Where to Stay in Brasov, Romania
Overview of Brasov I © Dennis Jarvis / Flickr
As a historical destination set amid picturesque landscapes, the city of Brasov is one of Transylvania’s treasures. Whether you’re a foodie, an architecture lover, a history buff or love the outdoors, you’ll find a spot to suit you. Read on for our guide on where to stay when in town.
If you love laidback afternoons…
If you love the outdoors, then the best neighbourhood in Brasov for you is Noua-Dârste. The most recent district of Brasov has quickly evolved into a green oasis of the city. Featuring a small lake surrounded by parks, the place is ideal for a laid-back afternoon, a picnic or a boat ride on the lake, with friends or family.
However, thrill seekers will certainly prefer Aventura Park, the biggest adventure park in Eastern Europe. From route one to 15, every course is a challenge. Ideal for children and adults alike, the routes go from easy purple routes for small children to the entertaining blue routes to the more daring black route that takes the brave ones on a circuit at 20 meters (65ft) high. And if you didn’t get enough of being above ground, you can also try the awesome zip line.
Stunning architectural marvels and great restaurants are dotted throughout the Old Centre of the city. If you prefer medieval architecture, then a tour of the old walls, towers and churches of Brasov’s citadel will be a delight. You can start in the Council Square with the monumental Black Church and continue with the Black and the White Towers, where breathtaking views of the city open before your eyes. Inside the towers you’ll find photos and pictures of the city from days gone by, while outside you can continue your tour following the walls sited at the foothills of Tâmpa Hill. If you are more impressed by Renaissance, Classic and Baroque architecture, then lift your head up while strolling along Republicii Street and take in the array of wonderful buildings that line the street.
Republicii is also a great place to start a gastronomical journey as the best restaurants in town are located right on this street and around. You can have a traditional meal at La Ceaun, an exquisite Italian lunch at Trattorian Artisan Food or a romantic dinner at Albert Bistro. However, if you’re a vegetarian, Simone Bistro is waiting for you with some vegetarian and vegan delicacies.
To complete your architectural and gastronomical experience, book a room at Casa Wagner: a beautiful hotel with a vintage ambience, sited in a historic building right in the heart of the city.
Brasov its renowned for its awe-inspiring views that allow photographers to capture some amazing photos, and there’s no better place to put your camera to work than at Tâmpa Hill. From up there, stunning vistas open before your eyes that once photographed, become the best pictures you can take in the city. Other great spots to shoot fantastic pictures are the White Tower or the Citadel on the Cetățuia Hill, all located in the Old Centre of Brașov.
Passionate about history? Then make a beeline for the Schei neighbourhood. An old district of Brasov, a walk through Schei will make you feel like you’re in a small village. Adorned with little houses built around narrow streets and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, Schei is the ideal place to find out more about the past in this part of the country.
Way before the medieval citadel of Brasov was erected, Schei was a Romanian settlement, named Cătun, whose citizens were protecting the citadel on the Tâmpa Hill. Once the citadel was built, the settlement was left outside its walls, becoming the home of the Romanians from Brasov area. The neighbourhood is home to the 13th century Saint Nicholas Church, which became an important Orthodox centre. Next to it, stands the centre of education of the Schei citizens and the first Romanian school of Transylvania. Opened at the end of the 15th century, today it is a museum, and stands as a symbol of the Romanian schooling.
If you want to spend several days here, a great accommodation option in the neighbourhood is the Brasovul Vechi guesthouse, boasting a cosy yet elegant location.
There’s no better place to enjoy and awe at nature’s marvels than in Poiana Brasov. At just a half-hour ride from the city centre, Poiana Brasov is a great escape if you want to flee the city, breathe some fresh mountain air and spend your day wandering in the mountains around. If you want to hike, take the route that goes to Postăvarul Peak, at 1,724 meters (5,656ft) high and enjoys the fantastic views that open before your eyes. If you want to save your energy, you can also take the cable-car and eventually descend by foot.
In winter, Poiana Brașov lures winter-sports lovers from all over the country to experience and have fun while skiing, snowboarding or even snow tubing on its slopes.
If you want to spend your holiday surrounded by mountains, Hotel Alpin is a good option if you’re searching for a big mountain hotels. However, if you prefer something more intimate, Crous Guesthouse offers accommodation on a smaller scale.