Braşov (Kronstadt/Brassó)

Being a rather big city (267 sq km), there's so much to tell and so much to see, that I'll mostly post links to other sites with further information about Braşov, for example Wikipedia or the comprehensive Brașov Travel Guide. Situated in a picturesque area, with hills and mountains nearby, and with the Tâmpa Mountain (995 m) overlooking the town, Braşov (also known as Brassó in Hungarian, Kronstadt in German , Brassovia or Corona in Medieval Latin or Stalin City during 1950-1960) contains one of the biggest and best preserved medieval cities in the area.

The first attested mention of Braşov is Terra Saxonum de Barasu ("Saxon Land of Baras"), in a document from 1252. The old city has many sights and many of the houses date back hundreds of years ago. Some points of interest are:

- The Black Church (Biserica Neagră) - dates back to 1477, with a Gothic architecture, blackened by smoke from the 1689 great fire.
- The central square (Piaţa Sfatului)
- The First Romanian School.
- The Rope Street (Strada Sforii) - one of the most narrow street in Europe (111-135 cm wide and 80m long)
- St. Nicholas Church - 14th century
- The Citadel Fortress (Cetaţuia/Der Berg Schloss) - built in 1529 and upgraded several times, nowadays a restaurant can be found inside its walls.
- The Bastions of the guilds and the fortress gates - Graft Bastion, White Tower, Black Tower, Blacksmiths' Bastion, Catherine's Gate, Schei Gate, Weavers' Bastion

Here is the list of all the cultural interest points from Braşov county (unfortunately only in Romanian) . Location of the old city is on Google maps. Some more info on and some photos here and bellow:

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