The citadel was built as part of a defence system for the Transylvanian villages exposed to outside invasions. A decisive aspect for building the citadel on the actual location was the route of the invading armies which were coming from the Bran pass and were passing through Râșnov, on their way to Burzenland. The only chance of survival for the inhabitants of the area, inclusively from Cristian and Ghimbav, was the refuge inside the citadel. Compelled to stay there for decades, the people of Râșnov and the nearby villages turned the fortification into a dwelling. The medieval fortress is supposed to be built in 1211–1225, in the time when the Teutonic chevaliers ruled Barsa County. After the crusaders have left, the wooden fortress was rebuilt or transformed into one made of stone.
Now there is a new way to reach the fortress. From the center of Rasnov town there is a lift that takes you there.
Visiting hours : 09.00 – 19.00
Ticket prices: Adult: 12 lei (2.5euro) ; Students: 6 lei (1.5euro)
Location : Str. Cetatii nr.17, Rasnov, Brasov, Romania
GPS : 45.590385, 25.469561