f you are traveling to Brasov be sure to add to your must-see attractions the Castle Bran and the Liberty Bear Sanctuary from Zarnesti. Romania has the privilege to hold the largest population of brown bears in Europe, therefore, the need of a bear reservation in Zarnesti was more than necessary.
Our tour that covers Brasov - Bran Castle and Zarnesti Bear Reservation is specially themed to be a child-friendly tour and not only.
Our tour will start from Brasov City and the moving toward to Bran Castle and also the Liberty Bear Reservation.
Monday – Sunday : 8am
Please check below for our tour's itinerary.
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*Full Ticket +18 years price.
*Reduced Ticket +18 -30 years price.
*Free Ticket -18 years price.
According to the Irish author Bram Stoker, it was the house of the most famous vampire in the world. Bran Castle by the end of the 14th century it has been, for hundreds of years, the most important military fortress on the southern border of the Austrian – Hungarian empire. Originally built to stop the invasion of the Ottoman empire it served for protection of the southern border of the empire for centuries, in the time of war, and in the time of peace here we had the customs.
Back then the medieval town of Brasov was the most important market place from this part of the empire, reason why once a year they were organizing a ten days fair. The most respectable merchants from across Europe and middle east were gathering here for the event. Now, in order to be able to attend the important event you had to pass through Bran stray and pay 3% tax from the value of your merchandise. Travelers on foot they have to pay one gold coin, one fiorino – which it was that times currency, travelers on horse two gold coins and so on and so forth. Money that was collected from taxes often went to the noble families which were fighting each other for the position as Castellan and a percentage went to the Hungarian king.
The truth is, as you already know, Vlad III Dracula never really lived here. When he conquered Brasov in 1458 the fortress Bran, which was the property of the Saxon nobility from Brasov at the time, the fortress was “part of the deal”. The Vallahian king kept it for almost a year only and exclusively for the tax money.
Zarnesti - Bear Sanctuary:
Liberty Bear Sanctuary is a national park founded in Judetul Brasov – Zarnesti. the purpose of the park is to rescue the bears from the closed zoos across the country. Today the sanctuary is counting tens of bears from different parts of Romania from the zoos, from the monasteries ( as bad as it sounds there were people that were using the poor animals to take pictures with the tourists). There are all brown bears, the biggest bear in Europe, and one black Asian bear.
Romania still has the biggest population of brown bears in Europe, more than 6000 of them all around the Carpathian Mountains, more than the rest of the countries together. There are countries like Spain and France where together they count less than 40 brown bears which makes them one of the endangered species. If you count them all across Europe will get just about as many as you have in Romania today, not excluding Russia where in the Siberian forest they had one of the largest population of this animals. Unfortunately, with the savage and ruthless hunting, the number of bears went down exponentially year after year.
With this phenomenon happening lots of hunters focused their attention towards our country and they organize every year hunting parties for trophies not quite legal.
The day will start with a tour in Brasov, a medieval town build in the 13th century by the Saxon nobility. It was for hundreds of years one of the most important sources of money for the Kings of Hungary and for the Austrian Emperors as well as a very important military strategic place. Is believed that Vlad III Dracula it was born here and not Sighisoara and his father wasn’t Vlad II Dracul, a Vallahian king of the 14th early 15th century but nobody else but the last Emperor of the Holy Roman – Germanic empire Sigismund of Luxembourg , whom is believed that he had an affair with a polish queen, a beautiful polish woman, Queen Anne-Marie of Galizia, a region in south – east of Poland on the border with Georgia . The queen ran away from home and end up in Transylvania – Brasov where she spent time until the prince was born. Vlad II Dracul, a close friend of the emperor, accepts to adopt the young prince and raise him as his own son.
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