Brasov Journals

A Little Look into Transylvania

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A June 2004 trip to Brasov by dangaroo

Quote: A few special things and places in Romania

Peles Castle

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Attraction | "A Very Grandiose Structure in the Middle of the Carpathians!"

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Hidden away in the South-Eastern Carpathians, a short distance away from the mountain resort Sinaia, lies this dramatically and in some ways over the top building - Peles Castle. The entrance easily recognisable by a beer drinking blind bear on a chain (may well be dead or his status changed by the entrance to the EU by now)Before the entrance to main gates are several stalls, old ladies selling cheese, clothing, wooden nic nacs and the typical fare of any such tourist attractions in the Carpathians, whether it be Poland, Ukraine or Romania. The cheese is delicious, mind! This glamorous old school building lies in magnificent grounds, grassy fields and a bit of forest - there are street do...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 25, 2009

Peles Castle
Romania
Sinaia, Romania

Bran Castle

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Attraction | "The So-called Dracula's Castle!"

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Bran Castle is an overpowering structure which lies on top of a hill overlooking the small village of Bran which is closely located to Brasov. Bran is famous as being "Dracula's Castle", although there is no proof that Vlad Tepes actually ever set foot in the building, although it is thought that he may have hung out there for a few days during warfare. There is even less evidence that Bram Stoker knew anything about it. This is however a cracking selling point and the eerieness of the castle's gothic architecture adds to the feeling. What doesn't really add to the feeling is the large amount of stalls selling Dracula and Romania memorobillia nor the hoardes of tourists waddling along in a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 25, 2009

Bran Castle
Street Principala 498
Brasov, Romania

Bella Muzica

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Restaurant | "Delicious Food in Awesome Surroundings"

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Bella Musica is a restaurant that I used to visit on a regular basis during my stay in Brasov. Located very centrally, near the Black Church at "Gheorghe Baritiu 2", you must walk through a small gate with a music shop by the entrance, turn through the door on the right and down some sharp stairs into a 400 year old cellar. You will most likely be greeted by the friendly staff, there's a good chance it will be busy too as this affordable restaurant is so stylish that people can't help but like it and come back, make sure you reserve a table. The staff are used to crowds though and you won't need to have to wait particularly long for your food. Sit down at your table and you wil...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 25, 2009

Bella Muzica
Piata Sfatului 19
Brasov 500025

The Birthplace of Dracula!

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Sighisoara deep in Transylvania, has an eerie feel to it but is a very pleasant day trip or one night stay on any trip to Romania.History=====In the 12th century, the king of Hungary invited German craftsmen to reside in Sighisoara and to defend the Hungarian Empire, Sighisoara therefore started off as a Saxon settlement. Sighisoara (known then as Schaesbrich), was one of the busiest market towns and artesan centres in Central Europe. The strong fortifications and impressive buildings still stand today, despite various battles between Transylvanians, Hungarians, Russians and Wallachians, Sighisoara remained Hungarian or Transylvanian Hungarian until after World War 1, when it w...Read More

Kismet Dao Villa

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Hotel | "Kismet Dao - Wow!"

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Kismet Dao Hostel is a hostel in Brasov, Romania. It's semi-owned by a Korean thus the intriguing name.Although the hostel is the opposite end of the old town from the Central Train/Mini Bus station, it's easy to get to, here are someinstructions borrowed from their website:Taxi: A ride from the train station should cost about 3 EUROS or 10 RON (as of Dec 2006). Use only taxis with company names on them (e.g. RO, ATI, MARTAX, TOD) and make sure they turn the meter on. It is better most times to take a taxi than a bus.Bus: Take bus #51 from the train station to the last stop at Piata Unirii. Each ticket costs 1.2 lei which you buy from a kiosk. Make sure you va...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 10, 2008

Kismet Dao Villa
Neagoe Basarab Street #8
Brasov, Romania
0268514296

Festival 39

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Restaurant | "Good Music, Good Food"

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Festival 39 is a cafe/bar that also serves up in Brasov. It's very centrally located and seems to attract a mixture of expats and locals, the place is very plush inside and also offers a large amount of seating, the prices are no way the cheapest in the town but they're not prohibitive either, the food is good but best of all for me is the eclectic choice of music, the staff here always manage to pull out some gems and put them on the speakers, playing a mixture of old jazz, blues, chanson and gypsy music, the place has a very relaxed feeling and is an ideal place to go on a rainy day or to soothe off a hangover.It has become popular over the years, so much so that they've now opened a cha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2008

Festival 39
Muresenilor 23
Brasov
+40 268 478 664

Viron Pension

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Hotel | "Nice View to Share with Rodents"

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Up a steep hill overlooking Brasov lies Viron Pension, quite a climb with a backpack but good fun going down! I found Viron Pension on the internet and decided to stay there with my fiance a few years back, several rooms in a large Romanian chalet with a breathtaking view of the city and nearby mountains, a pleasant garden and a shared kitchen.I like a soft bed, so the beds were comfortable for me but might not be for those who like a hard bed. Overall I found the place comfortable, even if it was a bit basic. The showers were warm and the only thing that let the place down was a visit from a local brigade of mice.Personally, I quite like mice but couldn't eat a whole one. My g...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 13, 2009

Viron Pension
Cibinului nr. 23
Brasov

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I worked in Brasov about 4 and a half years ago and spent considerable time exploring the area. Brasov is a wonderful little city in the Transylvanian mountains, don't worry though - there are no vampires! Hell there are no scam artists these days either! Brasov is almost completely safe and the locals are truly wonderful, very friendly and helpful. Nestled between the mountain this reasonable sized city has a lot to offer, the hiking opportunities immediately at the top of the hill above Brasov are immense. A superb mix of architecture including the powerfully gothic Black church, the communist blocks, the new apartment blocks and villas and the old buildings in the centre give it a nice ...Read More