A place where legend meets history, the Bran Castle is one of the most visited touristic spots in Romania and Europe. Count Dracula and vampires-related stories contributed to the popularity of the castle but few had the opportunity to explore the real legends related to this once border fortress between Tranyslvania and Wallachia. Bran Castle is also an important architectural monument, an example of distributing rooms over a small area and judiciously using each square inch. All these, together with the unique rural life of the Bran area makes exploring the Castle "a must" on your visit to Romania.
On the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, Brasov was a prized possession that for both and one of the most commercial crossroads in Eastern Europe. Built over the old foundations of Bartholoma, Corona, Martinsberg, Schei, Blumana, Noua, Darste and Stupini, the town merges Romanian traditions with the sobriety and discipline of the Teutonic Knights, its founders in the 13th century. The strategic position and economic power led to continuous flourishing and soon, Brasov becomes a major fortress in Eastern Europe. The old walls, the towers, the fortress and the old churches remain today as living proof of the once great commercial influence of Brasov.
The Rasnov fortress is one of the oldest remaining fortifications in South-Eastern Transylvania. Its role was defending the region of Tara Barsei, the population finding refuge here in times of war and invasions. Food storage and a great part of the army of Brasov was also hosted at Rasnov. Latest restauration works made the fortress more and more attractive for the tourists visiting Brasov, It's closeness to Poiana Brasov and Valea Rasnoavei Cave, on the road linking Brasov to Bran makes the visit an easy and worthwhile detour,
The Peles Castle is one of the most important historic buildings in Romania, a complex artistic realisation unique in Europe. After a visit of King Charles the 1st, under the strong impression of the beauty of the area, he decides to buy a property and build a residence here (1873). In 1883 the castle is open and soon it becomes the summer residence for the Royal Family.The rooms of Peles hosted were many political and international affairs meeting, as well as some of the most memorable events related to the royal Habsburg family. After the abdication of King Michael the 1st and the nationalisation of the castle by the Communist regime, it became a National Museum - and this until today.
Piatra Craiului Ridge
Wild and untamed, the ridge of Piatra Craiului stand as a giant at the gates of Transylvania. The wind and the cries of the capercaillies are the only sounds breaking the wonderful calm of these mysterious mountains. Lava-like carpets of rhododendron, gracious chamois, agile mountain eagles and the upset growl of the bron bear are just a few of the attractions of the Piatra Craiului National Park. With sharp peaks and narrow paths carved in rock or lost in vast woods, an adventure in Piatra Craiului is something one should not miss. Dare to explore this lost paradise and nature will reward you with unparalleled experiences and feelings.
Do you like mountaineering? Do you wish to get acquainted with the Romanian Carpathians? Then look no further than the Bucegi mountains: impressive scenery, peaks over 2'200m high, a wide variety of tracks and lots of interesting places around! Located between the Prahova Valley and the Rucar-Bran Pass, the massif offers unique views across the region of Tara Barsei and it is host to some very traditional mountain traditional life, Babele, the Sphinx, Omul Peak, Bolboci Lake, Pestera and the Caraiman Cross are just a few of the attractions in Bucegi. Come with us in sun-drenched valleys and cloud-scraping peaks to the stone world of hidden Romania.
Valea Cetatii Cave
The Valea Cetatii Cave is a small cave on the road linking Rasnov to Poiana Brasov. Long time forgotten, it was declared a natural protected area in 2010 and, in autumn, it was open for public. Since then, more and more tourists in Brasov, rasnov, Bran or Poiana Brasov are benefitting from this interesting small detour for a rainy day. On Saturdays, the Philarmonic Orchestra of Brasov is organising concerts inside the cave.
Poiana Brasov is the most important winter sports resort in Romania but it is also a major attraction during the summer. Located at the foothills of the Postavaru Mountain, it offers multiple hiking trails and mountain bike tracks. From Poiana Brasov one can easily reach Bran, Rasnov and Brasov and spending some days here might just be enough to get to know the real Romania and Romanians.