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The Carpathian Mountains cut through Romania in the shape of a horseshoe enclosing the Transylvania plateau. To reach the province from Bucharest it is necessary to climb up from the plain.The normal route, followed by the main highway and the railway, is northwards from Ploiesti through the Prahova Valley and over the Predeal Pass to reach the city of Brasov, and the region called the 'Burzenland'. To the north-east of the city lies the traditional land of the Hungarian-speaking Szeklers. nestled beneath the forested slopes of the eastern Carpathians. To the north-west, the Transylvanian plateau embraces the historical region of Saxon Transylvania with its fairytale mediaeval towns, and its fortified churches.



Brasov, which is one of Romania's largest cities, preserves a mediaeval core comprising the massive, gothic "Black Church" (1383-1477) and the historic, pedestrianised Piata Sfatului ('Council Square'), lined by former merchants' houses, now containing smart boutiques, or restaurants with pavement cafes. Here you will find the history museum in the Casa Sfatului (Council House, 1420), the local ethnographic museum in a restored pharmacy, and the 'Hirscher Haus', the Guildhall where the Saxon guilds used to meet. You will also find th Color e remains of fortifications around the old city centre, sections of the city wall and some of the former bastions such as the Weavers Bastion (Bastionul Tesatorilor) which houses a museum to the fortifications of the Burzenland, the Blacksmiths' Bastion (Bastionul Fierarilor) and the citadel (cetate) ruins overlooking the town. Of special interest is the old Schei District where the Romanians were banished outside the city walls by the Saxons. This part of history is celebrated in the 'Pageant of the Juni' on the first sunday in May, the only day when the Romanians could freely enter the city. There are traditional dances, music and a procession of young men dressed in bright costumes. Other festivals during the year include a popular beer festival in early October, Jazz Festival, and a Festival of Chamber Music. Entertainment is varied with a City Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Marionette Theatre, Philharmonic, and a wide selection of clubs, bars and some excellent restuarants. Add to these attractions several decent hotels, and pensions, good shopping and easy access to the ski and mountain resorts of Poiana Brasov and Predeal, and to Bucharest, and it is understandable why Brasov is a such a popular base base for short breaks and extended stays in Transylvania.





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Blue Air service Luton - Sibiu
withdrawn for 2011

NEW FOR 2011
WIZZ AIR Luton to Targu Mures
3 hours from Brasov,


Nearest international airport -
Bucharest Otopeni (3 hours)

Frequent trains from Bucharest to
Sinaia & Brasov (2-3 hours)
including international trains
to/from Budapest & Vienna
Direct services from Brasov to Sibiu,
Sighisoara, Cluj Napoca, Timisoara,
Arad, Sf. Gheorghe, Miercurea Ciuc,
Targu Mures, Sighetu Marmatiei,
and Suceava. Local services to
Zarnesti, Intorsura Buzaului
and Targu Secuiesc.

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Experience a "Touch of Class" in Transylvania

These popular TOUCH OF CLASS holidayes ares based on private guesthouses, belonging to a former Transylvanian Count,
in the tiny village of Miclosoara (Miklosvar), just north of Brasov in the edge of the Szekelyland.
This sustainable tourism project provides a unique insight into the real Transylvania
- the varied cultures of the Hungarian-speaking Szeklers, the German-speaking "Saxons" and the Romanians
- interwoven with the history, architecture, natural history and scenic beauty of the region.
All activities and excursions are included, and are tailored to your own interests and requirements.
HRH The Prince of Wales' properties at Zalanpatak and Viscri have recently been incorporated in these programmes.

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