Retezat National Park is between Transylvania and Oltenia in RomaniaHunedoara. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful parks in Romania, and probably even Europe. It covers an area of 380 km², and around it another 710 km² of protected area. In total there are more than 100 glacier lakes. The maximum height is about 2500 m, the Peleaga height. There are also restricted areas with untouched forest.
A third of all Romanian plant species can be found here, and about 130 of them are endangered in Europe. There are also animals like wolves, bears, lynx, wildcats, otters, and badgers.
A popular access point is Cârnic, just after the village of Sălașu de Sus, near the train station Ohaba de sub Piatră. When you get off the train in Ohaba de sub Piatră you will see a poster-board with info on the park and a list of numbers to call for taxis to Cârnic. From Ohaba de sub Piatră, there is a guy with a mini van that takes people from the train station to the entrance of the park at Cârnic. However, there is no concrete information on schedule or operating season for this service, so make sure to find information on buses in the local area beforehand!Deva and Hunedoara might be good places to ask.
You don’t need a permit or to pay a fee to access the park. But if you do something against the rules, you can get fined. There is no place to leave the garbage, not even at huts, so you have to carry it with you.
The most popular way to get around is by foot. There are also routes for bikes and the like. Travelling by Jeep or ATV is not allowed and you will have to pay a fine of about €500 if you don’t respect this.
- 1 Bucura Lake (Lacul Bucura). The biggest glacier lake in Romania. It is in the Retezat Mountains.
- 1 Zănoaga Mare Lake (Lacul Zănoaga Mare).
- 1 Tăul Negru.
- 1 Lacul Ana.
- 1 Lacul Lia.
- Tăul Peleaga.