Brasov is one of those amazing cities in Romania that is a perfect destination no matter when you choose to visit. To make it even better, I decided to share the top things to do and see in Brasov.
You might have heard of Brasov linked to Bran Castle, or to the story of Dracula from Transylvania.
But in reality, the city is a lot more than rumors and legends, a lot more than medieval stories and the so-popular Bran resort.
There are countless activities you can do here, and I would love to inspire you with my top of 10 best things to do and see in Brasov.
So, without any further introductions, here’s what to do and see when in Brasov, Romania!
1. See Brasov from Transylvania’s “Hollywood” Sign
This is the first thing you will see while getting closer to Brasov, whether you get there by car, bus or train: its own big “Hollywood” sign, letting you know you’re in Brasov.
This is one of the two such signs in Transylvania – the other one is at Rasnov, another small town next to Brasov, within the same County.
You can either take the cable car, or enjoy a short hike up the Tampa Hill in order to get to the belvedere point, where you can take pictures behind the Sign and enjoy a panoramic view of the entire town of Brasov.
It is a romantic, refreshing and inspiring view that you can simply not miss if you’re in town.
2. Take some photos on the Medieval Walls of Brasov
More exactly, the Southern Walls of the City. Or, at least, this is where you can take the best pictures at sunset, catching a glimpse of medieval stories and legends on the walls below Tampa Hill.
They once measured 2m thick and 12m high, but now they are restored so you can climb them and take breathtaking panoramic pictures of the entire town – truly Instagramable location for sure!
You will find these walls right at the base of Tampa Hill, so it might be an amazing idea to walk around right after visiting the sign I mentioned above.
The street along which you will see these walls is called “Aleea Tiberiu Brediceanu”, so note it down if you want to type it in Google Maps – or just click this link.
You can later continue your medieval tour of Brasov if you’re passionate about history or legendary vibes, as there are lots of other bastions, walls and towers to see.
I suggest you also head to the Northern Walls and pass under Graft Bastion, Schei Gate, the White Tower, the Black Tower or Catherine’s Gate. All of them are amazing attractions for history, architecture or fairytale lovers.
3. Visit the Black Church
Probably the most iconic symbol of Brasov itself, the Black Church is a Gothic cathedral almost devoured by fire during the 14th century.
Situated in the Old Town, this medieval church is a magnificent building with huge cultural, architectural and historical value for Romania.
Today, The Black Church is open for visitors and concerts or religion services are often organized inside, which have an extremely interesting and reverberating acoustic.
A 4.000 pipe organ is accompanied by a six-ton bell – the largest in Romania – making the dark-looking building a much more welcoming and memorable touristic attraction.
4. Get a glimpse of the wild life with a visit at the Zoo
This one you don’t want to miss, trust me! Not even if you aren’t that fond of animals or zoos in general.
If you ask me, Brasov’s Zoo is the most beautiful in the entire country. There are few other beautiful ones, but this is by far the most impressive, at least in my perspective.
So, I was saying that you will love this place even if you don’t love animals so much, and that’s because the 10ha (25 acres) area is also a wonderful promenade zone, with long alleys, lots of green spaces and nature, a playground, lakes, bridges with stunning views upon the lion’s cages and a green plant-decorated reptile’s house.
And, if you do like animals, that’s even better, because they have a huge range of species of mammals, birds and reptiles available to see.
You can see different species of lions, tigers, monkeys, snakes, birds, and even camels, llamas, red pandas or polar owls, all in huge perimeters, naturally and beautifully designed as close to natural habitats as possible.
5. Rent a hydro bike and explore the Lake Noua
If you visited the Zoo, the Park Noua is your next destination, because it’s situated not far from the zoological garden and is another amazing destination.
You will find a lot of green space here, pavilions, a mini-island with a bridge hidden between reeds in the middle of the lake and a zip-line just above the Lake Noua.
This one is a good choice in the morning or in the evening, when it’s not that crowded and you can get a relaxing experience along with some fresh air and inspiring view.
You can also rent a hydro-bike and explore the Lake Noua, accompanied by ducks, turtles, fish and other birds passing by.
6. Envision a legendary story at Straja Hill Fortress
Initially built only as a watch tower, it has become a real medieval fortress after a wooden bastion with four more towers was attached to it, creating what today is called Straja Hill Fortress – or Cetățuia de pe Strajă.
It was destroyed and damaged several times during history, and later completely restored, with the stone walls and interior well, into the fortress that we see today.
Looking more like a castle rather than a fortress, the building is today classified as historical monument, and it is surrounded by a veil of legendary vibration and fairytale-like energy, which I am certain you will sense and enjoy if you’re attracted to this kind of tourism.
7. Get a dose of adrenaline and entertainment from Poiana Brasov
This one is the main attraction in the area during winter, because it is one of the most popular ski resorts in the country; but this doesn’t make it any less attractive during summer either, because there are plenty of trails and routes to discover.
Lots of natural sights and fun make Poiana Brasov an amazing destination to re-connect with nature.
Additionally, you can also find a horse-riding center here, where children and adults can meet horses and ponies.
After participating in riding courses, you can either ride or walk around, by foot or using the sleigh, cart or carriage.
8. Enjoy a drink in the Council Square from the Old Town
Of course, we couldn’t skip the Old Town, could we? You’ve probably already got a glimpse of the medieval feeling it gives you if you visited the Black Church, because that’s where the cathedral is situated, but there’s an even better way to explore it: by foot!
Check out the Council Square from Brasov and the picturesque buildings around, and don’t hesitate to sit at a table after you get tired.
If you’re visiting in the morning, coffee is a great option; but if you’re here later, it’s also a great opportunity to taste some traditional dishes.
Transylvania is popular as one of the areas with the best traditional food in Romania, and Brasov makes no exception.
Restaurants have a wide variety of meal options and you’ll definitely find something for yourself. Plus, the Council Square and the entire Old Town is a good place to find the best souvenirs.
9. Sneak through the Rope Street, one of the narrowest streets you will ever see
Initially built as a passage, the Rope Street (or Strada Sforii in Romanian) is today one of the narrowest streets in Europe and worldwide. It measures 80 meters in length, whereas the width varies from 111cm to 135cm.
Holding the record of Europe’s third narrowest street, Strada Sforii is one of the most popular touristic attractions in Brasov and an iconic landmark; and it is even more accessible to all tourists, given its proximity to the Black Church and Council Square.
The most frequent photos that are taken here feature people touching both walls of the street with their hands widely stretched. It just has to be done!
10. Walk in Nicolae Titulescu Park
Last but not least, parks are always go-to touristic attractions in most of the towns, because they are inviting to socialization, offering a good opportunity to learn more about the local culture and people this way.
All these while getting some fresh air or resting on a bench, under the cool shadow of the tall trees.
Nicolae Titulescu Park is a great choice during your vacation, for two main reasons: firstly, it is very accessible because it is close to the Council Square and Old Town, which makes it easy to find; and secondly, because it is extremely beautiful and cared for, especially during summer, when it is filled with blossomed flowers and unique perfumes.
These would be the top 10 things that I consider mandatory to do and see if you are in Brasov, Romania.
Sure, there are plenty of other activities and places you can go; but, in my opinion, these are the most iconic, beautiful and memorable ones.
Still, I cannot consider this article complete and I cannot finish my presentation without letting you know about the wonderful experiences you can have around the city of Brasov, just few kilometers away.
Brasov County is a great example of what a beautiful country Romania is. There are plenty of other attractions that you simply cannot skip if you are in the area.
For example, Bran Castle aka Dracula’s Castle, is less than 30km away from Brasov and is one of the most iconic places for Transylvania and for Romania in general.
People recognize this castle worldwide, but the entire resort is an amazing destination.
And so are Rasnov Citadel, with its own “Hollywood” sign and the huge Dino Park, or the Brown Bear Reservation from Zarnesti, another small town in Brasov where you can get an unforgettable bear watching experience.
And last but not least, make sure you take the time to drive or take the local bus to Timisu de Jos, because that is the starting point for some stunning mountain hikes.
You can climb the 7 Stairs Canyon, or up to Piatra Mare Peak (1844m). If you love the mountains, you have to check out the routes from around Brasov because they are breathtaking.
So, there you have four bonus attractions you can check in Brasov County, around Brasov Town.
Make sure you include one of these last destinations in your visiting plan as well, as I guarantee you won’t regret it.
That being said, I hope that my short guide helped you find your visiting path in Brasov a lot easier and that you will enjoy your trip to this beautiful city to the maximum!