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Rasnov Fortress

Visit one of Transylvania’s most well-preserved historic citadels, a 13th-century fortress with a dramatic setting within the Carpathian Mountains.

Rasnov Fortress is set on a hilltop, 650 feet (200 meters) above the town of Rasnov. Constructed in the early 1300s to defend against invasions, the citadel encompasses the ruins of more than 30 ancient houses. Wander along the complex’s winding streets, admire picturesque views from the top of the fortress and explore its museum of art and artifacts.

The fortress was originally built by the Teutonic Knights to defend against Tatar and Turkish invasions. Marvel at the 5-foot (1.5-meter) thickness of the southern section of the wall. The fortress was expanded by the Saxons, who transformed it into a place where citizens could take shelter over extended periods of time. As a result, the citadel is similar to a small village, with the remains of homes, a school and chapel visible today.

Inside the fortress grounds, take part in traditional skill contests, such as archery or axe throwing. Many of the historic homes have been converted into shops selling traditional Romanian clothing, books about the area’s history, local jewelry and other interesting souvenirs. Stop at the Feudal Art Museum, where you’ll find an intriguing mix of exhibits that include medieval armor, torture devices, weapons and furniture.

Look for the fortress’ historic well, which is located near the school and courtyard. The well is 469 feet (143 meters) deep. According to legend, the well took more than 30 years for two Turkish prisoners to dig.

Discover the rooms inside the main fortress building, many of which are connected by wooden ladders. Explore the fortress’ many hidden passageways. Don’t miss the stunning views from the top of the towers.

Rasnov Fortress is located in the town of Rasnov, 12 miles (20 kilometers) south of Braşov. If you’re coming by car, find parking in the lot at the base of the fortress. Buses bound for the fortress also depart from Braşov. Enjoy beautiful mountain views and soak up the historic atmosphere at this striking citadel.


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Rem's Pension $28
Rem's Pension

Rem's Pension

Strada Cetatii 13, Rasnov
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a national park, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Dino Parc Rasnov and Rasnov Fortress. Cheile Râșnoavei and Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Pensiunea Cristina
    Pensiunea Cristina

    Pensiunea Cristina

    str. I.L. Caragiale, nr.11, Rasnov, BV
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Rasnov, this pension is within a 15-minute walk of Rasnov Fortress and Dino Parc Rasnov. Cheile Râșnoavei and Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      COMPLEX TURISTIC MAX INTERNATIONAL $39
      COMPLEX TURISTIC MAX INTERNATIONAL

      COMPLEX TURISTIC MAX INTERNATIONAL

      32 Strada Brânduselor, Rasnov, BV
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Rasnov, this spa hotel is 1.3 mi (2 km) from Rasnov Fortress and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Dino Parc Rasnov. Bran Castle and Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Hanul Lupilor
        Hanul Lupilor

        Hanul Lupilor

        Strada Glajarie Râul Mare nr 6, Rasnov, BV
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Rasnov, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Rasnov Fortress and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Dino Parc Rasnov. Cheile Râșnoavei and Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Hotel Aurelius Imparatul Romanilor $86
          Hotel Aurelius Imparatul Romanilor

          Hotel Aurelius Imparatul Romanilor

          25 Poiana lui Neagoe, Poiana Brasov, Brasov
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Poiana Brasov, this spa hotel is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Poiana Brasov Ski Resort and within 6 mi (10 km) of Dino Parc Rasnov and Rasnov Fortress. Council House and Piata Sfatului are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            Conacul Ambient $78
            Conacul Ambient

            Conacul Ambient

            Grivitei St., no. 5, Cristian
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the mountains, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Rasnov Fortress, Dino Parc Rasnov, and Silviu Ploiesteanu Stadium. Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti and Cheile Râșnoavei are also within 9 mi (15 km).

              Pensiunea Stoian
              Pensiunea Stoian

              Pensiunea Stoian

              43 Strada George Cosbuc, Cristian, Bra?ov County
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Cristian, this pension is within 9 mi (15 km) of Rasnov Fortress, Dino Parc Rasnov, and Silviu Ploiesteanu Stadium. Council House and Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                The Perfect Spot for Outdoor and Indoor Activities
                The Perfect Spot for Outdoor and Indoor Activities

                The Perfect Spot for Outdoor and Indoor Activities

                Zarnesti, Centru
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Zarnesti, this cabin is within 6 mi (10 km) of Rasnov Fortress, Bran Castle, and Dino Parc Rasnov. Piatra Craiului National Park and Cheile Râșnoavei are also within 6 mi (10 km).