Romania is a beautiful country that has more to offer than just legends of Dracula and Transylvania. In this post I present two sights which hopefully will make you want to pack your bags and visit Romania: Transfagarasan and Balea Lake.
Transfagarasan is a twisted 90km long road through Fagaras Mountains (in Romania) that connects Transylvania with Wallachia (the North and the South of Romania). There are steep cliffs on one side and deep valleys on the other, the air is cold even during summer and flocks of sheep enjoy eating grass in the fresh mountain air. Along the road there are parking spots from where you can admire the landscape and take photos. The twisted road goes up to 2034 m of altitude where there’s a breathtaking view over the Balea Glacier Lake.
NB: The road is closed from October till June due to bad weather, but it’s opened for driving from June till September. The top legal speed is 40km/h because of the dangerous curves.
Balea Lake is a glacier lake situated at 2,034 m of altitude in Fagaras Mountains. To get there you can drive on the beautiful Transfagarasan Road that I described earlier.
The views are breathtaking and you can enjoy it in silence if you go there soon enough (before 11 AM) because around noon crowds start to arrive. I recommend you take a rest on the terrace of the cottage with a view over the lake and try the Tripe Soup (Ciorba de burta) – a traditional Romanian soup served with cream, garlic sauce and vinegar!
In the parking lot there are street vendors selling Romanian traditional goodies like cheese, sausages, sweets, honey, syrups and souvenirs.
While in the area, you can also visit Balea Waterfall from where you can take a cable-car to the first Ice Hotel built in Eastern Europe in 2006. The Ice Hotel has 12 rooms, a bar, a restaurant and and an ice lounge. And if that wasn’t enough, there is also an ice church where weddings can be performed. The beds of the hotel are made of ice, covered with mattresses and furs. Not really my cup of tea, but for anyone adventurous enough this could end up being a wonderful experience and memory 🙂
The photos are not enough to describe the beauty of this place. If you’ve already been here, you know what I mean, but if you haven’t, I can only hope you have the chance to visit this beautiful places someday.