Râșnov Citadel was built between 1211 and 1225 by Teutonic knights and was only conquered once in its history. I made the long climb up the top to find it closed earlier than it was supposed to, so unfortunately, I was unable to enter. Admission is 10 lei and it’s open until 7pm from April to October and until 5pm the rest of the year.
The citadel has a very interesting legend attached to it. According to the legend, two Ottoman soldiers were sentenced to dig a well and were promised freedom when it was finished. It took them 17 years and instead of being released, they were killed.
Not seeing the citadel wasn’t a total loss because the views were spectacular. It’s no wonder the site was chosen as the setting for the movie Cold Mountain.
Just underneath the citadel is a Hollywood-style sign spelling out the name of the town. You can see the entire town and countryside from the sign.
The town itself isn’t very interesting but has some nice buildings, especially around Piața Unirii (Union Square) and the Evangelical Church. Râșnov is known as Rosenau in German and Barcarozsnyó in Hungarian.
Buses from Brașov’s Autogară 2 leave often and take about a half hour to make the trip to Râșnov. On the way back, buses were full but I was able to hitch a ride with a man back to Brașov for the same price as the bus.