During summerdays, if the weather is fine, the spectacular Transfagarasan mountain road will lead us to the famous 12th century Transylvanian burgs Sibiu and Sighisoara, and to the network of Saxon villages.
Crossing the ”Alps of Transylvania” as the Fagaras mountains are sometimes called (the highest peak is 2,544 m), this scenic mountain road climbs up to 2,042 m (6,699 ft) near Balea Lake.
Transfagarasan was a strategic road planned by Nicolae Ceausescu after the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia. At that time, Romania refused to join the invasion of Czechoslovakia conducted by the other Communist countries from Warsaw Pact.
The Communist dictator had in mind a new, rapid access of the military from Bucharest to the heart of Transylvania. Nowadays we discover and enjoy this costly 90 km (56 miles) road.
Read also: Egan Bernal’s Transylvanian Secrets
In 2009, Jeremy Clarkson of British TV show Top Gear experienced this road calling it ”the best road in the world”.