Breath-taking views surround these 71 miles (114 kilometers) of pure bliss called Transfagarasan. Being the second highest paved road in Romania, this road’s elevation sits at 6,600 feet (2,000 meters), which places you near the clouds in some places. The highest point of this roadway is at Lake Balea, which is a majestic world wander all on its own.
Created in the 1970s, during the Ceausescu era, some say that it followed the fear of an invasion by the Soviet Union. It is also known for being built by the military, in subpar working conditions, which led to many deaths during its creation. With great gratitude for those who helped build this road, regardless of the reasons of it being built, I declare that this roadway has been a majestic beauty for the past 44 years.
Tranfagarasan has gained some great accolades in being named “the best road in the world” on Top Gear in 2009. It has also been mentioned on many travel sites and news channels, including CNN, for its ability to be one of the best road trips of all time.
Visitors from all over the world have enjoyed this road. During our 4 visits, we have met people from many other European countries, who have traveled there in a variety of ways. Visitors come to visit by car, travel bus, motorcycle, bicycle, foot, and even by herding sheep.
There are many hotels to choose from, but our favorite is Cabana Capra. It is nestled in between the mountains and it is right on one of the curves of the Transfagarasan. So, as you can imagine, it has beautiful views from the balconies, terrace, and walkways all around its exterior.
We have been blessed enough to visit during different seasons, and we have found this roadway and the mountains both beautiful when covered in either sun or snow. This road is said to be closed once the snow gets too thick, usually from October till June, but this does vary due to weather since we were able to visit in the month of June for two consecutive years, and once in January. I recommend calling and checking online for roadblocks and/or hotel availability prior to getting there.
In the future, I will return to this magical place. I hope to include Romania’s Ice hotel on one of my future visits. If and when we do go to the Ice Hotel, I will be sure to post pictures and the like when I return.
I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it. As always, I would enjoy hearing your thoughts. Thank-you for taking the time to read this!