Image by Mircea Solomiea

Council Square

Image by Maria Teneva

The Black Church - XIVth century; Original name was Saint Mary's Church

The wild, the castles, the views 

Brașov

A short history

 

Brașov (in Latin, Corona; in German, Kronstadt) - the early human settlers date back to the Neolitic times. The area was inhabited firstly by the Dacians and, after the conquest, also by the Romans. The city we know today was the result of a process beginning in the XI-th century, with the Hungarians gradually conquering this region. In the XII-th century, the Hungarian King Gheza the II-nd promised land to German settlers, who were from the Rhein region Saxonia Flandra, to protect the kingdom's borders. The Teutonic Knights built Kronstadt - the City of the Crown - on the sight of today's Brașov, to protect the borders of the Hungarian Kingdom. The knights started to issue coins and imposed taxes in the name of the Order. This caused a dispute with the Kingdom of Hungary over the authority of the land and brought to their eviction from Transylvania in 1225. Nevertheless, the German colonists continued to arrive in the area. The location of the city is on a trade route beween the Western civilization and the Oriental one. The German settlers were mainly traders and craftsmen, who were exempted from taxation. That meant they accumulated a lot of wealth and exerted a strong political influence. The settlers fortified the city. Apart from the Germans, inside the walls of the city lived also small Romanian and Hungarian communities. In 1689, there was a great fire that destroyed a big part of the city and the fortified walls burnt down almost entirely. The current name of the iconic Black Church was given after the fire that blackened its external walls. Inside the Brașov walls, in 1838, the Romanians founded the first newspaper in Transylvania, written in Romanian and called "Gazeta Transilvaniei". In 1918, the Union between Transylvania and Romania was supported by all deputies of Saxons from Transylvania, who all voted to be part of Romania. The inter-war period was a flourishing time for the whole country, including for Brașov. After World War II, the area was occupied by the Soviet army, which forcebly deported a large number of ethnic Germans to the Soviet Union. 

Brașov nowadays

Brașov is located in the historical region of Transylvania, in the heart of Romania, being sourrounded by the Carpathian Mountains. It has a population of 255,000 inhabitants, which makes it the 7th most populated city in the country. Its nickname is The Crown City and was also the summer residence of the Romanian Kings, who built the Peleș Castle. This was the world's first castle fully powered by locally produced electricity and also had its own central heating system since 1883. The residence is one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, both from an architectural stand point and its furnishings. Bran Castle is situated 25 km from Brașov, at the historical border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Also known as Dracula's Castle, the fortress became a true magnet for tourism. Poiana Brașov is a popular winter resort near the city, with 80 hectares of ski area. In the county, we can also find the protected Natural Reserve of Zărnești, home for many bears and wolves, visitable during the whole year by tourists.

By culture, Brașov is one of the most visited places in Romania. It hosts a lot of festivals like Jazz & Blues Festival; The Christmas Market; Dracula Film Festival; The Books and Music International Fair; Opera, Operette and Ballet International Festival.

The city is also home to many museums: The first Romanian school before 1399, the Art Museum, the History Museum, the Ethnographic Museum etc.

The Tâmpa Mountain, located in the centre of Brașov,  offers a spectacular view of the city.

Image by Majkl Velner

Peleș Castle (1873)

Image by Dorothea OLDANI

What to visit in Brașov

Bran Castle

Peleș Castle

Pelișor Castle

The Black Church

Council Square

Tâmpa Mountain

Council Hall

Weavers Bastion

The first Romanian school

Rope Street

The White Tower

Catherine's Gate

The Art Museum

The History Museum

The Ethnographic Museum

Bears Sanctuary

Poiana Brașov

Aventura Park

The Zoo

Cantacuzino Palace in Bușteni

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A view of Bucegi Mountains

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Cantacuzino Palace in Bușteni (1911)

View from Râșnov Fortress
View from Râșnov Fortress

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Bran Castle
Bran Castle

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History Museum
History Museum

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View from Râșnov Fortress

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You can call us:

+40 743346970

Write to us at:
mocanuluctrans@gmail.com

Bran Fortress - XIVth century

We offer

  • Guided tours of the most important attractions in the area. The guide has a degree in History. The main language is English, but we can also offer guided tours in Italian.

  • Transportation in the city and surroundings will be made by us, with our mini van.

  • Transportation from airport to hotel and from hotel the airport, with a mini van (maximum of 8 people).

  • We take care of all the planning, ticket buying and itinerary for the whole trip.

  • We can take care of the hotel room bookings.

The price of the trip - our prices range from 25 euros/trip and up, depending on the itinerary agreed. The prices include transportation with a minivan 8+1, as well as all costs related to transportation (gasoline, parking charges, road taxes).  

  • 440 euros for a group of max. 8 people - hotel pick-up (with our minivan 8+1); transportation to and from Brașov; a stay in Brașov of 3 days and 2 nights.

    • Day 1: visit of the old city, the Black Church, Council Square.​

    • Day 2: visit of the Bran Castle; we will see the Tâmpa Mountain by taking the cable car.

    • Day 3: visit of the First Romanian School, the History Museum.

  • 795 euros for a group of max. 8 people - hotel pick-up (with our minivan 8+1); transportation to and from Brașov; a stay in Brașov of 5 days and 4 nights.

    • The first 3 days will be the same as above.​

    • Day 4: visit of the Peleș and Pelișor Castle.

    • Day 5: visit of Poiana Brașov (we will see the Postăvaru Peak by taking the cable car) and the Râșnov Fortress.

  • 950 euros for a group of max. 8 people - hotel pick-up (with our minivan 8+1); transportation to and from Brașov; a stay in Brașov of 6 days and 5 nights.

    • The first 5 days will be the same as above.​​

    • Day 6: visit of the Cantacuzino Palace.

*The price does not include the entries fees and the hotel room. 

**Our services are addressed to groups of a maximum of 8 people per trip.

***We only charge for the transportation services. All the other services mentioned above are free of charge.