Things to See in Transylvania: the 7 Stairs Canyon

Most people that visit Romania are looking for things to see in Transylvania. One of the area’s main attractions is Brasov, a vibrant city full of history and culture. It is at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains and is surrounded by nature. One special place just outside of Brasov is the 7 Stairs Canyon or as it’s called in Romanian ‘Canionul Sapte Scari’. What makes this place spectacular, is that you can climb through the canyon on stairs and boardwalks, alongside the falling water. The photos below were taken before the renovations, when the rickety stairs and boardwalks were part of the adventure. Nowadays, there is no risk when walking through the canyon, with families with young children among the many visitors. If you were near Brasov, would you go visit the canyon?

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Brasov, Romania

When I moved back to Romania, I knew one thing: I had had enough of the traffic and chaos of big cities. Don’t get me wrong, Toronto is an amazing city, but living there made me realize I’m more of a small city girl. Imagining that Bucharest was even more chaotic than Toronto, I wanted to stay away (although that didn’t last too long and I don’t regret my change of heart). I was considering moving to Brasov, a small city at the foot of the Carpathians, with its less than 300,000 inhabitants and intricate history written into every aspect of the city. I didn’t know much about it, before deciding to move there, so I went to walk around the town center on a warm autumn day. This is what I saw and the city won me over. Had you been in my place, would you have made the same decision?

 

 

Aventura Parc – Brasov, Romania

Instead of cutting down forests to make space for shopping malls, why not make a natural amusement park - Aventura Park, Brasov, Romania

Romania is home to Eastern Europe’s largest adventure park. If you travel to Brasov, why not spend an afternoon outdoors at the foot of the Carpathian mountains? Climb through the trees at your own pace and level. And don’t miss out on the over 300m long zip-line that takes you over a lake! This is a tourist sight off the beaten track, so happy adventuring!

Winter Adventures – Brasov

Brasov, Romania is one of the seven original Saxon fortresses of Transylvania. Now, it’s one of the country’s largest and most vibrant cities. The center has kept its old charm with restored traditional buildings hosting refined boutiques and classy restaurants. A University city, located at the foot of the Postavaru mountains and in the recent years booming with business, it’s the best of both (or rather many) worlds.

There’s so much more to say and show you about Brasov. And I will soon enough. But for now, a glimpse of the city on a cold winter evening.

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Winter Adventures -the Rasnov Fortress

I have been writing bout my snowboarding trip to Poiana Brasov, Romania, which was so much more than just hitting the slopes. Having stayed at a quaint little pension in Rasnov, only ten kilometers from the resort, we were tempted by other attractions in the region. This town is probably most famous for its fortress – Cetatea Rasnov which towers over the entire region.

The first fortification on this steep cliff seems to have been during the Bronze Age. The medieval structure was then built between 1211 and 1225. In the 15th century Ottoman armies were unsuccessful in overtaking the fortress despite numerous attempts. Having to surrender the citadel to Saxon armies in 1612 because their route to the water spring was blocked off, the Rasnov people decided to build a well within the walls of the fortification. The 146 meter well was dug straight down into the rock cliff over a period of 17 years. The well was then used from 1640 to 1850.

After hundreds of years this structure is still standing tall, no longer defending against enemy armies, but welcoming inquisitive tourists from all over the world.

Winter Adventures – Rasnov and around

On our day off from snowboarding in Poiana Brasov, Romania’s famous ski resort just outside of the beautiful city of Brasov, we visited the area around the town of Rasnov. Rasnov is a great place to stay overnight while skiing in Poiana Brasov (which literally means the Brasov Meadow). It’s only ten kilometers away and offers very affordable accommodation.

And those ten short kilometers offer three worthwhile attractions. On the drive to the slopes you’ll pass the entrance to the imposing and recently renovated hill-top fortress – Cetatea Rasnov, the newly opened dinosaur museum meets adventure park – Dino Parc, and the Valea Cetatii cave which offers an exciting guided tour.

On the other side of Rasnov, you might be interested in a detour through Cheile Rasnoavei (the Rasnov Gorge) for a quiet walk surrounded by nature. The only other human you see might just be the shepherd and his flock.