Rupea Fortress – location, history and tourist attractions

26 June 2024

Transylvania is one of Romania’s best-known and most visited regions, due to the numerous historical, cultural and tourist attractions it offers. It is an area recognized for having the largest number of Gothic castles in the world, including the famous Bran Castle (known as “Dracula Castle”), Poenari Castle, Corvin’s Castle, Sighisoara Fortress and others.

Here you will experience a rich and varied gastronomy with local and international influences. As a tourist, you can savor famous dishes such as mămăliga, sarmalele, ciorba and other delicious specialties. Transylvania also hosts annual cultural events such as the International Medieval Music Festival in Sighisoara or the National Theatre Festival in Targu Mures.

Discover, in this article, one of the most spectacular fortresses in Transylvania and add it to your list of places to visit on vacation.

Locals making homemade bread
Locals making homemade bread

Rupea Fortress – location

Rupea Fortress is a fortified fortress located in Brasov County, Romania. It is located about 25 km west of Brasov, on the right bank of the Ribița River.

If you are leaving from Brasov, you can take the DN1 (E60) road west and then follow the signs for Râșnov and the Rupea fortress. The town of Rupea is divided into two sectors: the western one, also called Râșnov, and the eastern one, called Rupea.

If you don’t have your own car but want to visit this beautiful place, you have the following options:

  1. Take a taxi from Brasov. The journey takes about 30 minutes.
  2. Go to Brasov station and take the train to Făgăraș or Sighișoara. Get off at Râșnov or Rupea station. From there, you can reach Rupea Fortress by taxi or local bus.
  3. From the bus station in Brasov you can take a special bus route to the citadel. In this case, pay attention to the timetable.

Once there, you will be able to park your car in a specially designed parking lot located very close to the fortress. Entry costs 15 lei for adults and 8 lei for children under 18. If you want to benefit from the self-guid, you pay a difference of just 5 lei.

If you visit the fortress with a group of more than 20 adults, the price is 12 lei/person. Groups of 20 or more children also get a discount, at 5 lei per person.

Rupea Fortress – history

The Rupea Fortress is one of the oldest and most important fortresses in Transylvania, with documentary evidence dating back to the 14th century. It was originally built as a fortification on a high stone block overlooking the bridge over the Ribița River. From there you could see the surroundings, people and carriages approaching the fortress.

Although it was built in the 14th century, it continued to develop over time. The fortress of Rupea was enlarged in the 17th century and became a refuge for the local population.

Today, the Rupea Fortress is an important historical and cultural ensemble comprising three zones:

  • The Upper Fortress – this is the oldest one and includes the famous Tower of the Larders. This is a feature of the Saxon community that lived in the area. Here you can also see a well carved into the stone, more than 50 meters deep, which has not dried up to this day.
  • The Middle Citadel – comprises the Barred Tower, the Chapel and another Pentagonal Tower.
  • Lower Fortress – is the newest part of the fortress and dates back to the 18th century. Here you will see the fortress keeper’s dwelling and the military storehouse.

Rupea Fortress is included in the UNESCO World Heritage and is considered one of the most valuable historical monuments in Romania.

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Tourist attractions in the area

Old Towns are unique places with impressive architecture, representing a combination of the styles and building techniques of past times. By visiting them, you can admire their beauty and complexity. You will have an authentic experience that makes you feel as if you are in the middle of historical events. You can think about the people who lived there in the past and the way they managed themselves in those cities.

They are landscaped and you’ll find explanatory panels everywhere, with historical information and the stories behind the ruins. They help you step into the world of those times and find out how people lived.

Râșnov Fortress

Râșnov Fortress
Râșnov Fortress

Râșnov Fortress is located about 80 kilometers from Rupea Fortress and only 19 kilometers from the city of Brasov. It is built in Gothic style and is considered an example of well-preserved medieval architecture. From the fortress tower, you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of Rasnov and the surrounding area. It’s the ideal place for vacation photos.

Inside the fortress you can visit the collection of medieval armor and weapons, which includes rare and interesting pieces. Around the fortress, you can visit the beautiful parks and gardens, which offer a relaxing experience and a panoramic view of the region. Various cultural events and theater performances are organized here, making it an ideal place to appreciate the arts.

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake
Emerald Lake

The Emerald Lake is a spectacular place, offering an enchanting view. It is located 23 kilometers from Rupea Fortress. The lake was formed as a result of rainfall and melting snow, making it a place of unique beauty.

The depth of the lake is 10 meters, and nearby you will find the extinct volcano. Around it you’ll see sparser vegetation, which makes this an authentic place worth a visit.

Homorod Baths

Relax at the thermal springs
Relax at the thermal springs

Homorod Baths are located at a distance of about 60 kilometers from Rupea Fortress and is distinguished by the presence of numerous mineral water springs. These waters rich in lithium, manganese and bromine have curative properties, which is why they are also highly sought after. For example, rheumatic problems can be treated here.

You can also visit Băile Homorod in winter, as you can enjoy a well-equipped ski slope. In the summer, you can enjoy the peace and quiet, the beauty of nature, hiking and excursions in the area.

Transylvania has a lot to offer and many places to visit. You can create your own itinerary or join an organized group. So all you have to do is enjoy your vacation and the local wonders.

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Take advantage of the fact that Transylvania offers excellent opportunities for hiking and hiking in the mountains or on farmland. Visit Romania and support local tourism! The hospitality of the people is unfailing and the food is known for its abundance of fresh ingredients. Don’t miss the opportunity to try traditional dishes such as goulash, mămăliga, soups and desserts specific to the area, such as papanașii.

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