Breb is a small village in Maramureș in Romania.
The village of Breb sits below the Cock’s Crest (Creasta Cocoşului) peak in the Gutai Mountains between 450 and 700 meters. There are 400 homes in the village and it is said to be the home to around 1,500 people. Breb is one the best examples of the peasant strip farming culture still alive in Maramures.
There is no public transportation that lists Breb as a stop, but you can get in from most any town on the route between Baia Mare – Cavnic – Ocna Sugatag – Sighet via mini bus. Just look for those names on the route (displayed inside the front windshield), flag it down (which is common practice) and hop on. The price was 6 lei for Breb – Baia Mare (June 2012). Let the driver know you want to get off at Breb. From where the bus stops, it is a good 10-15 minute walk into the village itself. You can find time schedules for the main stops on the route on autogari.ro, but Breb is not a listed stop so you cannot search for it. However, Ocna Sugatag it’s generally around 10-15 minutes from Breb, so it is a good reference point.
It is also common to hitchhike to the village, although traffic can be light on the road. See Maramures#By_thumb.
The village is very small; walking is really the only comfortable way around.
- 1 The Wooden Church of Breb (Biserica de lemn din Breb). While not listed in the UNESCO World Heritage site list, the wooden church in Breb is among the oldest of the preserved churches of Maramureș. It was completed in 1622. While the grounds are always open, don’t expect to be able to enter the church itself if you just pop by, the priest will need to let you in and he is rarely there. Ask around in the village and maybe you’ll come by him.
Besides the old wooden church, there aren’t really any specific sights to see in Breb besides the beautiful, timeless village.