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Castle in Bran

Bran Castle

Rising above the town on a rocky promontory, Bran Castle holds visitors in thrall. An entire industry has sprouted around describing it as ‘Dracula’s Castle’, though connections to either the historical Vlad Ţepeş o…
Nature Reserve in Zărnesţi

Libearty Bear Sanctuary

Not enough time to join a bear hide excursion to see these impressive carnivores lumbering through their natural habitat? Libearty Sanctuary is the next best thing. This 69-hectare enclosure is the leafy retirement …
Fortress in Around Braşov

Râşnov Fortress

Commonly paired with Bran Castle on day-trips from Braşov, Râşnov Fortress might just be the more enchanting of the two. The medieval citadel, built by Teutonic knights to guard against Tatar and Turkish invasion, r…
Church in Hărman & Prejmer

Hărman Fortified Church

From the outside, Hărman’s fortified church resembles a bright white layer cake. Enclosed by its mighty walls is a triple-naved basilica, the Church of St Nikolaus, which has retained its Romanesque style (dating to…
Church in Hărman & Prejmer

Prejmer Fortified Church

If we had a choice of fortresses in which to wait out a siege, we’d opt for Prejmer. This superbly preserved complex has the most powerful fortified walls in Transylvania at 4.5m thick. Prejmer’s fortress was origin…
Cultural in Around Braşov

Nedeia Munţilor

The 1360m-altitude village of Fundata, 18km south of Bran, hosts charming folklore festivals in midsummer and early autumn. Villagers don traditional costumes for line-dancing in the fields, and the best produce fro…
Cultural in Bran

Răvăşitul Oilor

Toast the return of sheep from the hills at this three-day pastoral festival. Expect processions of livestock, handicrafts for sale, and more varieties of sheep's cheese than you imagined possible.
Pizza in Hărman & Prejmer

Althaus

One of few options in Hărman, this bustling little spot serves good thin-crust pizza within steps of the fortified church, and there's a shady garden to relax in.
Museum in Bran

Bran Village Museum

Just east of Bran Castle, this museum displays original items found in the castle, with open-air displays of traditional architectural styles of the region.
Church in Poiana Braşov

Sf Ioan Botezătorul Church

This ornate church shaped like a witch's hat, built in Maramureş style entirely out of wood, has a stunning mountain backdrop.