Wide view over the northern Transfagarasan
photo by Horia Varlan

Transfăgărăşan Road

( 3 user reviews )

The road was built between 1970 and 1974, during the rule of Nicolae Ceauşescu, mainly with military forces. It was expensive not only from the financial point of view, but also 40 soldiers lost their lives during it's construction.

The bends of the Transfăgărăşan are also an attraction and a challenge for drivers and motorcycle enthusiasts. Even though some may be tempted to push the pedal, the recommended speed is 40 km per hour. The road is closed from the end of October until June, because of the snow.

A journey on this road will offer you dramatic views and breathtakingly beautiful places. Passing by the Balea Glacial Lake (2034 m altitude, through the longest road tunnel in Romania (884 m) and having the most tunnels and viaducts than any other road in Romania, Transfăgărăşanul is one attraction that must not be missed.

The road became even more popular when the crew from Top Gear filmed a show on the Trasfăgărăşan, in September 2009. The host of the show, Jeremy Clarkson said that Transfăgărăşan should have the title of the best road in the world, and that they were mistaken when they gave the Stelvio Pass in Italy this title.

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3 Reviews

Tom Lancaster
Tom Lancaster

on Jun 02,2011

I liked

the sheer ridiculous nature of this road. It defies logic and could only have been built by someone like chauchesku. Is is stunning, the mountains are beautiful, the dam is incredible and the entire experience is breathtaking. however...

I disliked

we were stuck at the top in the tunnel during a sudden snowstorm and resulting avalanche. The snow wasn't cleared until well into the next day and the wind screaming through the tunnel almost tore the door off our rental car. That being said, the only thing that really bothered us was the sign at the bottom of the highway announcing the "pass is clear and open".

on Mar 15,2013

I liked

My daughter got married 2 years ago so we went to Romania to visit our family and give a chance to my son in law to meet them. Transfagarasanul was one of our targets.....the views are breathaking, definitely I would go again.

I disliked

Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis

on Feb 13,2013

I liked

Twists and turns....

I disliked


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