How does this road compare to other great roads? “We were wrong, this is better than the Stelvio, this is the best road in the world!” said Jeremy Clarkson when he was driving for Top Gear. If it’s so great to drive on it, imagine how great it is on two wheels. Also labeled “the Road to the Sky”, “the Road to the Clouds”, “the Best Driving Road in the World” and even “A spectacular Monument to Earth-Moving Megalomania” the Transfagarasan climbs, twists and descends right through Moldoveanu and Negoiu – the highest peaks in Fagaras Mountains and in Romania. This is no pass through a gap but a frontal assault, a stark and spectacular reminder of unchecked power stamping itself on an obstreperous landscape.
The Transfăgărășan was constructed between 1970 and 1974 during the rule of Nicolae Ceaușescu as a response to the 1968invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union. Ceaușescu wanted to ensure quick military access across the mountains in case of a Soviet invasion.
The road climbs to an altitude of 2,042 metres (6,699 ft), making it the second highest mountain pass in Romania after theTransalpina. It is a winding road, dotted with steep hairpin turns, long S-curves, and sharp descents. It is both an attraction and a challenge for hikers, cyclists, drivers and motorcycle enthusiasts.Due to the topography, the average speed is around 40 km/h (25 mph). The road also provides access to Bâlea Lake and Bâlea Waterfall.
How to get there : Coming from Pitesti follow DN7C towards Curtea de Arges and afterwards to Balea Lake. Coming from Sibiu or Brasov on E68, make a turn between Arpasu de Jos and Scoreiu towards DN7C , Cartiosoara.
Road conditions: the tarmac is in fair conditions, but not the best.
Altitude: From 500m to 2042m