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Braşov - A view from our expert author
Cobbled streets and medieval Saxon houses await in this southern gateway to Transylvania.
The lively city of Braşov is located in the heart of Bârsa Land, guarded on three sides by the Tampa Hill, Dealul Cetăţii (Citadel Hill) and Warthe Hill. Braşov (pronounced ‘brash-ov’) is known as Brassó in Hungarian and Kronstadt in German. In medieval Latin the city was called Brassovia or Corona. Braşov is the southern gateway to Transylvania and the first major settlement visitors will come across if arriving by hire car, train or bus from Bucharest.
The Old Town, with its cobbled streets and medieval Saxon houses, is a joy to explore. There are many shops, bars, cafés and restaurants tucked away in enticing alleys and the colourful main square is a perfect spot from which to watch the world go by. If you’re in town the first Sunday after Easter, make sure you see the spectacular Junii parade, when seven groups of riders in traditional costume charge all over town on horseback for the day, yelling ‘Hristos a înviat!’ (‘Christ is risen!’), with the crowd shouting back ‘Adevărat a înviat!’ (‘Truly risen!’).
(Photo: © Lucy Mallows)