On the Romanian territory there are the south-eastern Carpathians, one of the three largest divisions of the Carpathian Mountains, the large central mountain chain of Europe. With their 1500 km, the Carpathian Mountains cross Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Romania and Serbia. Carpathians exceed in length the Alps (1,000km), the Dinaric Alps (800km), Stara Planina (500km) and the Pyrenees (450km). However, the Carpathians are not high mountains, 90% of their surface being situated under 1500m. From the entire chain of the Carpathians, the highest peak is Gerlachovsky, in Slovakia, which is 2655 m high. In Romania, the highest peak is Moldoveanu, with 2544 m, located in the Fagaras Massif in the Meridional Carpathians.
With a continental climate and a layered vegetation (alpine lawns on top, conifer and beech wood forests on slopes and at lower heights, the Romanian Carpathians are ideal for alpinism and hiking. And you can also benefit from the over 1500 carbon gas and bicarbonate springs that cross the Romanian Carpathians, their water being very good for health.
The mountain routes are marked depending on their difficulty degree. Do not deviate from the route and do not adventure on the mountain at night.
During the winter period, with lots of snow, observe the indications of mountain rescuers regarding the areas where snow slides can happen. Also, regardless of the period of the year you are spending your holiday in the Romanian Carpathians, take into account the warnings regarding the presence of bears.
In the Romanian Carpathians there are many resorts, located in special areas, where you can get by train or by car. There are resorts arranged for winter sports, many of them having ski paths close by, with various difficulty degrees, as well as the cable car to facilitate the tourists’ access to higher locations. But pay attention to the fact that the cable car is operating according to a strict program and that it will not be operational if strong winds are blowing, or if there are snowstorms or very dense fog.
Besides the well-known resorts where tourists can be accommodated in modern hotels or pensions offering full comfort, in the Romanian Carpathians the agrotourism began to develop quickly. Tourists can choose accommodation either in pensions that are built as mini-hotels, or in people’s homes. Agro-tourism has the advantage of being practiced in wilder areas, far from the noise of resorts. Moreover, tourists have the opportunity of tasting Romanian traditional food and of becoming familiar with the local customs, which remain “unaltered” by the tourism industry.