Kismet Dao Hostel's Blog

Here you can find information about your favorite hostel and its guests, cool events in the city of Brasov and surroundings, Romanian culture & traditions, useful travel tips & recommendations or just some random posts by the hostel's lovely staff.

Cultural Treasures: The Fortified Churches in Transylvania

The fortified churches in Transylvania were the trademark of the Saxon population brought here by King Geza II of Hungary, in the 12th century. The church has always played an important role in the community’s life, being an influential power and a ‘trend’ setter.

The frequent enemy invasions in Transylvania, starting with the Tartars in 1241, determined people to consider more efficient solutions to protect themselves, their families and most precious belongings.

Snagov Monastery, Romania - the Burial Place of Vlad the Impaler

Where Did the Romanian Prince Vlad the Impaler Find His End?

About 40 kilometers north of Bucharest, on an island in the middle of Snagov Lake, lays the monastery with the same name. Built around the time of Vlad the Impaler's grandfather, the monastery has become famous as the burial place of the infamous prince of Walachia who would become the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula.

New Skiing Slopes in Poiana Brasov

A new skiing area was opened on Monday, December 26th, 2011, in Romania's most famous skiing resort, Poiana Brasov, which is located just 12 km (~7.5 miles) away from the city of Brasov. Following an investment of 25 million Euro (plus VAT), the Poiana Brasov ski area increased by 50 hectares to 85 hectares (~210 acres), extending the total length of the ski slopes from 16 km (~10 miles) to 24 km (~15 miles). Thanks to the modernization of the slopes and the installation of artificial snow machines, the ski season can now be extended to four months a year.

Christmas & New Year's Superstitions in Romania

  • Misletoe sprigs placed on Christmas and New Year's celebration table bring good luck.
  • It brings bad luck to wear new shoes on Christmas day.
  • A clear sky on Christmas day announces a fruitful year.
  • If it's windy on Christmas day it announces bad luck.
  • It's not good to knit, to sew and to wash clothes between Christmas and New Year.

Off The Path Hostel Review: Kismet Dao

When our guests are happy, we are happy! It makes us even happier when an experienced traveler like Sebastian notes that Kismet Dao sets standards for Hostels. It means we can keep doing what we are doing, as we are doing it right! :-)

‘Why I love Romania’ campaign with posters

A campaign called ‘Why I love Romania’ (De ce iubesc Romania) has been launched across the world, everywhere Romanians live. Posters were put up with information about great Romanian scientists and sports people who have made a difference in the world, aiming at improving Romania’s image abroad.

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