Looking for what to do in Brasov? Romania is such a wonderful country. It is cheap, beautiful and full of friendly people. Transylvania was probably my favorite region in Romania. I love nature and the comfort of the city so I know I have found my happy place when I am able to mix the two.
Brasov is an amazing place where I was able to find a balance between the two. You can enjoy a lovely nature hike during the day, and come back to enjoy a nice restaurant and walk around the city at night. But what should you do on your trip to Brasov?
Here is a list of the best things to do in Brasov.
1. Hike To The Brasov Sign
Brasov is a small cobbled street town with plenty of day activities you can do during the day. There is a lot of hiking and exploring to see in and around the town. If you don’t have much time to venture far from Brasov, I highly recommend the hike to the Brasov sign or Tampa Mountain. If hiking isn’t your thing they also have a cable car to the top, so you are still able to enjoy the views.
Tampa mountain is a pretty easy hike. It will take you about 1 hour from the bottom of the town to the top of the mountain. Simply head from town to the bottom of the mountain. There is a trail starting from the bottom of the cable car that will take you to the top. The trail is pretty simple and zigzags back and forth. It is not well marked and there are several different paths you can choose, but as long as you keep heading up, you will make it to the top.
Cost: Cable Car 18 Lei ( Round Trip) or $4.5
2. Free Walking Tour
I absolutely love walking tours. It is such a great way to find insider information out for whatever city you are in. I always try to find a free walking tour wherever I am. Walkabouts walking tour never fails to deliver as well. Their guides have so much information and history, not only about Brasov, but also on the history of Romania. They are a great source to ask for any of the burning questions that you can’t find on google.
Cost: Free (But recommended you tip at least $5 a person)
3. Hike In Poiana
Poiana is Romania’s most famous ski and snowboard resort. However, in the summer it attracts locals and tourists for their peaceful and scenic trails. You can rent mountain bikes or simply hike around. They have a cable car heading to the top of the mountain for those looking for a leisurely way to experience the views.
The views from the top of the mountain are simply out of this world. They also have a bar and restaurant at the top if you want to get a bite to eat. Poiana is a great spot to head if you want to enjoy some mountain air for the day. If hiking around the mountain doesn’t seem like your cup of tea, they have a fun family center located at the bottom of the mountain with bowling and billiards.
How To Get There: Take Bus 20 from the main bus station in Brasov ( Leaves every 30 minutes)
Cost: 12 Lei ( Round Trip) or $3
4. Enjoy Smoking Hookah
There is nothing better than sitting with friends, enjoying a drink and having deep conversation over hookah. They are all over the streets of Romania and it is such a good way to sit back and watch the world go by. I am not a smoker, but I have a hard time saying “No” to hookah. It is fruity, delicious and for some reason doesn’t feel unhealthy.
Hookahs make for a quiet evening and I prefer it over going to a crowded club. This one is slightly over my $10 mark, but since you are sharing it with friends it still comes out under $10. Some of my best nights were had over hookah.
Cost: 45 Lei or $11
5. Bran Castle
You can’t come to Romania without visiting Transylvania, and you can’t go to Transylvania without seeing Bran Castle. It is more commonly known as the home to Dracula or at least the castle that inspired the story of Dracula. Even though it can be overrun with tourists, it is still worth checking out.
Bran castle is actually very small inside, which helps in keeping it warm and insulated in the winter. I’m pretty small standing at only 5 feet tall and I felt cramped at times in the castle. Nonetheless, it was a unique castle and worth checking out.
Cost: 40 lei or $10
6. Peles Castle
Peles Castle has to be my favorite castle I visited during my time in Romania. The inside of this place was absolutely incredible. The amount of detail that went into all the woodwork blew my mind. It is a fairly modern looking castle considering the construction started in the late 1800s. The structure was finalised in 1914 and built with complete indoor plumbing, electricity and even has central vacuuming.
It was built for King Carol I and was intended to be his summer home. It is a stunning castle, especially for any of those who enjoy woodworking. Do not miss out on this castle while you are staying in Brasov
Cost: 30 lei or $8 (They do have a more expensive tour if you want to see more of the castle, but the best parts are actually on the cheaper version)
7. Enjoy A Cafe On The Main Street
Nothing beats enjoying a nice coffee in a European cafe while watching the world go by. It is a great way to people watch and get a true feel for the country you are in. Sit and observe the way the locals sit back for hours and enjoy a cup of coffee and nice conversation, the very opposite of the American way of rushing through everything.
I love this lifestyle in Europe. They can just sit around for hours and hours, chatting and enjoying a cup of coffee. It is such a good habit that we Americans should really bring back to our county. Coffee to go is just not a thing in Europe. Coffee is meant to be shared with friends and not rushed.
Cost: 8 Lei or $2
8. Black Church
It is hard to miss the Black Church when you are in Brasov. Sticking out like a sore thumb due to its large size it is actually the largest Gothic church in Eastern Europe. Built by the German community in the 14th century, it is unlike most other churches in Romania. Not only does its size make it stand out since most churches in Romania are quite small, but is also has a unique style.
The inside is not the most impressive church I have seen, but it is worth checking out. They have some very intricately engraved stonework that I found pretty interesting.
Cost: 10 lei or $3
9. Enjoy A Chimney Cake In The Square Center
If you’ve never had a chimney cake, you can’t leave Romania without trying one! It is a doughy, hollow cake that is cooked over a fire and covered in cinnamon and sugar. They are so good and make a great afternoon snack to share with friends.
Be sure to grab one off the streets and enjoy it.
Cost: 20 lei or $5 dollars
10. Rope Street
Rope Street ,or Strada Cerbului, is the narrowest street in Europe making it a fun spot to walk through and snap a couple of photos. It is brightly colored and they even have a section where you can sign your name. Its original purpose was to allow firemen quicker access to the city, but is impossible for any modern day cars or scooters to drive down.
The firemen would use the street so they had a better chance of getting to the fires faster. Since cars were unable to fit, they knew there would never be traffic. Be sure to check it out when you are walking around the city.
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