Stay Authentic ! Unique accommodations in Romania
A number of century-old manor houses and residences, as well as unique hotels that stand out due to their long and interesting history, beautiful architecture, unique/ traditional decorations, modern design, rooms with spectacular view, character and great value are presented in our section dedicated to distinctive, authentic accommodations in Romania.
Narrow Gauge Train Trips in Maramures – Romania
The narrow-gauge railway and the steam powered locomotives (Mocanita) in Viseu de Sus are one of the most remarkable railway heritage attractions in Romania and in Eastern Europe. It is the only remaining, working narrow gauge forestry railway of many that were constructed -in 1932 – to transport timber from the vast, remote forests of the Carpathian Mountains and their foothills.
Starting from Viseu de Sus – a small logging town in Maramures – the railway climbs the beautiful roadless Vaser valley for 31 miles, deep into the forests of the Maramures mountains to the tiny hamlet of Coman. Today, four steam-powered locomotives (the oldest one was built in 1910) are transporting logs, down, and lumberjacks and visitors up and down the valley.
The train is the only access to settlements up the valley, other than on foot. During the relaxing journey, travelers can enjoy the views of woodland and rushing rivers. After a picnic and / or a walk in the forest while the train is loaded at the terminus travelers will return to Viseu de Sus. On the trip back in the afternoon, the engine driver whistles for brakemen to stop the train – sometimes for passengers, or even to pick mushrooms.
The local people are friendly with fascinating stories to tell. In short, this is a remarkable survival from an earlier age, well worth a visit, and one that will benefit from more tourist traffic in its efforts to survive in this fast modern age (not that speed and modernity have penetrated far into the Maramures region).
The train operates:
May through June: selected weekdays and weekend
July through Mid-September: daily
Mid-September through beginning of November: selected weekdays and weekend
March, April, December, January: selected dates
Transylvania on 40 Wheels
A Journey through the heart of Romania.
Transylvania Train will take you to a journey through the hills, forests and villages of Southern Transylvania,
filled with the land’s tales, foods and crafts.
Once a year, the Romanian Railway Company,
in cooperation with Globe 365 and Free – Spirit Romania,
offers a unique opportunity to discover and experience the culture and traditions
of Romania’s best known region: Transylvania,
on-board of the five-car “Transylvania Train” with a crew of 30.
Transylvania Train 4-day itinerary includes stops in
Braşov – Saschiz – Sighişoara – Mediaş – Alba Iulia – Sebeş – Sibiu – Făgărăş – Braşov.
2021 train tour Itinerary, schedule and highlights: