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Brasov – gate to Transylvania

Brasov  –  gate to Transylvania

When it comes to Romania, most of the tourists associate Romania to Transylvania.

Brasov is the closest Transylvanian city, situated at  around 200 km away from the Romanian capital- Bucharest.  The city has always been flourishing, along centuries being a referral of trade and crafts, mainly due to its position, on the border of Wallachia and close to Moldavia as well as an important trade gate in Transylvania.  Corona, Kronstadt, Brasso or Brasov, as the city was named along centuries, has always been an important strategic point as the residence of Barsa County.  Besides, being placed  at the base of Tampa Mountains, in the Carpathians, Brasov it is charming regardless the season or even the centuries.

The city seems to date back to Dacian times, some archeological indices being found at Solomon stones and close to Mayor Hall Square.

Founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 on previously Dacian location, as previously mentioned, and settled by the Saxons as one of the seven walled citadels, along with Sibiu, Cluj, Sighisoara, Medias and Bistrita.

More proofs about the existence of the city at Tampa are found around  14th century when the town of those days had nucleus around St Mary Church ( presently Black Church).

Attractions in Brasov:

The Council Square: Placed in  the heart of old medieval Brasov among red-roofed merchant houses, the Council Square is a lovely  rest place for the tourist.

Old Town Hall (1420 – now it shelters  Brasov’s History Museum),  it is situated close to another famous attraction of the city:  Black Church.  Merchant’s House (Cerbul Carpatin restaurant) built  in the Renaissance style is placed close to it.

Black  Church:  Impressive by its size ( known as the biggest church between Vienna and Istanbul), the building got its name as a consequence of the big fire in 1689, when most of the town burnt. During this fire, the wall of the edifice blacken and the damages were  repaired in 100 years of restoration. During restorations, the  gothic aspect of the interior tended to the baroque style mostly seen today. The church also shelters 119 Anatolian Carpets( being the biggest collection of this type in Europe) and also a big attraction is the sound 4,000-pipe organ.

Defensive Fortifications:  The fortification was built  by Saxons as a consequence to the repeated attacks of Mongols and  Turks starting since 12th century.

They were originally built between 1440 and 1650 and  a small part of the historical fortification can be seen today. From the 7 initially bastions today can still be seen : Graft Bastion, White tower, Black Tower, Blacksmiths’ Bastion, Weavers’ Bastion, Brasov fortress, Catherine’s Gate, Schei Gate.

Facts: the 3rd narrowest street in Europe is Rope Street ( strada Sforii) and it measures from 111 to 135 cm and it is 80 m long.

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Christmas in Brasov

Christmas in Brasov

 

Funpark 3*

 

Christmas holiday Package

 

3 nights half board and dinner – 85 euro / person

4 nights with half-board and dinner – 99 euro / person

5 nights half board and dinner – 120 euro / person

6 nights with half-board and dinner – 139 euro / person

7 nights with half board and dinner – 159 euro / person

Price is per person, place in a double room, depending on the number of rooms.  Each package has included breakfast and  two dinner Swedish buffet .

 

Dinner on 24 December includes:

– Traditional  Appetizers

– Sarmale (minced meet with rise, onion,  polenta, sausages, smoked meat, cream and pepper

– Cake

– Water

Mulled wine or cold

– Campfire

 

* Offer valid from December 20 to December 27, 2013 (check-out)  Reservations can be made only on the basis of advance 50% of the selected package. The offer is valid until: 12.25.2013

 

FUNPARK 3*

 

Pension Funpark Brasov is a theme guesthouse which  proposes a trip around the world! Our rooms are very special, customized with themes of different countries, some of the decorations that you will find inside are original. The guest house takes you into an unforgettable atmosphere: may want to join us today in India, or in Italy or in the Flowers Island or even in Lapland? Tropical jungle decor of the restaurant and our bar with palm trees, bamboo, waterfalls, rocks will make you feel at night, by candlelight, wearing magic in the wonderful world of planet Pandora!

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Business and leisure at House of Dracula 4*

Business and leisure at House of Dracula 4*

(Poiana Brasov, Brasov County)

 

In period 01.10 – 30.11.2013, House of Dracula 4* special offer for groups:

 

 

Accommodation structure  of Hotel – House of Dracula 4* :

5 single
8 double
3 suite
2 suite

Note:
1.  All rooms have single bed, but  double rooms and facilities.

2. The hotel has 6 double twin rooms and two matrimonial beds.
3. The apartments have a bedroom with double bed and living room with sofa.
4. Suite apartment staircase, upstairs bedroom and living room with sofa bed downstairs. Features -2 bathrooms.

2.  Conference room -Free

3.  Coffee break – 5 euro / person

4. Lunch / dinner – from 12 euro / person

 

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Halloween at House of Dracula

Halloween at House of Dracula

 

Romania  is mostly known as country of Dracula, even if it does not deserve this name. This time, we are proposing a Halloween Party at “House of Dracula ”  4 * hotel placed in Poiana Brasov. The curiosity of this hotel is that it looks like a proper castle, at the same time offering comfort conditions in a magnificent place: Poiana Brasov in a vampire like athmosphere.

 

Bran Castle is less than 40 minutes drive away and you have the chance for Halloween in Transylvania!

 

Rates: 82 euro/ person

period November 1st – November 3rd 2013

 

Rate includes:

2 nights accommodation based on double sharing

2 Breakfasts

1 Halloween Dinner

 

Does not include:

flights to and from Bucharest ( just ask us !)

transfers to and from Airport- hotel ( available upon request)

Insurances

Meals not mentioned

Souvenirs/ Tips

 

 

Notes:

Apartment supplement 10% on

Children:

0-4 yrs old – 100% sharing parents bed

4-7 yrs old – 30% reduction from adult’s rate

7-12 yrs old – 50% off from  adult’s rate

 

Also, do not hesitate to contact us for optional trips in Bran, Sighisoara or  tour of UNESCO Heritage in Transylvania.

Want to?  Drop us a line !

 

For estimative of flights, rent a car or transfer visit : http://iexploreromania.com/booking-online-2/  or just tell us your story and we will be glad to help.

 

 

 

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A Romanian Tour – Imaginary travel

A Romanian Tour

Take a Romanian Tour – from Wallachia to Transylvania

 

When I say Romanian Tour, what do you imagine? “Vampires, the Country of Dracula!”, you will say! Well, I have to disappoint you.  There are no vampires here. If you ever had dreams of having your blood sucked by a vampire woman, here in Romania, you’d go back home in  tears because you travelled around the world and you didn’t even met a baby vampire. As we, Romanians, usually are welcoming hosts, we might find an actress to dress her up to have your fantasy half –fulfilled. If you want to get bitten, then bite yourself, – in reality, Romania has the most incredible and beautiful rural landscape!

 

Since I started my tour-operating business, I’ve travelled a lot and, in spite of Romania being my country, I keep getting surprised. Romania is a country of contrasts, a country of old traditions in a new world,  it is a country of permanent surprises and experiences. Prince Charles spoke only the best about Romanian country side. Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear asserted that Romania has one of the most beautiful roads in the world in the Transfagarasan Highway, and  I’m totally in love with it!

 

 

Now, without kidding, I have to tell you that Romania is a blessed country. In spite of its medium size, about 238.ooo square kilometers ( it is similar to UK’s size), Romania comprises all geographical forms except desert. This is a relief, isn’t it? The beautiful Carpathian Mountains cut the country into three big slices, across time; these slices were also politically divided: Wallachia, Transylvania and Moldavia. We still speak in terms of these large territorial divisions and I am going to say a few words about each of them.

 

Once the traveller arrives in Bucharest they are welcomed into the heart of Wallachia. This is the region south of the Carpathians, the land less known for leisure travellers  Bucharest is the capital and although it is the heart of  Romania;   it is not central, but  located in the southern side of Romania. In Wallachia Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler ) used to rule –  the character who inspired the fictional character of Dracula. Actually he was the leader of  Wallachia three times, but never in Transylvania, in spite of  the blood-inspired story of Bram Stoker, who described  Dracula as count of Transylvania.

 

Romanian Tour - The road to the magic Cave
The road to the magic Cave

Driving across Romania, you either love it, or hate it. As soon as you leave Bucharest and drive or ride north towards the mountains, the plain scenery comes alive. You also feel how your driving style changes gradually, if during your way up to Ploiesti, you have small sips of coffee or long yawns, as soon as you reach the so called “turbo zone”, breathe deeply and drive (drivers nick- named it ”turbo zone” as you can pull the throttle at max. Take care – some radars might be hidden behind the bushes and you get a fine as a souvenir!). Then one curve after another, you just feel the road and let the playful s-bends tease you, while you control them and enjoy your driving up to Breaza, then go further up to Sinaia on your Romanian Tour.

You can stop here; have a break, enjoy your meal, not in the centre of the ski resort, but in the restaurant of a  two star hotel, having tasty food at a reasonable price. I recommend you take your time, have a longer break and enjoy visiting the beautiful Peles Castle, once a royal summer house.

 

Romanian Tour - View of Sinaia and the Mountains
Sinaia

Mountain resorts are lined up one after another: Busteni, Azuga, Predeal up to Brasov. If you are not in a hurry, have another break in Busteni, have a short trip by cable car and visit the Romanian Sphinx, a natural wonder resembling the Egyptian one. Locals say that this megalith has magical power, other people consider it was made by aliens.  Magical or not, the scenery around is just magnificent!  Drive a bit longer on your Romanian Tour and you get  to Brasov. Brasov (Kronstadt) is the gate to Transylvania and  also the gateway to another world, even if  people are still of Romanian nationality.

 

Romanian Tour - View of the ROMANIAN SPHINX
ROMANIAN SPHINX

Even drivers and scenery become calmer. The turbulence of irritated drivers of the southern cities is left behind once you reach the high mountains. You can tell the local drivers by their snake like rhythm, looking happy when southern drivers overtake them.  Most likely they are continuously amazed and in profound admiration with the rural beauty they grew up in it!

 

Taking a tour through Carpathians  gives you such a big and enhancing feeling after you cross them, the mountains transform into green hills, the curves are less sudden. On the gentle hills around, now and there a hay stack or a cow herd spices the landscape. A man is riding a horse on the middle of the national road, another horse –drawn cart appears on your way!  Welcome to Transylvania, where you never get bitten by vampires, but you fall in love with a beautiful country.

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