My dear Brasov, I probably see this town as often as I see my home town Bucharest and I still love it, still like spending my afternoons guiding tourists on it’s old narrow streets painted with color and architectural flavor by spectacular houses from centuries ago.
Why I love it? – you might be wondering, well beside the obvious reasons: great historical value, architecture etc., I love it because it is alive and it makes me happy to be there every time. I enjoy seeing the locals filling the town square with their laughter and energy, I love their seasonal fairs selling anything from home made cakes and jams to jewelry or books. I like having a latte and doing some people watching in between the medieval buildings that give it a special feeling and it’s very interesting how in this town the cafes have outdoor seating even in winter time.
I love the warmth of the people always greeting you with a smile, I really like the food and restaurants in Brasov (found a few gems that I will definitely share with you later on) and last but not least I love the legends that have always made the history of this place come alive in my mind like no other.
What to see in Brasov?
First wander around Council Square just admiring the architecture, make sure you don’t miss the historical Catherine’s Gate, Rope street – one of the narrowest streets in Europe.
Afterwards pop inside the 15th century Black Church, largest Gothic church in between Saint Sofia in Istanbul and Saint Stephan’s Dome in Vienna.
If you are up for a little hiking and if you like photographing a town from higher grounds go up to the Black Tower for an incredible view over the historical center, the Black church and surrounding area.
After all the exploring a nice meal is deserved. Stop at Sergiana for a traditional Transylvanian meal, expect a lot of delicious pork dishes.
Cake and coffee and people watching is a must while in Brasov and German Bakery is the place where I always get my coffee and sugar fix.