Welcome dear traveller to the lands where the green is more intense than anywhere else and the sky clearer and closer to people than anywhere you’ll ever travel to. We have reached Bran, at the meeting point of the Eastern Carpathians, Southern Carpathians and the Basin of Transylvania. Here is the heart of Romania and at the same time one of the most important historical, cultural and traditional reference points for the Romanian people. No matter where you might enter this citadel built by God and offered with plenty of love to people, so that they could rejoice, you will be welcomed by the solemnity of majestic mountains providing a dazzling view and beautiful warm people. The high crests of the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Massifs surround and guard this region ever since the beginning of time, allowing flowing valleys to soften the walls of its cauldron up to Turcului Gorges, where for hundreds of years Bran castle has been watching quietly over the life of men and nature.
25 kilometers west from Brasov, on the exit road from the old county of Bartolomeu and which has been connecting the great city lying at the basis of Mount Tampa to Campulung Muscel, one can drive through the villages of Bran which rest quietly alongside the road. The legends spread in the region mention an old man named Bran who was master over these lands, known as the domains of Bran – Moeciu and Fundata – that he passed over to his 14 sons at the moment of his death. Hence, the 14 villages which make up Bran at present: Poarta, Predelut, Simon, Sohodol, Moeciu de Jos, Moeciu de Sus, Cheia, Zbarcioara, Magura, Pestera, Fundata, Fundatica, Sirnea and Drumul Carului.
Among beautifully colored hills, high mountains and clear rivers, you will find here bits of history, tradition and ancient legends. Bran rests quietly at the shade of Bucegi Mountains, which have been supporting with their solid stone columns both the earth and the sky. The most fascinating stories about people who shared a perfect harmony with the surrounding nature spread all across these lands. You will be able to quench your thirst with pure water springing from the deepest fountains, while your eyes will be bewitched by landscapes which seem to have been painted under the inspiration of paradise, your ears will be delighted by the gentle rustling of the grass and your soul filled with energy and joy.
Pelasgian tribes have lived here, followed by the Dacians, the Romans, the Turks, the Hungarians, The Germans and other peoples. Noble gentry have fallen in love with Romania and because beauty seems immortal around here. If you too may be brought about these lands, forever keep in your heart that which is most beautiful and leave behind your respect to nature, history and the people and never move a stone from its place. If you may encounter a flower on your way, cherish it as you do the green forest; leave your print onto walls only by the soft touch of your fingertips and not by the violent trace of your pens. Take with you the stories and the legends you will surely discover and then walk further into the world and share them gladly with the others.