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Brasov is one of my favourite cities in Romania. It has something for everyone and is super solo travel friendly. But, there are a few things to do in Brasov that you can’t miss on your trip!
These are the very best things Brasov has to offer and will make your solo trip to Brasov unforgettable.
If you’re nervous about visiting Brasov alone, don’t be!
All the best things to do in Brasov alone are easy to navigate yet stunning. Plus the city is quite small, so you don’t feel overwhelmed trying to navigate your way around the city and public transportation system.
But, without further ado, here are my top things to do in Brasov alone.
I’ve done all of these things on my solo trip to Brasov and loved them all!
1. Take a Free Walking Tour
On your first full day in Brasov, I highly recommend you join a free walking tour.
The free walking tour in Brasov is run by students, and it is one of the most informative free walking tours I’ve ever been on.
I joined the free walking tour in Brasov on my second to last day in the city, and I regretted not going on the tour earlier.
I learnt so much that changed my perspective of the city and made me appreciate buildings that I had walked by my entire stay in Brasov and not given a second glance to.
For being such a small city, there is a lot of history in Brasov, and there are a number of important events that took place in the city.
When you understand the history of Brasov, it makes the rest of your solo trip to Brasov that much more enjoyable and meaningful.
I don’t want to give you a schedule for the free walking tour because it’s bound to change.
Just Google “free walking tour in Brasov” or look for a flyer at the front desk if you’re staying at a hostel.
It is without a doubt one of the best and most important things to do alone in Brasov.
And don’t be nervous about joining a walking tour as a solo traveller.
If you’re an introvert like me, just stick to the back of the pack. If you’re an extrovert, take the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers and maybe make plans with them to go on a day trip the next day.
2. Visit the Black Church
The Black Church is the centrepiece of Basov and no trip to Brasov is complete without touring it!
You’ll visit the outside of the church during the free walking tour (if you choose to join one), but you should take the time to go inside the church later on during your trip.
The murals inside the church date back to around 1477 and are really cool to see.
While the church isn’t as spectacular as some of the other churches you’ll find in Europe, it’s still worth a visit.
Especially after you learn a little bit about the church on your walking tour!
There is no fee to enter the church, and no photos are allowed.
3. Take a Day Trip (or Two)
A lot of people use Brasov as a home base while they explore the small towns and attractions surrounding the city.
Brasov is in the perfect location, and there are tons of day trips to choose from.
One of the best things to do in Brasov alone is go on at least one day trip while you’re there.
All the day trips are super easy to navigate even if you’re new to travelling alone.
While this isn’t an extensive list, these were my favourite day trips from Brasov.
Bran Castle and Râșnov Fortress
You can easily knock both of these attractions out in a single day, and that’s exactly what most tourists do.
Bran Castle (otherwise known as Dracula’s Castle) is a short bus ride from Brasov but packed full of history.
It’s the castle Bram Stoker was inspired by when he wrote Dracula, and the castle has taken on that persona.
But, you’re not just touring a castle popular in science fiction. There is a surprising amount of history connected to the castle.
I honestly wasn’t expecting much from Bran Castle and expected it to be a bit silly, but I was wrong.
I spent hours wandering up and down the castle reading about the history and looking at the artifacts.
It’s 100% worth checking out and isn’t a tourist trap cashing in on a popular novel.
Râșnov Fortress is easy to visit on your way back to Brasov from Bran Castle.
It’s an outdoor fortress that is kept in mostly ruins.
There are oftentimes demonstrations and events you can take part in at the fortress, or you can just wander around and read the information about the history of the fortress.
I don’t think Râșnov is worth a visit on all it’s own, but if you’re going to Bran Castle, it is well worth a quick stop on the way back to Brasov.
Sighișoara is a small town in the Transylvanian mountains. It’s a stunning town with lots of bright colours, amazing views, and cute streets.
But the town’s biggest claim to fame is having a building where Vlad the Impaler is said to be born.
You know. The man Stoker based Dracula off of.
You can even the house and even have a meal in it (the food is surprisingly good but a bit overpriced).
Even if you’re not into Dracula, Sighișoara is still worth visiting. It’s one of the most beautiful and colourful towns in Romania.
I loved wandering through the narrow streets, popping into stores, and taking in the atmosphere.
Granted, it’s very touristy, and you’ll likely run into a few tour groups along the way, but it’s still worth a visit!
Sibiu is probably my second favourite city in Transylvania behind Cluj-Napoca.
Sibiu is a charming town with one of the most amazing town squares in Romania. It’s like walking into a fairytale.
I love the bright colours, and Sibiu is much quieter than Sighișoara. Not nearly as many tourists visit Sibiu, but that’s starting to change.
Sibiu is starting to get the love it deserves and is becoming an ever popular day trip from Brasov.
Be sure to climb up the clock tower for the best view of the city! It’s well worth the price of admission.
4. Walk Up Tampa Mountain
Tampa Mountain is right in the heart of Brasov and walking up it is one of the best things to do in Brasov alone.
It isn’t a difficult walk, and most people can do the hike no matter their level of fitness.
Of course, you know your own body better than anybody. Don’t do anything you don’t think you can comfortably complete. Especially since you’re travelling alone.
Tampa Mountain gives you one of the best views of the centre of Brasov, the Black Church, and Council Square.
It’s free to walk up, there is a marked path, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to pass other tourists along the way since it’s such a popular tourist attraction.
If you can, try to hike Tampa Mountain to catch either sunrise or sunset.
You’ll enjoy the most spectacular views and have an experience you’ll never forget.
If you don’t feel comfortable walking up a mountain when it isn’t fully light out, then try to schedule your walk around mid-morning to try to miss some of the crowds.
No matter when you choose to hike Tampa Mountain, you won’t regret taking the time out of your day to do it.
It’s without a doubt a must-do activity while in Brasov.
5. People Watch in Council Square
I love people watching when I travel. It’s so fun, and you never know what interesting things you’ll see.
There is no better place in Brasov to people watch than in Council Square.
It’s the main square in Brasov and is the heart of the city for both tourists and locals. Find a little café, order a drink, relax, and soak in your surroundings.
Taking the time to relax and experience the city you’re in is super underrated for travellers, but it’s one of my favourite things to do.
Carve out an hour or two one afternoon just to people watch, and I know it’ll add to your experience of Brasov!
6. Indulge in the Delicious Food
Romania might not be the first country to come to mind when you think of delicious food.
I certainly didn’t have any expectation for the food when I first visited the country. And let me tell you that I was blown away by the food!
The food everywhere in Romania is incredible, and Brasov is no exception.
You can stumble into pretty much any restaurant and have an incredible (and hearty) meal. For a very inexpensive price I may add!
The only thing to stay clear of is Western chains. Other than that, you’re in for a mouth-watering meal.
No matter what cuisine you’re in the mood for!
I walked up to a random pizza by the slice window the evening I arrived in Brasov and was blown away by how delicious a simple slice of pizza is.
But, if you really want to get a taste for Brasov and Romania, go to a traditional restaurant.
Wander a few blocks outside of the Council Square and the tourist areas and find the places locals eat at.
You won’t be disappointed!
Here is a list of some of the best restaurants in Brasov.
As a word of warning, I didn’t write the list, nor have I been to every restaurant on the list. I have, however, eaten at different restaurants recommended by this blog in other cities and enjoyed their recommendations.
Use it as a guide and not a bible.
I did eat at Sub Tâmpa and really enjoyed it, so that makes me trust their list a little bit more as well!
The Importance of Being Internet Safe
One of the biggest things that people overlook when planning a trip is making sure they’re being internet safe.
You rely on public wifi when you travel, and that puts you at serious risk of having your online information and data stolen.
All it takes is for one person connected to that wifi network with bad intentions to steal your banking information or other private data.
And trust me. You do not want to be dealing with the headache of trying to sort out a banking crisis while you’re in a different country!
And I know what you’re thinking. But, no, if the public wifi network you’re using has a password, that doesn’t mean it’s safe to us. Anybody can access that password and access the network.
The only way to ensure you’re being safe when using the internet while travelling is to install a VPN on your devices.
A VPN essentially puts a forcefield around your devices that makes it impossible for a hacker to access your information.
It makes using a public wifi network just as safe as using your home wifi where you’re the only person who knows the password.
You may think it’ll never happen to you, but are you really willing to take that risk when it’s super easy to protect your online information?
My Favourite VPN
I’ve used a lot of different VPNs on my many years of travel. VPNs are notorious for slowing down your internet speed and making the internet incredibly slow and frustrating to use.
That’s why I used to just turn off my VPN and risk my online safety.
I can’t handle slow internet!
That all changed when I discovered NordVPN.
It’s the fastest VPN on the market, which is why I love it so much and recommend it to my fellow travel lovers.
In fact, it’s the only VPN subscription I’ve ever renewed, so you know it’s good!
In addition to be the fastest VPN out there, NordVPN is also super affordable. You can protect up to six devices on a single plan.
A two-year plan costs less per month than a single Starbuck’s latte, so you have no excuse not to protect your online safety.
My philosophy is that if you can afford to travel, you can afford to protect your online data with a VPN.
It’s a small price to pay for the piece of mind you get!
There you have it: the top things to do in Brasov alone. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it’ll get you headed in the right direction!
I could have included visiting the Black and White Towers, but you visit them on the free walking tour.
If you don’t go on the free walking tour, make sure to visit them. They’re icons in Brasov and shouldn’t be missed.
Brasov is an extremely easy city to travel in. Even if this is your first solo trip, you shouldn’t have much issue navigating Brasov.
Plus it’s one of the best cities in Romania and shouldn’t be missed if you’re visiting the country!