Brasov Romania is a city in the central Transylvania region about 100 miles north of Bucharest past Ploiesti and Sinaia. With a population of over a quarter million people, it is a busy city with both modern delights and plenty of historic, Old World facets and offers great scenic beauty with the Carpathian Mountains bordering on the south.
Human settlement in Brasov Romania dates back to 9500 BCE during the Neolithic Age. Transylvanian Saxons, colonists of German descent, played a major hand in development via invitation from Hungary’s King Geza II. Continuous building and expansion of now-famous area fortifications happened during this period. German colonists who settled the city denied Romanians many rights they had always enjoyed, including religious freedoms and the denial of citizenship which forced them to close local businesses. In the 17th century and again in the 19th century a strong campaign for cultural, national, and political rights went viral with the support of thousands of Romanians living abroad. Brasov was delivered back to the Romanians in 1918 when a large majority of Germans were deported to Russia. Brasov’s population has always included a strong ethnic Hungarian minority along with a small percentage of Jewish residents.
Brasov’s attractions include the Old Town where history dates back to the medieval times, and a strong German influence is present amid the streets and buildings. Central to Old Town is a large piazza, a popular migration point for tourists. Brasov’s Black Church is surrounded by history dating back to the late 15th century. Originally Roman-Catholic then Lutheran, the church In Old Town is the biggest Gothic church between Istanbul and Vienna. There are six separate portals, each in a different architectural style from Renaissance to Gothic. Pillars split the three internal naves with Baroque and Gothic features. The Brasov fortress, named Rasnov, is another of the main attractions in the city. It is located about five miles northeast of Brasnov proper perched on a craggy hilltop in the mountains. Teutonic Knights built the fortress with two bastions, nine towers, and a drawbridge for protections against Tartar invasions.
Brasov Hotels & Lodging
Brasov Hotels & Lodging
Hostels, hotels, motels, and B&Bs comprise the collection of lodging options found in Brasov. Old Town is home to many of the top-chosen hotels and hostels for its location which is central to Brasov’s best attractions. Aro Palace Hotel (pictured) is one of the largest hotels available in the city’s central district; with so many rooms, deals can be abundant.
With excellent public transportation available, staying outside the city center is also a good option and can often pay off with smaller hotel bills.