I give you the most thrilling, undulating, and heartattack-inducing stretch of road in, quite possibly, the whole world…
The Transfăgărășan Highway
[trans (over/across) + Făgărăș (mountain range name)]
This winding, grey ribbon was constructed between 1970 and 1974 during the rule of Nicolae Ceaușescu to ensure quick military access across the mountains in case the Soviets attempted a similar invasion to a previous one during 1921. During the construction, nearly 6 million kilograms of dynamite were used and nearly 40 soldiers lost their lives!
This weaving stretch of asphalt extends for approximately 90km and is adorned with spectacular viewpoints, flocks of careless sheep, chilling waterfalls, a sweeping cable car, and even the real Draculas castle (aka Vlad the Impaler). You may recognize the road from the British show ‘Top Gear’, when the boys took to it with three of the best cars in the world and Jeremy Clarkson quickly deemed it the ‘best road in the world’. Well, we weren’t driving an Aston Martin, but I still happily agree with his statement.
Just see for yourself…
The road reaches a height of 2,034m, where the stunning Bâlea Lake sits nestled in the top of the mountain. There are a few options along the way for lookout points, but be very careful where you pull over for a photo op. Also, mind the sheep!
And a remarkable sunset tops off an unbelievable day…
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