Apuseni Mountains – short history and description

Location Romania is located in Eastern Europe, as one of the countries belonging to the former communist bloc up to 1989, and which now is aiming at a level of development depicted by the countries of the Western Europe. However, the wilderness of the Carpathian Mountains and the archaic lifestyle  of some of its inhabitants cast […]

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The Gold Museum from Brad

A unique collection in Europe can be found in a small building in the city of Brad. The museum in question is dedicated to the metal that brought both welfare and conflict: Gold. The collection contains 2970 pieces, out of which approximately 1300 are made of native state gold in unexpected shapes such as leaf, […]

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Padis Karst Plateau

The central element of the Apuseni Natural Park is the karst area in the northern half of the Bihor Mountains, known as Padis. Located on the territory of Pietroasa commune, it is crossed by the road DJ 763, which provides access to Beius, on a paved road (in the west), and to Huedin, on a […]

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The Girls Fair of Găina Mountain

Every year, for nearly two centuries, on the closest weekend to St. Elijah holiday (July 20th), at the top of the mountain, takes place the so-called ‘Fair of girls’ from Muntele Găina. Nowadays, this celebration has a lot of modern influences, and yet fascinating are the stories and legends about this unique event. Many tales […]

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Poiana Ponor (Sinkhole Meadow)

This small basin is one of the few pools in Romania, in which the supply and drainage of water is made only by the karst pipelines. Shaped like a lake with crystal water, the Ponor karst spring is the resurfacing point of the waters collected from Padiş lowland and other sinks. Afterwards, the 240 m […]

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Galbenei Gorges

The Galbenei Gorges are considered among the wildest of Apuseni Mountains. The water collected by the caves and karst sinkholes of Padiş Plateau resurfaces through Galbenei Karst Spring also the superior point of the gorge. In case of flooding, the karst spring can reach a debit of a couple cubic meters per second. Over a […]

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Cetăţile Ponorului (Sinkhole’s Fortresses)

  Both specialists and tourists are cataloguing this karst phenomenon as the most spectacular in Romania. The 300 m (1,000 feet) height of the walls is hard to perceive, until the eye manages to identify the pine trees suspended on the slope. The three major karst sinks, generically called Sink 1, 2 and 3, represent […]

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