A road built during Nicolae Ceausescu’s ruling, between 1970 and 1974, Transfagarasan (or DN7C as it is officialy called) is, at this very moment, the highest and most dramatic paved road in Romania. It’s primary role was a military one – assuring rapid access for the army in the event of an occupation.
Today is however an amazing road, called by many the best road in the world. When you get on top you find yourself at the Bâlea Lake; there is also a waterfall there too and also opportunities to spent the night, eat and of course buy souvenirs. Information on the road you can find also on Wikipedia.
The Top Gear show come to Romania in order to take a ride on the Transfagarasan. Here’s their final part of the trip where they share their opinion! This is a really must watch video !
I’ve seen this road twice. First time it was sunny – and we stopped to take pictures, enjoy the road and admire the amazing sights. The second time was in the summer of 2010, on our way to the village of Albac, the destination of our vacation! We took this drive on the 25th of June. It was funny in fact for at the beginning of the road there was a sign saying that the road is closed. Someone at a gas station told us however that it may be open. Until 1800 m altitude the weather was great. After that… we got into the clouds. At the Balea lake it was drizzle and foggy. And snow – I actually made some snow balls and threw them at my husband and at my dog ;). Of course they were not happy! Look how Maxie looks after walking outside!
We were getting cold so we were happy to find fresh boiled corn at Balea Lake! You can imagine we didn’t think twice and bought some!
All in all I truly believe Transfagarasan is the greatest driving road in the world! Transfagarasan – the road you must take at least once in a lifetime in Romania!