Mocanita – The steam train – Viseul de sus – MARAMURES – ROMANIA

Mocanita it’s a beautiful steam train functioning day by day since 1932, in Viseul de Sus Maramures.

There are a total of 4steam trains and one diesel train, the first one leaves at 9sharp and the other once are followed by every 30 min. A standard ticket costs 90 lei and if you get a ticket with lunch than it can go up to 120 lei, however you can opt for a good lunch at the destination and for 25 lei you can eat well.

The journey starts at the train station in Viseul de sus and the overall ride takes around 6h through some amazing sceneries and stunning mountains. Somewhere halfway through, the train stops for a 30 min break to have quick coffee and sweet bread which is included in your standard ticket price.

After 2hours you arrive to Platin, you final destination where you will have a 1h break until the train goes another few miles to turn around. Till then you can listen to some good folk music, have a cold beer, some bbq and rest. It is an exciting ride for everyone, right in the heart of Maramures, worth every penny and every single minute spent on it.

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Cascada Cailor – Muntii Rodnei – MARAMURES

Cascada Cailor is the tallest waterfall in Romania, falling 95m from the cliff. It is situated in the Rodna Mountains, just nearby Borsa. I do recommend going there in the morning, to skip the crowd and the heat. The teleskii is open from 9am till 6pm and it costs 30 lei – both ways. It is an easy hike, however I have seen people in flip flops and even high heels, I don’t recommend it, it will make your journey a nightmare. If you are around for more than a day, i totally recommend hiking the Pietrosul Peak which also can be easily accessed from Borsa.

Hiking from Pasul Rotunda to Varful Ineu – MUNTII RODNEI

The Rodna Mountains are part of the Carphatian Mountain Chain and the most beautiful national park in the North East of Romania.

The Rodna Mountains have one of the longest ridges in Romania, with over 50km from east to west.

The two highest points are Pietrosul Rodeni and Ineu peaks, with an altitude of 2303 and 2079m. In this video I am exploring the 2nd highest peak – Ineu, by walking from Pasul Rotunda up to Lake Lala where you can find drinkble water streams, an amazing glacial lake, a brillint panoramic view over the Rodna valley and a perfect spot for camping.

The distance from Pasul Rotunda up to the summit, is about 15km and it can take anywhere between 6 to 7 hours, depending on the endurance of the hiker. The best time to visit Muntii Rodnei is in June due to the beautiful red mountain flowers that blossom in this period of time.

The tempretures can get around 27-30C during the day and anywhere between 5 to 10C during the night.

A summer storm is also very common, so make sure you are prepared for the weather. Although I missed the sunset on the summit due to the storm, the sunrise sounds promising and I found the perfect camping spot nearby the lake.

Camping at Pasul Rotunda – MUNTII RODNEI

Right after my experience in exploring Varful Pietrosul – Muntii Rodnei, I had the desire to also hike the 2nd highest summit in these mountains.

I have left my home town around 3pm and arrived at Pasul Rotunda, the place from where I will have start my journey to the summit, and it took me over 4h to get to this place due to my last 20-30 km which was quite a bad off road and a bit difficult to go through with my car.

I did manage somehow to go through the big ponds, potholes and arrive to Pasul Rotunda where I have set up my tent, eat and carefully made just a small little fire to set up the mood for the evening.

Once I sing my song, I got into the tent and got ready for a good night sleep and an early wake up to properly start my journey to Vf. Ineu.

ROMANIAN STREET FOOD FESTIVAL

ROMANIAN STREET FOOD FESTIVAL – Romania, Oradea

It is always a pleasure for me to come back to this beautiful city. I have spent around 4.5 years in Oradea, during my studies and loved every single bit of it.

Oradea is a beautiful city, split by the Crisu Repede river and the home of many amazing architecture. It is known for baroque and art nouveau architecture, remnants of the Austro-Hungarian empire.

Probably the most popular place in the city is the Black Eagle palace which holds many pubs and terraces.

Another attraction would be the Moon Church which has a unique mechanism that follows the moon phases throughout the month. Recently the 15th century fortress became quite popular due to its renovation. It played a key role throughout the history in many conflicts between the Turks, Hungarians and Austrians. Viewed from above it looks like a star and for sure it became one for the city.

Today it holds many festivals, events and even as we speak a food festival is taking place, showcasing various cousins from around the world. If you are visiting Romania, Oradea has to be on your list, it won’t disappoint.

The best hiking trail at Cheile Turzii | Turda Gorge – Romania

Turda gorge is a natural reservoir in Turda, Cluj County. The canyon, formed through the erosion of the Jurassic limestone of the mountain, is 3km long and the walls have heights reaching 300 m.

It is loved by climbers who can chose from over 300 climbing trails, but also by people who want to break out into the nature. You can easily walk through the gorge following the red circle trail.

It has quite a few cool bridges, epic sceneries and caves on the way. It takes more or less about 50 min to cross it from one side to the other.

Cheile Turzii contains one of the richest and most scenic karst landscapes in Romania. More than 1000 plants and animal species live here.

Once you crossed the canyon you can continue your journey up to the cliff and back to the other side which will take you another 2h-3h to complete. It is probably one of the most beautiful trails I have ever done near my home-town.

I advice going to the Turda Gorge early in the morning to avoid the tourists and follow the red circle trail. This takes around 4-5 hours to complete with photo break and lunch break. Totally recommend it.

Walking through Cheile Turzii | Turda Gorge – Romania

Turda gorge is a natural reservoir in Turda, Cluj County. The canyon, formed through the erosion of the Jurassic limestone of the mountain, is 3km long and the walls have heights reaching 300 m. It is loved by climbers who can chose from over 300 climbing trails, but also by people who want to break out into the nature.

You can easily walk through the gorge following the red circle trail. It has quite a few cool bridges, epic sceneries and caves on the way. It takes more or less about 50 min to cross it from one side to the other.

Cheile Turzii contains one of the richest and most scenic karst landscapes in Romania. More than 1000 plants and animal species live here. Once you crossed the canyon you can continue your journey up to the cliff and back to the other side which will take you another 2h-3h to complete.

POROLISSUM – the roman military camp – Romania

Porolissum was an ancient Roman city in Dacia. Established as a military camp in 106 during Trajan’s Dacian Wars, the city quickly grew through trade with the native Dacians and became the capital of the province Dacia Porolissensis in 124. The site is one of the largest and best-preserved archaeological sites in modern-day Romania. It is 8 km away from the modern city of Zalău, in Moigrad-Porolissum village, Mirsid Commune, Sălaj County.