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The fortress of Rasnov. Just like in the movies

This rocky hill has been defended since the time of the Dacians, more than two thousand years ago, according to some archeological findings. The Teuton knights, who were under a contract with the Hungarian king to defend this border region of Transylvania, also built some fortification here in the 14 century. But we have no […]

Hiking in Făgăraș Mountains, towards the highest peak of Romania

Lower than the Alps, but spreading over a longer distance, the Carpathians are a unique eco-system of Europe. One third of the plants on the continent can be found here, in the vast and wild forested areas, full of life. The majority of Europe’s carnivores lurk in these forests, with more than half of Europe’s […]

Mountain path in Bucegi Mountains from Bolboci Lake to Miorița Chalet

Bolboci Lake is one of the hidden treasures of Bucegi Mountains, a vast lake created by blocking Ialomița river with a dam in 1988. It has about the same volume with Lacul Morii in Bucharest, but it is very wide, winding between mountain peaks, in a way that makes it impossible to see its entire […]

The Transalpine road over Carpathians, the highest road in Romania

Though the Carpathians don’t reach the grandeur of the Alps, with tops of only around 2,500 m, they offer plenty of wild landscape and challenge for hikers, climbers and drivers. The Transalpine is a newcomer in the top of spectacular roads through Romania, challenging the fame and thrills of Transfăgărășan, the other bold passage, that […]

Mountain trip from Râșnoavei Gorges to Three Fir Trees chalet

On the national road DN 1, that connects Brașov to capital Bucharest, between the ski resorts Predeal and Azuga, there is a national road, DN 73, that leads to the city of Râșnov, with its famous fortress. The road is well maintained and will take you very close to the gorges fo Râșnov (Cheile Râșnoavei). […]

Mountain trip in Piatra Craiului National Park from Plaiul Foii

The National Park Piatra Craiului is situated in the central part of Romania. To the west, it is quite isolated, being bordered by the Carpathian Mountains, but from south-east it can be reached from the European Road E574, that connects two major cities, Pitești and Brașov. Pitești, home of the national car manufacturer, Dacia Renault, […]

Some views of natural landscape in Serbia

In the Dinaric Mountain chain, right in the heart of Serbia, a biosphere reservation is found, in the Golija Mountain. It is an untouched green area of hills, forests, pastures and meadows. The road between Ivanjica and Duga Poljana, followed by the town of Novi Pazar, is terrible for a regular car, more suitable for […]

Malaiesti Chalet, a resting place on the way to Omu Peak in the Carpathians

Malaiesti Chalet is one of the last halts when climbing to Omu Peak to see the Sphinx. Of course, this is just one of the many possible routes you can take towards the peaks in the Bucegi National Park. The climbing might be demanding from the physical point of view, but its very rewarding, with […]

Black Lake (Crno Jezero) Zabljak, Montenegro

Only 3 km from the coquette resort of Zabljak there is a glacier lake known as Crno Jezero (the Black Lake), who’s name comes from the shadowy color the water gets at some moments in the evening when the sun sets over the surrounding hills and forests. The road from the ski resort of Zabljak […]

Durmitor National Park, unspoiled nature and an adventurous road

For Romanians the name of this mountain sounds very familiar and there is a good reason for that: it probably originates exactly in this language or in other related dialect spoken in the Balkans by descendants of the Romans, such as the Serbian Vlachs, the Croatian Istro-Romanians or the Greek Megleno-Romanians or Aromanians. These were […]

Lake St Anna, the only volcanic lake in Central Europe, and its pure water

St Anna Lake’s area has a special air purity due to the vast forests surrounding it and the landscape is enchanting at any time. The lake is 30 km away from Baile Tusnad resort, which you can also reach by hiking. Though the region is in the heartland of Romania, this part of Transylvania has […]

Mount Olympus, the legendary home of the ancient gods

For Greeks the image of the cloud covered peaks was so impressive, that they considered Mount Olympus as the meeting place between heaven and earth, and there for, the house of their gods. The Greek pantheon comprised 12 gods: Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Ares, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hephaestus, Aphrodite, Hermes, and Dionysus, which were followed […]

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