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Transfăgărășan: Romania's impressive mountain road

The world is full of impressive roads that traverse breathtaking landscapes, but few can match the majestic beauty and engineering feat of Romania's Transfăgărășan Road. Often referred to as "the best road trip in the world", this breathtaking route is an absolute must for any travel or motoring enthusiast.

History and background

The Transfăgărășan, officially known as DN7C, was built between 1970 and 1974 during the reign of Nicolae Ceaușescu. Despite popular myths that it was built in response to a possible invasion by the Soviet Union, it is more likely that Ceaușescu had it built to demonstrate that Romania could handle such monumental infrastructure projects without foreign help.

A ride through the clouds

Starting near the town of Bascov, the Transfăgărășan winds for 90 kilometers through the Făgăraș Mountains, part of the Carpathian mountain range. It connects Transylvania with Wallachia and reaches a height of 2,042 meters above sea level at the Bâlea Pass.

During the journey, travelers are rewarded with spectacular views of waterfalls, dense forests and wild mountain landscapes. One of the most famous attractions is Lake Bâlea, a picturesque glacial lake that is perfect for a picnic or just to marvel at.

Challenge and reward

The road is not for the faint of heart. Its steep climbs, sharp turns and hairpin bends can challenge even the most experienced rider. Nevertheless, the view is breathtaking and worth every adrenaline rush. From peaks disappearing into the clouds to deep valleys and gorges, the landscape is spectacular and varies with every turn.

useful information

  • The Transfăgărășan is only open in the warmer months, usually June to October. In winter it is covered by snow and is impassable.
  • The road gained international fame through the TV show "Top Gear", which described it as "the best road in the world".
  • There are several landmarks and places of cultural interest along the route, including historic monasteries and castles.


The Transfăgărășan is not just a road; it is an experience, an adventure. It is a testament to human determination and engineering while offering an unparalleled view of Romania's natural beauty. If you ever have the opportunity to drive this remarkable road, don't hesitate. It's a trip you won't soon forget.

We are the We drove Transfăgărășan and documented one of the most beautiful sections with a 360 degree camera. If you have VR glasses, you can watch the tour here:

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