Saturday, April 5, 2014

Transylvania-Brasov

Transylvania has numerous medieval towns, spas, quaint villages and historic attractions. The region is also home to villages, churches and fortifications founded by Saxons between the 13th and 15th centuries. 
First stop in Transylvania is Brasov which is surrounded br Carpathian Mountains. Brasov is definitely a storybook town with narrow cobblestone streets to stroll. The city was founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 and settled by the Saxons. Fortifications were erected around the city with several towers maintained by different craft guilds, according to medieval custom. 
I was there for 3 nights but could easily have stayed longer as there is much to do in the surrounding area.
I rented an apartment from Select City Center apartments which was across the street from the Council Square where people gathered to walk, sit by the fountain or eat and drink at one of the caf├ęs. The apartment was lovely, spacious and updated and very well appointed.

Train ride from Bucharest to Brasov


Street in Brasov

Council Square-beautiful place to linger in the evening.
This s the view of the cafe where I enjoyed a glass of wine, the view and the people.

View from the Square. The Church is the Black Church-the largest Gothic church east of Vienna so named because of its dark walls which survived a devastating fire in 1689. Unfortunately it was not open the days I was there.

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View of the Black Church from the rear.

Statue Black Church

Clock tower Black Church

Polana Ski Resort-12 km. from Brasov. 30 minutes bus ride.

Beautiful mountain area with restaurants, lodges and hotels, walking paths.
Very quiet this time of year.

Walked to the Fortress which sits high above Brasov. It is quiets a hike, all uphill.
I used all the muscles to reach the top. Beautiful vistas overlooking Brasov.
View on the way up.

The last leg to the Fortress.

Romanian Restaurant. Excellent food and good prices.

Charming view of a complex in Brasov


St. Nicholas Church. Beautiful area with garden, cemetery and area with benches.

There are several carvings along the wall outside the church

Just one of the story book images.

Enjoy! 

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