"RASNOV / ROSENAU - most complex peasant fortress" Top 5 Page for this destination Rasnov by josephescu

Rasnov Travel Guide: 41 reviews and 162 photos

Râsnov (German: Rosenau; Hungarian: Barcarozsnyó) is a town in Brasov County, Romania with a population of under 16,000. It is located at about 15 km from the city of Brasov and about the same distance from Bran, on the road that links Wallachia and Transylvania.

Its name is derived from Slavic "žrŭnovy", meaning (village or valley) "of the mill". In 14th century, German documents used the name Rasnov, but the modern German name, Rosenau is based on a popular etymology, being influenced by German "rose".

Founded in 1225 by the Saxon settlers......

The Transylvanian Germans, called "Sasi", came to Romania in the 12th Century as colonists from the northern part of Germany (Saxony). They settled in the central part of Transylvania to consolidate the eastern border and defend it from foregin invasions. Here they built strong cities and developed powerful guilds, bringing along the spirit and development of the West. One can say that the Germans were the ones who heavily determined the subsequent economical and cultural evolution of the region.

The main attraction

The main attraction in Rasnov is the peasant fortress, located on a rocky hilltop, 200m above the town.
Initially, the Teutonic Knights built a small fort on the same spot, around the year 1215.
The fortress is on the Bran Pass, a trade route connecting Wallachia with Transylvania. The view from the top of the castle hill is spectacular.

  • Last visit to Rasnov: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated Aug 6, 2006
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2007 at 9:13 AM

    Lovely little page with brilliant photos. As you might know we have been to Bran and Rasnov on a daytrip from Brasov and enjoyed Rasnov much more than the touristy Bran.

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2007 at 9:22 AM

    Have been to this fabulous place yesterday and thanks to your link on your Brasov page, I found the VT spelling!

  • Fam.Rauca's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2007 at 10:48 PM

    Interesante imagini din Risnov. Este un loc, ce merita sa fie vizitat. Gabriela

  • zaffaran's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2006 at 1:46 PM

    Wonderful view of Risnov! I wanted very much to visit this place during my holiday in Romania but finally we didn't manage, ufortunately! I hope next time!


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