Transalpina – The highest road in Romania

The highest road in Romania, reaches the altitude of 2145 m in Urdele Pass, the road crosses the Parang Mountains, part of the Carpathian Mountains.

The road connects Novaci (Gorj County) with Sebes (Alba County), with a total length of 148 km.

The name of the road comes from Latin: “Transalpina” – The country beyond the mountains, it was the named used by old maps and it was also named “The kings road”, because in 1938 King Carol II, after rebuilding it, with his entire family crossed the mountains on this road.

Although much older, higher and more beautiful than Transfagarasan is less known, because Transalpina classified as national road , it was paved only in 2009.

Transalpina was built by the Roman armies on their way to Sarmisegetusa, paved with stones by King carol II, and rehabilitated by Germans in World War II, and then forgotten by Romanian authorities.

Because was hard to access the road with normal cars and was forgotten by many years, helped to keep untouched wilderness and charm of this road. It is among the few roads on which you can reach the clouds and even above them.

Today Transalpina can be crossed during the summer period usually from the end of May until Oktober, but it depends on the wheather.


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I am working in the tourism industry for over ten years. Travel writing helped me formulate my core belief about most travel destinations. As Augustine of Hippo said: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”.

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