The city of Brasov is located in the centre of Romania, about 180 km north of Bucharest. It takes about 3 hours drive from Bucharest International Airport to Brasov. Intercity trains and European roads are connecting Brasov to the major cities in Romania and Europe.
Brasov is a famous beautiful city in the middle of the country located at 176 km north of Bucharest. Brasov is an old medieval city. The buildings of Brasov can tell you a lot about the evolution of the city throughout different ages. Also known as Kronstadt or Corona, Brasov was the home of some of the best craftsmen, jewelers, and traders living in Transylvania. The city of Brasov boasts of a rich historic heritag. Surrounded on three sides by mountains, it was a perfect place for a medieval settlement. The old city, founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211, is one of the best preserved. Lately it was thoroughly restored to the delight of an increasing number of tourists. It was an important centre of resistance against foreign invaders during the turbulent medieval period.
Being an old medieval city, Brasov gives you the opportunity to visit a lot of old historical monuments and museums that reflect the cultural as well as historical importance of the place. The old city itself is very well preserved, and is best seen by taking the cable-car to the top of Tāmpa Mountain (995 m), a beautiful lookout.
The most important historical monuments were built in that period: The Old City Hall, Podul Batusilor (today hosting the Cerbul Carpatin restaurant), The Old Granary (today the lovely Bistrot de l'Arte), the Black Church (14th century), St. Nicolae Church in Scheii Brasovului - dating back to the 14th century, First Romanian School - a museum with the first Romanian printing press among many other firsts the Rope Street - a most narrow street in Europe, The "Brasov Citadel Fortress" - Cetatuia Brasovului , The Orthodox church of the Dormition of the Theotokos, built in 1896, Schei - the historically Bulgarian and then Romanian neighborhood outside of the old walled city.
The biggest attraction in town is the Gothic Protestant Church built between 1385 and 1477. It is known by the name of "Black Church" because of its smoke-blackened walls after a fire in 1689. The establishment was recently restored, and tourists can now fully enjoy listening to organ concerts or admire the enchanting oriental rug collection.
The Council Square (Piata Sfatului), known to the Saxon population as the Marktplatz, is the heart of the old medieval Brasov. Lined with beautiful red-roofed merchant houses, the square is one of the finest in the country. In the center of the square lies the Council House, built in 1420 The tower, called the Trumpets Tower, is in fact much older, and was once a watchtower for approaching barbarians before being incorporated into the main building.
Dracula's Castle situated at 30 Km from Brasov, between the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains, Bran Castle is an important national monument and landmark of the Romanian tourism, due not only to the beauty of the Castle and the landscape but also to the legend of Count Dracula. Bran Castle was originally a fortress built by the Knights of the Teutonic Order in the year 1212. It was known by the name of Dietrichstein at the time. In addition to its unique architecture, the castle is famous because of persistent myths that it was once the home of Vlad the Impaler, a famous or infamous medieval warlord (http://www.brancastlemuseum.ro).
- Transilvania University of Brasov - University of Liege, Belgium - INCDTIM, Romania