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The best ski resorts in Romania, Oradea

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added on 13th of May, 2009

Carpathian Mountains offer many places for ski, but for touring ski and extreme ski as well. Here are some of the most important ski stations that I can warmly recommend.

Straja is located in Vulcan Mountains (Meridional or Southern Carpathians), it is more like a village resort with great winter sports potential. Winter snow usually lasts until April in the area. You can get there by train traveling on the Timisoara – Simeria – Craiova route until Lupeni, where you have to switch to the chair lift. It can be reached by car as well driving along the DN66 from Petroseni to Lupeni.

Borsa (850 m alt.) resort is situated in Rodnei Mountains (Oriental or Eastern Carpathians) in Maramures County, a unique and beautiful area that has preserved its traditions and folklore. The slopes get to a 1200 – 1500 m elevation with a 50 m high natural ski jumping hill, which is unique in Europe. Early December snow here also lasts until April. You can get there taking the DN17 or DN18 road or by train until Viseu de Sus where you have to switch to the bus.

Stations in Prahova Valley, such as Poiana Brasov, Busteni, Predeal etc. are very crowded and quite expensive. There are other stations less known which are very beautiful and not that cluttered; some of these are Cavnic and Vatra Dornei in the Oriental or Eastern Carpathians. There are nice pensions everywhere, with always kind hosts and tasty traditional food.

You can practice touring ski and extreme ski in many mountains. For the first category the Apuseni, Parang, Retezat and Tarcu mountains are perfect; with 1800 – 2500 m heights these offer wild landscapes and nature in its entire splendor. Equipment and physical and technical training is very important for those who want to participate in such tours, weather can always change, winter the temperature can fall deep under 0° C and the wind might blow with 100km/h. The best setting for extreme ski is in Bucegi Mountains. Alpine valleys from here are really wild, you can ski until May or sometimes even June in the deep and shadowed valleys. There is a danger of avalanche in the middle of the winter so spring is the best season.

Fagaras Mountains, often called the Transylvanian Alps, offers possibilities for touring and extreme ski and even Heliski.


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Since its foundation in the 11th century, Oradea, the city of King Ladislaus (László) I. of Hungary, has always been a significant political and cultural point throughout the course of history. Its late 19th century name: “Paris on the River Pece” reflects beautifully how prosperous the city was by that time. Though the World Wars and the Communist Regime deteriorated the city image badly, in the past twenty years Oradea showed a fast paced development and a real upswing, so that now its old praising name starts to be heard again. The fine architecture the city center can take pride in conveys an atmosphere that... Read more »


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Brief presentation of Oradea - May 23, 2009, by bicska
An old and interesting city in the northwestern part of Romania, it played an important role throughout the country's history, as a major cultural, economical and military location. It is worth a visit because of the large number of... Read more »

Had a great time in Oradea - Jul 24, 2009, by asterix
Oradea is a really peaceful and beautiful city, a lot of old style buildings like churches and palaces (mosly Art Nouveua) in the center of it. It's interesting that, at the moment like half of the buildings are renovated and half are not,... Read more »

A few days later in Oradea - May 11, 2007, by MadSuh
It's been a few days since I last wrote about life here in Oradea. I had a busy week, partly due to the fact that my laptop had died on me and I was busy getting all programs running on the new machine. Anyhow, I am good now, so I am not... Read more »

Another trip to Oradea - May 2, 2007, by MadSuh
Another trip to Romania and another trip away from good old Ravensburg. My trip was kind of weird, usually it's a no hassle quick trip as I take the airplane from Stuttgart or Munich to fly into Budapest and then a bus is waiting for me to... Read more »

The best restaurants in Oradea - Apr 30, 2009, by erato
Oradea's medieval restaurant ‘Leonesse’, the first specifically medieval restaurant in Oradeaoffers a totally new alternative for gourmets and for those who are looking for a way to remark a special event. The two knights at the... Read more »


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