Day trip to Bran Castle, Poiana Brasov, Rasnov Fortress, Transylvania day trips, We have more than 15 years experience with guiding tourists all over Romania.

Day trip to Bran Castle - Rasnov Fortress - Harman Fortress - Prejmer Fortress

Day trip to Bran Castle - Rasnov Fortress - Harman Fortress  - Prejmer Fortress

Bran Castle

Bran Castle

Bran Castle
Bran Castle

Bran Castle is the only landmark that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists because of a legend :Count Dracula’s Legend.

Bran Castle, one of the most valuable medieval architectural monuments in Romania, with its historic, military and economic significance, is known by tourists across the globe as Dracula’s Castle.

Bran Castle was originally a stronghold built by the Knights of the Teutonic Order in 1212. It was known by the name of Dietrichstein at the time.

Later on, towards the end of the 13th century, it was taken over by the Saxons in that region in order
to protect the City of Brasov, an important trade center,against invading Turks.

The castle has four towers, the Powder House Tower is the oldest, it is part of the original castle built in 1212.

The castle had a protective and commercial purpose. It had two rows of walls closing the passing towards South. They were made in stone and brick. Only few traces of the initial defense position still exist.

Bran is a town nestled in a mountain pass between the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului ranges and during the 15th and 16th centuries was an important frontier town on the main road leading from Transylvania into Wallachia.

On December 1st, 1920, the Brasov Town Council donated the Bran Castle to Queen Marie of Romania,who lived there with the royal family till 1947.

Queen Marie held the castle as her second favourite residence after the one in Balcic.

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Bran Castle

Bran Castle

Bran Castle

Rasnov Fortress

Rasnov Fortress

Rasnov Fortress
Rasnov Fortress

Rasnov Fortress , is located on a rocky hilltop in the

Carpathian mountains, 200m above the town of Rasnov.

The saxon tradition says that the oldest part of the fortress was built by the Teutonic Knights (1211-1225).

Rasnov Fortress was built in the 14th century to protect the people of Rasnov and surrounding villages from the numerous invasions happening at the time.

This castle differs from some in that it was meant to be a place of refuge for the commoners from sieges over extended periods of time. As such it had at least 30 houses, a school, a chapel, and other buildings more commonly associated with a village.

The legend around the fountain says that during a siege, the inhabitants of the citadel made two Turkish prisoners dig a fountain in the middle of the citadel in order to regain their freedom. The captives dug for 17 years, during which time they wrote verses from Quran on the fountain's walls which can be seen even today. The fate of the prisoners isn't doubtless, some saying that they've been released, and others that they've been killed.

An important moment in the history of the Râsnov town is the glorious moment in the history of the Romanians, that is the unification of the three Romanian lands under the rule of lord Mihai Viteazul. In the period between 1600 and 1601, the town Râsnov provided accommodation for Mihai Viteazul and his wife, Lady Stanca.

The view from the top of the castle hill is spectacular.

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Rasnov Fortress

Rasnov Fortress

Rasnov Fortress

Harman Fortress

Harman Fortress
Harman Fortress

The Saxon village is situated in a large and beautiful valley, with a 15th century peasant citadel at its center. Inside the fortified outer walls, wooden staircases lead to the rows of meal-rooms (Gaden) where each family stored a loaf from every baking and other essential supplies for use in times of siege.

The Church, built in the Romanesque style by Cysterican monks in the 13th century, was featured in the Gothic style after the fire in 1593.

It has a bulky tower with thick walls, about 50 m high, alongside four smaller towers in the corners which stand for the right of the Harman village.

Fortification surrounding the church was built in the fifteenth century.

Exterior wall, shorter, with a height of just 4.5 meters was designed to protect the enclosure. At the same time limit established moat surrounding the city.

In the early seventeenth century building was erected with the low entry corridor, similar to the Prejmer.

The chapel contains some delightful frescoes in the Gothic style and a pieta from the mid 14th century.

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Harman Fortress

Harman Fortress

Prejmer Fortress

 

Prejmer Fortress
Prejmer Fortress

Prejmer Fortified Church is one of a series of UNESCO-listed historic churches in Romania and is known for being the largest church of its kind in south eastern Europe.It is one of the oldest churches in Transylvania. The painted altar it is considered to be the oldest in Romania.

Built from 1212 and completed in 1225, Prejmer Fortified Church was a construction of the Roman Catholic Teutonic knights.
The Church of Prejmer  seemed  to be the most powerful ecclesiastic fortification of Transylvania.

Inside the fortifications you'll find 272 rooms disposed on 3 levels. Each family in the village had a room in the fortress. The whole family used to leave in such a room in wartime. And they kept their provisions here in peace times. The number of each room correspond to the number of the house in the village.

The citadel  is the most massive construction of this type in Transylvania was built in the 14th and 15th centuries in the shape of a circle and it was provided with walls of 3-4 m thick and of 12 m high, with bastions, iron gates and drawbridges. It includes an unusual war device: the famous “death organ”, made of several weapons that could shoot at the same time causing the enemies severe losses. The citadel  was surrounded by deep ditches that were filled with water whenever enemies were close.

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Prejmer Fortress

Prejmer Fortress
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1 person – 70 euro

2 person – 80 euro/group

3 person – 90 euro/group

4 person – 100 euro/group

+ 5 person – 25 euro/person

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Transport by car/minivan

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