You can get a taste of what it feels like to climb the Fagaras Mountains, the highest mountains in Romania, in only one day. You can drive to Sambata de Sus, visit the beautiful monastery and then continue until the end of the forest road where you can park your car. From here you have a 2 hour hike through the forest, along the river, to Cabana Sambata, just below the top of the mountain. You can stop here, have lunch and return, or continue for 2 more hours and reach the peak.
The Transfagarasan road has been named by the Top Gear team “the best road in the world”. The asphalt ribbon climbs up to over 2,000 meters in the Fagaras mountains and is a thrilling experience. From the Balea Lake you can continue on foot on a steep hike and reach the top of the Fagaras Mountains and Capra Lake within 30 minutes. The Transfagarasan is closed between November and July due to snow falls.
Biertan & Mălăncrav
Biertan and Malancrav, two larger Saxon villages close to Sighisoara, offer probably the nicest Saxon fortified churches. The roads are good and you can reach them within 1 hour driving from Viscri. Lunch can be served in both villages, or in Sighisoara. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sighisoara is well worth a visit, although it’s becoming more and more crowded during summer. Once there, make sure you climb the covered staircase to the top of the hill and take a walk through the quiet alleys of the Saxon cemetery.
Racos, a small detour from the road to Brasov, is home to the youngest volcano in Romania. The scenery is unearthly, with the red ash covering everything. The basaltic columns and the lake in the abandoned quarry are also well worth the effort to drive the not so good roads to reach them. You can reach the area in 40 minutes by car, direction Brasov.