Top 10 Most Beautiful Roads in Romania

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When it comes to spectacular roads, Romania occupies one the first places in Europe. It has some of the most breathtaking driving routes you can imagine, from the high-altitude mountains roads to those that follow river valleys and long defiles. Here is our top 10 of the most scenic roads in Romania. Drive safely and enjoy the view.

Transfagarasan (DN7C)

Transfagarasan is one of the most spectacular routes in Romania, crossing Fagaras, the highest mountains in the country. It starts from Bascov, Arges County, and ends in Cartisoara, Sibiu County. The road is 152 km long and it’s part of the national road DN7 C that links Southern Romania to Transylvania. Transfagarasan reaches the maximum altitude of 2,042 meters.

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The road was built between 1970 and 1974 at the orders of Nicolae Ceausescu, the communist ruler who wanted to create a strategic military route across Fagaras Mountains in case of a Soviet invasion like the one in Czechoslovakia from 1968.

Travel tips

Because of weather conditions, Transfagarasan is opened only from June to October. Along the way, you can visit the Poenari Fortress and the lakes Vidraru, Balea and Capra.

Transalpina (DN67C)

Transalpina or the King’s Road, named after King Carol the 2nd, stretches across Parang Mountains, from Novaci to Sebes. It’s 148 km long, with 20 km above 2,000 meters, making it the highest road in Romania with a maximum altitude of 2,145 meters. It’s a scenic road with numerous winding curves and spectacular mountain views.

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The road was fully modernized in the time of King Carol the 2nd, being inaugurated in 1939 by the King himself. Conceived as a strategic military access route, Transalpina was also renovated by the German army during the Second World War. The road was completely unattended during the communist time and it’s only recently that it was restored and opened.

Travel tips

Some restrictions still exist during winter time and you should check the driving conditions before. Plan your trip so you have time to visit some nearby attractions like Muierii Cave, Galcescu Lake or Icoana Monastery.

Along the Danube (DN57)

The road that links Oravita to Drobeta Turnu Severin is for many the most beautiful in Romania. Bordering the longest defile of the Danube and one of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe, this Romanian road is a travel attraction by itself, one of the many from the Iron Gates Natural Park.

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Travel tips

Besides a cruise between the Danube Gorges, you can hike on Ciucaru Mare, visit the caves Ponicova and Veterani or visit the monastery of Mraconia and the Iron Gates Museum.

Trei Movile Pass (DN17A)

A mountain pass from Bucovina makes our top 10 roads in Romania. Connecting Sadova and Vatra Moldovitei,  Trei Movile is located in Obcina Feredeului, a green heaven of rolling hills and scattered villages from the Eastern Carpathians. The maximum altitude of the road is 1,040 meters and the pass is only eight kilometers long, enough to get a clear view of the surroundings.

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Travel tips

The painted Monastery of Moldovita, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the Painted Eggs Museum from Moldovita are along the way.

Rucar-Bran Pass (DN73)

The mountain pass from Rucar-Bran is one of the most famous routes in Romania. It’s located between Bucegi, Leaota and Piatra Craiului Mountains, offering superb mountainous views everywhere you look. Known today mainly for its beautiful landscapes, the road was for centuries a historical access route between Southern Romania and Transylvania. Until 1918 when the Great Union took place, Bran had been a frontier point since the medieval ages.

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The villages along its way are part of the charm and we recommend a weekend in Fundata, Sirnea, Fundatica, Pestera or Ciocanu where traditional houses and sheep herds are the main local attractions.

Travel tips

Besides the mountain villages, you can also visit the famous Bran Castle or Dambovicioara Cave.

Transrarau Pass (DJ175B)

Transrarau links the villages of Pojorata and Chiril across Rarau Mountains, reaching its highest point at 1,400 meters. The road was recently modernized and its 28 kilometers offer great views of the surrounding mountains.

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Travel tips

The road is a popular access route for the iconic geological formations of Rarau, the monumental ‘Lady’s Stones’.

Mestecanis Pass (DN17)

Mestecanis crosses the Eastern Carpathians and connects Bucovina to Moldova. Its highest point reaches 1,096 meters, overseeing Giumalau Mountains. In case of a clear sky, you’re lucky to admire a spectacular image that will soon make you see why Bucovina is one of Romania’s most beautiful regions.

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Travel tips

The road is difficult during winter and it’s best to check the weather conditions before leaving. Many attractions are close to the road. We recommend the painted monasteries of Bucovina and the village of Ciocanesti.

Buzau Pass (DN10)

Connecting Buzau and Brasov, Southern Romania and Transylvania, this pass crosses the Eastern Carpathians, reaching the highest point at 976 meters. It was historically used by the Turks and Tattars in their medieval attacks over Transylvania, the region being also one of the key combat zones from the First World War.

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Travel tips

Besides Lake Siriu, which you’ll see along the road, you can visit the Bisons’ Reserve from Vama Buzaului and the fortified church of Prejmer.

Bicaz Gorges (DN12C)

Stretching from Red Lake to Bicazu Ardelean, the road that crosses the Bicaz Gorges is one of the most popular and crowded in Romania, connecting Transylvania to Moldova. Part of the National Park Cheile Bicazului-Hasmas, the area is a true paradise for professional climbers who have here some of the best and most difficult climbing areas in the country.

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Travel tips

Crossing the gorges, it’s almost impossible not to stop at the natural dam Red Lake, a traditional summer destination for locals. Our recommendation is to leave your car behind and start hiking one of the many trails that will take you above the road and far away from the crowds.

The Olt River Valley (E81)

The Valley of the Olt River is known from ancient times when the Roman Empire conquered this part of the Dacian Kingdom. Back then, the road had a strategical military and commercial importance, linking Transylvania with the Danube. It’s part of the E81 and the National Park Cozia covers both banks of the Olt River.

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The most scenic part starts in the resorts Calimanesti-Caciulata, crossing the national park, following the defile of the Olt River until Turnu Rosu. The valley offers spectacular views over Cozia Mountains and the distant Fagaras Mountains and Capatanii Mountains.

Travel tips

Very close to the road, you’ll discover the ruins of the roman castrum Arutela, the medieval Cozia Monastery and Turnu Monastery.

These are our top 10 choices of popular and scenic driving routes, but Romania has many more splendid roads that will take you far away from the cities, to the hearts of remote and forgotten places.

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About the author

Andra is a tour guide, amateur photographer and travel writer who promotes Romanian destinations and ecological behavior. You can find Andra Tudor on Twitter

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