Sep 27

THREE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES IN ROMANIA

Romania is a wonderful country with friendly people and great cuisine, where tourism has encountered a setback in the past quarter of a century, but it’s catching up and it is ready to have you as a host.

Let us see three of the most important sites that you must not miss while traveling to Romania.

Suceava

Once the capital of Moldovia (an ancient European principality), Suceava is an intriguing place that’s undergone recent regeneration. It lies quite a way off the usual backpacking trail in Europe (as does much of Romania, beyond Bucharest and the Dracula tours) but it’s worth the trek for the seven painted churches of Northern Moldovia located nearby. These unique and beautifully preserved monasteries are adorned with frescoes and are masterpieces of Byzantine art.

To really see the city in full swing, you should time your trip to coincide with the lively Moldavian Furrier Fair in mid-August or for Suceava Days, a giant street party held in late June. The area will be difficult to explore during the hard winters, but it’s hard to pass up the opportunity of a sleigh ride eh?!

There are only a few hostels in Suceava and they’re a little way out, but for a good time, check them – they are a lively place with bars and nightclubs of their own, and it’s a not very pricey 15 minutes bus ride away from the center.

Sibiu

Sibiu is a city in Transylvania, Romania that has a cultural magic all its own. It will have you instantly spellbound with its striking medieval charm, breathtaking views of surrounding landscapes and delicious food. Its historical center was built into two very pedestrian levels filled with most of Sibiu’s historical sites, colorful houses and cobble stone streets.

An artsy yet traditional vibe exists in the city that appealingly permeates the litany of cafes, festivals and exhibitions that thrive there. Some great things to experience in Sibiu are the Brukenthal Museum, and the Crama Sibiu Vechi restaurant, a great place to enjoy authentic Romanian fare and the view of the historical center from the top of the Council Tower.

Bucharest

We just could not leave the biggest and most important city aside! Bucharest, the capital of Romania is a dynamic modern city with a wildly sensational history. Nicknamed “little Paris” in the early 1900’s Bucharest really plays the part with hip cafes, impressive tree lined boulevards and dramatic modern and historic architecture. Home to many attractions, the most remarkable landmark in this vibrant city is the monstrous Parliament Palace. Being equally enormous and ostentatious, it is a mind-blowing architectural feat trumped only in size by the Pentagon.

Where there are many examples of Bucharest’s cultural and architectural splendor the highlights include the Romanian Athenaeum, an elaborately domed circular building that is the city’s main concert hall, Bucharest University and the National History Museum.

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Sep 26

ROADEŞ, A BEAUTIFUL TRANSYLVANIAN VILLAGE AND ITS WARN PEOPLE (ROADEŞ)

The village known as Roadeş is located in the heart of Romania, on the road between Brasov and Sibiu. The area was named by locals Haferland / Oats Country, because the Saxon community located in this area was growing and preparing very good oat, which grew well in the hilly area with a changing climate. Moreover, Haferland Week is an event dedicated to all of the Saxons, who want to revive the touristic area. The Saxon Festival started in 2013 and has been taking place every year ever since. If you want to come to Romania, see the beautiful areas of Transylvania, why not also attend the Saxon community meeting that takes place every August in the first week and will display many events in various villages in the area, such as arts and crafts, organ concerts, dance festival and gastronomic events. Visit the sights and go cycling on the tracks made specifically for bikes.

In Roadeş you will get acquainted with the arrangements made by Tabaluga Foundation – their incredible projects, as if coming from another world, a normal world in which we want to live together. It consist in a landscaped area for accommodation with very nice rooms and well-appointed breakfast area / coffee / storytelling and many other pleasant activities. And these activities are reserved for big children and small children alike: children’s farm , holiday center and so on.

In the area there is also another interesting sight: the fortified church of Roadeş, where you can learn more about the customs of the locals and the way their society has been living throughout the centuries. It’s worth a walk through the village, getting in touch with the real Romania, its people and the rural areas, not just what you see in the city every day. Altogether, it is worth visiting in all respects. What is a bit more difficult is that in Roadeş you cannot have lunch or dinner, you need to find accommodation in other places that offer it, so it would be a good “excuse” to go to Sighişoara, some 30 kilometers further. But the visit is worth any effort.

So, if you drop by in Roadeş, you can stay there, to participate in the local activities and eat at one of the pensions nearby, or take a break and go to Viscri or Sighisoara.

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Sep 26

SARMISEGETUZA REGIA – THE MOST ACCURATE CALENDAR OF ANCIENT EUROPE (SARMISEGETUZA REGIA)

If you have decided to make a journey throughout the ancient history of Romania, the first thing you must go is Costeşti, the near Hunedoara, some 43 kilometers far, a distance that is easily ported by car, and from there on foot to Sarmizegetusa – the most important Dacian fortress.

What you must know before you see it for yourselves is that, between around 100 B.C.  and 100 A.D., Sarmisegetusa was a true megalopolis. It stretched for dozens of hectares and was protected by a ring of fortresses located on the surrounding hills. It was built on a terraced hill by the mysterious Dacians, the same way the Inca tribes terraced their mountains, but only a thousand years later. The amount of stone brought to these hills in order to build those amazing walls and fortresses around is greater than the volume of stone in the pyramid of Cheops. The stone was brought from quarries at 50-60 kilometers, the most plausible version states that the stone was brought during wintertime with the help of the the sledges. Stone blocks weight from 200 kilograms to several tons each.

The Dacian treasures are legendary. After the wars against the Roman Empire that took place between 105 and 106 A.D., Emperor Trajan brought to Rome enormous quantities of gold (165 tons) and silver (331 tons). The figures vary, but there were public facilities for 123 days and Roman citizens were exempt from taxes for a year.

Most experts say that the Romans did not find the greatest treasure of the Dacians, which luckily still remains buried in the area. It may be in Mount Godeanu, which guards Sarmisegetusa towards the north. The Solar Clock from the Altar – the best known and popularized in Sarmisegetusa – points directly towards north and Mount Godeanu. It is also possible that the treasure might have been moved. The excavations have continued in the area, but nothing of any formal research. The state is trying hard to stop the antique  “poachers” from continuing seeking out and selling various artifacts in the area. Recently, the staggering gold mold has been found by  historians and archeologists.

You can park your car next to the camping in Costeşti and start walking at a brisk pace towards Sarmizegetusa in the direction of the plate indicating 18 kilometers. These 18 kilometers can be driven in full drive, but if you insist going through this route without a car, admiring and enjoying the little surprises that this beautiful scenery has to offer – like birds, fruits and many other delights – the trip will be even more exciting.

Just followed the path of the car to the town nearby, although you can even get there by bike, because the road is easy, rather flat, with a single slope near the western gate of the town. Arriving at the destination you are going to be greeted by a map of this tourist attraction with some inspired additions made by other tourists.

The ruins are well maintained and well preserved, but the actual place is quite deserted in terms of tourism; no guide plates or informative point, of any other info place where you could find a flyer or information in addition to the above map, however there are numerous signs that warn you that “It is forbidden climbing on monuments”. As you’ve probably guessed, the entry is free and the trail traversing the city is at leisure. Make sure you have enough water supplies in your backpack, as an 18 kilometer walk will dry you out.

Limestone and andesite sanctuaries seems to serve and séances in addition to their primary role of historical monuments that represent one of the oldest and most accurate calendars and astronomic observatories of mankind.

If you linger among these sanctuaries trying to decipher the solar disk, you will enjoy a great feeling of serenity and calm, surrounded by the green forests and clean air, but remember to get back to your car just in time, as the path will take about four and a half hours.

If you are considering a day trip to a place so full of history, than this place is worth considering. And if you come along with your children, the little ones will enjoy this trip to the area to run and play and is very easily to keep an eye on them. And if you are passionate about collecting pebbles, or picking wild raspberries, blueberries and other such delights, you will certainly love this experience (sic)! 🙂

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Sep 23

WINE PRODUCTION PUTS ROMANIA IN THE SPOTLIGHT OF HIGH-CLASS TOURISM

Wine tourism has experienced a significant development in Romania, helped by investments made by wineries and the increasing demand from customers for this type of personalized travel-oriented experiences. The development potential is great, wine enthusiasts are attracted to pay visits to vineyards and wineries, to attend discussions with winemakers and, last but not least, the beautiful landscape that can be discovered in our country. Moreover, old mansions near vineyards that have been refurbished and converted into accommodation and their stories attract Romanian and foreign tourists.

Until about five years ago, wine lovers in Romania were forced to travel abroad to practice wine tourism, but lately they are now able to do this in this country on the highest level conditions. The geographical location of Romania, its scenery, diversity, history, and indigenous varieties are clear advantages for owners of wineries that can be used to attract Romanian and foreign tourists in local wine areas.

Cellars can be visited all year round, but the most attractive scenery is in the period between April and October. For a tourist, a weekend of wine tasting, meals and accommodation has to pay a fee of about 100 Euros, plus shipping costs.

Wine tourism, also known under the name oenoturism, represents organized tours to wineries, presenting the making process of wine, visits to vineyards, wine tastings and guided cellar accommodations in or nearby.

Romania is the sixth wine producer in the EU, according to wine production surveys. Romania ranks the 13th place in the world ranking among the largest wine producers, according to preliminary data recently published by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). In total, Romania has registered more than 250 wineries, but only 140 of them produce and sell bottled wine, and of these about a quarter can support wine tourism.

The number of wineries in Romania is growing steadily with 5-10 units per year. Romania currently occupies the fifth place in Europe in terms of area: over 200,000 hectares of vines cultivated in the European Union and sixth of output. Romanians have growth their potential and interest from the cellars and tourists so that this country could experience a development increasingly larger in terms of local wine tourism, non-existent until a few years ago.

To promote wine tourism in Romania, several bilingual projects and cellar databases – both in Romanian and English – have been developed and also events in the form of showrooms specialized in wines.
Such showrooms bring to the attention of wine lovers small and medium wineries in Romania, in order to make less exposed vineyards and the unique domestic varieties known and increase interest in the discovery of wine tourism.

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Sep 22

FAGARAS MOUNTAINS – A PLACE ONLY FOR PROFESSIONAL CLIMBERS (MULȚII FĂGĂRAȘ)

If you’ve been in the mountains before, but have never crossed any ridge sharp like those in Fagaras and Piatra Craiului (plates or alpine are small children, I say!), Forget everything you know about hiking trails and value your physical capabilities. Thus speak of a route from another league, the first where I felt I really need a physical condition to carry through the well and the only fact to date where might you try the feeling that, in fact, there’s nothing to search the mountain, you will not make any other route, even the Himalayas.

To better understand how you can reach these conclusions, well, there is no option for the return journey to be easier than the shower. Also during climbs and descends, climbs and descends again in direct sunlight and wind to the brink (all the time!), so you do not have a single moment of respite, the pace of change. So as to reach a ridge where you touch 2,345 m to a peak that is only 45 m higher (only that) to get there in two entire hours – pay attention!

And once you’ve seen what you’ve been in the shower, you think there’s no way as way back, underneath that entire ridge cursed be worse. You cheated! So once you have some 6 hours on his feet and you all look into the distance where passes trail, hoping that no, there it will go, find, after they fell again enormously to a clearing where you feel ants that fixed at the end, when you’re done, the darkest expectations are confirmed. To return back to civilization must climb exactly what you went down a block mountain that rises in front of you like a tsunami of rock above 100 m. Think about this picture and you will understand why I consider that to this route, in addition to physical fitness, basic equipment indispensable and good weather, you necessarily need a huge dose of will and especially an enviable fortitude. But I repeat, it is an absolutely brilliant route, but for which you should be too good motivation to want to resume and, above all, a serious training in mountaineering.

It starts at Balea Lake. There is a makeshift parking lot beside the Rescue Point and behind the stalls, so the other side of the beautiful glacial lake. Even there begins the trail marked with blue tape from the start, with no other foreplay, taking into chest-fire a beautiful slope.

The effort is sweetened by the sight that always opens to the whole cauldron of Bali and once we get a first saddle, you can see the road that comes from Balea Waterfall. The ascent continues, however, to the left, to the Paltin Saddle where another impressive panorama – the entire route that awaits you, with a few surprises, yet well hidden gaze. But you can get an idea of what you harnessed, only noting that to reach Lake Călţun must go no more, no less, 3 mountains! If you want to continue exploring until the second highest mountain in Romania, Negoiu, add another 2 hours and a mountain. And if you want to turn back, ideally the same day, rest assured that you can endure a distance of 10-12 hours and obviously you went on the road from dawn.

From that seat, start the first descent. Then go relatively easy and straight, reaching a sector of chains, and then have to face a first slope diabolical, almost vertical as you remove the tip Laitel. Sighs, ofurile and pain will be rewarded with a new view of 5-star Călţun lake bottom, kept like in a foot of majestic Făgăraşii. Yes, you asked Well, to get to the lake at 2,135 m, you have to descend again (and it’s not easy on among dozens of large rocks) and then climb back some, but not before making balancing on the edge of a cliff.

If you came to Călţun you can lay the basis refuge next and climb again to Negoiu peak (2,535 m) by Strunga Lady (easier) or by Strunga Devil (recently reopened route). Strungile these are actually some very narrow aisles between two steep walls, climbing almost vertically, using chains on the rocks.
Try your strength, and after going through it with flying colors Fagaras Mountains, you can consider yourself a professional mountain climber and real man-of-the-mountain!

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Sep 22

TIMISOARA, THE NEXT ROMANIAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE (TIMIȘOARA)

Timisoara is a beautiful city in Romania which has just been designated the European Capital of Culture for 2021. A visit here is a great opportunity to discover the hospitality of Romanian people, the recent history of this country and a city that has a rich cultural tradition. For starters, we suggest some of the most important sights of Timisoara, to get an idea of what you will find.

The House of the Atlants is a historic building located in the city center. Her name comes from Atlantis columns you see the facade. It was built in 1812 in neo-classical style by the merchant Toma Naum Makri, bound for building rent, with 40 rooms. After the owner’s death the house was inherited by his daughter, married to a Serb. Later the house was donated to the Serb community, then owned by the Serbian Church in 1966 and after the Romanian State ’89 became private property and was renovated. In umătorii years he had more inhabitants, and many owners who now fighting for the building. The courts lie thousands of pages and house athletes and two Turkish cannons buried at the entrance waiting for their verdict.

Merbl Palace situated on Victoria Square was built by architect Arnold Merbl. He was head of the firm Arnold Merbl Co., known outside the city. Victoria Square has created a building: Lloyd Palace.
The Roman Catholic Church Josefin neighborhood was built in 1774 in Baroque provincial. During the revolution of 1848 the church was badly damaged. During the renovation works the ball to cross the tower found a rusty box with two documents about the history of the tower. On the main altar is a beautiful icon-portrait of Virgin Mary, dating from the late eighteenth century. In her yard is the oldest stone statue of St. John of Nepomuk town carved in 1723.

Dauerbach in Victoria Square, was built between 1912-1913 by architect Laszlo Szekely. The building is known as the Palace after Palace restaurant and café, which were arranged even at the end of the building. In the northern part of the ground floor it has operated a pharmacy. Building facade is divided into five parts, one central three parts, taller, which has three gables on the roof shaped ogival braces. The two sides each have two pilasters and the upper level have a gable and a shorter roof.

Fabric Synagogue designed in Moorish style was built in place of a Mosaic synagogue. It was built by entrepreneur Josef Kremmer, by architect Lipot Baumhorn and inaugurated in 1889. It is a monumental building, ornate. I see five domes on the roof of which the center is equipped with eight rosettes. Inside the building is a beautiful organ built by the famous craftsman Wegestein Timisoara. Today the synagogue is in an advanced stage of decay.

Weiss Palace built in 1912 is the beginning of Republic Avenue. From here begins the promenade itself. The building was designed by Arnold company Merbl Co. and the front of László Székely. Weiss family had many popular characters in Punjab, they are doctors, industrialists, entrepreneurs and raising the rent apartment buildings was a lucrative business. Although sf building entrance is on the street. John gable to the main theater. The ground floor commercial spaces.

According to some theories the Roses Park was achieved through the contribution of women rich in the city that they brought their money abroad, many species of roses. In 1891, during the Universal Exposition attended by King Franz Josef, were installed here 10 wooden pavilions. The exposition park was realized by Wilhelm Mühle, and presented over 300 varieties of roses. Mühle was the owner of a horticultural garden with 17 solariums, and the roses he cultivated were renowned abroad.

In 1942 the park is known as the Queen Mary Rosary, but over the years has had many names.
During the Second World War, the Rosariumul was destroyed and was rebuilt in the period 1953-1965, when it reached over 1200 varieties of roses purchased in the country and abroad.
Today the area of one hectare there are only 600 species. The 10,000 roses are planted in eight groups, checkered diamond-shaped, bounded by fences of buxus. The Summer Theater in the park was built in the interwar period.

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Sep 21

THE MERY CEMETERY OF SĂPÂNȚA – THE LIVING PROOF THAT THERE IS ETERNAL FUN (CIMITIRUL VESEL DIN SĂPÂNȚA)

The name of the cemetery comes from the multitude of colorful tomb crosses and satirical poems which are emblazoned on the tombs. The fame of Săpânța town comes from its renowned Merry Cemetery that has become a major tourist attraction.

Legend has it that the cheerful attitude in the face of death is a custom of the Dacians who believed in eternal life and death for them was just passing to another world. They did not see death as a tragic end, but as a chance to meet Zamolxe, the supreme god.

The cemetery dates back to the mid 1930s and is the creation of folk artist Stan Ion Patras, sculptor, painter and poet at the same time. Patras’s creativity has revealed this monumental and famous artwork. Over 50 years, the artist has created hundreds of wooden crosses emblazoned in this characteristic style. After his death in 1977 his work was continued by his apprentice, Dumitru Pop Tincu.

The material used for the crosses is oak, which is writable by hand after it having been cut and dried. At the top of each cross there is a bas-relief with a scene from the life of the deceased. The scenes are simple and we might even say naive style but villagers bring the past alive, presenting a relevant aspect of everyone’s life. They present women spinning wool, weaving carpets or making bread, men who cut wood or till in the garden, shepherds with their flocks, wood workers, musicians and many other traditional occupations.

After the cross is carved it is usually painted with a blue background, the so-called “Blue of Săpânţa”. The scenes are painted using vibrant colors: yellow, red, white and green.

No cross is finished without a short poem, a few simple rhymes, between seven and 17. The epitaphs are sincere, spontaneous and written in the first person – the deceased’s messages to the living. The style is lyrical but satire is found frequently. Each poem contains the name of the deceased and an essential aspect of the life of that person.

With their drawings and poems Stan Ioan Patras and Dumitru Pop Tincu managed to recreate an entire village and gave people a second life after death. The more than 800 painted crosses, which constitute a vast archive preserve the history of the inhabitants of Săpânţa.

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Sep 21

THE LEANING TOWER OF MEDIAS AND ITS MASONIC SYMBOLS (CETATEA MEDIAŞ)

At the end of its era of glory in the eighteenth century, Medias used to have 19 towers, seven gateways and defensive walls seven meters high, stretching over 2.3 km. A legend speaks of a maze of secret tunnels that would go under the city. Another one says that in Mary’s Tower, one of the four that are still sanding near the parish church, Vlad the Impaler was imprisoned. Beyond the myths, however, the Trumpeters’ Tower is one of the top ten inclined towers in the world.

The History of the Citadel

Medias settlement was mentioned for the first time in a document from 1267. It was the only settlement in the area called a city since 1359, but during the fifteenth century, since 1407 more precisely, it was going to return to the status of fair.

The Turkish incursions in Transylvania between the years 1420 and 1438 led to a sharp economic and demographic decay of Medias. Under the threat of the Turkish invasion, locals began the fortification works of the old core and, later, of the entire city. In the first half of the fifteenth century, the outer walls have been built and together with another five towers joined by belts, equipped with water ditches and guard roads raised to protect the area around the church of Holy Margareta. All these fortifications will bear the title of castle, as first mentioned the archives in 1450. The city has gradually dowry filled with a dark belt, gates and defensive organization supported by the guild. Of these, some were demolished even by the descendants of old the builders, to comply with the requirements of modern urban planning.

The Construction Process During the Ages

In 1477, Medias’s capacity of defense was to be restored by the order of King Matthias Corvinus. He ordered that all inhabitants, regardless of their social position, to participate in this work, but the work itself bigins much later, in 1490. The ensemble around the parish church was also completed entirely. Another fortification was added to the city,  fortified with wooden palisades, coupled with water ditches. These amounted to a total length of 2,360 meters, a thickness of about one meter in height of seven meters. There were three main access gates to the city, fortified with towers. Construction of the new fortress was completed around 1534, a period status of the town changed again into “civitas” that Medias was never going to lose since then. The climax of the fortification process was reached in the eighteenth century, when the city of Medias had 19 towers and bastions, and to the three main gates were added four more secondary gates.

Saint Margaret Church, along with the entire complex of fortifications around it are called “Castle”. The construction was completed apparently in 1488 and is recorded in the chronicle of Georg Soterius. The inside of the church offers a broad set of garments and pictorial iconography, with heraldic keystones, shrines and medieval fonts gathered from neighboring villages. Among the tombstones, here is the ledger of Christian Schesaus, a proeminet cultural figure of Medias.

Under the weight of the new construction, the foundation for the tower gave way and began to lean toward the northwest almost two and a half meters. Now Trumpeters Tower is one of the top ten towers inclined in the world. To stop it from tilting, the teams of architects and engineers have made two consolidation works: first in the years 1927-1930, when they mounted a belt of concrete to a height of 14 meters, and second in 1976  and 1977, with another belt eight meters long. In 1880, on the tower there was mounted a watch equipped with four weights, 100 kilograms each, that keep the mechanism working.

The Bells Tower, also called the Gate Tower, is located on the western side of the fortification. On the top floor the church bells are placed, the oldest having been imprinted in the year 1449.

The School Tower is located in the north-west, embedded in the school building.

Ropemakers’ Tower is characterized by sobriety, elegance and proportionality. The last level of the tower is provided with a series of throwing holes. In the nineteenth century, the tower got the moniker of “the Fat Tower” where the Saxon community store their smoked bacon.

Mary’s Tower stands out from other towers thanks to the roof of its desk. The access level contains a beautiful painting dating from the late fifteenth century. It is considered that the room served as a chapel for the service of the dead during the epidemics.

Tailors Tower is located on the south side. Inside the high walls, Medias retains some of Masonic symbols: owl, pound, the twins, chrysalis, the square hammer and the compass, the ivy, the poppy, the eagle, the rosa-croce, the octogoans and the seeing eye, just to mention a few of the symbols found in the citadel.

The mysteries of Medias are supprted mostly by the few public information related to its history. One says that in the city there is a labyrinth of tunnels; another is related to Mary’s Tower. It is said that the prison tower, Vlad the Impaler was imprisoned for four hours. Even the grapes in the vine heraldry of the city has its legend: the goldsmiths’ guild had been put up to three bunches of grapes made of gold to hide them in places known onlh by them. The Myth of the Ggolden Grapes turned many adventurers into treasure hunters, but without succeeding.

Of the total of 2,360 meters of defensive walls from the early eighteenth century, the main three gates, four secondary gates and 19 towers and bastions, 1,845 meters of fortifications are still standing, including the towers and 11 bastions.

The leaning Tower, the covered staircase, the old buildings full of Masonic symbols and legends that combines mystical beauty of the past, make Medias an ideal place for a return to the medieval past of Transylvania.

Every year, Medias is the host of a popular and famous Medieval Festival, so you have one more reason to come and visit.

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Sep 19

TOP 4 OF THE MOST FASCINATING LAKES IN EASTERN EUROPE

Europe has an extremely varied relief and some of the most popular natural sites have always been the lakes; partly because they usually provide an important source of food, but also because they are beautiful places that boost your mood and make you want to enjoy your time in the middle of nature.

Today we are going to visit four of some of the most fascinating, beautiful and popular lakes in Eastern Europe.

Lake Balaton in Hungary

Lake Balaton is the largest lake in Europe, covering an area of 600 square kilometers, with 78 kilometers long. Lake Balaton is a kind of substitute for the sea, since Hungary has no sea coast, and it is often called the “Hungarian Sea”.

And even if Hungarians have only a lake, topography and climate has helped so that the northern and southern half of the lake offers completely different attractions for tourists who want different things for their holiday.

Why visit?

In the southern half, between Siófok and Fonyód, you will meet a lot of resorts, sandy beaches, nightclubs, bars – no different from any other real summer resorts. This is fun for young people, but it is also preferred for families with children, and not only because of the resort’s sites, but also due to the characteristics of the lake, whose depth does not exceed three meters in this area. Furthermore, the beach season is fairly extensive, considering that the average temperature is 26 degrees Celsius from May to October.

The northern part of Lake Balaton is more “urban” with chic towns such as Keszthely, Badacsony and Balatonfüred with tourists who prefer walking by the lake, and enjoy the peace and relaxation of the vineyards, castles and hiking areas.

Tihany Peninsula is a very interesting spot, which almost splits the lake in two, an area where the lake’s depth reaches around 11.5 meters.

While in the area, do not miss a visit to the thermal lake of Hévíz, the largest of its kind in Europe; its water temperature does not exceed 24 to 26 degrees Celsius. Here, as well, you can also enjoy some time in Zalakaros, which is another spa resort sought by tourists.

Hungarians have always been able to explore to the maximum even the simplest location and transform it into a touristic attraction, and it is the same with Balaton, which is not just a destination, but a real beach or promenade spot that is among the most popular. During the season, more than 200 smaller or larger boats transit the lake and organize small cruises or other similar opportunities. Furthermore, both on the lake and in the adjacent area, tourists are offered a range of outdoor activities, from cycling (routes totaling 200 kilometers), windsurfing, sailing and water skiing.

For those active people who are addicted to adrenaline, places like Siofok and Balatonfüred feature several bungee jumping platforms and the most “quiet” tourists can opt for a tour of the vineyards and wineries in the area.

Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia

Baikal  is the largest and deepest lake in the world, and it reaches 1,642 meters deep and is a great attraction when it freezes. Photos taken during cold periods capture amazing ice carvings.

Why visit it?

This region has not been transformed by people and it attracts adventurers who are willing to endure even the most unfavorable conditions of the Russian frosty winters.

Morskie Oko The Eye of the Sea, Poland

One of the largest and deepest lakes in the Tatra Mountains, is surrounded by lush landscapes. Is the most popular tourist destination in this mountain range, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

Why visit?

There is a center for tourists and a cabin which offers visitors all touristic amenities at the highest levels.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

This natural reservation is one of the main attractions of the country. Mountainous landscapes and lakes with clear blue water have made the place one of the most famous and easily recognizable attractions in Europe. Throughout time water eroded the limestone structures which lead to karst formations. As a result, they formed numerous waterfalls, caves and lakes. Wildlife is also very varied: thanks to very low pollution and animal conservation, the unspoiled nature is home to many species.

Why visit?

There are several hiking trails: the main crosses the entire park and it takes 4-5 hours to go through. Boating clear water allows you to explore and see what is hiding in it.

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Sep 16

THE CAVE AT VADU CRIŞULUI, A PLACE LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE (VADU CRIŞULUI, ROMANIA)

Vadu Crişului Cave was discovered in 1903 by Gyula Czárán after dynamiting the slope and arranging the wooden stairs and bridges soon after. In 1969, the underground facilities are upgraded and the cave is electrified, becoming the second cave in Romania where the electric lighting was introduced.

Vadu Crişului Cave is located in the Criş Gorge, in Padurea Craiului Mountains (the Princes’ Forest), between the towns of Vadu Cris and Şuncuiuş.

The cave has a length of 1 kilometer, of which 680 meters are allowed to be visited by tourists who are not speologists. It has three main large galleries (besides others that are narrower and more difficult to access), and one of them is used only for paleontological research, which is also famous for having been extensively researched by the famous Romanian explorer, biologist and scientist,  Emil Racoviţă.

Vadu Crişului Cave has a more special status because it is crossed by a stream which originates in the karst plateau Zece Hotare (Ten Borders) – Old Man’s Cave, so basically the water forming  inside the cave is the same that creates the Vadu Crişului Waterfall.

We enter the cave through the left side of the underground creek, we pass by the three galleries going upward, which open on the left, we traverse the Suspended Bridge over the lake and arrive at a party spherical high (globe of Earth), above which a limestone canopy has been formed during the ages.

Then two separate ways are splitting: one lower, along the underground stream and the other way that forms the upper floor. Upstairs hallway after completing a small climb in an upper room, where shall descend into the Balcony Hall with the fallen blocks. Underneath these blocks, we go to the Hell gallery and get reacquainted the creek in the Great Hall of the cave.

The road continues to the point of the Straits, where the corridor is obstructed by fallen boulders where the cave visiting ends.

You can reach the cave:

– By train to Cave Halt on Cluj-Oradea route;

– By train to Vadu Crisului or Şuncuiuş and then walking nearby the railway for about 2 kilometers to the same Cave Halt.

– By car from Vadu Crisului: you can leave your car near the football field in Vadu Crisului and then follow they railway or the new Red Circle tourist route;

– By car from Şuncuiuş: you can leave your car in front of Şuncuiuş station and then walk nearby the railway, again some two kilometers to Cave Halt.

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