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Brasov: Half-Day Sights & Bites Tour with a Local Guide

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Get a fascinating and tasty introduction to this impressive ‘outdoor’ city with a friendly local guide. Unearth hidden medieval churches and fairytale turrets. Take in the fresh mountain air and enjoy a delicious traditional lunch at a local hot spot.
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Duration: 4 hours
Starting time 10:00 AM
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Highlights
  • Enjoy traditional Romanian cooking in a family restaurant, where you can try delicious hot soups, potato bread and cabbage rolls
  • Discover Brasov’s most captivating sites, including the ominous Black Church, the biggest gothic church in Eastern Europe
  • Munch on covrigi, a street food snack that looks like a pretzel but tastes even better
  • Refresh with cool spring water direct from the Carpathian Mountains
  • Experience the tight squeeze of Europe’s second narrowest street
Full description
Your Brasov tour will start with a stop in Piata Sfatului, Brasov’s picturesque main square where you will be offered a 'covrig,' a popular and delicious Romanian street food that is similar to a Turkish 'simit' and looks like a pretzel. Two hundred years ago, the city of Brasov sat literally on the border between the Austro-Hungarian empire and the Ottoman empire and its culture vividly reflects this. The snack you’ll try is a tasty symbol of that clash and a great introduction to Brasov. After a stroll down the Tampa promenade, stop at the fountain, where you can replenish your fluids with spring water straight from Tampa Mountain. After getting an aerial overview of Brasov, it will be time to delve deeply into some of its secret treasures. You will visit the Bastionul Țesătorilor (or Weaver's Bastion), St. Nicholas Church (with its 'suspended cemetery' optical illusion) and the fairytale-esque Ecaterina Gate, the oldest gateway in the city.

Venturing beyond the city walls, go on to discover secret catacombs, impressive street art, stunning parkland and the famous black and white towers of Brasov. Built to defend the city against the Mongols and later the Saxons, the towers have had many quirky uses over the years including a plague quarantine zone, a nightclub and now an exhibition space. Heading back towards the main square, visit the local museum and bookstore (souvenir shopping alert) before you happen upon arguably the city’s most famous landmark, the Black Church. It’s the biggest Gothic church in Eastern Europe, and its interior is rather severe — but a large and extremely colorful collection of Turkish rugs, donated by visiting merchants over the years, brightens things up.

Complete your introduction to Brasov and Transylvanian culture with a hearty 3-course meal, using the finest local and seasonal ingredients. In the spring and summer, you can expect cabbage rolls bursting with meat and spices, 'zacuscă' (baked vegetable paste) and fresh salads. In the autumn and winter, your cold loins will be warmed through with steaming hot soups, goulash and copious amounts of delicious potato bread. After you have filled up on plenty of traditional Romanian fare, say ‘la revedere’ (Romanian for goodbye). Don’t forget to ask your local guide for more local food stops and advice on exploring the rest of Transylvania.
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Traditional street snack of covrig
  • 3-course Romanian meal (dishes will change depending on the season) with 1 glass of draft beer or house wine or soft drink
  • Entrance tickets to the Weavers Bastion
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drink
  • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • Entrance tickets to the Black Church
  • Tips/ gratuities for your guide

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Meeting point

In front of the KFC in Piata Sfatului (the main square of Brasov).

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Important information
Know before you go
• This is a child-friendly tour. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour
• Small group of a maximum of 12 persons
• Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing for walking
• Dietary notes: this tour can be customized for vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please make known in advance if you have any food allergies or sensitivities
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Product ID: 105433