Brasov to Rasnov Cycle Route

A short but steep climbers route, deep in the Transylvania hills, from historic Brasov to Rasnov, with time for a coffee and cake, before returning over the tree lined highway.

Route Information

Brasov and Rasnov are both steeped in history, and surrounded by beautiful mountain roads.  This short road cycling route in Romania, links the two historic cities, with a high mountain road cycling climb in Transylvania.

Stats: 44km and 1,056 metres of ascent

Refreshments & Where to Stay

Brasov has all that you need for your stay, and you can fly in to nearby Sibiu and it’s international airport. There are lots of accommodation choices at all prices. There’s also a wealth of great coffee shops and restaurants to eat at too, and lots to explore on foot. The historic centre has superb hotels and AirBNB choices to suit all budgets.


This is a tough climb, but with amazing views of the mountains all around you. The climb twists and turns to Rasnov, with some sharp switchbacks to be careful of on the descent. Staying in historic Brasov also allows you the freedom to enjoy the history and scenery more on foot, relaxing in this unique area of a Europe – transfixing Transylvania.


There isn’t a lot of directions required for this route really. In general, head out of Brasov on the DN1E highway, which climbs to Poiana Brasov, then descend to Rasnov.

Enjoy a coffee and cake, then maybe explore the historic citadel at Rasnov, before climbing back to Poiana Brasov and returning with a good few climbing kilometres in your legs. It’s a good short route for a morning or an afternoon ride, and the highway is beautiful and scenic, being surrounded by the sublime forested mountains of this historic corner of Transylvania and Romania.

A post ride option could be a tourist trip to nearby Bran Castle, home of the fabled Dracula.

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Brasov to Rasnov

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