Nestled majestically below the peaks of the lush Southern Carpathian Mountains in Central Romania lies the historic, medieval city of Brasov, one of Romania’s most visited cities. Awash with gothic, barque and renaissance architecture, this once walled city is home to many beautiful historic buildings and churches dating back to the 12th century.
Brasov was founded on an ancient Dacian site by Teutonic Knights in 1211 at the crossroads of trade routes linking the Ottoman Empire and the rest of Europe. Beautiful churches and buildings were built along with fortifications (a wall and three lookout towers) to protect the city against enemies in medieval times. Today, it remains a charming city to wander and explore, enjoying its stunning architecture, its delightful walking streets and mass of fabulous outdoor restaurants and cafes. It is also an excellent launching off point to many hiking trails and medieval castles.
One of the most famous streets in Brasov is Strada Sforii also known as “Rope” and “Skinny” Street as it is the narrowest street in Eastern Europe. Dating back to the 13th century, Strada Sforii is approximately four feet wide and it links Cerbului Street with Poarta Schei Street. The street was originally used as an access route by firefighters but today is one of the most interesting and fun tourist attractions in Brasov as visitors and locals alike wander its narrow, winding path.
I had been in Brasov for three days and nearly missed Strada Sforii. I would never have explored this narrow street if it hadn’t been for a friend who asked if I’d seen the famous skinny street. Located right off the heart of Old Town not far from the main square between Cerbului Street with Poarta Schie Street was a tiny sign marking the entrance to the street. I realized that I’d probably walked by it several times without even noticing it, it was so small.
I’m certainly glad I found this lovely little street as it was a great place to take pictures. You could even see the Hollywood-like Brasov sign through the narrow angles of the street. I had to grab a picture of it of course. The sign is at the top of Mount Tampa, where you can either hike up or take a 1950’s Communist-era cable car to the top to get stunning views of Brasov.
I had a lot of fun on this tiny little street. I can imagine it would be a fabulous place to take photos at night as well with the beautiful light. I also adored the various angles of the buildings and of course the red terra-cotta rooftops.
If you go:
To find Strada Sforii, head down to Piața Sfatului, the main square in Brasov. Strada Sforii located between Cerbului Street with Poarta Schie Street.