Brasov has witnessed a rapid development in recent years that has seen many new climbing areas opened and the majority of old ones have been re-equipped with new bolts. The rock climbing at Brasov has a good mixture of single and multi-pitch routes across all grades. Some of the best multi-pitch routes are at Cheile Rasnoavei (up to 10 pitches long), and Costila, which is shown opposite. The big wall in the photograph has routes that are between 3 and 5 pitches long.
The crags Tampa and Pietrele lui Solomon, situated in the outskirts of Brasov, are ideal strating points for those visiting Brasov with little time to climb. You'll find nice and easy routes at Tampa and at the same time you can enjoy the panorama onto the old town of Brasov from the heights of the Tampa mountain.
For those who prefer steep endurance routes I recommend Pietrele lui Solomon, just 20 minutes from the Brasov town centre, while those who can afford a whole day at the crag have several options. The Piatra Mare Massif has two beautiful crags: Tamina and Prapastia Ursului. Tamina is one of the newest crags in Romania, suitable for the hot summer days with long and sustained routes mostly on pockets, while Prapastia Ursului offers sport climbing in an alpine environment. And if you make it to the Piatra Mare Massif, a visit to the Seven Stairs Canyon is a must.
Another beautiful crag with long, difficult routes (and also lots of projects) is located in Postavaru Massif. This is the ideal place for technical face climbing and if you feel that you didn't get enough excitement after a day's climbing here, then definitely go for a bungee-jump in the Rasnoavei Gorge, one of the highest natural bungee-jumping facilities in Eastern Europe.
Whatever you choose to do, don't miss Belvedere, one of the country's classic crags: if you love long and steep routes on shallow pockets, this is the place for you! The quality of the limestone and the scenery of Bucegi Mountains which you can admire when reaching the top of the routes makes this crag an ideal place even for summer days, when it can be quite chilly due to alpine climate.
If you are in search of multipitch routes, then Costila is the perfect crag. There are two conglomerate towers here with lots of multipich routes (protected mostly with pitons) which will reward the climbers with a sense of adventure, because of its alpine feel. You can stay overnight free of charge in the nearby Costila Refuge or, if you prefer a more comfortable night's sleep, you can choose one of the many guest-houses down in the valley.
Best time of year
The ideal season for climbing in Brasov and its surroundings is from May until September. Most of the crags face south or southwest and present ideal conditions for climbing. The average summer temperature ranges between 22 and 27 degrees Celsius. The rainiest month is June, and some crags seep in early spring. Because of the alpine climate specific to the mountain areas, climbing in winter is only possible at a few crags and in favourable conditions: dry weather, sun and no wind. One of them is the Tampa crag, where itís possible to climb in winter wearing just a T-shirt.
Brasov offers various forms of accommodation, such as guest houses, hotels or hostels. Youíll find most of the accommodation located in the old town centre. The price for a double room at a guest house is about 100 lei (25 euro). For those who wish to camp or use a bungalow, the Dirste campsite is located to the south of Brasov.
Where to buy gear
Himalaya on Republicii Street and Sport Virus on Muresenilor Street, both in Brasov, just 5 minutes from the old town centre, Piata Sfatului.
How to get there
The regulations for crossing the Romanian borders allow citizens from the European Union, the United States of America, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand to stay here for up to 90 days without a visa. Turkish citizens can stay up to 60 days and the citizens from states from the former Eastern Europe Communist Block can stay up to 30 days. Despite Brasov not benefiting from an airport, the easiest way to get here is by plane. The closest international airports to Brasov are in Bucharest and Sibiu.
Another option to get here is by train: there are daily international trains which connect Brasov to the biggest towns of the Central Europe (Munich, Prague, Venice, Budapest) or other areas (Sophia, Istanbul, Kiev, Moscow).
The Romanian road network is improving constantly, making it easy to get here by coach from the biggest towns of Europe. You can also reach Romania by boat. There are daily boats travelling to the Danube Delta from Passau and Vienna. From there you can get to Brasov by train.
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