Route 5 – Carpathian Mountains

A. Bacau – Miercurea Ciuc – Baile Tusand – Lacul Sfanta Ana – Baraolt – Vlahita – Odorheiu Secuiesc – (320km – 165 miles)
B. Odorheiu Secuiesc – Zetea – Gheorgheni – Lacu Rosu – Cheile Bicazului – Bicaz – Borsec – Toplita – Deda/Defileul Muresului – Reghin – (300km – 155 miles)
C. Reghin – Bistrita – Pasul Tihuta – Vatra Dornei – Pasul Prislop – Borsa/Maramures – (260km – 135 miles)
D. Borsa – Nasaud – Dej – Cluj – Gilau – Belis/Lacul Fantanele – Huedin – Bucea – Remeti – Valea Iadului – Stana de Vale – (345km – 175 miles)
E. Stana de Vale – Alba Iulia – Sebes – Ranca/Transalpina – ( 335km – 165 miles)
F. Ranca -  Ramnicu Valcea – Transfagarasan – Fagaras – ( 285km – 150 miles)
G. Fagaras – Brasov – Oituz – Onesti – Bacau – (250km – 130 miles)

mures_micThe Mures Gorge
The Mures Gorge is a 50 km/31 miles long passage that stretches where the river Mures pierces two volcanic mountains. It has a width of 80-100 metres (~260-330 feet) and it never fails to impress through its amazing landscapes, embellished by boulders, peaks, a river bed and volcanic gravel. The Gorge is very accessible to the tourists, it is a great camping destination, but rest assured, there are also plenty of cabins in the area just waiting to accommodate you. It is said to be great a great place for fishing, but if that isn’t your thing, just carry on wandering and make sure the battery on camera is fully charged – it hasn’t been classified as a ‘Landscape Reserve’ for nothing!

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Transalpina

The beginnings of this road are somewhat in the mist. Some sources say it was first built by the Roman legions during the Dacian wars, which is why it was historically marked on maps as “strategic corridor IV.” According to other sources, the paved road was built by the Germans for military reasons during World War I, though it was scarcely used at that time.
The Transalpina was rebuilt during the interwar period and opened in 1935. It was inaugurated by King Carol II, which is why it is called the “King’s Road”. The road was rehabilitated during the Second World War as the Germans reinstated it as a military access route. It is the highest road in Romania, the highest point being the Urdele Step (2145 m).

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Transfagarasan

The Transfăgărășan (trans (over, across) + Făgăraș) or DN7C is the second-highest paved road in Romania. Built as a strategic military route, the 90 km (~56 miles) of twists and turns run north to south across the tallest sections of the Southern Carpathians, between the highest peak in the country, Moldoveanu, and the second highest, Negoiu. Because of the countless turns, the maximum speed allowed on the Transfagarasan is 40 km/~25 miles an hour. Along this route you can find 27 viaducts and bridges, as well as the longest road tunnel in Romania – 887 meters (0.54 miles), which passes through The Paltin Mountains, from Capra to Balea Lake. The ventilation of the tunnel is made naturally, thanks to the extremely powerful currents.The landscape is truly fantastic and the differences of altitude combined with the twists represent a challenge for hikers, cyclists, drivers and motorcycle enthusiasts. The most spectacular route is from the North. It is a winding road, dotted with steep hairpin turns, long S-curves, and sharp descents. Unfortunately, because of the Romanian climate, the Transfagarasan is only open for circulation a few months a year, usually from July until October.

In September 2009 the cast and crew of the British television show Top Gear were seen filming along the road. The experience has led to Jeremy Clarkson, the Top Gear host, saying about Transfăgărășan that “this is the best road… in the world” – a title the program’s presenters had previously given to the Stelvio Pass in Italy.