The first thing that people will normally think of when talking about Transylvania, Romania is Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but this place has a lot more to offer aside from great literary horror references. This beautiful place is also home to magnificent mountains and valleys that are unlike anywhere else in the world.
One of the many activities in store for visitors here is hiking. With all the wonderful peaks and lots of places for exploration to choose from, Transylvania has become a famous hiking destination through the years because of the many great spots available in its towering mountains and lush forests. Below are some of the spots to hike in this beautiful region in Romania.
The Carpathian Mountains are simply breathtaking, and the flora and fauna found here is just too impressive. The landscapes, many of them still unspoiled, will leave you in awe, and the mountain villages will give you an idea of a kind of living that is not anymore easily found today.
The peaks at the Romanian Carpathian, filled with so many hiking paths and some cable cars will make your trip a lot more easier. One of the most visited mountains in the Carpathian is the Bucegi Mountains, home to the spectacular Omu Peak and the Bucegi National Park. These slopes which has valleys, fortresses, limestone ridges, and an overall mystical Transylvanian Alps will create a both picture-perfect and adventure-filled holiday.
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By exploring the breathtaking scenery of the Brasov area, the Piatra Craiului and Piatra Mare Mountains, you will not only find many unspoiled waterfalls, plants, wildlife, and unique rock formations–you will also get the chance to learn about Romania‘s culture. Some of the places that you must not miss when you go trekking, hiking, and climbing here are: the Rasnov Fortress, the Peles Castle, and the Bran Castle (which has been also dubbed as “Dracula Castle.”).
Challenging hiking and trekking routes will be available to visitors, but if you’re with kids or is inexperienced in climbing, there are also many easy trails that will not let you fall short in having an amazing time. If you, however, would like to go and explore the mountains by yourself, you can also go on self-guided walking or hiking tours.
If you think that you’ve already had enough dose of the great Carpathians, you can continue on exploring other parts of the region. The ones that you must consider checking out are: The Hunyadi Castle at the city of Hunedoara, the city centre of the beautiful Oradea, the famous Bears Cave (which they say are some of the most beautiful ones in all of Europe), and the medieval cities which include Alba Iulia, Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu, etc.
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Do you like to go hiking or trekking in places such as this? We think that exploring any place by foot is the way to go, that’s why learning about Romania and the things in store for adventurers here is certainly something that really interested and inspired us. What are the other places in Europe would you consider as some of the best spots in hiking? Romania is, indeed, wonderful, and we’re sure that there are still a lot of unique places that people must know about in this side of the world. Share with us your thoughts, we would love to hear about your recommendations or plans of European hiking adventures!