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Lost in Transylvania: Day Trip to Bran and Rasnov, Romania

Last Updated on May 22, 2022.

Exploring Transylvania was a good time, albeit a busy time. Three nights based in Brasov proved to be not enough to see everything, but I am quite proud of my lazy self for fitting in as much as I did. If you can believe it, I actually thought out a plan of attack before I arrived and stuck to it for the most part (minus a small detour for an impromptu sleepover in Valeni).

My first outing from Brasov was to go see Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress. I followed the typical tourist trail and hit up Bran first, then Rasnov.

1 Bran Romania Transylvania © The Blonde Gypsy

There is absolutely nothing to do in Bran except go look at the castle and buy souvenirs. It’s a beautiful castle, but was a bit boring for me. I was also super frustrated that I wasn’t able to get a good photo of it from the ground because it was surrounded by too many trees. A helicopter would have been useful. Inside there was lots of history one could read about Medieval Romania, as well as on Bram Stoker and the Dracula folklore (although strangely enough it doesn’t do much to debunk the myth that Vlad Tepes actually lived there…hmm, perpetuating that bit of false advertising must feel good too good in the pockets).

Dracula kitsch in Bran Romania Transylvania © The Blonde Gypsy

Exterior Bran Castle Romania Transylvania © The Blonde Gypsy

Vlad Tepes/Vlad the Impaler actually lived at Poenari Castle and I heard the myth that he lived in Bran came about because he stopped by there once. For a babe, according to one of my taxi drivers. Or maybe for her husband/son (according to Lonely Planet he was “probably” bi-sexual). By the way, I don’t know what it is about Transylvania, but they use the word “probably” a lot and I’m way into it.

Interior Bran Castle Romania Transylvania © The Blonde Gypsy

3 Bran Romania Transylvania © The Blonde Gypsy

2 Bran Romania Transylvania © The Blonde Gypsy

Ok, so after about two hours in Bran (mind you, one hour was spent searching for that perfect picture of the castle that I never got), I moved on to Rasnov. It’s 20 minutes away from Bran on the way back to Brasov. There is a regular bus schedule, good luck figuring it out.

(Luckily I didn’t wait long but I will just say that when the bus eventually showed up, it wasn’t at any of these times)

Rasnov seemed like a town where people really lived. The fortress (or castle, if you will) is much higher up and more “rugged”; therefore, quite a trek and without much help in terms of signage that one should be prepared for. I was not. After wandering a bit too long in Bran, I just didn’t have the time, patience, or right shoes to go back and look for the entrance to get inside once I realized I had already hiked halfway down the mountain. Oh well, it was absolutely worth going up there though if for nothing but the great view and photo op underneath the tacky Hollywood-esque Rasnov sign.

Rasnov Romania Transylvania © The Blonde Gypsy

Rasnov Romania Transylvania © The Blonde Gypsy

(Yeah, I really took a photo like this)


  • Reply
    May 18, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Too bad you did not take the hike up. The fortress is, in my opinion, more beautiful than the Bran Castle. Besides, from up there, the view is stunning – in a cloudless day, you can actually see the whole Transylvanian depression, and the mountains surrounding it.

    Maybe next time you pass by Romania ;-).

    And you could also add Sibiu and Alba Iulia to your “to see list” as well as some time in the Danube Delta or at the sea side.

    • Reply
      May 18, 2013 at 10:56 am

      Aw, now you tell me! :) Next time for sure and definitely going to keep those other places in mind. I have heard the delta is incredible!

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