My first time on the Transfăgărășan was back when I was little and went together with my parents. I don’t remember much from that time to be honest so I had to refresh my memory in 2007 and test this amazing road again in my new car 😀 First impression: AMAZING! 😀 You feel really small compared to the greatness of the landscape and of the grey ribbon representing the road which makes its way in a great valley.
From start to finish Transfăgărășan (DN 67C) is 151 km long out of which 91 km are in the spectacular parts of the Făgăraș Mountains. These are the kilometres that you’ll remember undoubtedly because you’ll be stopping a lot to admire the scenery and you’ll be enjoying those perfectly made hairpin curves. My opinion is that the Northern part is the most spectacular with a spectacular winding road. When you look down on it Transfăgărășan will reveal itself to be a perfect Formula 1 circuit!
It’s a good idea to take the cable car in case you’re not so sure about your driving skills since from this point on you gain altitude fast and the road is very, very winding. On the downside, you’ll be missing very spectacular stopping point from Bâlea Waterfall to Bâlea Lake if you take the cable car 🙁 You decide!
Back to the star of the show 🙂 We made many stops to take pictures. About 10 I think 😀 Finally we reach Bâlea Lake! Here you can find a big parking lot which you have to pay for. Bâlea Lake is a glaciar lake and it’s situated at 2040 m altitude. It’s 360 m long and 11 m deep. There are many trails that start from the lake and take you in the high and beaitiful Făgăraș Mountains. Unfortunately we never did a track starting from the lake but it’s on the to-do list for sure :P.
After so many stops, so many pictures and so many miles you’ll eventually get hungry. For this we recommend Bâlea Guesthouse which you can see in the pictures above and which you can find right on the edge of the Bâlea Lake. They serve great food, including traditional Romanian dishes. You should try it! 🙂
Several tens of kilometres later we reach Vidraru Dam, one of the biggest in Romania. It’s a massive concrete building and you should definitely stop here and admire the dam, the lake and the mountain tops you will see far in the distance. If you have good sight then you’ll be able to see Negoiu Peak (2535 m, second highest in Romania). Hope we convinced you to take a ride on this amazing road! 😀