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marți, 14 aprilie 2015

Charming self catering holiday accommodation near Brasov



The Apartment Luxor Busteni is a cosy 3 star holiday apartment located in the heart of Carpathian Mountains in Busteni mountain resort.
Set in a spectacular mountainous landscape at the base of  Caraiman Massif and close to the Caraiman Monastery and Cantacuzino Castle, the apartment has 3 modern rooms fully furnished and equiped, just 45km away from Dracula’s Castle (Bran Castle).
Best place to use your bicycle or to rent one and experience the beauty and calmness of the mountain and the beautiful Prahova Valley's castles and monasteries.
The apartment has two bedrooms  with  queen size beds and wardrobes. There is an elegant bathroom with bathtub. The cosy living area of this accommodation apartment Luxor Busteni contains a sofa bed, armchairs, coffee table, dining table with chairs, DVD player and a TV with satellite and WIFI.
This property also benefits from street parking and heating.
During winter season tourists can enjoy of a lot of snow and can practice ski and snowboard.
Aslo in this area tourist can visit Peles Castle, Urlatoarea Waterfall, Sinaia Monastery, Rasnov Fortress and more.
 NOTE: Tourists can see every evening bears in the wild life near Apartment Luxor Busteni.  Romania has the largest bear population in Europe
50 euros/night/apartment 3 rooms.
Minimum stay 2 nights.
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Cantacuzino Castle Busteni, Romania

As the main road going from Bucharest to Brasov (DN1 – National Road 1) was quite busy (as it is in any weekend or holidays), it took us more than two hours to get to the mountain area and we were already tired and looking for a nice place to stop when we reached Busteni and noticed the signs on the road’s poles inviting us to visit the Cantacuzino Castle. We followed the directions and discovered a beautiful old mansion located in the middle of a private domain on the edge of the forest.
As we found out, the Cantacuzino Castle was erected by prince Grigore Cantacuzino, nicknamed “Nababul” (“The Mogul”) and inaugurated in 1911 (101 year ago!). It was built in neo-Romanian style in stone and brick after the plans of the Romanian architect Grigore Cerchez and it covers a total surface of 3148 sqm. The interior decorations create a strong romantic ambience. Stained glass windows, marble, brackets and ceilings with painted beams, wood, stone or wrought iron railings and bronze hardware represent a master of artistic craftsmanship. The white stone fireplaces decorated with polychrome mosaics complete the atmosphere of boyar residence.
During the communist era, the castle served as a sanatorium and most of the original paint of the walls was covered with the green color to create the specific look of an hospital.
Several years ago, the land and the Cantacuzino Castle were bought by a group of investors who wanted to develop a luxury holiday and ski resort. Nowadays, probably because of the global economic recession, the plans have been postponed and the place is open for visitors as a museum.
We joined a small group and a nice old lady guided us through the castle giving us a lot of interesting information about the building and the old Byzantine noble family of Cantacuzino whose first member lived around 1094 (check Wikipedia page here for more info about the history of this old family).
The Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni is open for visitors every day from 10 to 18. On the main road from Bucharest to Brasov, once you are in Busteni, turn it right on Pescariei Street or Grivitei Street and then follow the signs.

You can stay at Apartment Luxor Busteni, close to Cantacuzino Castle. 
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vineri, 13 iunie 2014

Charming apartment close to Kronstadt, Brasov, Romania

Charming self catering holiday accommodation in Busteni Prahova Valley, near Kronstadt (Brasov) Romania. 
The Apartment Luxor is a cosy 3 stars holiday apartment located in the heart of Carpathian Mountains in Busteni mountain resort.
Luxor holiday apartment is just 45 km away from Dracula Bran Castle.
50 euros/night/apartment 3 rooms.
Minimum stay 2 nights.
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marți, 9 aprilie 2013

Prahova Valley

Prahova Valley connects Transylvania and Wallachia, being a real tourist attraction. This is due primarily to the upgraded road E60, and railways, which have facilitated the access of people in the area.Prahova Valley starts at the exit from Brasov to the city Campina (Prahova County). Between the two cities, a significant linear urban group has developed: Predeal, Azuga, Busteni, Poiana Tapului, Sinaia, Comarnic, Posada and Campina town.

Human objectives that annually attract thousands of visitors are:
Hunting Museum of Posada: the only museum of this kind in Romania, bringing together an impressive collection of stuffed exhibits and hunting weapons.
Turret Hunting House: it was the first home of King Ferdinand and Queen Elizabeth. Today the building is included in State Property, being used for protocol. The building is not open to the public.

Peles Castle: built between 1873-1883 during the reign of Charles I, it represents a magnet for tourists transiting the area. In the 160 rooms of the castle it is exposed a great art collection – more than 2,000 paintings.
Pelisor Castle: it was built by Charles I to King Ferdinand and Queen Mary. The castle has 90 rooms which are distinguished by refinement and simplicity.
The Royal Station in Sinaia: built between 1930-1939, the station was designed exclusively for the royal family and its guests. In 1933, the prime minister Ghica was assassinated by Iron Guard members on the station platform.

Sinaia Monastery: built in the seventeenth century, it is the first building in Sinaia resort area. An impressive collection of old books and icons, objects is accommodated within the walls of the monastery. Sinaia monastery attracts thousands of pilgrims annually.
Sinaia Casino: it was built after the architecture of Monte Carlo Casino. Theconstruction began in 1912 and was completed in 1913. In 1947 and during the communist period the casino was closed.
George Enescu Memorial House: located in Sinaia, it is the birthplace of Enescu’s musical work.
In winter, the snow thickness and air temperature promotes tourism and the opening of the ski slopes. The most famous ski slopes are:
Kalinderu ski slope from Busteni town, found in the administration of Busteni City Hall. Situated at the foot of Caraiman Mountains, with a medium degree of difficulty, it has a length of 1300 m. It is the most modern slope of the country, with artificial facility to generate snow.
Sorica slope of Azuga town has a length of 2100 m, 50 m wide, on the entire length of slope being installed cannons for artificial snow. The slope is also night-lit.
Cazacu slope of Azuga has a length of 400 m, is not nocturnal, but with facility to generate artificial snow.

Predeal ski slopes: Clabucet, Cocosul, Subteleferic, Clabucet Sosire, Clabucet Varianta.
Sinaia ski slopes: Sinaia, Carp and Dor Valley.
Sinaia slope is located at the highest altitude, over 2000 m, which makes skiing to take place from December until mid-May (depending on climatic parameters). The length of the slope, as well as the altitude offer tourists unforgettable landscapes, but also the possibility that in addition to skiing one could practice snowboarding, ATV and so on.
Whether you are just in transit or on vacation, try to make the most of Prahova Valley offers and enjoy the beauty of the landscape!

Brasov is one of the most visited places in Romania

Fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains and resplendent with gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, as well as a wealth of historical attractions, Brasov is one of the most visited places in Romania.

Founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site and settled by the Saxons as one of the seven walled citadels*, Brasov exudes a distinct medieval ambiance and has been used as backdrop in many recent period films.
The location of the city at the intersection of trade routes linking the Ottoman Empire and western Europe, together with certain tax exemptions, allowed Saxon merchants to obtain considerable wealth and exert a strong political influence in the region. This was reflected in the city's German name, Kronstadt, as well as in its Latin name, Corona, meaning Crown City (hence, the coat of arms of the city which is a crown with oak roots). Fortifications were erected around the city and continually expanded, with several towers maintained by different craft guilds, according to medieval custom.

The Council Square 

The Saxons built massive stone walls and seven bastions around the city that are still visible today, as well as ornate churches, elaborately trimmed buildings and one of the finest central squares in the country, said to be the spot to which the legendary Pied Piper led the children of Hamlin. Located at the heart of old medieval Brasov and lined with beautiful red-roofed merchant houses, the Council Square, known to the Saxon population as the Marktplatz, is a nice place to rest and soak in the beautiful scenery.

In the centre of the square stands the Old Town Hall (1420), now home to Brasov's History Museum, while the southeast corner is dominated by the town's most famous landmark, the Black Church. Around the square, you'll find the renaissance-style Merchant's House (now the Cerbul Carpatin restaurant), the beautiful archway of the Orthodox Cathedral and the memorial museum of the Mureseanu family. In late summer, the Golden Stag (Cerbul de Aur) music festival takes place here.

Poiana Brasov

Where: 5 miles SW of Brasov 

A 15-minute drive or 30-minute bus ride from Brasov leads to Poiana Brasov (3,300 feet), a mountaintop ski and summer resort. During winter months, Poiana Brasov offers some of the best skiing in Romania. In the summer, it is a great place for hikers to launch treks into the Southern Carpathian Mountains. For a panoramic view of Brasov and the more distant Bucegi Mountains, take the cable car to the summit of Postavarul Mountain (5,756 feet).

Dracula Castle


Bran Castle is popularly known as Dracula's Castle, through the Real, Vlad Tepes, never lived in this castle. This castle is not among Romania's most beautiful castles, but its association with the most famous vampire legend makes Bran its best known, and, understandably, one of the country's most popular tourist attractions.

Despite its disappointing lack of strong connection to Dracula, Bran neverthelles makes an excellent destionation. Interest in Dracula has encouraged castle administrators to make Bran accessible for visitors.

English-language information at the Bran Castle website provides directions for getting to the castle and other valuable instructions for travelers to Romania and the Brasov region.

Visitor to Bran Castle will learn about what connection Bran has with Dracula its role as a medieval fortress and royal residence, and facts about related history.