#romania Arriving into Rasnov, your gaze is immediately directed upwards. You’ll notice the town’s name boldly announced with white letters perched on the hilltop above like its nearby neighbor, Brasov. The impressive Rasnov Fortress emerges from the green forest just beyond. The stone facade and orange rooftops circle the hilltop spying any potential invaders.
The defensive purpose of the fortress is easily visible even today. Located on a rocky hill from Rasnov, Rosenau in German, surrounded by forests that were once hard to cross, the fortress saved more than once the lives of local people. First mentioned in 1335 as surviving the Tatar invasion that destroyed the area of Brasov, the fortress was originally built on the ruins of an ancient site by the Teutonic Knights between 1211 and 1225. The fortress was later enlarged and fortified by the local Saxon community who owned it until the mid-18th century.