The city of Orsova – the place where magic happens

The beautiful city of Orsova can be found on the Danube shore and delights its tourists with a unique panorama. It is part of the Mehedinti district and ​​stretches along the Orsova Bay. It has a seafront near to the lake which is perfect for walks and jogging.

Orsova city is old and new in the same time. In 1970, after the opening of Portile de Fier I Lake the abode of the old town was flooded. Population was moved in a new place that includes Danube and Cerna terraces and the southern slope Almaj. The new city was built between 1966 and 1971 and incorporates the villages of Jupalnic, Tufari and Coramnic. In the Geto-Dacian times this city was known with the name Dierna. Archaeological discoveries – a dacian hoard of silver and Dacian pottery fragments are clear testimonials of Dacian population living in this place. This city was for the first time mentioned in Gesta Hungarorum with the name Urscia. From the 16th century the fortress and the city fall under Turkish rule.

In 1768 Orsova becomes Border garrison headquarters of Austrian Empire. This border garrison is destroyed by Tudor Vladimirescu by some circumstances between Romanians and Austrians. Started form the 1919 Orsova city becomes a component of Romanian Kingdom and was declared a city in 1923.

Close to the city of Orsova travelers can discover The Natural Reserve Cazanele Mari and Cazanele Mici. The Small Boilers (in Romanian: Cazanele Mici) can be seen normally staying on the ground but The Big Boilers can be visited only by a water trip. Here tourists can go with a cruise or a boat. Fascinating Danube offers unique memories here at The Big Boilers (in Romanian: Cazanele Mari). Visitors can see how Danube meets the mountains.

Danube proves a spectacular view to Clisurii Mountains and its massifs Ciucasul Mic (313 meters) and Ciucasul Mare (318 meters).

Orsova is a small and tranquil city with kind people. Don’t miss the road with the boat on Danube River, because Danube sceneries let unforgettable memories.


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