From medieval towers and fortifications to museums highlighting its illustrious past, the Romanian city of Braşov is teeming with things to do and places to see.
Braşov’s impressive buildings are the highlights of the city’s tourism scene. The Black Church makes for an imposing sight with its iconic tower and Gothic architecture. Just a few steps away is Piaţa Sfatului or Council Square, which is surrounded by historical structures, including Casa Sfatului or Old Town Hall. Now housing the Braşov History Museum, this monument is renowned for its tall spire that once served as a watchtower. You can also stroll across Strada Sforii – one of the narrowest streets in Europe – and learn how it was once used by firefighters.
During your Braşov trip, spend some time visiting the fine museums of the city. At the Ethnographic Museum, you’ll find exhibits showcasing the textiles, tools and local traditions of the region. Located next door is The Art Museum of Brașov, which has paintings, sculptures and other artworks by Romanian artists. The Museum of Urban Civilization and First Romanian School Museum are other noteworthy museums to visit here.
Braşov serves as a great base for day trips to nearby attractions. A quick drive outside the city will take you to the picturesque Râșnov Fortress and Bran Castle. The latter was made famous as the residence of Dracula in Bram Stoker’s eponymous book. Mount Tâmpa is another popular place to visit, with its viewing platform that provides panoramic views of Braşov.