Catherine’s Gate (Poarta Ecaterinei)
Catherine’s Gate (Poarta Ecaterinei) is technically Brașov’s last-remaining medieval structure, though the central tower is the only original feature. Built by Saxon settlers in 1559, then used as storage space during the 19th and 20th centuries, the gate provides insight into Romania’s complex history and today serves as an important symbol of the city.
Brașov’s Gothic architecture and dark history make it a popular stop on multi-day tours of Transylvania. Take advantage of packages that include a historical city tour to tick off Catherine’s Gate alongside the iconic Black Church (Biserica Neagră) and Council Square (Piata Sfatului). Walking tours ensure ample time to study the structure, while architecture-focused tours include Brasov as part of a wider itinerary that usually include Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle) and Peles Castle.
Things to Know Before You Go
Catherine’s Gate is a must-see for history buffs.
Look out for Brașov’s coat of arms, which comprises a crown on a tree trunk.
The gate is a landmark rather than a museum; combine your visit with other city attractions to optimize your time.
Winters in Brașov are freezing so don’t forget good walking shoes and a coat; it can be slippery.
How to Get There
Conveniently located in the Old Town, just a few steps from the Tourist Information Center, Catherine’s Gate (Poarta Ecaterinei) is easy to access on foot. Buses 50 and 52 stop just outside.
When to Get There
The medieval gate is a sight to behold throughout the year, though the turrets do take on a certain fairytale charm when dusted with winter snow or against the bright backdrop of spring. After dark and when illuminated, the gate looks most atmospheric, as does the rest of Brașov Old Town.
Discover Original Brașov
If you’re curious about Brașov’s original layout, head to the the Wavers’ Bastion, ten minutes away from Catherine’s Gate on the opposite side of the old walls. The preserved fortification provides deeper insight into the city’s medieval architecture, and the small museum includes an accurate 3D model of 16th-century Brașov.
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