When you decide to visit Romania Transylvania is a must.
Located on the southern part of Transylvania , Brasov is one of the most spectacular Romania towns. Its history goes back 800 years , when the Saxons start colonizing this part of Europe and they build in this area to start with 7 city .
The first name of Transylvania was ‘Sieben burgen land ” or The land of the 7 cities because there were exactly 7 cities build back then by the German -Saxons. Brasov was one of them , build in 1235 on the foot of Tampa Mount and and was originally named KRONSTADT ( The Crown city) .
Its name became quickly famous all over Europe and not only also because it was for centuries the junction of the commercial roads between East and West . Many rich merchants were travelling every May to sell their merchandise to Brasov , thing that increased its economy and became not only famous but also a very rich town. Its richness attract lots of thieves and not only , the Turkish sultans were craving for tacking over this town. It did happened several times in its tumultuous past , in 1421 the the leader of the Ottoman Empire , Murad II , conquered the old borgo and forced the people from Brasov to move on top of Tampa.
Luckily for them at the time the governor of Transylvania was Iancu de Hunedoara , a feared man who lost only battle against the Ottomans in Kosovo . He traveled to Brasov and bought back the city from the Turkish Sultan and order the city to be rebuild even stronger then before. Two parallel walls about 2 miles long were build around it with 14 towers in between the two walls 4 exterior towers , two of them are still standing : The White and The Black Towers , and 7 bastions that were given to each of the 7 main guild ( craftmen) in town to use in time of peace and help defending the town in time of war.
Bear Sanctuary or Libearty Sanctuary in Zarnesti , Brasov County counts today almost 100 bears gethered from all over the country from the closed zoos , circuses and monasteries where they were used for taking picture with the tourists. A few years back the Council City of Zarnesti donated almost 60 ha of land where this ONG start moving bears from whole Romania.
They start with two and now they have almost 100 , all brown bears except one a big black Asian bear . They organize themselves and live exclusively on tickets sells , merchandise and donations. It is not easy for people working here thinking that the animals eat daily anything between 1.5 to 2 tones of meat. It is an life time experience visiting the sanctuary specially in the winter because you can see bears playing in the snow. Majority of the bears here are born on captivity and are used to human presence so don’t go to “sleep” for the winter. Truly an experience that you are going to talk about for a very long time.
Last part of our journey is Bran Castle , according to the Irish man Bram Stoker , the house of Vlad III Dracula ( Vlad the Impaler) , a ruthless Romania king who lived on this part of Europe more then 500 years ago. Build in 1377 by the Saxon nobles under the supervision of Ludovic D’Anjou , king of Hungary at the time , its purpose was mainly to stop first the Tatar hordes and later on the expansion of the Ottoman Empire. This phenomenal medieval structure was for centuries THE GATE of EUROPE in times of war and it was successfully used as Custom House in times of peace , thing that brought lots of money in to Empires budget at the time , the Castellans doing a great job collecting money from anybody passing through : from just normal travellers to rich merchants .
After 1878 the fortress was abandoned for almost 100 years when the Queen of Romania , Maria starts a massive restoration of this imposing medieval edifice.
- What Will You DoYour tour will start in Brasov with an in depth explanation about the old town , cities churches and towers , the bastions and legends that surround this mystical place. Afterwards will jump on the van and head to Zarnesti to visit the Bear Sanctuary . Last part of your tour is going to be Bran Castle after a good meal in one of the many traditional restaurants in Bran Village just 300 feet away from the Royal complex.
- What To ExpectYour guide will try to recreate the history of this beautiful place in the most engaging and fun possible to both Brasov's old town and Bran Castle . Then we have the Bear Sanctuary which a trip alone by itself , is absolutely amazing to see this fantastic creature back to their natural habitat specially in the winter which the highlight of this tour. Join us and will create an experience for you to remember for years to come.
- What Is IncludedTransport on an AC van
Guided tour with an expert official tour guide