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Top Historical Sights in Brasov

Top Historical Sights in Brasov

Set near the foothills of the Southern Carpathians and Mount Tâmpa, Brasov was built and fortified by Saxons in the 13th century. Today it is home to some of Transylvania’s top attractions, such as Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress. Here are Brasov’s top historic sites to check out.

Council Square (Piaţa Sfatului)

At the heart of Old Town is this picturesque public square lined with Gothic and baroque buildings, including the former Council House, now repurposed as a museum. The center of public life and commerce since the 14th century, the square was once the site of markets, gossip, beheadings, and even punishment for suspected witches. 

Black Church (Biserica Neagră)

Impossible to miss, Brasov’s imposing Gothic basilica was built in the 15th century and today is one of Romania’s largest Lutheran churches. Its name comes from a fire that partially destroyed the structure, leaving only a scorched, blackened shell that has since been restored. 

Rope Street (Strada Sforii)

Take a walk down one of Europe’s narrowest streets, originally built as a corridor for firefighters. The tiny walkway measures only 44 inches (112 centimeters) at some points. 

Yekaterina’s Gate (Poarta Ecaterinei)

Brasov’s only surviving gate from the original defensive walls, this grand entryway—also called Catherine’s Gate—separates Old Town from the Schei neighborhood, once the only place in town where ethnic Romanians could live. The fairytale-like design features a main watch tower and the city’s coat of arms.

St. Nicholas Church (Biserica Sf. Nicolae)

An easy walk from the city center, this Romanian Orthodox church houses impressive frescoes and icons depicting religious scenes and important moments in Transylvanian history. It is also the site of the First Romanian School, which operated for nearly 500 years and is now a museum. 

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Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit
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Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit

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Immerse yourself in the legends of Transylvania with a visit to Bran Castle and Râșnov Fortress. Departing from Braşov, the half-day hour tour begins with a stop at Râșnov to explore its imposing, 13th-century fortress. Next up is Bran Castle, also known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’ — a hilltop estate that conjures up visions of howling wolves and bats fluttering in the moonlight. Wander the castle’s Gothic chambers and learn about its ties to Bram Stoker’s undead antihero. Upgrade when booking your experience and extend your tour to the beautifully ornate Peleș Castle.
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Castles Tours from Brasov

Castles Tours from Brasov

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Cross off three of Romania’s most memorable tourist destinations in one day, starting with the imposing Peasant Citadel in Rasnov.  Hear the myths and true stories as you explore Bran Castle, which influenced Bram Stoker’s Dracula. At the spectacular royal residence Peles Castle, you'll visit both the exterior and inside at your leisure. See the stunning Transylvanian Alps and Bucegi Mountains on your relaxing trip back to Brasov.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Brasov Candlelight Tour

Brasov Candlelight Tour

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Escape the daytime crowds and be immersed in the city’s Gothic atmosphere with an after-dark tour of Brasov, visiting landmarks including the Black Church, Katherine’s Gate, and a traditional tavern. Learn more about the Saxon city’s heritage from your professional guide, and admire unique views of the charming city by candlelight.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Fortified Churches - Bran Castle - Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov

Fortified Churches - Bran Castle - Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov

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Skip the hassle of car hire whilst still ticking off more of Transylvania’s castles in less time on a hassle-free day trip from Brasov. An ideal choice for visitors interested in Romania’s ancient history, this tour transports you between Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle), the White Tower (Turnul Alb), and Poiana Brasov with ease, and offers an insider’s perspective into the history and culture of Transylvania. Plus, convenient hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Brasov Old Town Small-Group Walking Tour
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Brasov Old Town Small-Group Walking Tour

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Get an introduction to Braşov Old Town with this 2-hour walking tour. Wander down Easten Europe’s narrowest alleyway, see the candy-colored houses of Piata Sfatului Square and get up close to St Nicholas Church, the Black Church and other notable sights. As you stroll, learn about Braşov’s history — from the Middle Ages through to present day — and receive the personalized attention of the guide. Numbers limited to 10 participants on this small-group tour.
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  • 2 hours
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City Tour in Brasov in English
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City Tour in Brasov in English

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Brașov’s far-reaching history is best explored on its streets, but appreciating the context of each location can be difficult on a self-led tour. Gain intimate insight into the city on a walking tour, visiting landmarks including the Black Church, Weavers’ Bastion, and Rope Street, with cultural and historical insights provided by your guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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