The city at the foot of Tampa Hill has a history of over 800 years. It lays close to the major crossing of the Carpathian Mountains that connected the historical provinces of Transylvania and Wallachia. Today, the city is modern and dynamic but it has kept its traditional historical charm, particularly in the extended Old City, that is still a major component of the city’s life and image.
Brasov is a touristic city, with easy and quick access to ski slopes, architectural wonders in Transylvania, as well as impressive natural landscapes. The city prides itself on 3 aspects that shape its identity:
Brasov has traditionally been a commercial city, where Western traders met with Eastern ones. The city was founded by the Teutonic Knights and became a Saxon colony, with the majority of the inhabitants being German settlers and traders. The German influence is heavily reflected in the architecture, with most of the Old Town resembling traditional German towns, as well as in the local food and culture.
The city became an important center of Romanian culture as well, with the first book in the Romanian language being printed here (by deacon Coresi). It became an important university center for the Kingdom of Romania, while it transitioned from a trading city into an industrial one. Today, Brasov is the 8th biggest city in Romania and has one of the largest metropolitan areas, which goes to show its transformation into a city for people who enjoy space and nature.
Quality of life
94% of Brasov inhabitants are content with their life there, according to a recent study; it is one of the highest percentages in Romania, largely due to its low pollution level, good infrastructure and access to health services.
Brasov is an important road and rail junction, placed on the main route from the capital, Bucharest, to the Transylvania region. It is only 160 kilometers from Bucharest and 140 kilometers from Sibiu, one of the most famous tourist cities in the country.
A new airport is being built at Ghimbav to serve the Brasov metropolitan area, due in 2022. It will be the first airport built in Romania since 1974. For now, Brasov is connected with Bucharest Otopeni Airport (the largest in the country), only 2 hours away by road.
The city’s public transportation, run by RATBV, has 30 lines of buses and trolleys that connect the entire city, as well as to its metropolitan area. The current local administration is planning to build a new tram system to replace the discontinued one, as to create fast lines that would quickly traverse the city and also expand the current Park & Rides at the outskirts, for the people living in the metropolitan area.
Brasov is #249 in the traffic index rating done by Numbeo, the best placed large Romanian city. In terms of private transportation, you can find many taxis, as well as ride-hailing options (Uber and Bolt). The city recently opened up to micromobility options downtown, such as scooters from Lime and Bolt. Bike rentals are available with brands such as I’Velo, RentalBike or Bikexplore.
Coresi Shopping Center is the largest mall in the city, recently opened on the location of the former “Tractorul” factory, in an up-and-coming area of the city (formerly industrial). AFI brand (of AFI Bucharest fame) opened their Brasov shopping center recently, close to the New City Center area.
Brasov’s main street, Republicii, has many shops and cafes as well, as it stands as the most popular promenade spot in the city.
The largest and most famous stadium in Brasov is Tineretului Stadium, the home base of FC Brasov, the city’s largest and best known football team. There are a number of smaller stadiums, as well as plenty of football pitches for recreational play.
Brasov also offers options to exercise and play most sports: gyms (including the famous World Class brand), tennis, squash, swimming, martial arts, basketball, ice skating, hockey, yoga, boxing, rock climbing (outdoors or indoors). One novelty available in Brasov is paragliding jumps and training, from nearby hills, as well as skiing in many resorts close to the city, the most popular being Poiana Brasov.
Brasov is served by many public hospitals, general and specialized. Among the largest are the Brasov County Emergency Hospital and Regina Maria Military Hospital. In terms of private hospitals, the largest is Medlife hospital (part of the Medlife network). The city’s private and public clinics network is large; private ones include brands such as Medlife, Medicover and Regina Maria.
Cost of living
Quality of life, by comparison
Purchases and going out
Family and kids
Brasov is one of the best cities in Romania for families and for raising kids, due to its good quality of public education options, public safety, clean air, as well as the cultural life and the sports options in the city.
The city itself is rather green, with multiple small parks, but it also provides a great hiking opportunity on the Tampa Hill, with an amazing view of the city and its surroundings. In the very vicinity of Brasov there are thick forests and the mountains are within easy reach by car or bike.
In terms of education, the city is well served by options at all school cycles, from kindergarten (including Montessori), to secondary schools and highschools. The high ranking ones are: “Andrei Saguna” National College, “Dr. Ioan Mesota” National College, “Gheorghe Moisil” Computer Science College, and “Emil Racovita” Natural Sciences College.
Brasov has an up-and-coming, fast-growing tech community. There is an increase in tech entrepreneurs and tech jobs in Brasov, particularly those serving national or international markets with remote work.
The tech communities in Brasov are rather new but are growing into veritable hubs:
Startup Weekend Brasov is a great networking event that takes place in Brasov every year, where “developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups”.
Compared to larger Romanian cities, such as Bucharest or Cluj, Brasov has a lot of untapped potential in terms of human resources (unemployment is around 2.6%), as well as investment in tech infrastructure (hubs, events). Investing in the local startup ecosystem has the potential to be a very lucrative opportunity in the next few years, given the administrative, political and migration trends of the city.
See tech jobs in Brasov.
Square meter price in Brasov is relatively low, compared to the larger cities or even similarly-sized cities in the country: EUR 1.277 per square meter. It has been on a fast growing trend since a historical low in 2014, but it has not yet reached pre-2008 levels which goes to show the untapped potential in Brasov's real estate market.
Going out: restaurants
There are many options for dining out in and around the Old City area, particularly on Republicii street, the city’s main shopping artery, and around Piața Sfatului, its historical city center.
Going out: cafes
Brasov is well known for its Old City center cafes, great locations for a good (single origin) coffee and conversations with friends:
Going out: pubs & clubs
Brasov is not well known for its night scene, but it does have a few great options for going out in the evening or at night:
Brasov is the former home of the famous international music festival Cerbul de Aur. While it is held any more, Brasov hosts a number of music or cultural festival every year, among which the more famous are:
Things to see or do in the city of Brasov are plenty:
Brasov, the county, provides for a few amazing natural or historical sites: