Out of the ashes

Another of the original seven fortresses is nestled in the mountains east of Sibiu. Brasov radiates from a large central square bordered by shops with red-tiled rooftops and a 14th century evangelical Lutheran church, called the Black Church since a fire charred its outside walls in 1689.

Legend has it that the Pied Piper re-emerged in Brasov after disappearing -- along with the hamlet's children -- from Hamelin, Germany.