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Hike around Balea Lake, drive the Transfagarasan Highway

Transfagarasan Highway

– Drive the winding Transfagarsan Highway
– across Fagaras Mnt at over 2000 meters high
– Follow Dracula’s steps at Poienari / Arefu Fortress
– Easy Hike in Fagaras Mountain

Cultural – Guided
Duration: ~10h

Choose the Easy Hike Option


Transfagarasan Highway
Transfagarasan Highway
  • visit Poienari Castle: the Real Dracula’s Castle
  • drive on Transfagarasan Highway
  • admire the beauty of Balea Lake area: a glacier lake over 2000 meters altitude



Brasov – Transfagarasan Highway – Balea Lake – Easy hike – Poienari (temporary closed) – Brasov

Choose the Easy Hike Option


Daily: from 1 July – 31 Oct
depending on snow level, the road might be opened from early June; check with us for up to date information.
The Transfagarasan road is closed due to the snow level between November and mid-June.

The alternative Day Tour to the Balea Ice Hotel is available for visit
From Mid-January to ~15 April (depending on weather).


at 8:00am in front of the Information Center in the Old City Center, Piata Sfatului.


  • Transfer;
  • English speaking guide.
  • Entrance tickets at tourist sites;
  • Hotel pick Up.


  • any meal;
  • gratuities or gifts
  • Optional: 10 euro/person for the optional extension to visit Poienari Fortress.


Choose the Easy Hike Option

Transfagarasan Highway and Balea Lake
Transfagarasan Highway and Balea Lake

08:30 – Early departure from Brasov. As it is a long drive so we can return on time.

This round trip takes you on one of the most beautiful mountain highways. cutting across the Fagaras Mountain. The road passes by Balea glaciar Lake at 2035 m, then through a 700 meters tunnel to the southern part of the mountain. The road was built in the communist time of Ceausescu, using the Romanian Army, as a strategic military road across the Carpathians. Now is a tourist highlight as the stunning mountain views on both sides are filling your heart and mind with a lot of energy. There are chances to spot chamois – the wild mountain goat.

Transfagarasan Highway was mentioned and appreciated in TopGear TV show as one of the best mountain highways to drive on.

13:00 – We will make a stop at the top of the mountain pass for a relaxing drink and to admire the mountain ridge and take lots of pictures. Here you can find traditional snack sold by locals at small booths, but also we can serve a well prepared trout from the mountain lake at Balea Lake Hut with a nice panoramic terrace.

ENJOY a great walk around the lake, up tot the ridge for a spectacular panoramic view above the whole Balea Valey. From the ridge you can also admire in a distance, the Moldoveanu Peak, – the highest peak in Romania.

15:00 – Driving down on the other side of the mountain, we will reach the large Vidraru Lake and we will go across the dam. Shortly we will reach the Real Dracula’s Castle at Poienari / Arefu. There are ~1500 steps to reach it. A good 20 minutes easy climb will get us to the old ruined castle overlooking the whole valley. Return to the vehicle and continue driving back to Brasov.

18:30 – arrival in Brasov. The return time is delayed if you will choose the hiking option.