If ever in Sibiu and you have a spare day, the best option is to have a trip to the Balea Lake and Balea Waterfall and also drive on one of the most impressive roads of Romania, the Transfăgărășan.

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We went to the Balea Lake two weekends in a row in October. The first time it was full of snow everywhere, the second time the snow was gone, everything was green and the weather was warm like a nice spring day.

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The Transfagarasan, the road that takes you to the Balea Lake, climbs to 2,034 meters altitude. The most spectacular route is from the North. It is a winding road, dotted with steep hairpin turns, long S-curves, and sharp descents. The Transfăgărășan is both an attraction and a challenge for hikers, cyclists, drivers and motorcycle enthusiasts alike. Due to the topography, the average speed is around 40 km/h.

At the highest point of the Transfagarasan lies the Balea Lake, a glaciar lake in the Fagaras Mountains. We first found it frozen, but next weekend it almost gave us the impression that we could have a swim.

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On the way up to the lake, there is a sign pointing you to the Balea Waterfalls. After the parking place, you have to walk for about 30 minutes. It’s actually a hiking trail so you should have a proper equipment. Situated at about 1200m high, it has a fall of about 60m.

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At the Balea Lake there are also cabans with restaurants, where you can spend the night or enjoy a nice meal with very tasty food. Also here, during winter an ice hotel is built.

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