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The city of Brasov is one of the oldest and biggest cities from Transylvania. Founded by German (saxon) settlers in 1235, the city of Brasov became a very important trade center in Transylvania and due to the huge defensive system it was one of the most secured places from that period. Nowdays the city still preserves the beautiful old town, a big part of the surrounding walls and many other interesting sites. Enjoy the charm of the old medieval times visiting the city and also the castles and fortresses from the area. Find more about the history, legends and traditions of Transylvania.
Day 1. ARRIVAL IN BRASOV.
You can get into the city traveling from Bucharest by train or car. Also Brasov is an important hub for railroad having connection with all the major cities from Romania and also there is a direct train from Budapest – Hungary.
Optional we can provide transfers from Bucharest airport or Brasov Train Station.
Check in and overnight at Bella Muzicar Hotel***, located in the Old Town pedestrian area, or similar.
Day 2.BRASOV – SINAIA – BRASOV
Leave early in the morning from your hotel on the route to Sinaia. Visit the Peles Castle, former summer residence of the kings of Romania, the Peles Castle is 44 kilometres far from Brasov, in Sinaia, a well-known mountain resort as well. Nowadays the Castle is one of the most important museums in Transylvania where one can admire furniture and ornamental objects, carpets, tapestry, sculptures, paintings, collections of weapons from the 15th up to the19th centuries.
Return to Brasov. Explore the medieval center of Brasov. The main sites are: Concil Square, Black Chuch, White and Black Towers, Weaver’s Bastion and Ecaterina’s Gate, The Rope’s street, St Nicholas Cathedral, Museum of First Romanian School, a.s.o
The city of Brasov is one of the oldest in Europe, dating from 1235. During the Middle Ages, Brasov was known as a powerful fortress surrounded by high stone walls and defended by bulwarks, towers and other small fortresses. The buildings and the streets in the historical centre still preserve a medieval note.
Dating from 1520, the City Council Square has been considered the centre of Brasov for hundreds of years. Merchants and craftmen fairs took place here. The Square is dominated by the magnificent building called the Council Hall.
The medieval fortress of Brasov was one of the most secure fortresses in Europe, the architectural defence pile being made of stone walls, 32 defence towers, 8 bulwarks and 4 fortified gates. The towers had both defence and observation roles. During our tour we’ll see the old wall which it is still preserved, Black and White Towers and also we’ll visit the Weaver’s Bastion – the biggest and best preserved bastion.
Ecaterina`s Gate situated near the Schei Gate in the western part of the Fortress was built in 1559 in the Renaissance style. It has a sharp tower and four little towers, symbolizing the medieval right of life and death over the vassals lives (the right of the broadsword). The gate also had firing vents, a drawbridge with chains, being one of the most fortified gates of the city.
The very known Black Church it is also a major tourist sight of Brasov and a stop in our tour. Due to its dimensions (over 89 metres long), the Black Church is the largest religious building between Vienna and Istanbul. From 1385 when the process of building the church began and up to 1689 when it got fire, the name of the church was St. Mary`s Church. Due to the dark colour of the burnt walls, it got the name of the "Black Church".
Another stop will be at St. Nicholas Cathedral which is considered the Romanian’s Cathedral in Barsa region and it is situated in the oldest part of the city - the "Schei" district. It was built in 1495 in the same place where a 13th-century religious establishment once stood. It was built in 1495 and it is situated in the courtyard of St. Nicholas` Church in the "Schei" district. Romanian was first taught at this school and one may find here a lot of valuable old documents written beginning with the 15th century.
“The Citadel” another fortification built in 17th century, outside of the Old Town, up on a hill, and also used as a headquarter by the Austrian army.
Overnight in the same hotel.
Day 3. Continue your journey to Bran with it’s famous Bran castle. Also called Dracula`s Castle, it is situated not far from Brasov (25 kilometres) at the entrance in the Bran - Rucar passage. The castle got its fame from Dracula`s legend written in 1897 by Bram Stoker and later on made into a film by Francis Ford Coppola.. The first documents about the Bran Castle appeared in 1377. Along the history, the Castle had a strategic mission being the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. First it was under the rule of the King of Hungary Sigismund of Luxemburg, than under the Romanian voievodes Mircea cel Batran and Vlad Tepes and later on it came under the jurisdiction of the City of Brasov. In 1912 it was donated by the municipality of Brasov to the romanian royal family, in order to became their residence.
Next we’ll tavel to Sighisoara, one of the most preserved medieval city from Europe. Situated in Mures County, on the valley of the Tarnava Mare river, Sighisoara, former Dacian settlement and also called “the pearl of Transylvania” was founded by the German immigrants in the second half of the 13th century and it was turned into a city in 1407. Its medieval aspect may be found both in the centre of the city and inside the Fortress of Sighisoara. In this area, houses are built very close to one another, giving a sense of “crowdedness” (in order to occupy the least space possible).
The main sights: Clock Tower and History Museum, Birth place of Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), Covered stairs, Church on the Hill.
Also called the Gate Tower, the Clock Tower was built in the 14th century and it is about 60 metres high. In 1604 the tower got a horologe whose mechanism was made up of wood and it later on had wooden statuettes which worked mechanically. Nowadays the History Museum is situated inside this Tower.
Church on the Hill. This church from the 14th and 15th centuries was built in late Gothic style and it was made of pit stone. It is one of the oldest churches of a ?hall? kind in Romania. One can admire the beautiful decorative Gothic stone sculptures and mural paintings from the 15th century. The way to the church is in fact a wooden stair covered by a wooden gallery built in 1654. A 1200 Romanic chapel is supposed to have been the basis of this building.
The Church of the Monastery built in the 13th century was situated opposite the hill and it was an integral part of a Dominican church which no longer exists. One can see an altar built in the Baroque style, a 1680 organ, a 1440 bronze font and several Oriental carpets from the 17th century.
Also in Sighisoara can be seen the house where was born Vlad the Impaler, which now is a restaurant where you can enjoy a meal in the Dracula’s themes.
Return to Brasov and overnight at the same hotel.
Day 4 Brasov – departure
Check-out the hotel. Optional we can provide transfers to Bucharest airport or Brasov Train Station
1 person – 575 euros/person
2 people – 335 euros/person
3 people – 275 euros/person
4 people – 260 euros/person
5/6 people – 240 euros/person
7/8 people – 215 euros/person
Single room supplement: 80 euros.
Included in price
3 nights accommodation with breakfast; transport with medium size car for 1-3 persons, minibus for 4-8 persons; Private tour guide – English language. Other languages on request Entrance tickets.
Not included in price
Other services not specified on the intinerary; Other meals; Personal expenses
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