Brasov, Romania: “Probably the best city in the world”
Some cities are easy to fall in love with, while others take a bit of warming up to—Brasov, in the heart of Transylvania, Romania, was fortunately the former. While we experienced the coldest weather of our trip thus far (beating out Alaska and Iceland), we were so quickly entranced by Brasov’s beauty and the minimal tourists that we didn’t mind shivering our butts off. Maybe the marketing team for the tourism board were right when they coined Brasov as “probably the best city in the world.”
Our love for Brasov extends to the country as a whole. Besides Brasov, here are five reasons why you should visit Romania:
- A rich and interesting history, from successfully fending off the Ottoman Turks in the 15th century to the invitation of German royalty to rule the country in the early 1900’s to the Romanian Revolution in 1989 that ousted Communism.
- Bran Castle, the 500-year-old castle that inspired Bram Stroker’s Dracula, and Peles Castle, a more “modern” 100-year-old castle furnished as you would imagine a fairytale castle should be.
- The seven fortified churches throughout the country that are classified collectively as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (we just visited the one in Prejmer but had great fun).
- Bucharest, the capital, where you’ll be surprised to see a lot of Parisian architecture, which boomed here in the 1920’s.
- If coming September through November, forested hills and mountains lightly glazed in fog and all the colors of fall; a scene you thought only existed in photographs.