Piatra Craiului National Park, Transylvania, Romania
> A 25km long, high-altitude ridge: one of the best sights of Carpathians.
> Highest peak, La Om, is 2.244m; another 6 peaks over 2.000m.
> Dambovicioarei Gorges and Dambovicioarei Cave.
> Rich in wild animals: bear, wolf, lynx, chamois.
> Charming traditional mountain villages.
The natural park belongs to the Trannsylvanian Alps and is located in the south-eastern corner of Transylvania, 40km away from Brasov, close to the town Zarnesti.
About Piatra Craiului National Park, Transylvania
Half an hour from Brasov, the natural park (12sq km) is a heaven for large carnivores, as well as for those who want to completely break away from civilization.
The Piatra Craiului Mountains are a mountain range in the Southern Carpathians in Romania. In Romanian "Piatra Craiului" means "Rock of the King". The Piatra Craiului mountains form a narrow and saw-like ridge, which is about 25 km long. The highest elevation in the massif is the "Vârful La Om" with 2238 m. The two-day north–south ridge trail is both challenging and rewarding. Starting at either Plaiul Foii in the north-west or Curmătura in the north-east, walkers climb up to the ridge while the descent at the southern end leads into a karst landscape of deep gorges and pitted slopes where water penetrating the rock has carved a series of caves.
Zarnesti, a town 28km from Brasov is the most important town for visiting the national park. From there, an 11 km long road makes the connection with the comfortable chalet "Plaiul Foii", which is a good starting point for climbing the ridge.
Places to visit in Piatra Craiului National Park, Romania
...the whole range is included in the 148km² national park Piatra Craiului, established in 1938. The reservation hosts a third of the number of all plant species found in Romania as well as 110 birds species, chamois and other large herbivores and also many large carnivores like wolves, brown bears, lynx. Lots of chalets dot the alpine landscape.The villages
...the traditional villages Măgura, Peştera, Ciocanu, and Şirnea are also interesting starting points and for getting in touch with the traditional Romanian way of life.The Dambovicioarei gorges
...several impressive waterfalls and over 50 caves; among them, Dambovicioara Cave, half a kilometer long, the longest in the area.