Brăila tourist guide

Tourist attractions in the city of Brăila

About Brăila

Braila is the county seat municipality of Braila county, located in the eastern extremity of Muntenia, on the left bank of the Danube. Braila can be reached on DN2B Buzau – Braila – Galati, on DN21 Calarasi – Slobozia – Braila, on DN22 Ramnicu Sarat – Braila, on DN23 Focsani – Braila, on DN22B Galati – Braila and DN22D connection with E87 (DN22) between Tulcea and Constant. There are 215 km to Bucharest that can be traveled by road in 3 hours. A bridge over the Danube is under construction between Braila and Galati. Braila is also a port on the Danube. Braila is located at an average altitude of 25 meters above sea level, stretches over 77 square kilometers and has about 180,000 inhabitants, about 90% of whom are Orthodox Romanians. Coordinates: 45°16′9″N 27°57′27″E

Route Map

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1. National Center for Tourist Information and Promotion

The address is Edmond Nicolau Street 4A.

Hours: open daily between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m

The best starting point for visiting the city of Braila is the Tourist Info Center. A very well developed, documented center where I was pleased to learn that guided tours are also organized in Braila. Near the Info Center there are several tourist attractions of the city of Braila, but we will also visit the most distant ones.

Tourist Information Center

From the National Tourist Information and Promotion Center follow Calea Galati to Piața Traian and after 200 meters the last building on the left is

2. Braila Museum “Carol I”

The address is Piata Traian 3.

It is open from Wednesday to Sunday as follows: in the months of October – April between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., in the months of May – September between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The Grand French Hotel used to be in this building. It is a construction from the first half of the 19th century, modernized in neoclassical style in 1897. It was the main meeting place of Braile merchants. In fact, the Braila Museum manages, in addition to the main museum in this building, the Nicapetre Cultural Center, the Natural Sciences Section, the Fanus Neagu Memorial House, the D. P. Perpessicius Memorial House, the Panait Istrati Memorial House and the Ethnography Section.

Braila Museum

We turn a quarter of a circle in Piata Traian and at the end of Mihai Eminescu street after 100 meters is the next important objective.

3. “Maria Filotti” Theater

The address is 2 Mihai Eminescu Street.

It is located in the former Dumitru Ionescu House. The construction dates back to 1862. The building was modernized in 1896 in Baroque style. One of the oldest performance halls in the city worked here. It has two halls: the Great Hall and the Studio Hall. The “Maria Filotti” theater is a prestigious Romanian theater institution, with a tradition of over 150 years. The building is today an architectural monument.

Maria Filotti Theatre

4. Mihai Eminescu Street / Old Town

We continue on Mihai Eminescu Street, a street with old, well-maintained buildings, palaces built in the 19th century. It is also called the royal street. Somewhat opposite the theater is the Museum of Humor. The price of wheat in Europe was set on the royal street, just as the street was known for the delicious dishes prepared by the ethnic groups that lived in Braila. Elvira’s girls also stood out here. The buildings have geometric and floral ornaments and statuettes specific to the late baroque and neoclassical eras.

The facades are renovated and lit up in the evening. This is the right place to discover the history of Braila, where Romanians, Greeks, Turks, Russians, Bulgarians, Jews, Armenians, and Saxons lived together. We will walk on one sidewalk and on the other 500 meters one way and another 500 meters back, to return to Traian Square.

In the center of the square, organized as a small park, there is the Statue of Emperor Traian.

Bust of Emperor Trajan

Old Town

Royal Street

Old Town

Museum of Humor

Old Town

Hepites, Ana Aslan and Scolii streets lead us past the Church “St. Nicolae”, after 500 meters in Calea Calarasilor, a main thoroughfare of the city.

5. Faculty of Engineering and Agronomy of the University of Dunarea de Jos

The address is Calea Calarasilor 29.

The building was built in 1894 in an eclectic style. It used to be the Administrative Palace. Brailean higher education had its first educational institution in 1971 as a section of the University of Galati. Until today, several specializations have been developed at the Faculty of Engineering and Agronomy.

St. Nicholas Church

Faculty of Engineering and Agronomy

Our route continues along Calea Calarasilor 700 meters towards the exit from the city.

6. Palace of Agriculture / Agronomist’s House

The address is Calea Calarasilor 52.

It was built between 1923 and 1928 according to the project of the architect Florea Stanculescu in neo-Romanian style to house all the agricultural institutions in the county. It is a testimony of the restoration program of Greater Romania after the First World War.

Palace of Agriculture

We cross.

7. Independence Square / Kinetic Fountain and Esplanade

The addresses are Piata Independentei / Calea Calarasilor / Esplanada 1.

In front of us is Piata Independentei, where the City Hall and the Prefecture are next to a wide plateau. At the end of it, after 200 meters, we enter a promenade area. The kinetic fountain was made in 1988 by the sculptor Constantin Lucaci. Perpendicular to the boulevard, this is where the Esplanade begins, which descends past several plots of land, an open-air stage and a children’s park to the banks of the Danube.

Esplanade

Independence Square

kinetic fountain

8. Danube Embankment / River Station

The Danube embankment stretches for more than 2 km right on the bank of the Danube river, offering views over it and the opposite bank, the Dobrogean one, where Lipoveneasca Beach is, and from where you can travel to the Macin Mountains. Several ships are anchored at the wharf, some of which offer accommodation and restaurant options. The embankment should be arranged a little more. We will pass, in the direction of the Danube, past the “Violatos” Mill, the Port Authority and the River Station.

The River Station is one of the symbols of the city of Braila. It was built by the architect Anghel Saligny between the years 1904 and 1906. From here we change direction by 90 degrees to the left, and in a slight uphill we head towards Traian Square, 700 meters, from where we will resume the walk through the city the next day.

River station

River station

Danube at Brăila

Danube embankment

9. Traian Square / Braila Clock

On the eastern side of the parking lot in Piata Traian is another symbol of the city: the public clock or Ceasul Brailei, with a view from Imparatul Traian Street, which we climbed yesterday from the Danube. The Braila Clock was built in 1909 by the Czech company Carol Sakar from the donation of Petru Naum. It is a rare piece of urban furniture. The clock has 4 dials, 11 meters high and imitates an indoor clock.

clock of Braila

200 meters northeast of Traian Square is Poligon Square.

10. Panait Istrati County Library

The address is Piata Poligon 4.

Open Monday between 11 am and 7 pm, from Tuesday to Friday between 8 am and 7 pm and Saturday between 11 am and 7 pm

In addition to the more than 300,000 book titles of the library, which can be read here, it also organizes other activities, events, clubs, workshops. It has a media library, a toy library, a maker space, a reading room and a multicultural center.

P. Istrati county library

11. House of Music “Peter Stefanescu Goanga”

The address is Piata Poligon 2A.

Visiting hours: from Monday to Friday between 8 am and 4 pm

The house was built at the end of the 19th century in neoclassical style and belonged to the painter Petre Alexandrescu, the grandfather of the opera singer and Brailean pedagogue Petre Stefanescu Goanga. It is a historical monument. This museum was opened to the public in 2013.

House of music P. Ș. Goangă

We walk another 200 meters according to the map.

12. “Nicapetre” cultural center

The address is on Belvedere Street.

Visiting hours: from Wednesday to Sunday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m

Casa Embiricos, as it is also called, hosts the “Nicapetre” cultural center. It was built in 1912 according to the project of the architect Predinger as the headquarters of the company Embiricos, famous in the world at that time. It belongs to the Braila Museum. On the fence of the house were presented prominent personalities who lived in Braila, such as Hariclea Darclee, Panait Istrati, Nae Ionescu, Mihail Sebastian or Ana Aslan.

Ana Aslan

Nicăpetre cultural center

We continue the walk, 1 km, on Belvedere street and then left on Gradinii Publice street, then in the park. At the entrance to the park, we notice the Thueringer House, where Panait Istrati was a “running boy” as a teenager.

13. “Panait Istrati” memorial house / Public Garden

The addresses are Strada Belvedere / Strada Gradinii Publice.

Museum visiting hours: 8 – 17, except Monday – Tuesday

The “Panait Istrati” memorial house is actually located in the park. As you enter the Public Garden, at the end of the alley on the right is the charming museum house.

The Public Garden or Great Garden occupies 7 hectares and is located on the site of the former Braila citadel. In the park, under renovation, there is also the Water Castle. The alleys invite you to walk or rest. On the alleys we find several busts, including those of Panait Istrati and Mihai Eminescu.

Public Garden

bust of M. Eminescu

towards the Public Garden

bust of P. Istrati

Public Garden

P. Istrati memorial house

House of Thuringia

From the Public Garden we head towards Calarasi, via Calea Calarasilor, 4 km.

14. Monument Park

In the park there is the Natural Sciences Section of the Braila Museum, the stadium, a children’s town, alleys and running tracks. It didn’t seem like a welcoming park. I liked the plane trees at the entrance to the main alley.

Monument Park

Monument Park

We go further, more than 2 km, towards the exit towards Calarasi and Slobozia, to the edge of the city.

15. The Zoological Garden

The address is on the Soseaua de Centură (Ring Road).

It is visited daily between 9 am and 6 pm

The Zoological Park of Braila, founded in 1983, is quite small, spread over 5 hectares. Over 300 animals from 50 species are housed here. It also has a stable and several playgrounds.

Zoo

Zoo

Conclusions, opinions

We end the walk through the city of Braila, remaining with a pleasant impression about the tourist promotion intentions found here. I liked the palaces and buildings from the 19th century, the clock and the Panait Istrati House. All the best!

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