Transfagarasan Highway, Curtea de Arges

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With its sheer drops, Transfagarasan Highway winds through the mountains, in sections clinging to the cliffs while passing through a natural gorge. Urban legend has it that Nicolae Ceausescu ordered the building of the 150 km (93 mi) road as a strategic route in case of Soviet invasion. The road will take you past the two castles associated with Vlad the Impaler (who inspired the legend of Dracula); you'll also see several lakes and a waterfall as you make your way to the second-largest dam in the country. The road's highest point is the tunnel, which connects the northern and southern sides of the lake at 2,042 m (6,700 ft). Be prepared to take your time, as you may run into shepherds and large flocks of sheep enroute. To find out how to plan a trip to Curtea de Arges, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • August 19, 2017
    One of the roads crossing the Carpatos, but by the highest part, fleeing to the valleys, and as such presents a set of curves that give a fantastic image of this route. Despite being made in just one day, it is recommended to pass with ease to enjoy all the sights.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Initially the military path, built out of fear from which Ceausescu was haunted. The road offers 90 kilometers of show enviable, climbing along the slopes of the Carpathians up to touch the "altitude of 2034 meters. Don't forget to bring some cookies, the brown bear can block the passage, may not let you go!
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  • August 16, 2017
    Mythical road built under the Ceausescu regime, with points of view absolutely wonderful! And at the top, it's the Bâlea Lake! Absolutely beautiful. I know very well the Romania, and to be beautiful tourist place, do not hesitate to buy local products when your stop to Bâlea Lake! (Cheese, charcuterie, syrups...) Parking at the top (less than €1, so negligible). Surprises along the way, staggering. Be careful on the road... A little tip: in July and August especially, avoid to get there on weekends, because many, too many people!
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