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BRASOV [Bra' shov]

Brasov Romania

Brasov General Information

Fast Facts

Location: Central Romania (Brasov County)
Size: 28.5 sq. miles (74 sq. km)
Elevation: 2,133 ft. (650 meters)
Population: 255,000
Inhabited since: 100 BC
First documented: 1234 AD (Corona)

City Highlights

Fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains and resplendent with gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, as well as a wealth of historical attractions, Brasov is one of the most visited places in Romania.

Brasov Downtown Founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site and settled by the Saxons as one of the seven walled citadels*, Brasov exudes a distinct medieval ambiance and has been used as backdrop in many recent period films.

The location of the city at the intersection of trade routes linking the Ottoman Empire and western Europe, together with certain tax exemptions, allowed Saxon merchants to obtain considerable wealth and exert a strong political influence in the region. This was reflected in the city's German name, Kronstadt, as well as in its Latin name, Corona, meaning Crown City (hence, the coat of arms of the city which is a crown with oak roots). Fortifications were erected around the city and continually expanded, with several towers maintained by different craft guilds, according to medieval custom.

Brasov is home to one of the the narrowest streets in Europe.
The Rope Street (Strada Sforii) is approximately four feet wide;
it connects Strada Cerbului with Strada Poarta Schei
This street was initially used as an access route by firefighters.

Stroll around the old Town Hall Square (Piata Sfatului) where you can admire colorfully painted and ornately trimmed baroque structures. Take a peek inside the Black Church (Biserica Neagra), the largest gothic church in Romania. Its name derives from damage caused by the Great Fire of 1689, when flames and smoke blackened its walls. The interior is impressive and well-kept and houses one of the largest organs in Eastern Europe.

Nearby are towering mountains, rolling fields, thick forests and villages with fortified churches.

* The seven walled citadels populated by the Saxons of Transylvania were known in German as the Siebenbürgen.

The other Siebenbürgen citadels were: Bistrita (Bistritz), Cluj (Klausenburg), , Medias (Mediasch),
Sebes (Mühlbach), Sibiu (Hermannstadt), Sighisoara (Schässburg)

City Landmarks

The Council Square
(Piata Sfatului)

Brasov DowntownThe Saxons built massive stone walls and seven bastions around the city that are still visible today, as well as ornate churches, elaborately trimmed buildings and one of the finest central squares in the country, said to be the spot to which the legendary Pied Piper led the children of Hamlin. Located at the heart of old medieval Brasov and lined with beautiful red-roofed merchant houses, the Council Square, known to the Saxon population as the Marktplatz, is a nice place to rest and soak in the beautiful scenery.

The Old Town Hall (Casa Sfatului)

Address: Piata Sfatului 30

Built in 1420, Casa Sfatului served as meeting place for the town councilors, known as centurions.
At the beginning of the 17th-Century, the building's watchtower became the place from which a trumpeter announced the top of the hour and was re-named "Trumpeter's Tower".
Today, the Old Town Hall houses Brasov's History Museum

The Black Church (Biserica Neagra)

Address: Curtea Johannes Honterus 2

Brasov Black Church Admission:
Adults: 12 lei ($3.00)
Students: 8.00 lei ($2.00)
Childre 7 y.o. and younger: free
Visitors with disabilities: free

Brasov's most distinctive landmark and Romania's largesr Gothic church, the Black Church towers over the Council Square and Brasov Old Town.

Built between 1385 and 1477 on the site of an earlier church (destroyed during Mongol invasions in 1242), the construction of the Marienkirche, as it was known in German, was hampered by extensive damage caused by Turkish raids in 1421.
The church was given its new name after disaster struck again in 1689, when the Great Fire leveled most of the town and blackened the walls of the church. Restoration took almost 100 years. Of the two towers planned, only one was finished.

The Black Church is the largest gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul.

The seven-tons bell of the church is the largest - and heaviest - in Romania.

The original gothic interior got a makeover during restorations, and the lofty, light space you see today is mostly baroque. The interior is beautiful, with balconies, stained glass windows, an enormous organ, stone columns and walls adorned with fabulous Turkish carpets. The church windows have recently been fitted out with special UV-filtering glass to protect the 119 Anatolian carpets. Thankful to have survived their trips into the "barbaric" lands south and east of the Carpathians, German merchants donated the carpets to the church in the 17th and 18th centuries. The collection is the largest of its kind in Europe.
Listen to the impressive 4,000-pipe organ dating from 1839. Organ concerts are offered several times a week.

Brasov's Defensive Fortifications

Ever since Saxon settlers arrived in the early 12th century, invading Mongols, Turks and others gave them a tough time, repeatedly destroying the old settlements of Bartholoma and Corona. Thereafter, the Saxons set themselves to building fortifications around their town.

Most work was done between 1400 and 1650, when outer and inner walls were erected, together with massive defense towers and gates. Part of the defensive wall, once 40 feet high, seven feet thick and two miles long, can still be seen today, though most was taken down in the 19th century to make room for the city's expansion.

Brasov Citadel Of the original seven bastions, only a few have survived, including the newly renovated Graft Bastion, located in the middle of the citadel's northwest wing. On the west side of the wall, walk along picturesque Dupa Ziduri Street (Dupa Ziduri means Behind the Walls) to catch a glimpse of the 15th century White and Black Towers. The Blacksmiths' Bastion, one of the original seven built and guarded by the city's guilds, is located at the southern end of Dupa Ziduri Street. Follow the city wall southeast to the fairy-tale Catherine's Gate. Built in 1559 and once the main entrance to medieval Kronstadt, it is the only original city gate to have survived the test of time. Nearby is the classicist Schei Gate, built in 1827. The Weavers' Bastion can be admired on George Cosbuc Street.

Graft Bastion (Bastionul Graft)
The newly restored 16th century bastion (1521) has four levels, accessible through interior staircases. Levels two, three and four host an array of medieval artifacts exhibits, while level one serves as a rest area for visitors.

White Tower (Turnul Alb)
Located near Graft Bastion, the semicircular White Tower was completed in 1494.
A wooden staircase spirals up four levels, offering a great view of the old town.
Located high on a hill, you'll have to climb some 200 steps to reach it.

Black Tower (Turnul Negru)
The squared Black Tower, also built in 1494, stands atop a rock on Starja Hill near the Blacksmiths' Bastion. The tower received its name from a severe fire in 1559 when it was struck by lightning. Recently renovated and boasting a pyramid-shaped glass roof, the Black Tower houses a small war-related artifacts museum. There are four floors inside, each reached by a narrow wooden ladder. Climb all the way to the top for a panoramic view of the Black Church.

Blacksmiths' Bastion (Bastionul Fierarilor)
First attested in 1529, the Blacksmiths' Bastion is now home to the Brasov Archives which hosts more than 100,000 old and rare documents, including 80 valuable 14th - 16th century letters. Among them is the oldest letter in the Romanian language, written in 1521 by Neacsu, a merchant from the town of Campulung.

Catherine's Gate (Poarta Ecaterinei)

Brasov Ecatherina's GateCatherine's Gate, erected in 1559 by the Tailors' Guild, is the only original gate to have survived from medieval times. The fairy-tale tower we see today was part of a bigger structure, which unfortunately, was demolished in 1827. The original structure can be seen at the Weavers' Bastion Museum where a large model of 16th century Brasov is displayed. The four small corner turrets (as seen in other Saxon citadels) symbolized the judicial autonomy of the Town Council which could apply, if necessary, the death penalty. Above the entrance, the tower bears the city's coat of arms: a crown on a tree trunk.

Schei Gate (Poarta Schei)
Entry to the Schei district from the walled city was marked by the Schei Gate. Old documents mention it, also, under the name of Porta Valacce (Wallachs'Gate) because it was the only entrance for the Romanians living in Schei. They were not allowed to use any of the other entrances. The structure standing today was built in 1827 by Emperor Franz I and replaced the old Schei Gate which had been heavily damaged by fires. The gate resembles a triumphal arch with three openings. Above the small arches on both sides, you can see Latin inscriptions.

Brasov Fortress (Cetate)
Address: Dealul Cetatii
Tel: 0268 417.614
Open: Mon. - Sun. 11 am - 12 am
Strategically located on a hill overlooking the town and the plains to the north, the citadel was part of Brasov's outer fortification system. Built in wood in 1524, it was replaced with a stone structure in the 16th century, only to be abandoned in the 17th century after technological innovations made cannons stronger than the building. Today, it serves as a restaurant.

Weavers' Bastion (Bastionul Tesatorilor)
Built during 1421 - 1436 and rebuilt in 1570 - 1573, this is the largest medieval bastion in Brasov and the best-preserved among the seven original watchtowers constructed around the city walls. Today, the Weavers' Bastion houses an interesting museum (see museum details) that can be visited on the way up Tampa Mountain.

Tampa Mountain (Muntele Tampa)

Brasov is often referred to as the city at the foot of Mount Tampa.
Above the Weavers' Bastion, along the southeastern side of the fortress walls, there is an alley (Aleea Tiberiu Brediceanu), shaded by old trees and dotted with benches. From here, one can hike to the top of Tampa Mountain, where the original defensive fortress was built.
When Vlad Tepes (the Impaler) attacked Brasov in 1458-60, the citadel was destroyed'
40 merchants who refused to pay trade taxes were impaled, of course, on top of the mountain.
Walking to the top takes about an hour; just follow the 'red triangle' marked trail that begins at the cable car (lower) boarding point or the yellow triangle marked trail which continues from Brediceanu Alley.
Those in a hurry or not in the mood for a little hiking, can take the cable car to the peak of the mountain (3,200 feet high).

Tampa Cable Car - Brasov, Fast Facts
(Telecabina Tampa)

Address: Aleea Tiberiu Brediceanu
Tel: 0268 478.657

Hours: Daily 9:30 am - 5 pm
(Monday hours may be affected by Regular Inspection & Maintenance work)

Tampa Cable Car tickets:
Type Cost
Adult – one way 10 Lei
Adult – round trip 17 Lei
Child, up to 12 y.o. – one way 6 Lei
Child, up to 12 y.o. – round trip12 Lei
Trip duration: 2 minutes and 30 seconds
(it takes a little longer on bad-weather days)

The great: views of Brasov, from the top of Tampa Mt., are superb.
(the end point of the cable car is located 1,400 ft. above the city)
The not so good: Tampa cable car looks a little old (it was built in 1971)

The Schei District

During the Saxon rule of Brasov, from the 13th to the 17th century, Romanians were forbidden from owning property inside the citadel walls and so they settled in the southwestern Schei district. Romanians could only enter the town at certain times and had to pay a toll at the gate for the privilege of selling their produce inside the citadel.

Every spring, thousands of Romanians gather at Solomon's Rocks for a massive picnic and sing-along, after following the traditional Junii Brasovului procession through town. This festival celebrates the one day a year that Romanians were allowed to enter the Saxon town freely.

Walk up Strada Prundului to Piata Unirii and the beautiful St. Nicholas Church; then, wander around the small curving streets that gradually slope upwards against the hill. Continue to the southern end of Schei and you'll end up on the gravel road to the impressive Solomon's Rocks (Pietrele lui Solomon), a popular picnic area for locals during the weekend but relatively quiet all other times.

Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church (Biserica Sfantul Nicolae)

Address: Piata Unirii 1 - 2

Brasov Saint Nicholas ChurchSaint Nicholas' Church dominates the Schei District. First built in wood in 1392, replaced with a stone structure in 1495 and considerably expanded in the 18th century, the church is a true architectural masterpiece. With a mix of Byzantine, baroque and gothic styles, it features a slender tower and four corner towers.

Like other medieval churches, it is surrounded by protective walls with large wooden gates. The enclosure shelters a small old cemetery where several *prominent people of Romania are buried. The First Romanian School, now a museum (see museum details), the Library and the Archives of Saint Nicholas Church also are found on nearby grounds.

* The old cemetery shelters the grave of Nicolae Titulescu (1882-1941), finance minister, foreign minister and president of the League of Nations. The monument near his grave quotes a line from his will: "I wish to be buried in Transylvania. My friends will know to find a place according to my wish."

Historic Churches

Franciscan Monastery (Manastirea Franciscanilor)
Address: Str. Sfintu Ioan 7
The monastery was built by the Lutherans in 1725 on the ruins of an old building destroyed by fire. Later, it was given to the Franciscans monks. It houses a 1729 organ.

Saint Peter and Paul Roman-Catholic Cathedral (Catedrala Romano-Catolica Sfantul Petru si Pavel)
Address: Str. Muresenilor 19-21
Built between 1776 and 1882 on the site of an old Dominican church, the cathedral is considered to be the most representative baroque style building in Brasov.

Romanian Orthodox Cathedral (Catedrala Ortodoxa Adormirea Maicii Domnului)
Address: Piata Sfatului 3
Located on the east side of the Council Square, opposite the Old Town House, the Romanian Orthodox Cathedral was built in a glaring Byzantine style in 1896 and displays some impressive interior frescoes and decorations. On Saturdays, brides and grooms line outside (being careful to avoid glancing at each other - bad luck) to get married here.

Saint Bartholomew Church (Biserica Sfantul Bartolomeu)
Address: Str. Lunga 247
Considered the oldest architectural monument in Brasov, this church was built in 1223 in Roman architectural style mixed with early gothic elements. Inside, you can admire an ancient sundial on the southern side of the tower, as well as remarkably well preserved fragments of original frescoes.

Saint Martin Church (Biserica Sfantul Martin)
Adddress: Str. Dealul de Jos 12
Not as richly decorated as other churches, Saint Martin Church has preserved its original 15th century form.

Jewish Brasov

Jews have lived in Brasov since 1807, when Rabbi Aaron Ben Jehuda was given permission to live in the city, a privilege until then granted only to Saxons. The Jewish Community of Brasov was officially founded 19 years later, followed by the first Jewish school in 1864 and the building of the Synagogue in 1901. The Jewish population of Brasov expanded rapidly to 1,280 people in 1910 and 4,000 in 1940. Today, the community has about 230 members, after many families left for Israel between World War II and 1989.
The Synagogue
Address: Str. Poarta Schei 27
Open: Mon. - Fri. 10 am - 1 pm; Closed Sat. & Sun.

Free walking tour of Brasov with a local guide

Take a historical walk through Brasov's medieval section and discover the largest Gothic church east of Vienna, the Town Council Square and the city's 14th Century fortifications.
The tour ends with a general view of the Old Town from one of Brasov's medieval towers.

Free Guided Brasov Tours  - Walkabout Tours BrasovWhen:
April - May: every day at 6 p.m.
June - September: every day at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
October - March: every day at 3 p.m.
Tour starts: from Piata Sfatului (Town Council Square), next to the fountain.
Tour ends: at Turnul Alb (the White Tower)
Duration: two hours and 30 minutes.
Cost: FREE.
No reservation is necessary.
If you liked the tour you can tip your tour guide.
More info:

In the centre of the square stands the Old Town Hall (1420), now home to Brasov's History Museum, while the southeast corner is dominated by the town's most famous landmark, the Black Church.
The square is surrounded by the renaissance-style Merchant's House (now the Cerbul Carpatin restaurant), the beautiful archway of the Orthodox Cathedral and the memorial museum of the Mureseanu family.

Short Hikes

Because Brasov is located at the foot of Mount Tampa,
there are several hiking trails that practically begin at the edge of the Old Town.
Here are a few options for short hikes from Brasov to the top of Tampa (3,133 ft.)
the highest observation point in Brasov:

Trail name: Drumul Serpentinelor (The Crocky Trail)
Trail marking: red triangle
Length: half mile
Aleea Brediceanu - Cablecar – Panoramic Restaurant – Peak Tampa

Trail name: Drumul Cavalerilor (Knights’ Trail)
Trail marking: Blue Band
Length: 1.5 miles
Bastionul Tesatorilor – Peak Tampa - the trail continues to Poiana Brasov ski town (three hours each way)

Trail name: Dealul Melcilor (Snails’ Hill)
Trail marking: Blue Triangle
Length: 1.5 miles
Dealul Melcilor – Saua Tampei – Peak Tampa

Trail name: Treptele lui Gabony (Gabony’s Steps)
Trail marking: Yellow Triangle
Length: 1.8 miles (one hour)
Bastionul Funarilor – Promenada Tampei – Drumul Scarilor - Peak Tampa
This is the most demanding trail, with two steep ascents including a 167-step climb.
However, it offers more spectacular panoramic views of the city of Brasov than any other trail.


Brasov Art Museum (Muzeul de Arta - Brasov)

Address: Bulevardul Eroilor 21
Tel: 0268 477.286
Paintings by Romanian artists: Theodor Aman, Nicolae Grigorescu, Stefan Luchian, Nicolae Tonitza,
Gheorghe Petrascu, Dimitrie Paciurea, Ion Irimescu, Misu Popp, Constantin Lecca, Hans Mattis-Teutsch, Hans Eder.

10 am -- 6 pm (April 1 -- September 30)
9 am -- 5 pm (October 1 -- March 31)

Adults: 7 lei ($1.75)
Senior citizens: 3 lei ($0.75)
Students: 1 lei ($0.25)
Visitors with disabilities: free

Brasov the Art Museum The first and second floors oare home to the National Gallery, a collection of canvases, by anonymous, 18th and 19th-century, Transylvanian painters as well as 20th century artists, including Theodor Pallady, Nicolae Grigorescu, Stefan Luchian and Horia Bernea.
The museum also displays works by Brasov-born Hans Mattis-Teutsch (1884-1960), one of the most influential Romanian artists, as well as sculptures by Corneliu Medrea, Ion Jalea, Frederic Storck and Dimitrie Paciurea.

French photographer Brassai, famous for his portrayal of Paris at the beginning of the 20th century, was born in 1899 in Brasov. Upon his move to France he took on his artistic pseudonym Brassai, which means 'from Brasov'.

The basement level features beautiful European crystal and porcelain and a large collection of Oriental vases and statuettes from China, Tibet and Persia.

Brasov History Museum (Muzeul de Istorie al Brasovului)

Old Townhall - Brasov History Museum
Piaţa Sfatului 30

10 am -- 6 pm
Closed on Mondays and public holidays

Adults: 7 lei ($1.75)
Senior citizens: 4 lei ($1.00)
Students: 1.50 lei ($0.40)
Visitors with disabilities: free

Housed in the Old Town Hall building, Brasov History Museum displays documents and objects attestings Brasov's long history from ancient to modern times: tools made in stone (Paleolithic age), (Neolithic age) painted ceramics, tools made in bronze and iron, armor, ancient weapons and farming tools. The exhibits also tell the history of the Saxon guilds, which dominated Brasov during medieval times.

Ethnographic Museum (Muzeul de Etnografie)

Address: Blvd. Eroilor 21 A
Tel: 0268 476.243
Open: Tue. - Sun. 10 am - 6 pm;
Closed Mon.
Admission charge

Brasov Ethnographic MuseumThe Ethnographic Museum exhibits silver jewelry crafted in Brasov during the 16th century, fur and sheepskin coats and other folk costumes; black and white photographs illustrate exactly how they were worn and by whom. The museum also presents the evolution of weaving from an old spinning wheel to a mechanized loom. Folk arts and crafts are available at the museum gift shop.

First Romanian School Museum (Prima Scoala Romaneasca)

Address: Piata Unirii 2-3
Tel: 0268 511.411
Open: Tue. - Sun. 10 am - 5 pm; Mon. closed

Housed on the grounds of St. Nicholas Church, this was for centuries one of the leading learning centres of the Romanian people. The printing press that opened here in 1556 produced some of the first books written in Romanian. The museum hosts a compelling legacy: more than 4,000 rare books (many printed or copied by hand right here), several hundreds rare documents, the oldest Bible (printed on goat's skin) and much more.

It took 20 workers and eight translators months to finish just one book.

Muresenilor Memorial Museum (Muzeul Memorial Casa Muresenilor)

Address: Piata Sfatului 25
Tel.: 0268 477.864
Open: Tue. - Fri. 9 am - 5 pm; Sat. - Sun. 10 am - 5 pm; Mon. closed
Free admission

Quirky and charming would well-describe this unusual family museum situated across from Brasov's Council Square. Established in 1968 through family donations, the museum features letters, photographs, newspapers, rare books, paintings, sculptures, 19th century furniture, heirlooms and keepsakes of the musical and literary members and in-laws of the Mureseanus.

Jacob Muresan, first in a long line of Mureseanus, was a teacher who married into wealth and in 1838, became the founding editor of the Transylvania Gazette.

Its 25,000 documents comprise the largest family archive in Romania. The Mureseanus were the founders and owners of a political newspaper, Gazeta de Transilvania, for more than half a century and corresponded with the most important politicians in Transylvania and other regions of Romania during the second half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries.

Weavers' Bastion Museum (Muzeul Fortificatiilor din Tara Barsei / Bastionul Tesatorilor)

Address: Str. George Cosbuc 9
Tel: 0268 472.368
Open: Tue. - Sun. 10 am - 5:30 pm; Mon. closed
Admission Charge

This small museum, housed inside the bastion, exhibits Middle Age documents, photographs of long-lost bastions, armor, impressive Turkish weapons decorated with Arabic inscriptions, tools used by local artisans, guild flags, a street lamp from the 16th century, pieces from an aqueduct, rare books and much more. Most impressive is the elaborate small-scale model of Brasov circa 1600, made in 1896 for the Millennium Exhibition in Budapest.

Nearby Attractions

Poiana Brasov

Where: 5 miles SW of Brasov
Access: Bus #20 leaves every half-hour from Livada Postei bus station

Poiana BrasovA 15-minute drive or 30-minute bus ride from Brasov leads to Poiana Brasov (3,300 feet), a mountaintop ski and summer resort. During winter months, Poiana Brasov offers some of the best skiing in Romania. In the summer, it is a great place for hikers to launch treks into the Southern Carpathian Mountains. For a panoramic view of Brasov and the more distant Bucegi Mountains, take the cable car to the summit of Postavarul Mountain (5,756 feet).

Hollywood celebrities Jude Law, Renee Zellweger and Nicole Kidman relaxed in Poiana Brasov after shooting the film Cold Mountain on location in nearby fields and farms.

Rasnov Fortress

Where: 9 miles southwest of Brasov
Access: car, bus

Bran (Dracula's) Castle in Bran

Where: 16 miles southwest of Brasov
Access: car, bus (buses to Bran leave from Brasov 's bus terminal # 2 Autogara Bartolomeu - approximate travel time to Bran 45 minutes)

The Fortified Church at Harman

Where: 4 miles north of Brasov
Access: car, bus

The Fortified Church at Prejmer

Where: 6 miles northeast of Brasov
Access: car, bus, train
(Prejmer is a short train journey from Brasov on the line towards Sfantu Gheorghe.
Note: Get off at Ilieni halt, which is actually closer to the church than Prejmer station itself)

Zarnesti Bear Sanctuary

Where: 23 miles west of Brasov
Access: car, bus, train

Day Trips

Medieval town of Sighisoara

Where: 72 miles northeast of Brasov
Access: car, bus, train (approx. 2 hours away)

Fagaras Fortress

Where: 45 miles west of Brasov
Access: car, bus, train (approx. 1 ½ hours away)

Medieval town of Sibiu

Where: 85 miles west of Brasov
Access: car, bus, train (approx. 2 ½ hours away)

Peles Castle in Sinaia

Where: 40 miles south of Brasov
Access: car, train (approx. 1 hour away)

Performing Arts

Opera & Ballet

Brasov Opera
Address: Str. Bisericii Romane 51, Brasov
Tel: 0268 415.990

Symphonic Music

Brasov Philharmonic (Filarmonica Brasov)
Address: Str. Apollonia Hircher 10
Tel: 0268 473.058


Sica Alexandrescu Theatre (Teatrul Sica Alexandrescu)
Address: Piata Teatrului 1
Tel: 0268 418.850

Arlechino Puppet Theatre (Teatrul de Papusi Arlechino)
Address: Apollonia Hirscher 10
Tel: 0268 475.243

Festivals & Events

Brasov's Lads Annual Parade (first Sunday following the Orthodox Easter)
The International Chamber Music Festival (September)
Brasov OktoberFest - Beer Festival (September)
The International Opera Festival (September)
The Annual International Jazz Festival (November)
The Contemporary Drama Festival (November)

A compilation of Romania’s main events is available at

Medical Travel

If interested in getting dental treatment while visiting Brasov, below are contact information for dentistry clinics:
Brasov Dental Services

City Essentials


By Air

Brasov does not have a local airport. The closest airports are located in
Sibiu (SBZ) - 85 miles west of Brasov -
Targu Mures
(TGM) - 105 miles north of Brasov -
(OTP) - 100 miles south of Brasov -

Travel by car to / from Brasov

The fastest route from Bucharest to Brasov is E60:
Bucharest - Ploiesti - Sinaia - Predeal - Brasov

Distance from Brasov to:
City Distance (Miles)
Bucharest 100
Arad 250
Belgrade (Serbia) 330
Budapest (Hungary) 420
Cluj-Napoca 160
Constanta 213
Iasi 180
Oradea 250
Prague 760
Satu Mare 250
Sibiu 85
Sighetu Marmatiei 235
Sighisoara 72
Suceava 190
Targu Mures 105
Timisoara 240
Tulcea 195
Vienna (Austria) 590

Travel by train to / from Brasov

Brasov Train Station (Gara Brasov)
Address: Blvd. Garii 5
Tel: 952 or 0268 410.233
The train station is located 2 miles from downtown. Bus # 4 runs from the train station to Piata Unirii in the city centre.

There are 3 direct international trains from/to Budapest. One of them continues to Vienna and another to Bratislava and Prague. Trains to other western European cities run via Budapest.

For the list of international trains with service to/from Romania please visit:

There are daily trains from/to Bucharest connecting Brasov to Arad, Cluj-Napoca, Oradea, Satu Mare, Sibiu, Sighisoara and several other cities in Romania. There is also an overnight train to Suceava.

There is daily INTERCITY (Express) service between Bucharest and Brasov (approximate journey time: 2 ½ hours).

To check train and bus schedules for domestic routes please visit our
Domestic Transportation section

Note: For departures from /to Bucharest please select Bucuresti Nord.

SNCFR's advance booking office
(Agentia de Voiaj SNCFR Brasov)
Address: Str. 15 Noiembrie nr.43
Tel: 0268 477.018

The SNCFR ticket office offers train schedules information and advance ticket sales.
Tickets for same-day travel can only be purchased at the train station.

Bus travel to / from Brasov

Brasov Bus Stations - international & domestic bus service

Brasov Bus Station # 1
(Autogara 1 Brasov)
Address: Blvd. Garii 5
(next to the train station)
Tel: 0268 427.267

Brasov Bus Station # 2
(Autogara 2 Brasov)

Address: Str. Avram Iancu 114
Tel: 0268 426.332

Brasov Bus Station # 3
(Autogara 3 Brasov)
Address: Str. Harmanului 47A
Tel: 0268 332.002

International Bus Companies Serving Brasov:

Address: Str. Poterasi 20-22
Tel: 021 330.91.76
Scheduled service to Athens (Greece)

Address: Blvd. Gh. Duca 4
Tel: 021 222.47.35
Scheduled service to France, Germany, Italy, Sweden

Address: Calea Victoriei 2
Tel: 021 313.36.42
Scheduled service to Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Switzerland

Eurolines Touring
Address: Blvd. Al. Ioan Cuza 5A
Tel: 021 210.08.90
Scheduled service to Germany with connections to any country in Europe

Adress: Blvd. Dinicu Golescu 31
Tel: 021 336.62.15
Daily service to Istanbul (Turkey)

Adress: Calea Grivitei 136-138
Tel: 021 223.18.98
Daily service to Istanbul (Turkey)

Brasov Local Public Transportation

Rent a Bicycle in Brasov

Active Travel
Address: Str. Republicii 50, Brasov
Telephone: (011 4) 0268 477.112
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

3 hours - 6 Euros
6 hours - 9 Euros
one day (24 hours) - 12 Euros
each additional day - 10 Euros
Weekend - 25 Euros
Week - 60 Euros

Helmet - 1 Euro
Security Deposit: 100 Euros / bicycle
Required documentation: valid ID (passport or identity card or drivers license).

Brasov Local Public Transportation

Brasov Local Transport Authority
(Regia Autonoma de Transport Brasov - RATBV)
operates 47 bus, 'midi-bus' and trolleybus routes within the city limits.
Brasov local public transport Schedules and Route Maps

Transportation between Brasov train station and city centre:

Minibus # 51
[Brasov Train Station (Gara) – Downtown (Centru) - Pe Tocile]
The minibus connects the train station with the downtown area and Schei historic district.

Bus # 4
[Brasov Train Station (Gara) - Livada Postei]
Bus #4 connects the train station with the bus stop for buses departing to Poiana Brasov.

Transportation between Brasov city centre and Poiana Brasov:
Bus # 20
[Livada Postei - Poiana Brasov]
The bus connects the city centre with the beautiful resort of Poiana Brasov.

Transportation between Brasov train station and bus to Bran / Bran Castle terminal:
Minibus #12
[Livada Postei - Stadionul Tineretului / Autogara 2 - Bartolomeu]
Buses to Bran, Rasnov and Moieciu depart from Brasov's Autogara # 2 (aka Autogara Bartolomeu).

Brasov public transportation fares

Bus / trolleybus ticket cost: 4 Lei (approx $1) for two trips.

A 1-day pass: 10 Lei (approx $ 2.50)
valid on all bus lines except bus # 20!
One ticket for bus # 20 (Brasov to Poiana Brasov) costs 5 Lei / trip (approx $1.25).
Tickets can be bought from the RATBV kiosks.


Taxi Companies

A.T.I. - 953
Bratax - 0268 333.232
Martax - 944 or 0268 313.040
Rey - 0268 411.111
RO Taxi - 949 or 0268 319.999
Sprinten - 0268 543.111 or 0745 545.353
TOD Taxi - 941 or 0268 321.111


Car Rental

Address: Str. Alexandru I Cuza 15, Brasov
Tel: 0268 415.250

Address: Blvd. Eroilor 27 (Aro Palace Hotel), Brasov
Tel: 0268 474.564 or 722 500.220

Address: Str. Al. Vlahuta street 10, Brasov
Tel: 0268 546.137

EuroCars Romania
Address: Strada Harmanului 49 A, Brasov
Tel: 0727 37 37 99

Promotor Services Rent a Car Brasov
Address: Blvd Iuliu Maniu 27, Brasov
Tel: 0740 031.173

Address: Str. Harmanului 49A, Brasov
Tel: 0730 506.030

Address: Str. Apollonia Hirscher 14
Tel: 021 94.00 (this is valid short phone #)

Address: Bd. Griviței A 96
Tel: 0758 068.044



Brasov Downtown

Art Galleries

Kron-Art Gallery
Address: Blvd. Republicii 38
Tel: 0268 475.971

Saba Art Gallery
Address: Blvd. Baritiu 4
Tel: 0268 473.438


Dana's Art & Antiques
Address: Str. 15 Noiembrie nr.8
Tel: 0268 474.062

Handicrafts (Artizanat)

Folk crafts, such as embroidered clothing and linen, painted or beaded eggs, carpets, pottery, woodcarvings and icons, make interesting gifts and souvenirs. Romanian peasants do magnificent embroidery on cotton, wool and leather. Look for blouses, skirts, exotic coats, rugs, tablecloths and lacework. Icons, new and old, painted on glass or wood are outstanding.

Address: Str. Michael Weiss 2
Tel: 0268 144.455

Address: Blvd. Republicii 48
Tel: 0268 144.546

Address: Blvd. Republicii 35


Tourist Info

Brasov Tourist Information Centre
(Centrul de Informare Turistica Brasov)
Address: Str. Prundului 1 (near Poarta Schei)
Mon. & Fri.: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tue., Wed. and Thu.: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat. & Sun.: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The centre offerss free WiFi, maps and information
(tourist attractions, events, accommodations, restaurants and transportation).


Postal Services & Telephone

Post offices display a postal horn symbol and the word Posta.

Main Post Office
Address: Str. Nicolae Iorga 1
Tel: 0268 471.260
Mon. - Fri.: 8 am - 7 pm
Sat.: 9 am - 1 pm

Telephoning Brasov from Abroad
International Access Code +4 (country code) + 0268 or 0368 (area code) + six-digit telephone number

Pharmacies & Hospitals

There are several pharmacies (farmacie) open 24 hours a day in the city.

Emergency Clinic Hospital
(Spitalul Judetean Brasov)
Address: Calea Bucuresti 25-27
Tel: 0268 135.080

Brasov County Archives
(Directia Judeteana Brasov a Arhivelor Nationale)
Address: Str. Gh. Baritiu 34
Brasov, postal code 500025
Tel: 0268 475.256

Brasov City Hall
(Primaria Brasov)
Address: Bd. Eroilor 8
Tel: 0268 416.550

Bureau of Consumer Protection
(Oficiul pentru Protectia Consumatorilor)
Address: Str. A. I. Cuza 12
Tel: 0268 413.951



- City Map (Harta orasului Brasov)
- Romania Maps(Harta Romaniei)