibiting traditional Romanian peasant structures (cottages, barns, etc.) from across the country. As of May 2011, the entrance fee was 20 RON for an adult, but there is fortunately no camera fee to take photos. From the top of the forttress you can see the mountains in a superb panorama.
 

The Black Church

      It was built by the German community of the city and stands as the main Gothic style monument in the country, as well as being the largest and one of the most important Lutheran (Evangelical Church of Augustan Confession in Romania) places of worship in the region. Biserica Neagra is 89 meters in length and 38 meters wide. It measures 65 meters from the floor level to the highest point of its only bell tower. The Black Church has a six ton bell, the biggest in Romania, an impressive 4,000 pipe organ built in 1839 by Carl August Buchholz (1796–1884) which is played during weekly concerts, as well as a rich collection of Anatolian carpets (donated in the Middle Ages by Transylvanian Saxon merchants).

Town Museum

Town Museum located in the town hall, in Piata Sfatului, has some interesting exhibits from the stone age to the present day found in Brasov.

Panoramic Tampa

Panoramic Tampa Beautiful view of the old city and the surrounding nature from 900 meters above sea-level. Tâmpa is the mountain that you see from any point in Brasov, with a large TV transmitter antenna on top. The antenna building also houses a restaurant and a cable car station. Accessible on foot (1h hike, sometimes steep, but low difficulty level nonetheless, recommended in snow-less seasons only and also by cable car (called Telecabina).

Brasov Zoo

Brasov Zoo Placed in Noua District, it's one of the most beautiful zoo in Romania. It contains a lot of animals, most of domestic, not very special or rare. It's still a nice place to spend time walking

Right Time to Visit

April - June
August - November

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