Trasfagarasan traseu, directions,maps,photo gallery
Trasfagarasan road is build between Vidraru and DN7C , and connect the south of country with Transylvania.
The Transfagarasan road takes your breath away then this will be it and is a truly unforgettable experience. The route climbs up to an altitude of 2034 meters and links Transylvania with it’s neighbouring province Muntenia, and offer spectacular views, from the highest peak in Romania, Moldoveanu.
The Transfagarasan road it dates back to 1970.At that time the former Romanian dictator Ceausescu ordered the construction of a route which would allow their military to easily cross the mountainous area should they need to protect the borders of Romania The Transfagarasan route was then built (also known as the DN7C), to this day still one of the highest roads in Europe.
The roads can be driven either from north to south or vice versa. The route is divided by a tunnel through the mountains which is almost 890 meters long and completely unlit. On the highest level the contrast is amazing between the northern side where the view is barren and snowy, compare with the southern is lush and green and noticeably warmer. The road it has also 27 viaducts and bridges, very tight corners, and narrow roads and due to those corners and th difficulty of the road the average speed to be at 50 km / hour
On the way also can be visited the Poienari fortress, is recognized as one of the residences of Vlad Tepes (Dracula), a great fortress built in the way of the Ottoman invaders. Being situated on a mountain, the ruins are seen with a panoramic Vidraru Dam and Fagaras. To visit this city is required crossing a road with more than 1000 steps.
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The Transfagarasan practically starts from the Vidraru Dam, which is also a marvel of the “ communistic era “ this lake (dam) is builded between mountains and it is one of the biggest man made Dam in Romania
Vidraru Lake is a lake, with 465 million cubic meters of water, with a length of 10.3 km and a width of 2.2 km, thus accumulating a total area of 870 hectares and maximum depth of 155 meters. Underground power station is situated in massive Cetatuia to a depth of 104 meters and can provide annual energy production of 400 GWh.
Vidraru Lake is a reservoir lake created in 1965 on the Arges River for electricity production.
Situated between the mountains and the Massif Ghitu brow, lake gathers the waters of rivers Capra, Buda and several direct tributaries (River Lady, and Valsan Cernatul, topology, Valea lui Stan and clear), with a total flow of about 5.5 m3 / s .
The total area of the lake is 893 ha, length of 10.3 kilometers, maximum width of 2.2 km in the Wolf Valley – mantis and a circumference of 28 km.
Maximum water depth is 155 m high curved dam near 166 m with a length of 307 meters crown. Water volume is 465 million m³. The normal retention is 830.00 meters above sea level (mdM).
Vidraru dam construction took five years and a half starting in 1960 . For this achievement, it took 42 km of underground tunnels were excavated 1.768 million m3 of rock, of which about 1 million underground bands have 930,000 m3 of concrete of which 400,000 m3 underground and also were installed 6300 tonnes of electromechanical equipment.
On completion it was located, measured in height, approximately the 8th place in Europe and ranked 20th in the world.
On Lake Vidraru can practice extreme sport of bungee jumping
In an average hydrological year, Vidraru hydroelectric power plant located underground, can produce approximately 400 GWh of electricity. It has an installed capacity of 220 MW.
The town of Curtea de Arges coming to DN1 (Cartisoara village, SB), the road passing through hydropower plant to Vidraru the dam, followed by right lake is spectacular Vidraru Transfagarasan (DN7C).
Mount Plesa was famous statue of Prometheus by lightning in his hand, a symbol of electricity. Only a few hundred meters of the dam tourists can go to the House Argeseana “and the pier where the practice of leisure boat racing.
On th top of the Road, at one of the most higher altitude lies Balea Lake
Balea glacial lake which was formed in cirque, is a true wonder of nature, and lies between the river Olt valey and Piatra Craiului Mountain . Balea Lake reaches a length of 360 meters, a width of 240 meters and a depth of 11 meters and is situated at an altitude of 2034 meters. Since 1932, so the entire surface of the lake and about 180 acres around it were declared scientific reserve. It should be recalled that during 2006 and near the lake, was built first ice hotel in Eastern Europe.
Balea waterfall, another marvel of nature, is situated in the Fagaras Mountains, concerns of one of the most famous waterfalls in Romania. Balea waterfall is at an altitude of 1234 meters and the water flows from a height of 68 meters.
It is best to plan carefully when to take on this drive as it usually closes from October until June, although it’s not uncommon for it to close for some time over the summer months also due to snowfall! At times the drive can seem a little isolated and remote, so best to carry out all the checks to make sure the car is up to the challenge before you set off, and no matter what the season, warm clothing is a must. It may sound like quite a bit of planning, however once you get going you will be rewarded with one of the most amazing and unforgettable drives you can experience.
Starting 01.06.2012, the Transfagarasan Road will be oppen
Incepand cu data 01.06.2012, se redeschide circulatia pe DN 7C – Transfagarasan, pe sectorul cuprins intre Km 64+000 – 104+000, pentru autovehiculele cu MTMA mai mica de 20 tone.Traficul se va desfasura pe o singura banda cu latimea de 3,5 metri.
Official file sources :
National Company for Motorways and National Roads of Romania announced that the DN section 7C – Transfagarasan on the 104 km + 000 (Piscu Black) – km 130 + 800 (Cabana Balea Cascada) will be open to traffic since July 1, 2011
Official file sources :
http://www.cestrin.ro:8080/restrictii/restrictii/1106/Bucuresti.mht (search for DN7C Transfagarasan)
“Compania Nationala de Autostrazi si Drumuri Nationale din România a comunicat ca tronsonul DN 7C – Transfagarasan pe sectorul km 104 + 000 (Piscu Negru) – km 130 + 800 (Cabana Bâlea Cascada) va fi deschis circulatiei incepand cu 1 iulie 2011 “
Transfagarasanul este inchis partial pe sectorul de drum cuprins intre km 104 (Piscu Negru) si km 131 (Cabana Bâlea Cascada) pana la 30 iunie 2010.
DN7 – Transfagarasan va fi inchis pe perioada sezonului rece pe portiunea cuprinsa intre km 104+000 (Piscu Negru) si km 130+800 (Cabana Balea Cascada), se arata intr-un comunicat al Companiei Nationale de Autostrazi si Drumuri Nationale.
Circulatia este inchisa in conformitate cu regulamentul de functionare a drumului national DN 7C – Transfagarasan, instituit ca urmare a faptului ca in aceasta perioada conditiile meteorologice nefavorabile pot periclita siguranta circulatiei.
More pictures also here:http://www.ziare.com/articole/transfagarasan http://www.transfagarasan.net/ http://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lacul_Vidraru www.wikipedia.ro http://romaniaturistica.com/obiective-turistice/transfagarasanul.html