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Bucegi Mountains, Sinaia

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The Bucegi Mountains are located in central Romania, south of the city Brașov. They are part of the Southern Carpathians group of the Carpathian Mountains.To the east, the Bucegi Mountains have a very steep slope towards the popular tourist destination Prahova Valley (a.o. Bușteni and Sinaia). At a higher elevation is the Bucegi Plateau, where wind and rain have turned the rocks into spectacular figures such as the Sphinx and Babele.The Bucegi is believed to be the Dacian holy mountain Kogainon, on which the God Zalmoxis resided in a cave.NameThe exact origin of the name "Bucegi" is disputed by philologists. "Buceag" or "bugeac" seems to be the source of the name, a word designating in the language of mountain people both the moss in the forest and the wilderness or the junipers. Archaic version of the name "Bucegi" is "Buceci", name still used today by elders in the mountains, and about which linguists say it's derived from "huceag", "buceag" or "bugeac".Linguist Sextil Pușcariu claims that the name of Bucșoi, one of the mountains that reach the Omu Peak, derives from "Buc", "Bucur", just as "Buceci", "Bugeci" derives from "Buc" with the same suffix like "Măneciu" or "Moeciu". And "Bucur" is a genuine Dacian name. In Iorgu Iordan's work, Toponimia romînească, the name of the mountains is derived from Slavic buk, meaning "beech".
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  • I have only superlatives for the nature himself. Same about people. We are skiing beginners and the salvamont provide us all information we need to take our best decisions. Even they called to 2000m f...  more »
  • We were in January, it was full of snow. We had no clear whether up or not, because we took a lot information and didn't know if he could walk with snow. I suppose that being winter and not having many options once above, there were many people in the cable car, but made a trip every hour, which is very little. The landscape that can be seen from the cable car is very nice, and once above is also beautiful. We asked the girl's box office if he believed that he could be well cross of Caraiman and told us that, with the snow and ice wasn't dangerous, so we went with the idea that we could not walk too. But once there, wasn't so terrible. It is true that we did not get to the cross and I do not know as it would be the road later, we were walking long without a specific address (enjoying the shapes of snow with wind and sinking in the snow up to the knees) and made us late (the last cable car down believe that at 15:30), but we walk some kilometres and saw the landscape from different points of view. In addition, as there was almost no people once you alejabas of the sfinx, the landscape was very idyllic. Keep in mind that, to climb with the car on the road that leads to the cable car, at the junction with the main road, you begin already offering 4 x 4 routes. We consider it, because we were told that once up there was nothing to do, but it is also true that they want to put many things in a very short time, and if you want to do is walk, little you'll walk with them. Near the cable car you return to stop, seem to security agents, but they are 4 x 4. Indicate you that you aparques the car to the side, in a parking lot that is worth 10 lei per day. That is a bit strange, since there is no signage, but it seems that it is normal. On the other side of the road, where do you Park, there is a visitor's Center, but the two days that we spent on the front was closed (although there is some information on some exterior panels that may help you)
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  • Beautiful climb. Beautiful views. In the queue at the gondola stood for more than an hour. Recommend in sunny weather.
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