Maramures | Barsana + Mocanita – Viseul de sus

The Barsana village is well-known for the presence of wooden churches since 1391. It is one of the landmarks of Maramures. These beautiful churches are wooden buildings made by craftsmen from Maramures.

In 1717, a Tatar invasion takes place where they burned down most of the wooden churches and several local houses. In 1720 another church was built, The Old Barsana Monastery – it has special cultural importance, being included in the UNESCO list of heritage buildings.

Before ending our day, we decided to go up to Cascada Cailor, despite the cold and rainy weather.

We started our next day early in the morning, exited about experiencing the journey into the Maramures mountains with the steam train. It has to be the most amazing experience you could have in Maramures, the sound of the train, nature, feeling like kids once again.

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.

A glimpse into beautiful Maramures – Mara

I have started exploring the sights in Maramures this year and discovered some really beautiful places. Yet, there are still many more places to explorer. This time I have took my parents to a place called Mara.

It is an amazing place to go and relax at the out swimming pool with a stunning view or chill and enjoy some great food at the Pastravaria Alex restaurant.

You have a really cool waterfall just next to the restaurant and even better the lake with fishes is under the restaurant so you can chose your own fish to eat.