Brasov is the administrative centre of Brasov County and it is located in the core of the country, about 166km/103miles north of Bucharest. The city is the most large one situated in a mountain resorts area, being surrounded by the Southern Carpathians and it is part of the Transylvania region.
Sports & natureThe infrastructure of the city allows football, rugby, tennis, handball, gliding, paintball, bowling, swimming, target shooting, basketball, martial arts, equestrian, volleyball, gymnastics besides the usual sports provided by nature: skiing, skating, mountain climbing. Poiana Brasov is the most popular Romanian ski resort and an important tourist center preferred by many tourists from other European states.
Annually, at “Olimpia” sports ground, the “Brasov Challenge Cup” tennis competition is held. Aventura Park is an adventurous playground which perfectly combines sports and nature.
Nightlife infoBrasov nightlife is vivacious and rich with various venues: bars, pubs, clubs and discos. Here you will find both calm and hot atmospheres, retro and modern music, folk and electronic, medieval interiors and modern designs, local and foreign clubbers. Most of the clubs are located in the Old City or Civic Centre, so they are quite close to each other and easy to reach.
Culture and history infoOne of the main attractions in the city is the Black Church which was first built in 1383 by the Saxons on Transylvania, the German populations who settled in this area starting with the 12th century. During the Turkish invasion from 1421 the church was partly destroyed, but it was rebuilt in 1477. The church was again damaged 200 years later by a fire that blackened its walls. It is representative not only for its large Gothic style looks, but also for its amazing interior that increases the importance and the value of this historical monument. The church has a beautiful organ with 4000 pipes, being one of the biggest in Europe.
Other things worth visiting are the medieval fortifications, the Council Square, St. Nicholas Church, The First Romanian School, The Rope Street, Rasnov Fortress, Brasov Citadel Fortress, Peles Castle, Bran Castle.
The city was described in 1235 under the name Corona, a Latin word meaning “crown”, a name given by the German colonists. It was also named Kronstadt (“Crown City”) in the Middle Ages, Brassovia in the Medieval Latin and Stalin City during 1950-1960, in the Communist period.
Established on an ancient Dacian site in the 13th century by Teutonic knights, Braşov became a German mercantile colony named Kronstadt (Brassó in Hungarian). The Saxons built ornate churches and townhouses, protected by a massive wall that still remains. The Romanians lived at Schei, just outside the walls, to the southwest.