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Brasov, Romania

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We left Sighișoara and did another detour on our way to Brașov, visiting Viscri. Viscri is home to the Viscri fortified church which is set right in the heart of Romania's scenic countryside with rolling hills. From there we drove to Brașov, a city of 275,000 people that is surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains and is part of the historical region of Transylvania.

Brasov is one of the most visited places in Romania with some impressive gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, as well as a number of significant historic attractions.

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Be sure to check out:

  • The Council Square: Located in the heart of old medieval Brasov and lined with beautiful red-roofed merchant houses, it's a great way to soak up the scenery.
  • The Black Church: Towering over other buildings, the Black Church is the largest Gothic church in Romania.
  • Watchtowers: The 15th century White and Black Towers form part of the city's historic fortifications.
  • Prima Școală Românească: Romania's oldest school, filled with interesting artefacts.
  • Biserica Sfântul Nicolae: A fine Romanian Orthodox church.
  • Șchei Gate & Poarta Ecaterinei: Historics gates that date back to 1559.
  • Muzeul de Artă: An impressive art museum.

There's also some great food throughout the town and loads of options in the historic centre. Make sure you try their delicious Iahnie cu ciolan, which combines beans with a large chunk of a smoked pork hock and Papanași which is a dessert made from fried dough and sweet cheese, with fruit jam and sour cream. Delicious!

A trip to this part of the world would not be complete without a visit to Bran Castle or Dracula's Castle (created by Bram Stoker). It's a national monument and landmark in Romania, located high above a valley perched on a rock. It's a wonderful sight set amongst mountains and a flowing river.

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Sibiu - Medias - Sighișoara, Romania

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A great way to explore Romania is to get yourself a car and explore the countryside at your own leisure. There are some fascinating towns, with fantastic medieval buildings, stone churches and imposing monasteries. And as you travel from town to town, you'll see a wide variety of landscapes including flat planes, rolling hills and rocky mountains.

We decided to do a loop from Bucharest, north west to Sibiu, on to Medias, then east to Sighișoara, followed by Brașov and back into Bucharest.

On the way to Sibiu, you pass through the Carpathian Mountains which are stunning. En-route, we Cozia and Turnu Monasteries, as well as Arutela, a fort from AD138!

Sibiu

A vibrant town with flair, grand architecture, a wonderful old town and one of Romania's true cultrual centres. We stayed at Casa Eva, right next to the historic centre. Be sure to check out:

  • The Bridge of Lies & The Small Square
  • Pharmaceutical History Museum
  • Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary - and climb to the top.
  • Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church
  • The Lower Town - an enjoy the interesting 'eye's' looking at you in buildings roofs!
  • The 3 towers at the southern end of the old town.

It's a great place to just wander around and get lost in.

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Medias

Medias is a smaller town of around 45,000 people, and is known to be one of the oldest in Transylvania. It has a medieval feel with winding streets, centuries-old houses and a large square with a well kept garden, surrounded by colourful facades. We only had 1 night which was adequate to get an overview of the town. We stayed right in the square at 'Fabini Apartments' which ideal.

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Sighișoara

From Medias, we did a detour to check out the famous Fortified Church of Biertan, which dominates the small village. A fascinating place that feels like you've stepped back in time.

From there, we drove on to Sighișoara, another small fortified city that oozes charm. It has a history dating back to the 1100s with cobbled streets, colourful buildings and the whole place is a UNESCO World Heritage site. There's also a great restaurant culture with some fantastic eateries.

Be sure to climb the clock tower for a fantastic view!

Viscri

Another detour on our way to Brașov, Viscri is home to the Viscri fortified church set right in the heart of Romania's scenic countryside with rolling hills.

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Bucharest, Romania

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Romania is a country that has been mentioned by fellow travellers a number of times over the years, as a fantastic place to experience Europe in all its glory without endless streams of tourists that can hamper the experience.

We flew into Romania's capital, Bucharest via Doha with Qatar Airlines from Sri Lanka and were in for a treat. The bus from the airport took us right into the heart of the city by the Dâmbovița River. The old town is known as the newest old town in Europe following a massive restoration project that was undertaken over a decade until 2013. From what was considered a dilapidated and dirty city following dictatorial leadership, has been transformed into a charming, walkable quarter with enough sights, bars and clubs to entertain you for days.

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We stayed at 'Antic Apartments', right in the heart of the old town which was just buzzing with a great atmosphere day-in-day-out.

There's plenty to see and go to in Bucharest including:

  • Churches: Exploring the hidden small churches in the old town.
  • Palace of Parliament: The heaviest building in the world, and the world’s second-largest administrative building (after the Pentagon). It was started in 1984 (and is still unfinished) and has more than 3000 rooms. It's colossal and well worth a tour. Make sure you book ahead and take your passport.
  • King Michael Park: A huge park and lake, grab yourself a bike or explore by foot.
  • Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum: An open-air ethnographic museum that has 272 peasant farms and houses from across Romania, showcasing traditional Romanian village life.
  • Arcul de Triumf: Located right by King Michael Park, it's an impressive sight, similar to the arch in Paris.
  • Romanian Peasant Museum: A collection of clothing, ceramics, and other artefacts from years gone by.
  • National Museum of Romanian History: Even if you don't explore inside, it's well worth viewing the building.
  • Revolution Square: An important landmark for the Romanian revolution in 1989.
  • Bars: If you're looking for a great place to hangout, go to

- Gradina EDEN a hidden gem in amongst trees behind a grand old building
- Linea / Closer To The Moon, a great rooftop bar overlooking the old tonw.
- Berăria H., huge beer hall by Herăstrău Lake.

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