Everybody loves the Transfăgărășan (DN7C) road in Romania. It’s the best road in the world according to Top Gear, thanks to the many hairpin turns and S-curves. The name of the road is probably hard to pronounce for non-Romanians. But the meaning is clear: trans, across, făgărășan, the Făgărăș mountains. Easy peasy. The Transfăgărășan is also known as Ceaușescu’s Folly. That’s because dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu made the mountain crossing to connect the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia. Well, not Ceaușescu himself: at least 40 people died building this road. That’s the official number. It’s a sad story, however, the road itself is beautiful.
Dracula lives close to the Transfăgărășan
The road is ninety kilometers long (56 miles) and leads you along the most beautiful scenery over mountainous Romania. You will climb to an altitude of 2,042 meters. Together with the Transalpina it’s highest road of the country. A great tour for drivers, motorcycle users and cyclists. The Bâlea lake makes a fantastic stop. You can also find the original castle of Vlad the Impaler, better known as Dracula. Poenari Castle near Arefu is not as touristic as Bran Castle, but that’s probably the reason why it’s such a great attraction.
Beware: the Transfăgărășan is closed between October and June because of the Romanian winters.
How to reach the Transfăgărășan?
You can find the start (or end) near Pitești, in the village of Bascov, and the road ends near Sibiu.