Take the Free walking tour
There is a free walking tour run by some local students called Brasov Free Walking Tours). (They also do one in Bucharest too.) It lasts about 2-3 hours and takes you all over the city. It’s very comprehensive and provides a good overview of the history of Brasov. It leaves at 6pm from the town square.
The Black Church
(Johannes Honterus Court nr.2, +40 268 511 830, website)
The main Gothic-style church in the country, this church is “black” because most of it burned down in the Great Fire of 1689. Most of the interior is actually Baroque style now, though many parts of the original Gothic work remain. It has also been redone a few other times since that fire. I can’t say it’s the best church I’ve ever seen, but it was still interesting to look at, considering the wide array of architectural styles inside.
Visiting hours in the summer are 10 am to 5 pm. In the winter, from 10 am to 3:30 pm. The church is always closed on Sundays. Tickets are 4 LEI.
(Piata Sfatului 30, +40 268 473 332, romaniatourism.com)
Located in the town hall, this museum features artifacts from the Stone Age up to the present. The best part of the museum is the detailed timeline of the city at the start of the museum. The museum is mostly artifacts, old furniture, and some weapons and suffers from a common problem most museums in Romania have: poor descriptions. You don’t get a lot of context for what you are looking at. That being said, I would still go back because of all the historical relics. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
Hike the nearby mountain
Offering a beautiful view of the old city and the surrounding area, Tampa Mountain is the big one you see right next to the city. You can hike up it if you want (it’s not that steep and takes about an hour) or you can take the cable car up. There’s a restaurant on top, and you can also hang out by the Hollywood-esque Brasov sign. The cable car is open from 9:30 am to 4 pm every day except Monday.
The narrowest street in Europe, at 1.3 meters (4 ft.) wide. Other than being really tiny, there’s nothing particularly special about the street, but it does make for some good photos.
The Schei district
This district located outside the city walls was where the Romanians used to live: only Saxons were originally allowed to live inside the city walls, forcing the Romanians to live undefended outside. Today, the area is a maze of quiet cobblestone streets with medieval-looking homes, a few really posh houses, and no tourists. I ended up wandering around this area, “getting lost” for about three hours. It was a peaceful alternative to the busy city center, and my walk was one of the highlights of my time in the city. I find nothing more peaceful than an aimless walk through a historic area.
(Str. General Traian Mosoiu nr. 24., +40 769 469 843, bran-castle.com)
Bran castle is hugely touristy. I’m not sure why people refer to it as “Dracula’s castle,” considering he never stayed there and it has nothing to do with him. But hey, it draws the crowds. (They do have one room dedicated to his life and legend.) Despite all the people, I really did enjoy the castle. It’s a beautiful medieval fortress with lots of history and stunning grounds you can walk around. Try to get there very early in the morning to avoid the maddening crowds. Admission is 40 LEI.
(Rasnov, +40 744 101 036)
Rasnov is the second big attraction in the area. Inside the citadel, you can find an interesting museum, archery, and a tavern. There are also sweeping views of the surrounding countryside, as well as of the Hollywood-esque Rasnov sign. (They really like their big signs in this area.) The town itself is a mini version of Brasov and is along the way to Bran Castle so it’s convenient to get to. I took the bus to Bran and visited Rasnov on the way back to Brasov.