It is said that on a clear day you can see the mountains from Bucharest. And it’s true: they are merely 100 km away.
We will depart early in the morning to get to the mountains, cross them and see some of the wonders that are beyond them: Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle), the citadel of Rasnov and the wonderful medieval historical center of Brasov.
Since Bram Stoker wrote his famous novel “Dracula”, people have wanted to locate in Transylvania the castle that inspired the novel. The Bran fortress, which stood on the border between Wallachia and Transylvania, with its location high on a steep hill and its Gothic influences, appeared to be the perfect residence for a vampire. Its history is, albeit, a little different. But we’ll let you find that there, on the spot.
After visiting Bran Castle, our next stop is the citadel of Rasnov. You’ll see it from far away, on top of a hill. Build at the beginning of the 13th century, during the rule of the Teutonic knights, the citadel’s main purpose was to offer refuge to the people from the surrounding area against invading armies – which often came from Bran. Besides the breathtaking view, another hot spot of the Rasnov Citadel is the well, dug in the rock by Turkish prisoners for 17 years.
Last but not least, the city of Brasov, with its Black Church, the biggest Gothic chuch in Transylvania and the greatest religious structure from Vienna to Istanbul.
Build at the beginning of the 13th century, by order of the King of Hungary, the Teutonic knights fortified the region and the city in order to secure the kingdom’s border. Thus, a small village turned intro Knostadt – the city of the crown. The majority of the population was a German one and they were involved mainly in trade and crafts. Situated between the Ottoman Empire and the Western World, the city developed quickly and gained a significant political importance.
Today you can stroll through the unchanged medieval streets, admire the old historical center from the White Tower of the Black Tower, climb on the fortified walls witch border the forests from Mount Tampa.
Return to Bucharest and end of program.
Available: All year long
Type of activity: sightseeing, cultural
Activity level: moderate
Medium physical demands required.
There is a gentle slope that leads to the Bran Castle; also, inside, there is a narrow tunnel which connects 2 floors.
The Citadel of Rasnov is built in a gentle slope (there are some stairs involved) and also the historical center of Brasov.
The White Tower has a handful of steep stairs and getting there required a high activity level even for young fit men.
- Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
- Entrance fees
- Lunch in a traditional restaurant
- Customary gratuities to guide and driver
- Any meals and/or drinks (unless mentioned)
- Any optional tours and services
- Any personal purchases