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Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov August 24th 2011

We headed south. Then east. Then West. Camping is free in Romania. This means if you want to find an actual campsite you have to know where one is. A six year old Lonely Planet is probably not the best source of information, and this is what we had. We drove through Sibiu – couldn’t find the campsite. Couldn't find the campsite in Curtea de Arges either, and the campsite another 50ks down the road looked truly ordinary. A brief stop at a random servo for diesel and beer. We bought some dark beer which is dangerous – a lot of it had turned out to be sickly sweet malt based stuff. In the lolly section at the same servo though - truly excellent liquid rum centred chocolates. These would have to wait until the evening ... read more
Bran, Romania
Vampire Camping, Bran
Berries, always berries, Romania

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov August 15th 2011

Brasov is located in virtually the centre of Romania, 176km north of Bucharest. The city is in Transylvania and surrounded by the Carpathian mountains and as a result it provides a mix of amazing mountain scenery and German Medieval history in the old town. Brasov is the most visited town in Transylvania and it was packed when I was there in August, as a result it is a little more expensive than other cities but compared to most of Europe it was a bit cheaper. The following day I decided to climb the 900 metre Tampa mountain that offers great views over Brasov. At the top you can stand beside the Hollywoodesque Brasov sign that is lit up at night. Brasov has a huge Black Church next to the town square and from there the pedestrianised ... read more
City walls
City walls
Tampa mountain

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov July 27th 2011

An easy and worthwhile daytrip from Brasov is to Sinaia, which lies conveniently on the train line to Bucharest. Like Brasov, it is surrounded by the Carpathian mountains, making it a perfect setting for the beautiful Peles Castle. From the castle, it is a short walk to the monastery, through a wooded area with sounds of a stream nearby, and also a man playing the pipes. Vendors sold grilled corn on the cob. Back in Brasov, I finally took the cable car, which goes to the Brasov sign at the top of the mountain and provides a beautiful view of the city. On my last day in Brasov, I went to yet another water park. I didn't realize until the day before that there were two water parks in the city. I went to the one ... read more
Peles up close
castle garden
castle garden

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov July 24th 2011

The overnight train from Budapest to Romania was pretty nice and the bathrooms were spotless. I had a two person sleeper that I shared with a very nice Romanian woman, although there wasn't much room in the cabin. The train line went from Budapest to Bucharest but I got off in Brasov, a beautiful town in Transylvania. Also on the train line was Deva, and but we stopped there in the middle of the night, and even if I had been awake I wouldn't have been able to see anything. I am pretty happy that they speak a Romance language here because I can sometimes make out what they say to me (hit or miss) and especially read some of the signs so I don't feel completely lost. Brasov is a beautiful town in itself, but ... read more
view from Bran castle
Bran castle gardens
Brasov sign on the hill

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov May 29th 2011

Romania, Romania, Romania.... Just B-E-A-UTIFUL! We have had the most amazing time there. It is a shame we had not booked to stay longer as the country was gorgeous! We got up to get the 5:45am taxi from Ruse, crossing the Danube and travelled to Bucharest. Arriving at about 8am, we wandered through the town to find our hostel. We felt like we were back in London. It was lovely. Grand buildings, malls, monuments, fountains... was a nice change from what we were used to. I was excpecting something similar to Sofia, but it was so much nicer! We stayed at Butterfly Villa Hostel in the North of Bucharest which was a really nice hostel. Managed to get a room to ourselves, on the top bunks and got organised. We then went out to explore Bucharest, ... read more
At the hostel
At the Hostel
Rowing in the park

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov October 31st 2010

Days 2 & 3: Brasov After our enchanting night at the "Loft of Heartache" we headed on to Brasov, Romania. Brasov is one of the seven walled citadels populated by the Saxons of Transylvania, which were known in German as the Siebenbürgen (seven boroughs). Brasov is a lovely town, with traditional foods and artwork reflecting both its Romanian and German roots . It is also filled with a surprising number of English-speakers and Americans. It's a pretty touristy place, which we are not accustomed to living in Chisinau. So few people speak English in Chisinau that my ears have grown very sensitive to picking out English speakers in a crowd. As we walked around Brasov, we were delighted to hear a mixture of languages and accents...French, Italian, British and Australian English, and of course the ... read more
Strada Sforii

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov September 30th 2010

Brasov Beck and I arrived in Brasov on the night train and made our way to the hostel where Beck was staying, and promptly fell asleep for a few hours because we were so tired after the train! It took us a while to find the hostel so loads of local people in the main square were helping us, none of them had a clue either! But eventually we found it, no receptionist, a wierd old man let us in the door, where one Australian guy was asleep. He was the only other guest in the place! After our sleep we went to meet my couchsurfer, a bus ride away from the central square. Mihai met us from the station, he was a surprise because he has a condition which means he can't walk properly, we ... read more
Brasov... probably the best town in the world
tourist info!
Bran castle courtyard

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov August 20th 2010

Day 4-Royal Palace & Brasov 20 August 2010 Yet another perfect weather day. It is no wonder why this village was picked for summer get-a-ways from the heat in Bucharest. Before reporting on today, Jackie just reminded me to tell about the dogs. We were warned before arriving in Sinaia that there was no air conditioning in the hotel. But as nights were cool, it would be fine as you could just open the windows and get a cool breeze in the room. “You might hear some dogs during the night but nothing to worry about,” said our guide. If it troubled you then you could just close the windows. Right! On the first night we were still recovering from jet lag. So, while traveling in the bus we would nap. That meant that sleeping soundly ... read more
Royal Palace
Royal Palace
Modern transportation

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov August 14th 2010

just spent a lovely few days in draculas hometown of brasov. went to draculas castle which wasnt as gothic as expected, however the walk up the hill was horrendous. Went to a european circus and wasnt impressed. the whipping of endangered animals was not my scene so that is something i shalnt be doing again. currently in budapest waiting for a train to prague and then amsterdam and finally home on wednesday! xx... read more

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov July 12th 2010

As we stepped off the train at Braşov, we were surprised to be hassled about accommodation for a change. Finally, maybe we had come to a place in Romania which did expect tourists! Not that I mind walking off the beaten track a bit, but having already been recommended visiting Constanța by someone and finding the apparent lack of anywhere to accommodate tourists there, I was worried that the whole of Romania, including Braşov, would be a repeat of this. However, I had been told to go to Braşov by two other people who were very right. We took the guy who offered us a hostel up on his offer, and we stayed in an extremely cool place called Kismet Dao hostel on the outskirts of the historic centre. Our train had picked up the standard ... read more
Nice try...
Yeah, but...
Complete bullshit.

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