CULTURAL TOUR TO PRAHOVA VALLEY – WEDNESDAY, 15 MAY 2019
07:15 Departure from Bucharest
- 7:15 at Hotel InterContinental
- 7:30 at Hotel Mercure Unirii
- 7:45 at Ibis Palatul Parlamentului City Centre
If you are not staying at one of these hotels, please join at one of those meeting points.
Visiting the Bran Castle
Bran Castle is situated near Bran and in the immediate vicinity of Brașov. It was built in the early 13th Century by the Teutonic Knights to protect the Transylvanian border from fierce nomadic warrior tribes.
Commonly known outside Romania as Dracula’s Castle, it is often referred as the home of the title character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The castle is now a museum dedicated to displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie, but the guide will present a lot of interesting stories. Tourists can see the interior. At the bottom of the hill is a small open-air museum exhibiting traditional Romanian peasant structures (cottages, barns, water-driven machinery, etc.) from the Bran region.
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch offered by Prof Ioan Vasile Abrudan, Rector of the Transilvania University of Brașov
14:00 – 16:00 Sightseeing in Brașov
The Council Square is the heart of the city, is where you hear the bell announcing the exact time. Since early Middle Ages, the Square gather at certain fairs, Hungarians, Germans and Romanians merchants, who clearance their merchandise up to Muresenilor Street (former Customs Street). The impressive aspect of the square is shown by the architectural structure of the houses that surround it, buildings that have seen and heard many concerts and heard many stories.
The Black Church was built during the 14-15th century. The events in Transylvania in between 1143-1571 were recorded on the walls; according to a book written by Balázs Orbán the list of the persons donating for the church was also present on the wall. The 1689 fire destroyed the recordings. The difficult refurbishment lasted almost 100 years and resulted in an interior with strong Baroque influences. It boasts the largest and only functional Buchholz functional organ in S-E Europe.
19:30 – 20:00 Arrival to Bucharest