The Transfăgărășan, known as DN7C is a paved mountain road crossing the southern section of the Carpathian Mountains in Romania.
It is the second-highest paved road in the country after the Transalpina. The road starts near the village of Bascov, Argeș county and stretches 90 kilometres (56 miles) to the crossroad between DN1 and Sibiu, between the highest peaks in the country, Moldoveanu and Negoiu.
It was built in the early 1970s as a strategic military route, and connects the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia.
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. The road also provides access to Bâlea Lake and Bâlea Waterfall.
The Transfăgărășan was featured in a segment of the British TV show Top Gear, in the first episode of Series 14 (November 2009). Jeremy Clarkson, the host of the TV show at that time, proclaimed that the Transfăgărășan was “the best road in the world,” a title the presenters had previously given to the Stelvio Pass in Italy.
I invite you to be a Fairytale Traveller and visit this beauty in Romania.
Here is a selection of the best images captured by Fairytale Traveller on Transfăgărășan, starting from Bascov.