When you are planning to visit Romania is a must to stop in Brasov one of the most beautiful Transylvanian cities. From here you have the advantage of being very close to Bran Castle (approximately 20 miles/ 27 km south-west) plus you get to live a unique experience discovering the medieval city.
Brasov was founded in 1235 by the Saxon and Hungarian nobility, moved on this part of the Austrian -Hungarian empire by the Hungarian king Andrew I, 24 years before, together with the Teutonic knights to help each other building fortresses to protect the southern border of the empire and stop the Tartar invasion . The very first name of the city was KRONSTADT( The Crown City) , changed several times until they decide to stick to Brasov ( that happened by the end of the 17th century).
Your tour covers all the major touristic attractions under the moonlight which gives a different perspective of all baroque structures: THE BLACK CHURCH and KATHERINE’S GATE, medieval buildings surrounding the COUNCIL CITY SQUARE all this incorporated in a special tour.
When you’re on vacation you want to enjoy yourself, you want to see new things, you want to meet new people and create memories, look no further. We are the 1st tour agency to organize a mixed tour which combines the history with lots of fun. The tour starts with an explanation about the city and it ends with a stop at one of the most enjoyable pubs in Brasov where you can find a big spectrum of choice from Romanian beer, here we have almost 600 years of experience, to Romanian super alcoholic drinks, pub food and wedges and much more.
Monday- Sunday : 7.30pm
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Looking at city’s coat-of-arms, which you’ll be going to see everywhere on the buildings, flags, trash-cans, on the floor you’ll understand right away where from the Germans got its name in the first place.
The legend of the crown goes back to early 11th century A.D. when the Hungarian king Solomon I chased by the Cumans ( a barbarian tribe living somewhere between Germany of today and Scandinavia) having his all army destroyed , he end up in the middle of a big black forest right on the foot of Tampa mountain, where more than 200 years later Germans and Hungarians started the city, in the same place where , according to the legend saved the life of the king. Our hero believed that the forest was magic so he placed his crown on top of a tree trunk and he built for himself a small house around it. The legend of the Hungarian king lived through the centuries, still today, and we have a very strong reason to believe that the founders of the city knew about it and to keep alive the legend they name the city Kronstadt and as coat-of-arms we have, as it can be seen in the image above, THE CROWN , THE TREE TRUNK and THE ROOTS which represent the stability of the place in front of the invaders.
The medieval fortress build in 1235 was, as many others in this area, entirely build in wood reason why it was burnt to the ground not once , but the people living here never give up and rebuild it every time.
Even in its early days, Brasov was a prosper and rich city having within the city walls the biggest market place in the south-east part of the Austrian- Hungarian Empire, reason why it was often attacked and robbed. The population of the time decided to move the fortress in a better location and they start building the new city on top of Tampa Mountain, 920m/2800 feet above the sea level, and they called it BRASOVIA. Unfortunately, not even there were safe and by the beginning of the 15th century the Turkish sultan Murad II conquered Brasovia and destroyed every single Christian church build until then inside the old city. A couple of years later Iancu de Hunedoara buys back the city from the sultan and he starts the reconstruction of Brasov, all in river rocks, bricks and concrete, and from his own money builds a 3 km/2 miles double wall around the city, becoming one of the best-protected medieval towns : it had 4 surveillance towers on the exterior ( two of them are still standing) 24 towers inside the surrounding wall 7 bastions , used as work houses in times of peace and in times of war everyone protected his part of the town . One of the bastion is still standing , the Weaver Bastion , every year is hosting the biggest medieval event from Transylvania.
The city’s economy grows exponentially together with the fame of being the biggest market in the south-east and the richest borgo . Merchants from all Europe and not only start invading the place looking to get rich, but as you know the mirage of the money it became very attractive for the invaders, reason why the place was under attack several times.
In 1458 the famous Wallahian king Vlad III Dracula conquers the city for the first time in almost 50 years. The real reason for his actions was not the money but to punish all the nobility that fought against him on his battle for the throne of Wallahia , given their support to his rival/brother. All the prisoners were impaled, survivors that manage to escape to Budapest complained to the Hungarian king Matei Corvin about what happened and called the king THE IMPALER. Our hero remained in the history of Hungary as one of their biggest enemies.
Centuries later Bram Stoker describes Vlad the Impaler as one of the most ruthless kings of his time , creating the most famous horror character around the iconic Wallahian commander.
After the death of Vlad III Dracula in 1476 Transylvania remains a Hungarian colony for more than 400 years until 1918, months after the first world war, Romania accepts Transylvania as part of the united Romanian countries to become Romania as we know it today.
Brasov was more than a money making establishment or the center of wars between east and west, was also a melting pot. Many nationalities lived together within the walls of the medieval city for centuries, for example in 1600’s when the Austrian take over the Hungary to become the Austrian-Hungarian empire they made sure in Brasov there were exactly 33% from each nationality Germans , Hungarians and Romanians this way there were no differences between the inhabitants.
In years 1689 Brasov is entirely destroyed by the biggest fire ever to heat the city , but with everybody’s commitment the town was rebuilt in less than 2 years.
In 1807 the 4th “players” joined the game. A party of 5 Jewish moved to Brasov and 100 years later were more than 20.000.
Having all this cultures together in the same place, they all brought with them their all food culture ,clothing and religion that’s why today in the old city you can visit the BLACK CHURCH which represents the German protestant part, the CHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY which represents the Romanian orthodox part, the BASILICA OF SAINT PETER which represents the Hungarian catholic part and the JEWISH SYNAGOGUE which represents the Jewish community. All of this ecclesiastical places are located in the city center around the Council City Square within 500m radius. Then after a nice walk around the city, you can find a big choice of restaurants typical German or Hungarian or Romanian.
Piata Sfatului nr.30, Brașov County, Romania