Got up early, had some breakfast, and took a taxi to the train station where I got a ticket to Brasov. The ride was only about an hour and after we arrived, I took the local bus to Brasov's historic center known as Piata Sfatului. Luckily I happened to notice someone validating his ticket in the little machine on the bus, and I had remembered that you must validate your ticket because men get on the buses at the stops, whip out their badges, and check your tickets. If your ticket is not validated, they will fine you. Sure enough, a ticket checker got on the next stop and checked my validated ticket. When the bus arrived at my stop, I got off and headed to my hotel. I got to the square and found Casa Wagner where I was staying. The room wasn't ready yet but they allowed me to bring up my luggage, and the maids made up the room.
After getting situated, I went into the square which looked so typically European with the red-tiled merchants' houses surrounding the square, and a beautiful council house in the middle. It was a beautiful sunny day, so I did what everyone else was doing, and had a frappucino at the outdoor cafe. The council house clock bells chimed and I soaked in the atmosphere.
Then I began my sightseeing of Brasov. I walked to Piata Teatrului where in a small park stand headstones, memorials to those who were gunned down during December 1989.
Across the street is the Volksbank building which clearly has bullet holes still visible surrounded by a commemorative plaque.
I walked down the pedestrian only Str. Republicii lined with cafes and shops.
Then I entered the town's most famous landmark, the Biserica Neagra, supposedly the largest Gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul. On one of the pillars you can see four bullet holes, left by shots fired through the door as people cowered inside during the fighting in 1989.
Then I walked down through the Schei quarter where the Romanian-speaking people were forced to live during the rule of the Saxons. The main sight is the Church of St Nicholas.
I headed back to the main square, got a pizza to go, and went back to my room.