Transfăgărăşan – The Second-Highest Paved Road in Romania

Transfagarasan, © Silvia Podarascu

Transfăgărăşan is the road built over the Făgăraș Mountains, part of the Southern Carpathians, the highest Romanian mountains. On its way, Transfăgărăşan passes near some tourist attractions like Bâlea Lake (glacial lake), Bâlea Waterfall (the largest Romanian waterfall) and Vidraru Dam (hydropower built in a massive underground fortress). Its maximum height is 2042 m, being ranked as the second altitude Romanian road after Transalpina (2145 m).

It begins in Bascov village (Argeș county) and ends near Cârțișoara village (Sibiu county), passing over 27 viaducts and more than 800 bridges. Built between 1970 and 1974, there were needed 3 million tons of rock and aproximatively 6500 tons of TNT, but its purpose was to link together two Romanian provinces. In plus, the beauty and purity of wild nature here stay as a cornerstone for every sacrifice that was made for this construction.

Due to its height, Transfăgărăşan can be crossed only in summer. The route has many dangerous curves, large differences of level, cliffs and precipices during its length of 91.5 km. Snowy road makes Transfăgărăşan impracticable from late October until June. But when the opening season arrives, tourists who take their time to cross this road, to admire the landscape  and to meditate here are fascinated. Another attraction is the road-tunnel which is 887 m long, being the longest road-tunnel from Romania.

One of the most spectacular roads in Romania connects Muntenia and Transylvania provinces, between Sibiu and Argeș.

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