distance: 134 km, time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
The Transfăgărășan is one of the most spectacular highways passing through some of the tallest mountains in Romania. At an altitude of 2042 m, it’s the second highest road in Romania, after the Transalpina. Transfăgărășan impressed the whole crew of Top Gear when they were over for shooting one of their TV shows (S14E01). Jeremy Clarkson dared to call this road “the world’s best road”. The road is open to the public from the 30th of June and until the 1st of November.
The Bâlea Lake is a glacial lake, situated at an altitude of 2034 m, in the Făgăraș Mountains. In 1932, Bâlea Lake was stretching over 180 hectares, so the area around the lake has been declared a National Reservation.
The Bâlea Waterfalls is to be found in between the Negoiu and Moldoveanu peaks, at an altitude of 1200 m. It is a stepped waterfall of over 60 m.
The Moldoveanu Peak (Făgăraș Mountains) is the highest peak in Romania, with an altitude of 2544 m. The road to “the roof of Romania” leads from the Vitea Peak (2527 m).
Cârțișoara, home of Badea Cârțan. This poor peasant walked from his home village all the way to Rome, to learn about the origins of his people. He is the “dacian who climbed down from Taian’s Column”.
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