Mountain road (the Transfăgărășan)
Want to be amazed? Have a drive on the Transfăgărășan (Romania).
Here are some facts about it (via Wikipedia):
- The Transfăgărășan was constructed between 1970 and 1974 during the rule of Nicolae Ceaușescu as a response to the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union. Ceaușescu wanted to ensure quick military access across the mountains in case of a Soviet invasion.
- The road climbs to an altitude of 2,042 metres (6,699 ft), making it the second highest mountain pass in Romania after the Transalpina. It is a winding road, dotted with steep hairpin turns, long S-curves, and sharp descents. It is both an attraction and a challenge for hikers, cyclists, drivers and motorcycle enthusiasts. Due to the topography, the average speed is around 40 km/h (25 mph). The road also provides access to Bâlea Lake and Bâlea Waterfall.
- The Transfăgărășan was featured in a segment of the British TV show Top Gear, in the first episode of Series 14 (November 2009). Host Jeremy Clarkson proclaimed that the Transfăgărășan was “the best road in the world”.
We drove here for the first time last summer, in August. Even having heard all the impressions about the Transfăgărășan, the experience was breath taking and totally worth it.
I definitely recommend you to visit Romania and drive on the Transfăgărășan! 😉
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