Trips starting from Brasov

The best part about visiting Brasov is that you also have a lot of wonderful places to go to near it, Brasov being situated near a highly visited region, the Prahova Valley. Trips starting from Brasov could include Busteni, Predeal, Azuga, Sinaia which are the most popular resorts in this region and only 23 km far from Brasov. It would be a pity then not to take advantage of your staying in Brasov.

Busteni

Though you can hardly see everything there is to see during a short trip, I will try to sketch some of the most important sights here. First, you should definitely choose the aerial tramway at the end of which (2284 m high) you get to see two of Romania’s natural wonders: the ‘Sphinx’ (Sfinxul) and the ‘Old Ladies’ (Babele). These are very large rocks which, due to the wind’s corrosion over the years, have come to resemble human beings (a sphinx and old ladies chatting). From these you can continue your trip on foot (45 minutes) and get to the Heroes’ Monument on Caraiman Massif (under the form of a large cross everyone can see from Busteni). Once arrived there, you have the chance of admiring a panoramic view of Busteni which is absolutely breathtaking. Down in Busteni you may also visit the Cezar Petrescu (a beloved Romanian writer) Memorial House which is in fact a section of the local Museum of History and Archeology. This museum blends traditional craftsmanship, rural furniture, old painting and sculptures with objects that have once belonged to this writer, including his own bedroom. If you love trips through the nature, you can also make a one hour trip to the ‘Urlatoarea’ Waterfall. On your way back, just when you get ready to enter the town, make a short stop to the Caraiman monastery for a holy moment of peace and relaxation.

Sinaia

Also known as the ‘Pearl of the Carpathians, Sinaia is one of the most beloved and beautiful mountain resorts in Romania. Its fame rests mostly on the Peles Castle, the summer residence of the Romanian 19th century king, Carol 1st.  The castle is now opened to visitors as a museum together with all the other buildings around it: a smaller castle named ‘Pelisor’ (built for Carol’s son, Ferdinand), the Hunting Pavilion, the stables, the ‘Sipot’ villa. After visiting the castle you can walk in the ‘Dimitrie Ghica’ Park situated in the centre of Sinaia. The park also hosts the ‘Bugegi National Park’ Museum where familiar landscapes from Bugegi are recreated (together with interesting information about the flora and fauna of the places).

Azuga and Predeal, not described here, are mainly ski resorts, surrounded by the same wonderful Bugegi Mountains. Any trips starting from Brasov you may choose, you have a variety of options, for every taste.

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