I must admit, the only thing I really knew about Romania when we blew threw the old abandoned border structure on the highway was that it was the homeland of Nadia Comaneci the gymnast. However I quickly learned that I was entering the world of Count Dracula thanks to numerous signs, and hotel names. I’m embarassed to admit that this was the first time that I realized that Transylvania was one – a real place, and two – that it was in Romania. So much for researching a place before arriving; there’s no time to do that on the Mongol Rally when you are racing through countries. Romania marked our 9th country in less than a week.
We drove into Brasov a town in the heart of Transylvania and found our apartment sponsored by RoomORama who specializes in short term accommodations. One night was the definition of short term – and they provided us a lovely apartment with wifi near the town center. We walked into the town center and were all surprised with what we saw. I was expecting to see a whole bunch of cheesy Vampire tourist joints and shops, and maybe even some Twilight references, but what we found instead was a pristine town decorated with flowers and intricate old colorful buildings. Parks were filled with couples enjoying dusk, people playing chess, and kids riding bikes. Green mountains surrounded the town and even though it had a Hollywood style sign on the hillside, there was no mention of the movie Twilight anywhere! Brasov was a breath of fresh air after the heavily touristed Prague.
Brasov was quiet, simple, and understated. Which was exemplified by the slogan that was on many of the umbrellas at the outdoor restaurants, “Probably the best city in the World.” Way to go out on a limb Brasov!!
Photos of Brasov
We walked to the main square and there we met yet another blogging friend, Matt from Nomadic Matt Travel blog. When you are nomadic like myself, it’s amazing how many people you actually run into on this globe. We all enjoyed a few beers, and I feasted on sausages which seem to be the staple food of this part of the world. We enjoyed our last night in Romania as the next day we were heading for the border….leaving Dracula behind!
How to donate to our charity – the Christina Nobel Foundation – we are still collecting donations along the way!
By Debbie Beardsley August 5, 2011 - 2:35 pm
I have to admit Brasov looks exactly as you described it! I can hardly wait to visit it and all of Romania.
By Sherry August 5, 2011 - 3:06 pm
Romania has been one of my favorites so far on this trip – really lovely.
By Anthony @ Positive World Travel August 6, 2011 - 2:13 am
Can’t believe that you ran into Matt. I am so jealous of that delicious beer you guys had in that photo. Good luck with the rally and we will be following all the way!
By Connie August 6, 2011 - 7:35 am
When I visited Brasov in 2005, I absolutely fell in love with it as well! I could definitely go back, in spite of my fear of vampires! =)
By Sandra August 10, 2011 - 1:44 am
I don’t know anything about Brasov, but I kept reading your post because I saw things about Roomorama – a service that I love. I’ve used the in big cities like NYC and London where hotels are very costly, and I always have great hosts (recommended by Roomorama themselves) so I never have to worry about my host cancelling my booking at the last minute. Glad you enjoyed Brasov and Im glad u got to use them! 🙂
By Kyle August 10, 2011 - 10:10 am
Whoa! Never expected Transylvania to be like that either. And I love Roomorama, glad you guys liked it too.
By Natalie T. September 3, 2011 - 1:16 am
I don’t know anything about Romania so reading about Brasov-and the silly signs there-was really refreshing.
By Casino Constanta @ Nomad Travellers April 23, 2013 - 12:29 pm
Next time you go in Romania, try to visit the Casino in Constanta, it’s quite a unique piece of Architecture!
By Covinnus Travel January 16, 2014 - 10:20 am
Brasov is one of the most important travel destinations of Romania, especially for foreign tourists who come here for a taste of Transylvania, for the exotic Carpathian Mountains, for the famous Bran Castle, for the Saxon fortified churches and many others.
By Flo April 24, 2020 - 1:12 pm
Brasov is a charming city, but my favourite in Romania is Sibiu. 🙂