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Harghita

You'd be surprised at the variety of the activities and places to visit in Harghita County, especially given the little promotion they get. Beyond a few popular tourist attractions such as Lake Sfânta Ana or Praid Salt Mine, few attractions are known. Welcoming families with children, mountain trail lovers, but also those who enjoy adventure sports, Harghita's attractions include mineral water resorts, ski slopes, swampy areas boasting rare species, moffettes, spectacular mountain peaks, fortified churches or pottery workshops.
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Build in the style of the late renaissance, with Italian bastions, it is the oldest and most ...

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Castelul Urmánczy
Transylvania

Lăsat în paragină timp de peste 60 de ani, Castelul Urmánczy din Toplița a reintrat în viața ...

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Muzeul Pălăriilor de Paie
Transylvania

Unic în România, Muzeul Pălăriilor de Paie din satul harghitean Crișeni înglobează pasiunea și ...

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Transylvania

Vf. Ucigașul este un punct de referință pentru cei care se încumetă la o drumeție montană în ...

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Lake · Transylvania
Iezerul Călimanilor
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Lacul Iezerul din Călimani, cunoscut și ca Iezerul Călimanilor, este un lac natural deosebit de ...

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Red Lake
Transylvania

Red Lake, known also as Lake Ghilcoş, is a natural dam lake formed following the collapse of a slope ...

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Saint Ana (Sfânta Ana) Lake
Transylvania

The only volcanic lake in Romania, is located in the crater of a dead volcano, the place of the ...

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The architecture, customs, and cuisine of the Szeklerland micro-region (that includes Harghita) attract many tourists, curious to try and discover the peculiarities of the Szekler culture.

In addition, given its location where the Transylvanian Plateau meets the Carpathian Mountains, Harghita County offers charming landscapes and particular biodiversity that fully contributes to the tourist offer.

Discover Harghita in your own way - hiking, biking, solo or with kids

A large part of the county is covered by forests and mountain areas with moderate heights - a perfect excuse for occasional travelers or families with children to venture on relaxing walks around resorts such as Băile Tușnad, Borsec, Bucin or Praid, but also on more spectacular trekking paths such those in Vârghiș Gorges.

The Zetea Lake or the Sfânta Ana volcanic lake offer countless opportunities not only for rowing or trekking the trails in the area, but also for observing the flora and fauna, story photography, and even fishing (including ice fishing, during wintertime).

Enjoying the silence, Lake Sfanta Ana
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More experienced hikers prefer the marked routes in the Bicaz Gorges - Hășmaș National Park; in the northern part of the county, there are several access routes to the peaks of the Călimani Mountains, some of them also accessible by mountain bike. Pietrosul Călimani peak is located right on the border with Suceava county.

Cycling is encouraged on any secondary road or near the resorts, with markings available here and there. Even though the heights are moderate and the viewpoints are harder to find, cyclists enjoy wide forest roads and fresh air.

Via Transilvanica - the hiking route that connects Romania from northeast to southwest - crosses the northwest corner of Harghita County, between Praid and Dârjiu, passing through Odorheiul Secuiesc. The route is ideal for trekking, but also for cycling.

Group activities (both for families with and without children, as well as for teambuildings or for various groups) may include baking workshops (for the famous Kürtöskalacs), pottery workshops (Corund), bear watching in observatories.

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Bear watching is a unique and versatile tourist activity, suitable even for children. Combined with an easy hike in the woods and professional guidance, bear watching involves both an outdoor activity ...

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Winter is definitely not the right time to put aside Harghita as a tourist destination! So many ski slopes await you here (some of them function as summer ski slopes in the hot season). In the Bicaz Gorges, you can practice ice climbing, and on Zetea Lake you can go ice fishing!

Leave behind the crowded ski slopes and discover icy waterfalls, sunny peaks and wonderful untouched landscapes: the Harghita Mountains are ideal for cross-country skiing or organized snowshoe tours. Add to these sleigh rides pulled by huskies or horses offered by many guesthouses in Harghita.

Last but not least, the resorts in Harghita County - many of them identified by the name ”băi” (such as Homorod Băi, Harghita-Băi, Sântmibru Băi, Băile Tusnad, Borsec) - are recommended for treatments with natural mineral waters or cures with mofettes (rather their gas).

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