Danube Delta – the youngest territory of Europe

Danube Delta – the youngest territory of Europe

Danube River is the only flowing water in the world whose distance is measured upstream and not downstream. It is also the second longest river in Europe and the only to cross the continent from East to West.

Since antiquity, the Danube had several names, starting with Istros in Greek ancient writings and continuing with Danubius in the Latin-Roman ones. The name Danubius given by the Romans means ‘God of the Rivers’.

Danube’s source is in the Black Forest Mountains of Germany, being formed by the union of three springs called Breg, Brigacs and Donau Quelle. Until reaching the Black Sea the river runs a total distance of 2860 kilometers (1770 miles), crossing 10 European countries such as Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine. The Danube also crosses four country capitals such as Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade, thus being the most cosmopolitan river of Europe.

On Romanian territory the Danube runs 1075 kilometers (670 miles). The river makes its entrance into Romania in a spectacular way, crossing the highest and most impressive gorge. In the south of Romania, it forms a natural border with Bulgaria, then ascends to southeast where it divides into three main channels called Chilia, Sulina and St. George. As a paradox, the Danube begins through three springs and ends also in three channels.

The land of waters formed by canals and lakes is called the Danube Delta, the second largest delta in Europe after Volga’s river delta. The Danube Delta has a total area of 4200 square kilometers (1620 square miles), of which 3450 km on the territory of Romania and 750 km on the territory of Ukraine. It is the best preserved of the European deltas and the only delta of a river in the world declared biosphere reserve.

The richest area in the world in biodiversity is Galapagos islands, followed by the Great Coral Reef, the third biosphere in the world being the Danube Delta. The Danube Delta is also the youngest territory of Europe. Every year the river transports to the mouths 70 million tons of alluviums. This way, the surface of the Danube Delta is enlarged annually with 40 square meters, being the youngest territory of Europe. Also, Sulina, city of Romania, is the most eastern city of the European Union.

The Danube Delta is a magnificent territory of aquatic flora and fauna. Flora includes 2383 species of which: 78% reed and rush, 14% forests, 6% leeches and 2% floating vegetation. Fauna includes 24 species of amphibians and 135 species of fish, including 5 sturgeons. But by far, the fauna wealth of the Danube Delta consists of the 331 bird species with predominance of water birds.

By visiting the Danube Delta in a boat you can have the pleasant surprise to be in the middle of a colony of pelicans, swans and cormorants, the surface of the lake being covered with white and yellow lilies. Last but not least, Danube Delta is a cosmopolitan region with 60% Romanians, 20% Ukrainians, 15% Russians and other nationalities. Following in the first place the invaluable natural values of the Danube Delta, but also the cultural value of the area, a visit in the Danube Delta remains an unforgettable experience.


Article written by Gabriel Florea.

Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

Bucovina ‘The Land of Painted Monasteries’

Bucovina is a region  of Romania that still preserves the old ancient traditions unaltered. The name Bucovina comes from Slavic languages and means ‘The Country of Beech Trees’.

Traditional costumes are still worn by the locals and being a predominantly Orthodox area, the two great religious holidays such as Easter and Christmas are celebrated in a genuine Romanian way, following the ancestral traditions. The people are very warm and welcoming, being always glad to have guests. Not least, local cuisine offers gourmets the opportunity to indulge in the delicacies of traditional Bucovina menus.

Another famous tradition is that of painted eggs, being associated with the celebration of the Easter. This habit of early Christianity consists in painting red eggs, representing the sacrifice of Jesus the Savior. In time, local women raised this tradition to the level of folk art. On a background that can have different colors are drawn and painted a variety of patterns, each having a different meaning inspired by the local folk culture. To keep it for a long time, first it is empty the egg contents with a syringe. Than draw the traditional patterns with a tool having a hole in the thickness of a hair. At the end, each square centimeter of the shell is painted by dipping in color, protecting the rest of the egg surface with a layer of wax. Thus, these masterpieces of folk art can be exhibited and preserved over the years.

Bucovina is also called ‘The Land of Painted Monasteries’. Unique in the world, these churches are painted both inside and outside. Incredible, the exterior frescoes dating back to the first half of the 16th century survived the nature’s hardships to the present. This is why they were listed in the UNESCO heritage (The United Nation Organization for Education, Science and Culture). The walls of the churches are painted using the fresco technique. A wet plaster is applied on the wall, than the painting is carried out while the wall is still wet. The colors were obtained from a mixture of plants, clays and minerals known only by the master painter. Thus, the painted monasteries of Bucovina keep for centuries unique colors, impossible to be reproduced.

Any traveler who visits Bucovina is advised to see at least four pained monasteries. Each has a history, a spiritual patron and a different color code. Voronet Monastery, founded by ruler Stefan the Great was built in 1488, in only 3 weeks and 3 days. The church of the monastery is dedicated to St. George. The fresco was painted in 1547 on a blue background, being called the ‘Sistine Chapel of the Orient’.

Sucevita Monastery, was founded by the Movila brothers in 1584. The church of the monastery is dedicated to Jesus’s resurrection. The fresco was painted in 1595 on a green background.

Moldovita Monastery, was founded by ruler Petru Rares in 1532. The church of the monastery is dedicated to Holy Announcement. The fresco wass painted in 1537 on a yellow background.

Humor Monastery, was founded by the lord Toader Bubuiog in 1535. The church of the monastery is dedicated to Assumption of Virgin Mary. The fresco was painted in 1535 on a red background.  This is the only church that does not have a steeple, the explanation being that it was built by a nobleman and not a ruling king. A fun fact is that one scene painted on the church facade depicts the devil as a woman.

Artistic expression of the Orthodox faith and the refinement for beauty of the Romanian people, the painted monasteries delight the heart and mind of anyone who comes to Bucovina.

Article by Gabriel Florea.

Merry Cemetery – the worlds most cheerful cemetery

Merry Cemetery – the worlds most cheerful cemetery

The Merry Cemetery 

The origin of the Romanian people is found in the pre-Christ period. The Romanians ancestors were the Dacians, related to the great Thracian family, occupying a vast territory in Eastern Europe. This people of warriors believed in a god named Zamolxes. The Dacians believed in the existence of their later life with their god, which offered them even more happiness than earthly life. That is why the Dacians did not consider death as a tragedy, but a transition to a better life. The historical writings tell us, that Dacians smiled at the moment of their death, and the funeral was followed by a party, thus celebrating the passage of the soul to a better life.

Following this ancient belief, a Romanian wood sculptor had the original idea of treating death in a cheerful way, we might even say funny. Wood sculptor and resident of Sapanta village, Stan Ioan Patras made the first painted cross in 1935, being considered the founder of the Merry Cemetery. The tradition consists in making a wooden cross that has a jovial epitaph representing the true description of the deceased’s life.

The material used to make crosses is generally oak as it can withstand weathering for a long time. After sculpting the epitaph, the cross is painted in blue color. Finally, the cross is decorated on the blue background with red and yellow paintings, cheerful colors that are precisely defying death and accepting it joyfully. The folk master created this naive art, knowing in detail the life of the villagers. So, he could accurately describe the story of the departed person in a cheery way, hence the name of the Merry Cemetery.

The origin of the color ‘Blue of Sapanta’ is from the Austro-Hungarian occupation period in Transylvania. At that time the Hungarians painted their houses in green, and the Romanians were forced to paint their houses in blue. The houses painted in green did not pay tax and the houses painted in blue were obliged to pay tax. Because the village Sapanta is now populated by Romanians, the tradition of the blue color is preserved. The master died in 1977, and the house he lived in is now a memorial house in his honor. After the master’s death, his disciple Dumitru Pop who became a master too, continues the tradition of the Merry Cemetery, which encompasses about 800 painted crosses with epitaph. We hope this tradition will continue even after the end of the current master Pop.

There are a few very special crosses, that astound and make you lough at the same time. (See video)


Article written by Gabriel Florea | Tour Guide & History buff

Corvin Castle of Hunedoara

Corvin Castle of Hunedoara


Withstanding the harsh passing of time and the fierce attacks of it’s enemies, this Gothic Renaissance structure, has been doing it’s duty as Transylvania’s protector since the XV century. The construction of the castle was commissioned by John Hunyadi (Iancu de Hunedoara in Romanian) when he was elected as the regent-governor of the Kingdom of Hungary. ‘You cannot be a great ruler without a proper castle’ and this was exactly what the Hunedoara area, belonging to the principality of Transylvania, was missing.

The castle is a large and imposing dwelling with tall towers, bastions, an inner courtyard with a deep fountain, multi-coloured roofs, and a myriad windows and balconies adorned with stone embroideries. The castle also features a double wall for enhanced fortification and is flanked by both rectangular and circular towers, an architectural innovation for the period’s Transylvanian architecture. Some of the towers (the Capistrano Tower, the Deserted Tower and the Drummers’ Tower) were used as prisons. The ‘Buzdugan’ Tower (Mace Tower) was solely built for defensive purposes and it had its exterior decorated with geometric motifs. The rectangular shaped towers have large openings to accommodate larger weapons.


The castle has 3 large areas: the Knight’s Hall, the Diet Hall and the circular stairway. The halls are rectangular in shape and decorated with marble. The Diet Hall was used for ceremonies or formal receptions whilst the Knight’s Hall was used for feasts. In 1456, John Hunyadi died and work on the castle has stagnated. Starting with 1458, his son Mathias Corvinas became the new king of Hungary and of course rolling prince of Transylvania. New commissions were being undergone to construct the Matia Wing of the castle.

In 1480, work was completely stopped on the castle and it was recognised as being one of the biggest and most impressive buildings in Eastern Europe.

The 16th century did not bring any improvements to the castle, but during the 17th century new additions were made, for aesthetic and military purposes. Aesthetically, the new Large Palace was built facing the town. A two level building, it hosted living chamber and a large living area. For military purposes, two new towers were constructed: the White Tower and the Artillery Tower. Also, the external yard was added, used for administration and storage.


Legends of the Castle

The Raven and the Ring – how it became the family crest

Legend says that John Hunyadi was the barticle-title-895976fb2e8f-333-198-1-85-jpgastard child of King Sigismund de Luxembourg with a beautiful Transylvanian commoner names Elizabeth. As the king loved her dearly and did not want to shame her or her family, he decided to marry her with one of his knights Voicu. The king gave Elizabeth a ring and asked for his son to wear it when he would be older. Years passed and 14 year old John received his ring, one day when he was washing his face in the river he took the ring of and put it next to him. A raven attracted by the shine of the stones, stole the ring from the grass. John quickly lifted his bow and arrow shutting the raven down and getting his beloved ring back.

When the king heard of this great story he decided that their family crest would be the Raven with a ring in his beak.


The Fountain

The fountain that can be found in the castle’s courtyard was dug by three turkish prisoners that John captured during a battle. They were promised freedom if they would dig a well so that the castle would have drinking water. The prisoners animated by the promise of freedom worked day and night for 15 years, digging in the hard rock to obtain water. The well was completed after John’s death and his wife decided not to honor the promise made to the three prisoners. They were so upset they carved on the inside shaft of the well: ‘Water you have but you don’t have a heart’.


Fun fact! One of the coolest places in the castle is the dungeon or torture chamber, where they have these very realistic prisoners. Be careful not to miss it as it is divided in two parts, when you enter the courtyard immediately to the left and to the right.


Prejmer Fortress – Practical Information:

VISITING HOURS: 01.10.2016-31.03.2017

Mondays: 12:00 – 17:00*
Tue – Sun: 09:00 -17:00*
*Last entrance is 45 minutes before closing time (16:15)

Winter Holidays Schedule 2016

30 Nov 2016 –  09:00-17:00*

01 Dec 2016 –  09:00-17:00*

24 Dec 2016 –   10:00-14:00*

25 Dec 2016 –   Closed

26 Dec 2016 –   10:00-17:00*

31 Dec 2016 –   10:00-14:00*

01 Ian 2017 –    Closed

*Last entrance is 45 minutes before closing time


Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec – 20 Lei
Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct – 25 lei
Mai, Jun, Jul, Aug – 30 Lei
Pupils– 5 Lei (based on student ID)
Student – 5 Lei (based on student ID)
Pensioners – 10 Lei (+65 years)
Photo fee – 5 Lei
Video fee – 15 Lei
Guide fee – 30 Lei Romanian, 50 lei Foreign language

Fees for organized groups:
Minimum 30 persons;
Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec – 15 Lei
Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct – 20 lei
Mai, Jun, Jul, Aug – 25 Lei
Pensioners – 8 lei/pers.
– Pupils/students – 4 lei/pers.

Tourist Info Center Hunedoara
Tel/Fax +40.354.880.011

Getting there:

Address: Strada Castelului 1-3, Hunedoara 331141, Romania. See map HERE

Tel: +40 786 048 718

Email: contact@castelulcorvinilor.ro

Here you can find information about trains: http://www.cfrcalatori.ro/

Here you can find information about bus schedules: http://www.autogari.ro/


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Prejmer Fortified Church

Prejmer Fortified Church

Prejmer Fortified Church is one of my personal favorite fortresses that really makes the past and turbulent history come to life. Only being there inside the fortress, inside the defense corridors, you can catch a glimpse of the gone by eras when every day was a battle for survival.

You might be thinking of what a fortified church means, well the villagers needed a place to hide when their village was under attack so they built a wall around their church, this way they were protecting their religions space and  their own lives. They built almost 300 storage rooms on three or four levels, on the interior side of the wall, in order to keep supplies for times of siege. The fortress-church withheld 50 attacks throughout it’s history without getting conquered. This is an amazing achievement considering it was the peasant’s defense system.

Prejmer Fortified Church

The Evangelical Church and the Peasant Fortress built around it, have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1999. The church was built by Teutonic Nights during the 13th century and fortification around was done by the German colonists living in the area, during the 15th century.

Prejmer Fortified Church

The walls are 12 meters high (39 feet) and 3-5 meters thick (10-16 feet) and they create two defense lines, the gate area and central area built around the church. Having a ring shape, it has a diameter of 80 meters (263 feet) and the defese corridor found at the top of the walls was used by the men to shoot and pour hot tar and boiling oils on the enemies trying to protect their families. The corridor is dark and kind of spooky (btw: I totally love it 😉 and it has small opening to allow the use of weapons.

If you walk all around the defense corridor you will encounter one special opening created to hold multiple gun barrels on both sides, it is called the Organ of Death and it was invented by the locals to shoot multiple times at once and do it continuously, causing the enemy great loss and spreading fear.

Do visit this place if you have the chance, you will love it!

Prejmer Fortress – Practical Information:



Summer Season (01 May – 31 October)

Monday – Friday: 09.00 – 18.00

Saturday: 09.00 – 17.00

Sunday: 11.00 – 17.00

Winter Season (01 November – 30 April)

Monday – Saturday: 09.00 – 16.00

Sunday: 11.00 – 16.00


Adults: 8 LEI 

Children/Students: 4 LEI


Getting there:

Address: 2 Str. Pietei (town center), Prejmer village, Brasov county. See map HERE

Tel: (+4) 0268 36 20 52

There are six trains a day from Brasov to Prejmer (take any train heading for Intorsura Buzaului), the journey taking just 20 minutes. A taxi from Brasov to Prejmer costs approx. 50 lei. Prejmer is also served by minibuses from Autogara Vest (at the far end of Strada Lunga): all minibuses to Sfantu Gheorghe pass through here.

Here you can find information about trains: http://www.cfrcalatori.ro/

Here you can find information about bus schedules: http://www.autogari.ro/


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10 Things to See and Do in Bucharest

Bucharest, the largest city and capital of Romania is an architectural puzzle, where French 20th century palaces intermingle with boxy communist style buildings and modern glass towers. Bucharest is prettier, nicer, safer and more modern than you imagine. It is crowded and noisy as any capital, it has a great art scene, vivid night life, a remarkably tumultuous history, friendly warm people, mouth watering food and many touristic and not so touristic sites that are dying to be discovered.

1. Be amazed at the Parliament Palace, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon. Called by the locals the ‘House of the People’ as it was constructed by the people with their own money for the megalomaniac communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu (1918-1989). Marvel at the ginormous building that was built on the site of an entire residential district and if you dare take the inside guided tour (don’t forget to bring your passport).

Parliament Palace, Bucharest
Parliament Palace, Bucharest

2. Tour Cotroceni Palace for a dazzling hour of Royal flamboyance. Built by a team of French architects in the 19th century at the demand of King Carol I of Romania, this Classic Venetian castle features a number of function rooms; many of which were decorated to the whims of Queen Marie, the English wife of Carol’s heir. You will also be able to view her astonishing art collection.

Cotroceni Palace Bucharest
Cotroceni Palace Bucharest

3. Explore Revolution Square for impressive architecture and a great history lesson. Revolution Square is located on Victory Avenue near the Romanian Athenaem – Bucharest’s Concert Hall for Classical Music, former Royal Palace which is nowadays the National Art Museum and the grand University Library. This area has a special vibe and meaning representing the freedom of the people from the monster of communism in December 1989.

Revolution Square
Revolution Square

4. Princely Court of Vlad The Impaler aka Dracula. In a small corner in the Old Town of Bucharest lies the ruin of Vlad Dracula’s Castle. You will be surprised to know that Bucharest was actually founded in the 15th century by this Romanian hero, when he was in need of a fortress protecting him from the Ottoman Empire.

Vlad the Impaler - Princely Court, Bucharest
Vlad the Impaler – Princely Court, Bucharest

5. Take a walk in Bellu Cemetery to admire the great pieces of art that decorate the tombs of Romanian noblemen, writers, artists, scientists and politicians. You can spend half a day wandering around the small alleys that tell so many stories and legends through life size statues, intricately embellished mausoleums and surprising items like the wing of an airplane decorating the resting place of a pilot.

Bellu Cemetery
Bellu Cemetery

6. Do some reading in the most beautiful bookshop in Europe. Carturesti Carousel bookstore located in the Old Town of Bucharest was opened in a superb historical mansion formerly called the ‘Carousel of Light’. Enjoy the great architecture, have a tea or coffee and flip trough books, music and souvenirs.

Carturesti Bookshop
Carturesti Bookshop

7. Spend the night at Cismigiu Hotel  on the Broadway of Bucharest. The history of this hotel started in 1912 when it was called Palace Hotel and housed in it’s 200 rooms all the celebrities and officials visiting Bucharest. Take a walk on Regina Elisabeta boulevard to admire the Belle Epoque buildings and don’t miss Cismigiu gardens – Bucharest’s oldest park, after which the hotel was later named.

Cismigiu Hotel Bucharest
Cismigiu Hotel Bucharest

8. Indulge your music loving self with a concert at the Romanian Atenaeum. With wonderful acoustics, very talented musicians and an edifice that resembles a palace rather than a concert hall, you are definitely inn for a symphonic treat.

Romanian Atenaeum Bucharest
Romanian Atenaeum Bucharest

9. Have dinner at Caru cu Bere, the best traditional Romanian restaurant in Bucharest. Have dinner in this 1899 amazing beer hall built in Neogothic style and richly decorated with frescoes, stained glass windows, mosaics and wooden carved paneling. Try Romanian dishes like ‘Sarmale’ cabbage rolls stuffed with minced meat and polenta on the side, pork knuckle and sour krout, stews, soups and the freshest salads. Do not forget to try their house made beer or a glass of Romanian wine and last but not least, a piece of Chocolate cake that will make you to never forget this place.

Caru cu Bere Restaurant
Caru cu Bere Restaurant

10. In the evening explore the Old Town which comes to life after dark (no vampire pun intended ;). Have a drink at SkyBar while admiring Bucharest from above, make a stop at the Shoteria for a special drink or at Bicicleta (Bicycle) for a tasty smoothie.

Old Town Bucharest
Old Town Bucharest

Peles Castle

Peles Castle

A story of kings and queens living in their fairy-tale world opens up before your eyes upon arriving in the area of Peles Castle. It served as a royal summer residence to the kings of Romania starting late 19th century. Built by King Carol I of Romania, it was very modern for it’s time  – the first castle in Europe to have electricity and also central heating, central vacuum cleaning and an intricate architecture.

It is one of the most beautiful, interesting and fascinating castles in Europe and definitely Romania’s No 1. Located in the town of Sinaia, which is one of the best mountain resorts in Romania, this castle will not disappoint as it is worth visiting both on the exterior admiring the vivid mountain landscape, the grand statues that guard the gardens to the out-of-this-world interior where French, German, Austrian, Italian, Turkish and Moorish styles intermingle to create an unique design which will charm and impress you.

Peles Castle – Video:

Peles Castle – Practical Information:


LOW SEASON: October through May
Open: Wednesday 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM; Thursday through Sunday, from 09:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Closed: Monday and Tuesday

HIGH SEASON: June through September
Open: Tuesday 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM; Wednesday through Sunday, from 09:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Closed: Monday

*Please note that Peles Castle is closed during the whole month of November for restoration. Check the castle website for the exact dates closer to November.


Standard Tour (Ground floor tour; 45 min.)

Adults: 20 lei | Seniors (+65 yrs.): 10 lei | Pupils / Students: 5 lei

*Ticket office closes at 04:00 PM, last entrance for Standard Tour is 04:15 PM.

Extended Tour (Ground floor & First floor; 1h15min)

Adults: 50 lei | Seniors (+65 yrs.): 25 lei | Pupils / Students: 12.50 lei

*Ticket office closes at 04:00 PM, last entrance for Extended Tour is 03:15 PM.

Getting there:

Peles Castle (Castelul Peles) is located in the town and ski resort of Sinaia (44 kilometers from Brasov and 122 kilometers from Bucharest).

Address of  Peles Castle: Muzeul National Peles, Str. Pelesului, Nr. 2, 106100 Sinaia, Jud. Prahova.
Phone: 0040-244-310.918, Phone/Fax: 0040-244-312.416
Email: museum@peles.ro
Web: www.peles.ro

1.By Car:

You have to take European road E60 aka national road DN1 from Bucharest – Ploiesti – Comarnic – Sinaia.

2.By Train:

The average journey time between Bucharest and Sinaia is 1 hour and 56 minutes and the fastest journey time is 1 hour and 29 minutes. On an average weekday, there are are 16 trains trains per day travelling from Bucharest to Sinaia. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays. The first train from Bucharest to Sinaia departs at 05:53. The last train from Bucharest to Sinaia departs at 23:30. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services.

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Bran Castle aka Dracula’s Castle

Bran Castle aka Dracula’s Castle

Bran Castle this famous and legendary site, that spikes our  interest every time we hear about it… Is it really as tremendous as it’s fame? Is Bran Castle worth visiting?

As a tour guide and tourist as well, I say ABSOLUTELY YES. I have been through every corner of this castle so many times I cannot even count, I have stopped and looked at it from afar and up close and it is simply astonishing. This castle has played so many roles, from medieval fortress to royal residence; it must have seen so many courageous battles and fearless knights, withstood many violent attacks and horrendous enemies.

You should not be expecting luxury as it was a defense fortress, you should not be expecting cobwebs and kitsch decorations. This castle has an impressive Gothic architecture that has been enhanced over the centuries, it has a beautiful location in a mountain pass and history that won’t disappoint.


Bran Castle – Photo Gallery


Bran Castle – Video Tour:

Bran Town & Castle: Practical Information



Monday: 12PM – 4PM
Tue–Sun: 9AM – 4PM
Last Admission: 4PM


Monday: 12PM – 6PM
Tue–Sun: 9AM – 6PM
Last Admission: 6PM

ORTHODOX EASTER HOLIDAY 2016 (30 April – 03 May 2016)

30 April: 9AM – 6PM
1 May: 9AM – 6PM
2 May: 10AM – 6PM
3 May: 9AM – 6PM


Adults: 35Lei (7.8€)
Seniors (65+): 25Lei (5.6€)
Students: 20Lei (4.5€)
Pupils: 7Lei (1.5€)
School groups (>20pax): 5Lei (1.1€)
Filming: included


Admission is free for disabled persons and for institutionalized persons. Seniors admission is valid for people over 65 years. Students and pupils require to display their StudentID.



Address: Str. General Traian Mosoiu, nr. 24, Bran, Romania | GPS coordinates: N 45.515178°, E 25.367044°

Bran Castle is sited at the entrance to the Rucar – Bran passage, on the road connecting Brasov to Campulung, overtowered by the peaks of the Bucegi and the Piatra Craiului Mountains. Bran is less than 30 km far from Brasov, when following the national route 73, which leaves Braşov by its West end, through the Bartolomeu district. The distance to Bucharest is of less than 200 km.


Landscapes from Bran-Moeciu

Due to its lovely landscape and charming people, Bran-Moeciu is one of the most popular touristic areas in Brasov County and the ideal place to spend a great week-end or your holidays.

One can say that nature has been generous with this area because it is surrounded by the impressive silhouettes of the massifs Bucegi and Piatra Craiului, two of the most important elements in the Romanian mountainous touristic scenery. The landscape from this area is a harmonious mixture of different land forms (high mountains, plateaus, the curvy shapes carved by the rivers along their banks and the valleys that cross the land, shaped by the rich hydro-graphic network).


Getting there:

1. By Car:


From Bucharest, head north on DN1/E60, pass by Ploiesti, continue to follow DN1/E60, after Azuga turn left on DN73A, at Rasnov turn left onto DN73/E574, drive 10KMs and Bran Castle will be on the left.


From Brasov, head northwest to Rasnov on DN73/E574, continue straight to Bran, castle will be on the left.


2. By Train:


Train From:Bucharest Nord Gara A
Train To:Brasov
Duration: Approx 3hrs 25min
Frequency: Hourly
Line: (CFR) Intercity, Regional
Fare: Approx €10 (40Lei)

The access by train is possible only up to Brasov. From Brasov you can transfer to bus service or pick-up the taxi service. More details in the Bus/Taxi tabs.

3. By Bus


Bus terminal No. 2 Brasov, provides regular rides between Brasov and Bran – Moeciu and return trips, with departures at every 30min, and at every hour during weekends.

Duration: Approx 45min
Frequency: 30min week days, 1hr weekends
Fare: Approx €1.2 (5 Lei) /ride
Schedules: +4 0268-426-332 Location:N 45.663423°, E25.583103°

4. By Taxi


A ride to Bran Castle from Bucharest, takes about 2.5hrs drive. At Otopeni-Bucharest Airport there is a taxi station right in front of the international arrivals.

Telephone: 021-9494, 021-9444, 021-9477, 021-9488
Fare: Approx €80 (350 lei)/ride


From Brasov to Bran, Bratax.ro provides taxi services in cars with A/C, English speaking taxi drivers, with a professional conduct and attitude.

Telephone: 0268-948 / +4 0268-315-555
Mobile: +4 0726-315-555
Fare: Approx 20€ (80 lei)/ride Schedules:www.bratax.ro

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