Top 10 Lakes in Romania You Should See

Diana Condrea
Diana Condrea
Diana is a tourism consultant, tour guide, travel writer and amateur photographer. You can find Diana on LinkedIn

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Romania has thousands of lakes and many of them are travel destinations for those of you who enjoy nature, tranquility, and fresh air.

We made a top 10 list of the most beautiful lakes in Romania to inspire you on your next vacation across the country. Our list includes the largest artificial and natural dams, glacial lakes, and more surprising destinations.

Add at least of few to your list of beautiful places to see and things to do in Romania.

1. Ochiul Beiului Lake

Location: Cheile Nerei-Beusnita National Park, Caras-Severin County

The blue lake from Cheile Nerei-Beusnita National Park opens our list. The lake, supplied by an underground karst spring, never changes its color and never freezes. Its crystal clear blue makes you think of a tropical sea rather than a mountainous landscape from Romania.

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Ochiul Beiului Lake, Cheile Nerei-Beusnita National Park

The lake is only three meters deep and so transparent that you’ll see many lucky trouts who swim undisturbed. The site is only half an hour from the waterfalls Beusnitei, another major natural attraction of this national park.

2. Bucura Lake

Location: Retezat National Park, Hunedoara County

Bucura is the largest glacial lake in the country, 8.8 hectares, and a symbol of Retezat National Park. Located at an altitude of 2,041 meters, Bucura offers one of the best views in the Carpathian Mountains. Surrounded by abrupt peaks and by smaller glacial lakes, this is one of the most beautiful camping sites in Romania.

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Bucura Lake, Retezat National Park

Camping here will also give you easier access to the highest peaks of Retezat, Peleaga (2,509 meters), Papusa (2,508 meters), Retezat (2,482 meters), and Bucura I (2,433 meters). Plus, you’re also a short distance from smaller glacial lakes like Lia, Ana, Viorica, and Florica.

3. Izvorul Muntelui or Bicaz Lake

Location: Bicaz, Neamt County

Izvorul Muntelui or Bicaz is the biggest artificial lake in Romania and one of the most impressive in the country. You can even see it from the top of the nearby Ceahlau and is also known as the ‘sea from the mountains’.

Bicaz Lake

Bicaz Lake

Its size is considerable, 435 meters in length and 127 meters in height. As a result, it’s one of the most important dams in Romania and one of the major projects of the former communist regime. Despite its beauty, the dam has its tragic side. It was built by political prisoners, the so-called ‘enemies of the state’, condemned to many years of forced labor.

4. Cuejdel Lake

Location: Garcine, Neamt County

Cuejdel is the biggest natural dam lake in Romania and Europe. It’s located in Stanisoarei Mountains, close to Piatra Neamt, and has almost 150 hectares. The lake appeared as the result of successive landslides starting from 1978.

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Cuejdel Lake

The natural dam blocked the entire valley of the Cuejdel River in the early ’90s, after several earthquakes and heavy rains. Also known as the Lake of the Cross, the lake has around one million cubic meters and continues to grow.

Photo source: Visit Neamt

5. Devil’s Lake

Location: Cheile Nerei-Beusnita National Park, Caras-Severin County

This one-of-a-kind lake in Romania appeared after the collapse of a cave ceiling. One of the amazing places to see from Cheile Nerei-Beusnita National Park, Devil’s Lake is, yet, a more off-the-beaten-track attraction because of the long hike there. If the name makes you curious, the turquoise lake got it from a local legend of a devil who drowned in it.

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Devil’s Lake, Cheile Nerei-Beusnita National Park

6. Red Lake

Location: Bicaz Gorges, Harghita County

This natural dam appeared in the first part of the 19th century on the valley of the Bicaz River, close to Ceahlau Mountain and Bicaz Gorges. Every year, thousands of people come to see this 11 hectares lake and enjoy the scenery of the many tree trunks that rise from the water.

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The Red Lake

Three mountains surround the lake which is the starting point of many hiking trails. Still, it’s best to visit during spring or autumn as summers tend to be too overcrowded.

7. Capra Lake

Location: Fagaras Mountains, Sibiu County

Capra Lake is one of the most beautiful from the high-altitude Fagaras Mountains. The glacial lake is 2,241 meters high and is a great camping spot for hikers crossing the ridge.

Capra Lake

Capra Lake, Fagaras Mountains

Capra offers stunning views of the peaks Buda, Raiosu, Museteica, and is less than two hours away from Vanatoarea lui Buteanu Peak. You can reach the lake in only 50 minutes, starting from the popular Balea Lake (2,037 meters).

8. Gales Lake

Location: Retezat National Park, Hunedoara County

A hike to Gales Lake (1,990 meters) is one of the best ways to uncover Retezat National Park. This is one of many lakes from Retezat that has more than one-third of Romania’s glacial lakes. Located on a scenic trail that goes above 2,000 meters, Gales Lake is one of the best images of the spectacular nature of the Carpathians.

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Gales Lake, Retezat National Park

9. Taul Tapului Lake

Location: Retezat National Park, Hunedoara County

Taul Tapului is for many the most beautiful lake of the many Retezat National Park has. Located under the Closed Gates (Portile Inchise) at 2,070 meters altitude, Taul Tapului has 2.3 hectares and a depth of six meters

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Taul Tapului, Retezat National Park

You’ll recognize it as soon as you’ll see its small green island rising one meter above the water, but there is no marked trail down to the lake. Be careful if you decide to descend anyway.

10. Razim Lake

Location: Danube Delta, Tulcea County

Located in the south of the Danube Delta, with a surface of 415  square kilometers, Razim is the biggest lake in Romania. Once a golf of the Black Sea, Razim formed over a period of 1,000 years as the result of alluvial deposits from the Danube and a change in coastal currents.

Jurilovca

Razim Lake

The damming actions from the communist period closed completely the last communication points with the Black Sea. This action transformed Razim into an immense freshwater lake supplied by the Danube.

Razim is a quieter alternative to discovering the Black Sea. You can stay in traditional fishermen’s villages, eat delicious fish dishes, and explore the ruins of the Greek-Roman fortress from Jurilovca.

These are 10 of the most beautiful lakes in Romania, but you’ll discover more in your travels across Romania.

2 Comments

  1. Andrea Bomanson says:

    Hello,
    We’re planning an interrail trip to Istanbul this summer and are hoping to stop in Romania for a few days. Is there a town /village you would recommend for us to stop at on our way to Bucharest from Budapest ? We’re especially keen to stop somewhere near a lake , as our 9 year old is coming along too and she is a keen swimmer.

  2. Vika says:

    Hello! Can you recommend any lakes in Northern Romania which are suitable for wild swimming in late May?

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