We got up early in the morning, we shared breakfast and started hiking again. Voytek and Christian decided to go swimming in the frozen lake a bit down, while I wanted to go to the top. So we said our goodbyes and split up.
After visiting some cities I thought about hiking the highest mountain of Romania: the Moldoveanu in the Făgăraș mountain range. At 2544 meter, it was a bit lower than the Triglav in Slovenia.
In Turda they turned a used salt mine into a spectacular tourist attraction. The mines were first mentioned in the Middle Ages and salt was being mined until 1932. The mines are now used for halotherapy, an alternative treatment for asthma, and as a tourist attraction.
A rainy evening in Cluj-Napoca:
The second day of hiking, I went to one of the top sights of Maramureș: the old wooden churches.
After visiting the Merry Cemetery and staying at the small Săpânța village, I wanted to enjoy the nature side of Maramureș as well and I decided to go hiking in the hillside.
The Maramures region is characterized by wood: houses made of wood, wooden gates of several hundred years old, wooden churches from the fourteenth century and wooden headstones.
From Oradea I continued further in Romania to Cluj-Napoca, the cultural capital of Transylvania, where I stayed with a friend of Bea for a couple of days. Before going more south and east I wanted to explore the beautiful Maramures region in the north of Romania.
After taking public transport in Hungary I picked up hitchhiking again from Debrecen, Hungary, to Oradea, Romania.