The quaint town on Făgăraș Romania is a great excursion to do while visiting Brasov. It is about an hour’s drive to the city through the rolling hills of the Carpathian Mountains. There is not much to do in the city other than visiting the fortress and grab some good local Romanian food and drinks. The Făgăraș Fortress is yet another one of Romania’s very impressive fortification structures.
The city of Făgăraș was founded by Saxons in 1241. In 1369, Louis I of Hungary presented the Royal Estates of Făgăraș to his vassal, Vladislav I of Wallachia. The region then became the feudal property of the princes of Wallachia, but it remained within the Kingdom of Hungary. The territory remained in the possession of Wallachian princes until 1464. From this point forward the area became the resistance to the wives of the princes of Wallachia.
In the early 20th century the town had a population of about 6600. Over half of that population was Hungarian. the remaining half was divided between German and Romanian, During the 1950s the fortress was a prison for opponents and to the communist party. After the fall of the Communist State in 1989, the castle has been restored and is currently used as a museum and library.
Visiting the Fortress in Făgăraș
The fortress has a small entrance fee of 10 lei ($3). The building is very impressive and is remarkably intact. There have been restorations over the years, but there are a lot of areas that you can see original craftsmanship. The moat surrounding the fortress makes for a great place to sit and enjoy the view. Swans and other birds, as well as plants, litter the water.
One of the most interesting areas in the fortress is the former prison. There is a movie that plays that you can see and hear first-hand accounts of people who were imprisoned there during communism. Seeing and hearing the voices of these people was very moving.
Another cool area of the fortress was the area just inside the fortress walls. There were stable areas as well as areas for growing crops and gardens. There was also an area designated for public executions. It was pretty interesting to stand behind the gallows. It definitely puts things into perspective.
Overall, we really enjoyed our visit to the fortress. We would highly recommend spending some time there if you find yourself in the Transylvania territory of Romania.