Rasnov | The fortress between Trasnylvania and Walachia

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The first to build a wooden fortification on this site were the Teutonic knights, attracted here by its strategic position, at the foot of the Carpathians, in a mountain pass connecting Transylvania and Walachia.

Later on, in the 16th century, Rasnov fortress was taken over by the locals, who used it as a place of refuge during Tartar and Ottoman invasions. This is why it was known historically as a “peasant fortress”. Although it managed to withstand all the sieges it was subject to, the fortress still had an important problem: the lack of a water source.

Rasnov fortress


For 17 years, between 1623 and 1640, the locals dug through 146 meters of rock in order to find water. Today’s visitor can enjoy the archaic atmosphere of the fortress while climbing its towers, browsing through the feudal art museum or taking part in traditional skills contests – the archery challenge being especially interesting.

In the second half of the 19th century, the castle was deserted and was not attended anymore. In the castle, there was a sole guardian who was supposed to announce the outbursts of fire by tolling the bells.

A legend about Rasnov fortress:

The legend says that, during a particularly long siege of the fortress, the citizens of Rasnov were concerned about the lack of available drinking water. Two Turkish soldiers, having been captured earlier, were put to the task of digging a well in the center of the fortress. These two men were assured that they would be given their freedom once the well was completed. According to local legend, it took them 32 years to finish the well, but they were still killed afterward. This famous well still sits in the center of Rasnov Fortress and is 143 meters deep.

The Catholic Chapel from Rasnov Fortress

The Catholic Chapel from Rasnov Fortress


The view from the Rasnov Fortress

Above Rasnov


When you arrive on top of the hill, inside the fortress, you can see the small and coquettish village of Rasnov. All the colorful houses are beautifully arranged side by side.

Visiting hours:

Summer season: from April 1 to October 31
From Monday to Sunday: 9:00 – 19:00
Winter season: from November 1 to march 31
From Monday to Sunday: 9:00 – 17:00

Ticket Prices:

Adults / seniors – 10 lei
Pupils / Students – 5 lei
Admission is free for disabled persons. Students and pupils are required to show their StudentID.