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The Most Beautiful Mountain Road in Romania, Transfagarasan, Opens on June 7

Transfagarasan is the greatest road in the world, as Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson named it. Each year, it is visited by all those drivers who want to feel free to drive the never-ending winding road while admiring the mountain snow-covered slopes. This year, it opens earlier than usual, on Friday, June 7.

The Transfagarasan, snaking through Romania’s majestic Fagaras Mountains, is more than just a road. It’s a soaring ribbon of asphalt, a testament to human engineering, and a gateway to breathtaking scenery. Nicknamed the “Roof of Romania,” this second-highest paved road in the country climbs to over 2,000 meters, offering unparalleled vistas of jagged peaks, emerald valleys, and glacial lakes.

Carved into the mountains in the 1970s, the Transfagarasan’s history is as fascinating as its landscape. Built as a strategic route, it now serves as a magnet for adrenaline-seeking cyclists, motorcyclists, and drivers. The road winds through hairpin turns, past cascading waterfalls, and alongside the impressive Vidraru Dam.

As you ascend, the air thins and the temperature drops. Lush forests give way to alpine meadows dotted with wildflowers, painting a vibrant picture against snow-capped peaks. Reaching Balea Lake, nestled amidst the mountains, is a highlight of the journey. Here, you can soak in the tranquillity of the glacial waters or grab a bite at the iconic ice hotel.

The Transfagarasan is not just a scenic route; it’s a gateway to adventure. Hike through the pristine wilderness, challenge yourself on a mountain bike ride, or pull over and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or an armchair traveller, the Transfagarasan promises an unforgettable experience.

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