Sângeorz-Băi is an enchanting place in Transylvania, where rich culture merges with the breathtaking landscape. Whether you are looking for relaxation and outdoor activities, or you just want to explore a different culture, in Sângeorz-Băi you’re sure to find a little bit of everything. With so many tourist attractions, you’ll never get bored in this beautiful Romanian resort. Follow us as we present a few of them, below.
Rodna National Park
Located North, deep in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains, Rodna National Park offers endless possibilities, whether you’re looking for a short hiking trip or a challenging climbing experience. You can spend a lifetime discovering the diverse landscape, a piece of unspoiled heaven hidden between the spectacular peaks of the Rodna Mountains. The park encompasses a myriad of natural wonders, making it a perfect destination for those who wish to recharge from the powerful spirit of nature. A particularity of this region is its vast water supply, in the form of glacial lakes, streams and waterfalls. Spring is the perfect time to visit, when nature comes back to life, and the daffodils that cover the green pastures make for an amazing view.Details (RO only)
Cheilor Waterfall – Cormaia Valley
It’s easy to lose yourself in the serene beauty of the deepest woods. Legend has it that this pristine landscape offered protection to the Tartars and their horses in the 13th century. The curtain of roaring water that makes its way down from the mountain created the perfect hideout, a soundproof fortress hidden between the solemn peaks. The touristic route to the waterfall offers easy access through the spectacular Cormania Valley, considered to be one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Northern Romania. The waterfall is located 4 km from the Sângeorz-Băi resort.
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If you’re looking for a good trekking experience, Lake Lala is the perfect destination - the largest glacial lake in the Rodna Mountains range, located at an altitude of over 1, 800 m (5, 900 ft.). The route is challenging, so make sure you have proper equipment. Once you get there it will all be worth it. The lake is situated in the middle of a tranquil valley. It’s almost as though a piece of sapphire sky decided to rest on the soft bed of grass, guarded by the majestic Ineu peak. Camping next to the lake is also a possibility if you want to experience a magical moonlit night.
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This beautiful region offers a variety of activities for every type of tourist. So, if you’re planning a climbing trip, Ineu Peak should definitely make it on your list. Ineu Peak might not be one of the seven summits, but it is definitely a conquest. It is the second-tallest summit in the Rodna Mountains, standing at 2,279 m (7, 500 ft.). For experienced climbers the hike shouldn’t take more than one day. Make it to the peak and get a taste of infinity above the bed of clouds. On a clear day you can admire the breathtaking landscape below, the crystal clear lakes surrounded by emerald grass.
Putredu Cattle Farm, Sîngeorz-Băi
If cultural immersion is what you are looking for, then you might want to add Putredu Cattle Farm to your itinerary. Here you can experience Romanian hospitality at its best. Discover the unique culture of this region and the amazing people who make it all possible. Humble beginnings led to an expansive cattle hearding business and tourists love spending time in this atemporal realm, where only the simple things matter. Enjoy the green pastures, the crisp air and the freshest produce directly from the source. It will definitely make for an amazing experience that you will never forget!
Artistic Village ”Dosul Garciului”
Romanian sculptor, Maxim Dumitraș, had a one-of-a-kind initiative when he decided to transform his childhood home into a retreat for artists looking to escape the chaos of the city and create in the heart of nature. Rural Romania proved to be quite an inspiration for his guests. Together, they joined forces to build five other houses and expand the project. Arts merge with nature in the “artistic village” where works of art are hidden in the rural landscape. Future plans include creativity-themed camps and open access to tourists who wish to admire this unique Romanian attraction.
Sângeorz-Băi Art Museum
The agenda of the Sângeorz-Băi Art Museum is clear: capturing the Romanian spirit through art. In this one of a kind museum, utilitarian items from the past co-exist harmoniously with contemporany pieces, capturing the evolution of art in Romania, alongside the historical changes that have shaped this unique culture. The past opens up to you in this Romanian museum, a must-see for those who wish to understand the peculiarities of this culture-rich country. So, if you are looking to learn more about Romanian history and art, make sure to include this museum on your itinerary.
Liviu Rebreanu Memorial Museum
“In any journey, more important than all the scenery and natural wonders, will be the people you will meet.” – Liviu Rebreanu
Liviu Rebreanu played a big part in the shaping of Romanian literature. His groundbreaking novels target a plethora of topics, from rural life to politics, all of which document the various realities of Romanian society. The writer’s home museum in Prislop, the village where he spent the greater part of his childhood, keeps his memory alive through numerous artifacts, that narrate the storyteller’s life. The museum home was rebuilt after the original floor-plan of his childhood home and, among other things holds the author’s writing-table and his beloved coffee and tobacco.
“Dream Nest” Museum
The “Dream Nest” museum in Maieru is yet another homage brought to Romanian author Liviu Rebreanu. The history of this museum might strike you as unusual. It all started as a school project on the life and work of Liviu Rebreanu, and, with the help of the community, under the supervision of professor Sever Ursa, it grew to be an expansive collection of items that document not only the author’s existence, but also the life of the people who inhabit this region, who stood as inspiration for many of his works. Walk in the steps of Liviu Rebreanu and discover the beauty of the Romanian spirit captured in this traditional house, one of the must-see tourist attractions in Romania.
George Coșbuc Memorial Museum
“A soul in the soul of my people am I
And sing of its sorrows and joys,
For mine are your wounds and I cry
Whenever you do, drinking dry
That chalice of poison that's meant for Fate's toys.” – The Poet, George Coșbuc (translation by poemhunter.com)
George Coșbuc is a Romanian poet known for his picturesque descriptions of nature, inspired by the beauty of the surrounding landscape. The museum home is situated 15 km from Năsăud city and is located in a house that was built by the poet’s father, in 1840. The exhibition holds numerous objects that belonged to the author, from pieces of clothing to manuscripts of his works. Not only does the museum hold items that belonged to one of the most important Romanian authors, but it also offers a glimpse into the past, for a better understanding of the unique Romanian cultural identity.
Năsăud Frontier Guard Museum
If you want to find out more about the military history of this region, you should definitely include the Năsăud Frontier Guard Museum in your itinerary. Keeping this Romanian museum alive was a collective effort, but the determination of its supporters transformed it into the invaluable institution that it is today. The building that hosts the museum dates back to the 18th century and used to belong to the Romanian Army. Now it brings together books, manuscripts, drawings, coins and even utilitarian items that offer a glimpse into the past. As expected, a great part of the collection is dedicated to military history through the ages, a testament to the strong Romanian spirit.
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