One of the Narrowest Streets In Europe

Trip Planning: Back to The Balkans

During our trip Back to The Balkans we spent a few days in Transylvania. If time was no issue I think that we could’ve spent at least a week checking out the different towns and sites in this area.

For our visit we stayed in Brasov and did day trips to a couple of different areas. While we slept in Brasov for 3 nights, we didn’t have tons of time to check out the sites around the town. However, I think we touched on the main things to do.

We had some time to wander around Brasov during the 2nd & 3rd days of our trip.

During this time we had a chance to visit a very popular and interesting site- Rope Street (Strada Sforii) one of the narrowest streets in Europe.

a street sign on a building
Signs for Rope Street
a building with a light in the doorway
1.32 meters wide (4.33 feet)
a narrow alley with a stone walkway and a stone archway
83 meters long (272 feet)

You’re probably wondering what might be so exciting about a narrow street.

When passing by, if I didn’t know better I would’ve thought that Rope Street was just an alley behind someone’s home. It certainly doesn’t look like a street!

Its pretty neat to walk along this street which “embodies the town-planning tendencies of medieval Brasov” according to the sign above the entrance. With the floors made from stone it felt like a very old and historical section of Brasov.

According to Romania Tourism, Rope Street “was initially used as an access route by firefighters”.

I also read some where (can’t remember where) something like- if a couple could walk side by side together down the street without touching the walls, they are meant to be together forever. Another story stated that during the war the soldiers would hide in the street and close up the opening. They’d then come out and ambush or sneak attack the enemy.

My guess is that there are probably lots of stories about this tiny street.

a woman pushing a stroller with a child
Kim & Lucas entering Rope Street

a man pushing a stroller with a child

The next couple of shots will really put into perspective just how narrow the street is.

a man pushing a stroller with a child
We fit!

I was able to stand side by side with Lucas in his stroller with little room on each side of us.

a man standing on a stroller
I couldn’t resist!
a man jumping in the air
Great place for a jump!

I decided to jump on Rope Street and had to be extra careful. If I moved to close to my left I could bang my head into the roof of the building next to me. Luckily the photo came out well as the shot took just one take!

a woman pushing a stroller with a child
Exiting Rope Street

As you can see, we had a lot of fun checking out such a unique attraction. While we took our stroll down the street we only saw 3-4 other people pass by. I’d guess that if it was located 5 minutes walk closer to the center it would’ve been crowded with visitors!

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