Review: Brukenthal Palace Hotel, Avrig

This review details my experience at the Brukenthal Palace (Palatul Brukenthal), a historic hotel with beautiful garden in Avrig, Romania.

Drive towards Avrig

Having visited the Saxon fortified church of Hosman, it was a relatively short drive to my overnight accommodation, the historic Brukenthal Palace in Avrig.

The downhill drive to Avrig on the 104G road offered breathtakingly beautiful scenery, with magnificent views overlooking the Olt river valley and the Carpathian Mountains.

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View over the valley of the River Olt with the majestic backdrop of the Carpathian Mountains. ©Paliparan
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Crossing the River Olt. ©Paliparan
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Palatul Brukenthal, my overnight accommodation in Avrig. ©Paliparan

Brukenthal Palace

The Brukenthal Palace in Avrig is named after Samuel Freiherr von Brukenthal (1721-1803), who was the Habsburg governor of Transylvania and a personal advisor to Empress Maria Theresa.

Being born in Nocrich in Sibiu County, Samuel von Brukenthal was a true native of the region.

Brukenthal owned two beautiful Baroque palaces in the region: His city palace in Sibiu, which is now a museum, and his summer palace in Avrig.

As the orangerie of the summer palace had been transformed into a hotel and restaurant, it seemed like the perfect place to spend the night, especially considering my love for historic properties.

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The hotel is located in the orangerie of Brukenthal’s summer palace. ©Paliparan


If you are a hotel guest, you can access the car park behind the orangerie by passing through a barrier on the access road.

Check-in formalities are done inside a small office room on the lower floor of the orangerie.

As Romania was still in the midst of the pandemic when I embarked on this trip, I managed to secure an excellent deal as I only paid 120 lei (that’s €24!) for a one-night stay in an attic double room.

Even though the rate didn’t include breakfast, I thought it was tremendous value.

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Inside the hotel building. ©Paliparan

Attic room

Although most of the higher category rooms at the Brukenthal Summer Palace feature a beautiful design reflecting the historic property, this unfortunately wasn’t the case with my attic double room.

The only element that added a touch of palace-like grandeur was the red carpet adorned with a fleur-de-lis motif.

In my opinion, the hotel could have added more historic elements to the room to enhance the ambiance, as it appeared rather plain and could have easily been mistaken for rooms in a generic city chain hotel.

Even though my room may not have been the most charming I’ve ever stayed in, it was equipped with all the modern amenities one would expect from a renovated property.

The room was perfectly clean and featured a comfortable double bed, a desk, minibar, TV and ample storage space.

However, it was a bit strange that there was no chair provided at the desk!

A complimentary bottle of water and a small fruit basket were provided.

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Corridor leading to my attic room. ©Paliparan
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Books being used as decoration in the corridor. ©Paliparan
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My attic double room at the Brukenthal Palace. ©Paliparan
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Attic double room. ©Paliparan
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Attic double room. ©Paliparan
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Desk inside my hotel room, with the chair weirdly enough missing. ©Paliparan
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Some apples and bottled water were provided for free. ©Paliparan


The spacious bathroom had all the amenities you would expect, such as a hair dryer and basic toiletries.

The shower itself, located in an alcove, was comfortable and had good drainage.

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Attic double room bathroom. ©Paliparan
Shower. ©Paliparan
Washbasin. ©Paliparan


Although the hotel’s interior may not ooze historic charm, you will certainly be able to enjoy the stunning Baroque environment the moment you step outside.

The outdoor terrace in front of the Orangerie is a delightful spot to appreciate the fine exterior of the building and the picturesque garden that surrounds it.

It makes for the perfect place to have a drink or meal from the hotel’s on-site restaurant.

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The terrace in front of the orangerie. ©Paliparan
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The outdoor terrace is a great place for drinks or an alfresco meal. ©Paliparan
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Orangerie terrace. ©Paliparan
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The terrace in front of the orangerie. ©Paliparan
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The terrace and garden in front of the Orangerie. ©Paliparan


A delightful French-style garden can be found between the orangerie and the main palace building.

The garden’s main attractions include a fountain and a set of stairs, both inspired by the exquisite beauty of the renowned gardens of the Sanssouci Palace of Prussian King Frederick the Great in Potsdam, Germany.

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The gardens surrounding the orangerie. ©Paliparan
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Garden seats. ©Paliparan
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Autumnal decorations inside the garden. ©Paliparan
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The fountain and set of stairs inside the gardens of the Brukenthal Palace. ©Paliparan
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The fountain and stairs were inspired by those in the Sanssouci Palace Gardens in Potsdam. ©Paliparan
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View over the gardens from the top of the stairs. ©Paliparan
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View over the lovely gardens of the Brukenthal Summer Palace. ©Paliparan

Brukenthal Palace

At the top of the stairs, you will find the main palace buildings of Brukenthal Palace.

These buildings appeared rather dilapidated and could certainly benefit from restoration works.

The Baroque ensemble was however still beautiful to see, and I especially liked the two small rooftop windows that looked like eyes – a traditional feature of Saxon houses in Transylvania.

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Brukenthal Summer Palace. ©Paliparan
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The exterior of the building could definitely do with a renovation. ©Paliparan
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The palace buildings have really fallen into disrepair. ©Paliparan
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Palace grounds. ©Paliparan
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Despite the general neglect, I still enjoyed seeing the beautiful palace buildings. ©Paliparan
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Palatul Brukenthal. ©Paliparan


Adjacent to the palace and its garden, there is also a forested park.

This small forest, which features a small creek and some walking paths, also makes for a pleasant stroll.

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Walking through the park. ©Paliparan
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Walking path through the park. ©Paliparan
Forest. ©Paliparan


The Brukenthal Palace Hotel features an on-site restaurant located in the orangerie.

Before I had dinner I first enjoyed a drink outside on the terrace, before moving into the charming dining room featuring some historic portraits and fireplace.

I did really enjoy my dinner as the food was of good quality and the portions absolutely massive.

Especially my main dish of chicken Milanese with cheese turned out to be a generously sized portion.

To finish my meal, I enjoyed some delicious papanași, a traditional Romanian dessert consisting of fried doughnuts made with soft cheese and topped with sour cream, jam, and sour cherries or other forest fruits.

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At sunset, I had a pre-dinner drink on the terrace. ©Paliparan
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Chicken Milanese. ©Paliparan
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Some yummy papanași as dessert. ©Paliparan


Overall, I had an excellent stay at the Brukenthal Summer Palace in Avrig.

Although my attic double room may have lacked a bit of charm and weirdly enough had a chair missing at the desk, it was clean, comfortable and certainly value for money.

I do think it is worth to pay a bit more for one of the higher category rooms, as they do offer more historic charm.

The premises of the hotel are magnificent, offering you the opportunity to freely explore the gardens and historic buildings of the Brukenthal Summer Palace.

The hotel also boasts a great on-site restaurant, which is particularly attractive during the warmer months of the year when you can enjoy a meal or drinks on the terrace in the palace gardens.

I certainly wouldn’t mind to stay again at the Brukenthal Summer Palace.

Trip report index

This article is part of the ‘Visiting the Saxon Fortified Churches of Transylvania‘ trip report, which consists of the following chapters:

1. The Fortified Church of Harman (Honigberg), Brasov County
2. The Fortified Church of Prejmer (Tartlau), Brasov County
3. The Fortified Church of Feldioara (Marienburg), Brasov County
4. A Visit to Rupea Fortress
5. The Fortified Church of Homorod (Hamruden), Brasov County
6. Racoș: Exploring an Extinct Volcano and Abandoned Castle
7. In the Footsteps of King Charles: A Visit to Viscri, Romania
8. A Visit to the Fortified Church of Viscri, Brasov County
9. A Night Walk Around the Citadel and Old Town of Sighisoara
10. Review: Hotel Casa Wagner, Sighisoara, Romania
11. The Fortified Church of Saschiz (Keisd), Mureș County
12. The Fortified Church of Cloasterf (Klosdorf), Mureș County
13. The Fortified Church of Mesendorf (Meschendorf), Brasov County
14. The Fortified Church of Crit (Deutsch-Kreuz), Brasov County
15. The Fortified Church of Biertan (Birthälm), Sibiu County
16. The Fortified Church of Hosman (Holzmengen), Sibiu County
17. Review: Brukenthal Palace Hotel, Avrig (current chapter)
18. A Visit to Sambata de Sus and the Brancoveanu Monastery

** rest of the chapters to follow soon **

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Koen works as a freelance journalist covering south-eastern Europe and is the founding father and editor-in-chief of Paliparan. As a contributor to some major Fleet Street newspapers and some lesser known publications in the Balkans, he travels thousands of miles each year for work as well as on his personal holidays. Whether it is horse riding in Kyrgyzstan’s Tian Shan mountains, exploring the backstreets of Bogotá, or sipping a glass of moschofilero in a Greek beachside taverna, Koen loves to immerse himself into the local culture, explore new places and eat and drink himself around the world.

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