You only have one day in Brasov / Romania and still don’t want to miss any things to do and highlights during your city trip? No problem at all with the travel tips and BIG5 checklists from JOURNICATION! This Brasov travel guide shows you with maps the route to the best places within the Romanian city. In addition to my personal experience report, you will receive recommendations on the best hotels, restaurants and photo spots in Brasov and an overview of the costs. You will see, in 24 hours in Brasov, there are more sights to discover than just Council Square and the panorama from Tampa Mountain. Let’s go for a perfect day in Brasov in 2021!
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BIG5 Things to do in Brasov
You don’t want to miss any sights? Find all the tips and your checklist for the city trip to Brasov here:
BIG5 Brasov- Speed Date
Brasov’s Old Town with its charming streets and its iconic medieval buildings is a never-ending source of inspiration and joy that make travellers come back for more.
Brasov is not exactly and off-beat destination. Its popularity among both locals and tourists makes it fairly crowded at times.
End your Old Town explorations with a sunset stroll along the Promenade below Mount Tampa and take in the views of the city from above.
Do not try to squeeze all tourist attractions in one day! Leave yourself time to soak up the atmosphere and observe the local ways of life. After all, less means deeper when it comes to travel.
Don’t tell your mother:
That you are in Brasov, Transylvania as she may pack a bag of garlic and fly over to rescue you from Dracula and his bloodthirsty fellows !
BIG5 Brasov – Rapid Fire Q&A
- How many days should one spend in the city? – Ideally 2 days, but if your time is tight and you also wish to discover other parts of Romania on the same trip, 1 day will suffice for a first impression.
- How will I get around the city? – Brasov’s main attractions are in the Old Town area which can easily be covered on foot. From the train station you can use the public bus No.4 or call a Uber.
- Should I book a city tour? – Booking a half-day tour is a great idea to get an overall impression of the city and its history. Leave the rest of the day free to roam around and enjoy the local vibe.
- Should I book a hotel or an apartment? – You can do both, there are many hotels and apartments to choose from with the latter offering more affordable prices, if the budget is a factor.
- Are dinner reservations necessary? – It is advisable to book a table in advance, especially if you wish to dine in one of the better rated restaurants. Locals like dinning out and restaurants can get pretty busy, especially in the evening.
BIG5 Brasov – Orga
Best travel time for Brasov
The summer months June to September are the best time to visit Brasov, the weather is warm and steady and, due to its location, the temperatures remain bearable. For ski lovers and Christmas Fair fans, December is a nice combo of snowy and festive.
Arrival & Departure to Brasov
There is no airport in Brasov for the time being. If your plane lands in Bucharest the quickest way to reach Brasov is by train (2.5 hours). By car the trip will generally take about 3 hours if the road is clear. At week-ends the drive can last up to 6 hours because of traffic jams. Many locals choose to travel to Brasov and its region during week-ends.
Visa: Check here whether you need a visa for Romania with your passport
- Flight: There is no airport in Brasov. One has to fly either to Bucharest or Sibiu.
- Bus: Brasov is well connected to Bucharest and other cities. Check here.
- Train: The train remains the fastest way to get to Brasov regardless of the time and days of the week. For tickets and timetable check here.
- Car: Despite the relatively short distance between Bucharest and Brasov (186 km), the speed limit and the traffic jams make the trip longer than 3 hours in general.
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Accommodation / Hotels in Brasov
Recommended location: As the main attractions are located mainly in the Old Town, this is the area recommended for accommodation.
- Budget: JugendStube Hostel (Michael Weiss nr 13). Located in the Old Town, 10 euros in dormitory, 25 euros for a double room.
- Medium: Casa Wagner (5 Piata Sfatului). Great location and 15th century building in the heart of the Old Town. Rooms starting at 50 euros per day, breakfast included.
- Medium: Safrano Palace (3 Piața Sfatului). Centrally located next to the Council Square. Rooms starting at 65 euros, breakfast included.
- Noble: Vila Katharina (Poarta Schei nr. 20). Rooms starting at 102 Euros, breakfast included. An elegant building set 1 minute away from the Council Square.
- Noble: : Kronwell Hotel (Bulevardul Gării 7A), for those looking for a modern hotel with full amenities. Rooms starting at 135 euros.
Price Level in Brasov / Budget
In Brasov you pay with RON (RON (Lei) 5 Lei = 1 Euro roughly)
Withdraw money: There are ATMs everywhere across the city, including the Old Towm, so withdrawing money is not a problem.
Beer indicator: 2-4 euros in a restaurant in the Old Town
Cost of a taxi: The local taxis charge approx. 0.45 euros/km during daytime and 0.53 euros/km during nighttime. Uber is also available in Brasov.
Cost for public transport: One 2-trip ticket costs 1 euro.
Restaurants, Bars & Cafés in Brasov
- Bistro de l’arte (Piața George Enescu 11Bis) for fresh food with daily menus. A bistro selection of international refined recipes for food aficionados.
- La Birou Bistro (Strada Sfântul Ioan 28), the perfect place for breakfast or brunch.
- Delicious Raw (Strada Michael Weiss 12) for a good coffee and a vegan dessert.
- Dei Frati (Piața George Enescu) for great pastas and Italian food.
- La Ceaun (Piața Sfatului 11-12) for hearty Romanian food.
- Terroirs Boutique du Vin (Strada Postăvarului 2) for a good wine and a snack in between.
- Gelato Mania (Strada Prundului 37) for a yummy Italian ice-cream, the best in the city.
BIG5 Brasov – Activities
- Visit the famous Black Church and, if you’re lucky, enjoy an organ concert or simply a rehearsal.
- Take a walk from the centuries-old Council House down Republicii Street and enjoy the eclectic architectural gems and the local vibe.
- Put your claustrophobia at test and cross the Rope Street, one of the narrowest streets in Europe.
- Head up to Mount Tampa and walk along the medieval walls and towers of the citadel while taking in the mesmerising views of the city.
- Visit the Romanian Orthodox Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos (Biserica Sfânta Adormire a Maicii Domnului) and enjoy the serenity within.
BIG5 Brasov – Photo spots
- The iconic Council House and its square with the fountain in the middle.
- Panoramic views of the city from the top of Mount Tampa.
- The eclectic architecture of the old buildings in the Old Town with its vivid colours.
- Cetatuia fortress strategically set on a hill overlooking the city.
- The Rope Street and its vibrant walls.
BIG5 Brasov – Things to do off the beaten track
- Stroll along Schei Quarter , the part of the city where the Romanians settled during the Saxon rule of Brasov.
- Walk up to Cetatuia Fortress. Although closed for the time being, the exterior walls and the views are worthwhile.
- Take a Walkabout free tour to find out more about the history of the city.
- Visit the local market and buy some fresh fruits from the region.
- Book a traditional Romanian cooking class with a local family.
BIG5 Brasov – Culinary Journey
- Kronstadt Pretzels with salt, sesame or poppy seeds.
- Bean and Smoked Pork Hocks Soup served in bread.
- Transylvanian Bulz (ball of polenta with a savoury cheese filling).
- Minced Meat in Cabbage Leaves served with polenta and sour cream.
- Traditional Plum Brandy to wash down the hearty meals.
BIG5 Brasov – Communication
In Romania you speak Romanian
- thank you – Multumesc / Mersi
- yes – Da
- no – Nu
- hello – Buna
- goodbye – La revedere
BIG5 Brasov – Helpful Websites / Links
BIG5 Brasov – Overview map for your city trip
One perfect day in Brasov 🇷🇴 – here is your overview
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Your morning in Brasov
- Breakfast or morning coffee at La Birou Bistro
- The Franciscan Church
- The Art Museum
- Cetatuia Fortress
Your afternoon in Brasov
- A Romanian generous lunch
- The Romanian Orthodox Cathedral
- The Black Church
- Rope Street
- The Rope Street Museum
- Katherina’s Gate
- Promenade below Mount Tampa
Your evening in Brasov
- Council Square & Republicii Street
- Gourmet dinner at Bistro de l’Arte
In addition to the BIG5, I have summarized the things to do in Brasov and the circular route for you in an overview map:
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Best things to do in Brasov
Brasov is the seventh largest city in Romania and, without doubt, a bucket-lister for every traveller to the country. Many of Transylvania’s gems lie within the now famous triangle Brasov – Sibiu – Sighisoara with Brasov being the most accessible gateway from Bucharest. Nestled at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, the city oozes charm, history and culture from every pore.
With a “life story” going back to the 13th century, Brasov is now a vibrant and energetic urban hub where old colourful buildings shelter trendy gastronomic venues, easygoing cafes, compelling art galleries and museums. To nature aficionados the city offers an enticing walk along the promenade below the forested Mount Tampa and a hike to its top to enjoy breathtaking panoramic vistas.
Things to do in Brasov in the morning
Through Republicii Street to the Franciscan Church
Start your Brasov discovery day with a hot coffee and a healthy breakfast at La Birou Bistro. A full belly allows the brain to be hungry for knowledge and that’s the first thing one should take care of. The charming bistro is located on a small street off the hectic Republicii Street, but with enough opening to enjoy people watching while you savour your drink.
Since you’ve got here it would be a pity not to stop for a quick visit at the Franciscan Church, a former monastery dating back to the 15th century. Initially built in a Gothic style, the church is now predominantly Baroque since its last restoration that took place at the beginning of the 18th century. The church was dedicated to St. John the Baptist, hence the name of the street you’ll find it on.
Things to do in Brasov: Stroll through the old town
For art lovers the next obvious stop would be the Brasov’s Art Museum located a stone throw away from the Franciscan Church. Housed in a Neo-baroque style building from 1902, the museum exhibits a great collection of art pieces (paintings, sculptures, decorative art, icons, tapestries, etc.) representative for modern and contemporary Romanian art and also for Transylvanian art from the 16th-20th centuries.
Standing in front of the museum, you can see the beautiful Cetatuia Fortress high up on the hill in front of you. Despite being temporarily closed, the fortified building is worth a visit both to closely admire its walls and to discover a less touristy neighbourhood on the way up. After all, you’ve satisfied your hunger, soothed your soul and marvelled your eyes, now it’s time for an endorphin boost. On the way back a nutritious Romanian lunch will be waiting for you at La Ceaun restaurant.
Things to do in Brasov in the afternoon
Stroll across the Council Square to the Orthodox Church
After a hearty lunch and a well-deserved break you’re back on your feet ready to unearth the city’s true gems. You’ve saved the best for last, as they say. Before heading to the iconic Lutheran Black Church, take a few minutes and step in a less touristy one for a more immersive spiritual experience.
Just off Council Square on the street behind the Council House itself, you’ll find the Romanian Orthodox Cathedral (Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos). Don’t be put off by the modest entry, soon you’ll find yourself in a haven of peace and tranquility away from the usual urban buzz. Built at the end of the 20th century in Byzantine style, the church boasts beautiful frescoes and impressive decorations. You may go even further and follow a Romanian custom, by lighting two candles here: one in the memory of the people you’ve lost and another to cherish the ones still present in your life.
Things to do in Brasov: Visit the Black Church & the Rope Street
It’s now time to head to the most sumptuous and impressive building in Brasov: the Black Church, the largest Lutheran church in South-Eastern Europe and the main Gothic style monument in the country. Completed in the 15th century, it became known as the Black Church following the devastating fire of 1689, before that it was known as the Church of Saint Mary. If you are lucky, during your visit, you may listen to the fabulous Buchholz mechanical organ and its 3993 pipes ( that won it the title of the largest functional organ in Southeast Europe), while admiring the richest collection of Anatolian carpets across Europe dating back to the 17th and 18th century.
On your way out or when buying your ticket, cast a glance at the newly opened souvenir shop full of handmade artefacts meticulously crafted by local artists.
From this impressive monument you’ll skip to one of the narrowest streets in Europe: the Rope Street. Built initially as a firemen corridor back in the 17th century, it has now become one of the most instagrammable places and photo spots in Brasov and that’s a jolly good reason to stop and visit. And because it’s almost 5 o’clock, a tea and some biscuits at the lovely Rope Street Museum seems like an excellent idea. Besides, the staff are wonderful and entertaining and always available for a small chat.
Things to do in Brasov: Panorama below Tampa Mountain
By now you must have gathered countless photos of the city and its many colourful houses, enough to make anyone home jealous and sorry for not joining you, but it’s time for a walk uphill to get the “whole” picture just before sunset.
Prior to reaching the Weavers’ Bastion, the starting point for your sunset promenade below Mount Tampa, stop and admire the beautiful Katherina’s Gate, the only original city gate to have survived from medieval times.
End your evening with a pleasant stroll alongside locals who have come for a walk below Mount Tampa to relax and clear their heads.
Time to return to your hotel to freshen up and meet Brasov in the evening!
Things to do in Brasov in the evening
There is no better place to spend your evening than in the lively Republici Street swarming with locals and tourists who are out for a drink and a nice meal. After wandering on the charming streets spreading out from the Council Square it’s time to stop for a cosy experience at Bistro de l’Arte where chef Oana Coanta will delight your taste buds with the most delicious gourmet food you’ll find in Brasov.
And on this Epicurean note, your fabulous day in Brasov has come to an end, but hopefully you’ll return again for a better look. One day in Brasov is hardly enough and if you venture again to this part of Romania in the future, do take a day trip to Poiana Brasov or visit the peasant fortified churches in Prejmer & Harman.
This article was published in collaboration with Cezarina Pomojnicu from Romania Private Tours, (Instagram, Facebook) a small travel company focused on cultural experiences. A globetrotter herself, Cezarina has visited more than 40 countries and turned her passion for Romania into this project.
What are the best day trips from Brasov?
If you have more than one day in Brasov, you should take a day trip to Poiana Brasov or visit the rural fortified churches in Prejmer & Harman.
Brasov is also a good starting point for day trips or tours throughout Romania.
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Now you know the best things to do in Brasov in one day and see what a great destination the city in Romania is. Are Brasov, Tampa Mountain and the surrounding area on your bucket list now? 🇷🇴
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