Mama Cozonacilor Hotel
Romanian hospitality at its finest
7 nights in Mama Cozonacilor includes buffet breakfast, lunch & dinner
Mama Cozonacilor is an award-winning 3-star hotel nestled in the stunning mountainous region of Bran, Transylvania. Surrounded by lush fir and beech forest, the charming family-run hotel overlooks the picturesque Simon Valley in Bran, just 6 km from Dracula’s Castle. The wonderful western mountainside of Bucegi lies to east, and to west you can see the Piatra Craiului Peek that frames the area. The north part offers you an unforgettable views over Barsa Country that unfolds from Bran’s knoll up to the Olt’s Belt near the Saxon town Feldioara. Sunrises and sunsets are spectacular and the nocturne panorama over the Barsa Country is often compared to fireworks. The serenity and breathtaking views provide the ideal conditions to calm the mind and inspire writing.
Run by the Drăgan family, Mama Cozonacilor is known throughout Transylvania for it’s hospitality, traditional cooking and events. As the name implies, the hotel is “the Mama” of traditional cozonaci (Romanian sponge cake). The hotel is known to make the finest cozonaci in all of Transylvania, and Romanians will order it well in advance for special occasions.
Mama Cozonacilor is more than a hotel. It’s an experience. The Drăgan’s will go above and beyond, giving you all the personal attention you may need to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. They are proud of their heritage and history and want to share it with you. As well as cooking traditional Transylvania cuisine, a few special surprises will be organized in your honour, including an evening with traditional Transylvania dancers and musicians and a customary farewell bonfire party.
All guests will have their own single rooms unless there is a request to share a double room. The hotel does have WiFi, but as we will be in the mountains, sometimes the connection could be slow.
It’s important to remember where you are. Transylvania is not so fast-paced as the rest of the planet, and interference with technology by unseen and unexplainable forces may occur. Even so, we encourage you to bring laptops so that reading assignments can be sent via email.
For more information you can find Mama Cozonacilor at www.mamacozonacilor.ro
Or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mamacozonacilor.pensiune
Address: 212 Iancu Gontea street, Bran – Simon, Brasov, 2229, Romania
Bran City and Dracula´s Castle
We’ll see the best of Brasov on our one day guided tour. You’ll visit and learn more about the famous Bran Castle, enjoy some free time to stroll the streets of the ancient village, then pass through Gradistea Gorges to see the lovely Moeciu Village, an authentic Romanian village hidden in the mountains, before visiting the medieval Rasnov Fortress with its impressive landscapes.
Our first stop will be the magnificent Bran Castle, which is famously known as Dracula ́s Castle. Built between 1377-1382 by the Hungarian King Louis I of Anjou, Bran Castle is full of legend and lore and is said to be the castle that inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Although it has undergone numerous changes and has been rebuilt several times through the centuries, the castle still retains the imposing Gothic elements of the original structure.
During our guided visit, you’ll learn more about castle and the horrific legends that surround it. You may even encounter one of its non-living residents!
Just a few steps from Bran Castle you’ll discover Queen’s Chapel. It was erected by Princess Ileana, the youngest daughter of the beloved Queen Mary, to shelter the vessel with the Queen’s heart. The silver box that contained the Queen Mary’s heart was homed there until it was eventually moved to the National Museum of History. The collection of Queen Mary’s items, however can still be viewed at the nearby building, Vama Medievală. One interesting fact about Queen Mary is that she was known by her biographers as the Writer Queen. During her lifetime, Marie published 34 books and short stories, both in Romanian and English. This included her critically acclaimed autobiography, The Story of My Life, published by Cassell in London, in three volumes. The book was reviewed by Virginia Woolf, who felt it would eventually come back to haunt the royal family, and stated, “Words are dangerous things, let us remember. A republic might be brought into being by a poem.”
We’ll continue our trip by passing Gradistea Gorges to Moeciu Village, an authentic Romanian village and a place where you will be awed by the mountain’s greatness and the beauty of nature. From there, we’ll make our way to Râșnov Fortress—the best preserved peasant fortress in Transylvania.
Râșnov Fortress was built just over 800 years ago on a rocky hilltop, elevated at about 150m above in the small town of Râșnov. It is located 15 km south-west of Brașov and also about 15 km from Bran Castle. The fortress is on the Bran Pass, a trade route connecting Wallachia with Transylvania. It is one of the biggest rural fortresses in the country and somehow unique in that it was meant to be a place of refuge for the commoners from sieges over extended periods of time. As such it had at least 30 houses, a school, a chapel, and other buildings more commonly associated with a village.
The fortress has been restored to it’s former glory. There is also a museum here, hidden behind the ancient walls.
The museum’s “piece de resistance” is a skeleton buried below a glass floor, but you may also find some really interesting artifacts in there. The inner rooms look more like a maze, with several wood ladders linking them and a few so-called secret passages which should keep you busy for quite a while. Visitors claim to have heard ghostly voices down those passages. Not to worry, they are said to be friendly entities!
Breakfast will be served at the usual hour and the bus will leave for Sighișoara at 10 AM. You’ll be dropped off at the entrance of this famous medieval town to explore as you like and create your own adventure. Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe, you won’t be disappointed. This perfectly intact 16th century village with nine towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches rivals the historic streets of Old Prague or Vienna for atmospheric magic. A walk through the town’s streets with their original medieval architecture, magical mix of winding cobbled alleys, steep stairways, secluded squares, towers, turrets and enchantingly preserved citadel, is a step back in time.
Sighișoara is also known as the birthplace of Vlad Ţepeş, commonly known as Dracula. The Vlad Ţepeş, Dracula House is located in the Citadel Square, close to the Clock Tower. This ocher-colored house is the place where Vlad Ţepeş, Dracula was born in 1431 and lived with his father, Vlad Dracul. A wrought-iron dragon hangs above the entrance. The ground floor of the house serves as a restaurant, while the first floor is a museum. Since lunch will not be provided this day, we recommend having a bite in Dracula’s house!