Far from its touristic hotspots, Romania has to offer several original and natural areas. The sparsely populated area of Siebenbürgen or the mighty mountain ranges of the Carpathians, to name but a few, are largely unspoilt and pristine. Among the highlights is Transfagarasan Highway, a breathtaking scenic road within the mountains of Muntenia and Transylvania. Part of this route follows the national road DN 7C and was built back in the 70s. It is said to be the second highest road of Romania. Since Jeremy Clarkson praised it as “the best road in the world” in the BBC TV series “Top Gear” in 2009, there have been arriving countless tourists to visit the scenic road. With its great views of the stunning surroundings from lofty heights of up to 2042 meters. However, it takes some effort to get there: You need to overcome a few hairpin bends and steep roads.
At Bâlea lake you can restore at a nearby hotel and buy souvenirs. It’s the highest point of the route.
As there are several steep sections and many bends on this route, you need to be an experienced driver and shouldn’t be afraid of heights. Besides, a large part of the route is exposed, so you shouldn’t travel on this road in poor weather conditions.
Tips, hints and links
The highway is open only from late June/early July to October due to snowfall; however, this period might vary due to weather conditions.
From Hermannstadt Airport (SBZ) by national road DN 1 and DN 7 to Transfagarasan Highway (DN 7C) (total length: approx. 180 km/ 112 miles; total duration: approx. 3,5 hours).
There are parking areas in the small towns alongside the route.
For the stopovers during the tour you should wear sturdy shoes with a good profile, warm clothes and rainwear. Please keep in mind to take along also sun protection and water.