Just like I said I would do, in a previous blog post, I did come back with a few recommendations regarding the Brasov’s surroundings. Honestly, you have no idea how excited I am to do this. I’m happy and also grateful to share with you another part of my Transylvanian adventure.
Whilst I was choosing some photos for this article, I got to the conclusion that Romania is more than a beautiful country. Every piece of its land has a history, a tradition and a life of its own. And Brasov – as one of the most amazing keepers of the Romanian heritage – has so many incredible places to show and old stories to say to those who are eager to listen.
This city is that gorgeous, that you need a whole week to visit it, or more. Trust me! Unfortunately, I didn’t have this amount of time. Still, I managed to reach the main tourist attractions in the city, and also to go see some of the surroundings. And speaking about the latest ones, I have to mention the fact that Brasov has all the reasons to brag about its splendid places around it.
Due to our very tight schedule, I succeeded to see just three nearby attractions. So, Poiana Brasov, The Fortified Church at Prejmer and other important and worth-visit locations are still on my list. But hey, that’s a good reason to travel to Brasov again, right? Anyways, now it’s time to let you know what exactly I saw, starting with the one that I’ve liked the best.
- Rasnov Fortress
The very first minute I arrived to the gates, I felt like stepping into my ancestors’ world. Although now we’re speaking about the remains of it, the size of the building and the way it looks, being located on the top of a hill, overwhelm you. At least that happened to me. I won’t tell you its history because I don’t want to spoil all the fun. But I’m delighted to say that is absolutely amazing.
In the old times, the fortress had a chapel, a school and several houses, being very similar with a small village. Besides all the souvenirs that are waiting for the tourists around the Globe, you can also see different objects (like cages, fight cannons and so on) from that age. But what I loved the most was that moment when I reached the highest point inside the fortress and I felt proud and grateful. Proud because I’m a Romanian and grateful because I had the chance to see the breathtaking views over Rasnov city and Carpathian Mountains.
- Bran Castle
Although it’s also known as Dracula’s Castle, I have to confess that there’s nothing mysterious about it. No, no vampire is living here. There you go, I said it! And yes, you can blame me now for ruining the fun of all those who believed the legend to be true. But I think nobody will be upset with me anymore after I’ll tell how fabulous this monument is. And the long queues at the ticket station or at the castle’s entrance (especially during summer) are more than a confirmation of what I’m saying.
Bran Castle has a very long history. But one of the most important aspects about it is that Queen Marie of Romania lived here between 1920 and 1957. So, for thirty seven years the Castle was also a royal residence. That’s the reason why, once you’re inside the Castle, you’ll see how the Queen’s Marie bedroom looked like and what design the King’s Ferdinand bedroom had. You can walk through the Dining Room, the amazing Library and other rooms which are furnished according to those times. Also, you’ll have the privilege to see the Jeweled Crown and a small armor collection. And last, but not the least, enjoy the bohemian ambiance which Bran Castle has to offer you!
- Dino Park
To be sincere, before going to Dino Park, I was telling myself that this amusement centre is just for children. And this thing is true, but not entirely. Why? Let me explain you a little bit. First of all, I have to say that Dino Park was not even on my list last summer. Second of all, despite the fact I knew that so many parents were taking their children there; I let my boyfriend convince me that it would be great to visit it as we already were nearby. And although I’ve maintained my skepticism whilst accepting his proposition, the situation change 360 degrees after I walked in.
I was absolutely stunned to see such a huge park (which is the largest park from the South-Eastern Europe that has this theme), build into the woods. Also, I’ve seen so many different species of dinosaurs in natural size. But that wasn’t all. I really liked the fact that Dino Park is not only a place for children who need to roast all the energy they have. No. It’s also a park where kids and adults come to learn so many things about dinosaurs. And they’re doing this in the middle of the nature, in the more interactive and fun way. You can walk around with a guide who will tell everything you want to know. Also, there are info points everywhere and also some funny messages with an educational role or related to a manner issue. So yes, you must visit Dino Park!
I will meet you here, on the blog, next time! Until then, enjoy your travels!