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Two Exceptional Mountain Roads In Romania

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Two Exceptional Mountain Roads In Romania
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  • 50 km
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  • 4-7 days
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Breathtaking panoramas and unique experiences are all in reach for those that get a chance to travel across the magnificent mountain roads - Transfagarasan and Transalpina.

DN67C and DN7C, Romania
Drive slowly, have a rest whenever you want, so you can admire the fantastic views. Don't forget to take some medicine with you; the altitude is very high and you can easily feel sick.

Romania is famous for its amazing mountain views. If you are an adventurous, sporty person, if you like mountains, if you are passionate about photographing nature’s beauty, then driving or cycling along this roads is an experience you should definitely try.

 

1. The Transalpina is a road that can be found in the Parang Mountains in Romania, and it is currently the highest road in the country. The road connects Novaci city and the Sebes city, and it runs across 4 counties as it traverses the mountains from south to north. The road has its highest point at the Urdele Pass, where the elevation is 2,145m above sea level.

 

Since it is an alpine road, the Transalpina is closed off during the cold season. There are numerous hypotheses regarding the origins of the road, each being quite controversial in its own way. Some say that the road was first built by the Roman legions during their wars with the Dacians, while other sources state that the road was paved by the Germans during World War I.

 

What we know for sure is that the road was once called “Devil’s Pathway”, and that it was initially used by shepherds. In 1934, King Carol II wanted a modern pathway that would ensure easy access across the mountains for his armed forces. The pathway was completed in 1939 and was named The King’s Road. The Transalpina was restored to some degree during World War 2, but it wasn’t until 2012 that it was fully paved from Novaci to Sebes.

 

2. The Transfagarasan is one of Romania’s most exceptional roads, and it can be found in the Southern Carpatians, between the cities of Sibiu and Pitesti. The road stretches for 60 miles from north to south, and it runs through some of the highest peaks in the country, including Moldoveanu and Negoiu.

 

Built between 1970 and 1974 by Nicolae Ceausescu, the road was meant to provide quick and easy army access across the mountains in the event of a Soviet Union invasion. This means that the road was constructed using a military workforce, and it is estimated that its building process claimed the lives of 40 men. This worrying death toll was probably the result of the massive use of dynamite, (13,337 pounds), which was necessary in order to forge a path through the unwelcoming mountain terrain.

 

Some attractions to see on the way are: the Balea Lake, the Balea Waterfall, the Capra Lake, Vidraru and Poenaru ruins.

 

Due to its impressive elevation, the Transfagarasan is usually closed off each year from October to June because of heavy snow. Moreover, if weather conditions are unfavorable, the road can be closed in other times of the year as well. The Transfagarasan is known for its numerous hairpin turns and steep descents, which is why it can prove relatively difficult to traverse, especially for inexperienced drivers or bikers. Breathtaking panoramas and unique experiences are all in reach for those that get a chance to travel across this magnificent road. One of the most beautiful places to visit in Romania.



Opening hours

From July to October, between 6:00-22:00.

How to get there

There is no public transport; you rather have to drive or go by bike along it.

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