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About Transfagarasan

The Transfagarasan (trans (over, across) + Fagaras) or DN7C.  Built as a strategic military route, the 90 km 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. The road connects the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia, and the cities of Sibiu and Pitesti. The road climbs to 2.034 metres altitude.

It is a winding road, dotted with steep hairpin turns, long S-curves, and sharp descents. The Transfagarasan is both an attraction and a challenge for hikers, cyclists, drivers and motorcycle enthusiasts alike.

The road was constructed between 1970 and 1974, during the rule of Nicolae Ceausescu. It came as a response to the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union. Ceausescu wanted to ensure quick military access across the mountains in the event the Soviets attempted a similar move into Romania. Consequently, the road was built mainly with military forces, at a high cost both financially and human, standpoint—roughly 6 million kilograms of dynamite were used on the northern face, and the official records mention that about 40 soldiers lost their lives in building accidents.

Contact and information:


From Sibiu County go to location Cartisoara -  Balea Cascada (Waterfall Balea) - Balea Lac (Lake Balea)

From Arges County go to location Curtea de Arges -  Corbeni  - The dam Vidraru - Balea Lac

Opening hours:

1 July – open road (may be opened from June, depending on weather condition).

1 November – close road (may be closed from half of Octomber, depending on weather condition).

Winter the road is practicable:

From Sibiu County only up to Waterfall Balea (km 131).

From Arges County  only up to Chalet Capra (km 104).

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