When you travel, it feels like minutes, hours and days are flying by much, much faster than normally. We can find the reason in the diverse happening, as everything we see, experience, encounter and taste is something it makes our imagination alive and provides unforgettable memories. Also the road towards Brasov looked exactly like written above – lots of charming images, which were feeding our hungry travel souls.
We reached Brasov in the afternoon and all we knew was to stay a night here. We wanted to get to know the city better and longer as you stay in one place, better you can feel its atmosphere. We found a camping place in the outer part of the city, so we knew, this would be a good place to stay the night. But instead of lively camping place, we got the note »for sale« and we had to improvise from then on. Nothing new, if you travel independently, right?
Luckily we bought ourselves a Romanian SIM card, so we immediately started to check out the accommodation on booking.com and find a lovely place in the city center – Family run pension Casa Cristina. Before reaching it we went to crazy, nervous and mad… Navigation does not help if you have work on the road, closed streets and full of one way roads…. We needed more than an hour to finally reach the place.
We got our room in the top floor, which included free Wi-Fi and private bathroom. As soon as we saw the view from the big windows, we were shocked, as it was absolutely AMAZING – it cannot get more romantic than this, I am telling you! We forgot on the nervous driving in a second!
Brasov is an old medieval Saxon city, which became very strong in trade and industry throughout the years. In 1960s it became the second largest city in Transylvania. The city center is charming, as everything is renovated and amazingly clean. Actually cleanness can be seen everywhere in Romania, what definitely surprised us greatly. There are many cafés, where locals gather in the morning, drinking coffee, eating freshly baked croissant and enjoying the view on the famous Black Church.
The Black Church is the most recognizable attraction in the city and is actually known as the biggest gothic cathedral between Vienna and Istanbul. It took almost one century to be completely built. When you walk inside of it you feel the smallness’ as the interior is huge, including with the four-thousand-pipe organ, being one of the largest in the SE Europe. An interesting fact about the Black Church is its name, as the church was not always black. The name and color has been given to it in 1689, when there was a great fire in the city, which was started by the Austrian army – occupying Brasov.
Picturesque streets with colorful buildings and flower pots make Brasov even more attractive than it already is. If you travel around Romania without your own transport, you will be thrilled, as Brasov can easily be reach with trains or buses from all around the country.
It is wonderful to explore Brasov, not only because it has lots of pedestrian areas, stylish shops, numerous restaurants and cafés, but also because it can still be felt its history – history of once a powerful medieval fortified city.
The Black Church – 8 LEI (1,82 EUR)/pp, inside photography is not allowed
Family run pension Casa Cristina – 30€/night