Râșnov fortress, among the 10 most beautiful snow castles in the world

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Râșnov Fortress in Brașov, Romania is included in the top ten most beautiful snow castles in the world, according to ‘Conde Nast Traveler’ travel publication.

Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany tops the list of impressive castles which are worth visiting during winter. Palace of Tzar Alexei Mikhailovich in Kolomenskoye Park, Moscow comes second, while Matsumoto Castle in Matsumoto, Japan ranks third.

Hohenzollern Castle in Hohenzollern, Germany, Hradcany Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, Blair Castle in Perthshire, Scotland, Gamlehaugen Castle in Bergen, Norway, Uchisar Castle in Nevşehir, Turkey and Inuyama Castle in Inuyama, Japan are completing the top, while Râșnov castle ranks tenth.

This is how the travel publication describes the Romanian exquisite castle: “Rasnov is located 650 feet above its namesake town, where it served as a fortress as far back as 1331. Rasnov wasn’t just built for military purposes, however: originally comprising houses, a school, and a chapel, the fortress was intended as a place of refuge for lengthy periods of time.”

The mayor of Râșnov, Adrian Vestea said the distinction gladdens him, as it is justified by the high number of tourists who are visiting the fortress year by year.

According to him, approximately 362,700 visitors have been recorded by the end of December 2015, which means a record for the sight. In 2013, 108,000 tourists visited the castle, while in 2014 there were 241,000 visitors, with the mayor voicing hope the venue will lure at least 500,000 visitors on a yearly basis in the upcoming future.

A thorough description of the Râșnov fortress is available here: http://www.romaniajournal.ro/rasnov-the-high-pitched-medieval-fortress-winking-on-the-hilltop/

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