"A Mountain of Trash" Top 5 Page for this destination Sinaia by antistar

Sinaia Travel Guide: 171 reviews and 577 photos

My lasting memory of Sinaia started from the moment dawn broke on my overnight train. I looked out of the window and saw a sparkling mountain river running next to the train. It splashed refreshingly through lucious grass lined banks, and sped over glossy stoned shallows.

And along with the water flowed an unbelievable stream of trash, refuse and waste. Piles of plastic bottles, tin cans and carrier bags had built up like little river islands, and used diapers clung desperately to dead tree roots. The banks were littered with detritus of all kinds.

Sinaia itself was similar. The streets were clean, and the mountainscape there was stunningly beautiful, but wherever there was a river, or steep bank of grass, you could be certain that a variety of trash would be tumbling down it.

But don't let that put you off coming to Sinaia. It's got top quality hiking and skiing, and if that doesn't take your fancy, Peles castle is worth a day trip here all by itself. You can easily waste a day, and also an entire memory card of photos.

Nestled in the crook of the Carpathian elbow, Sinaia straddles the border between Germanic Transylvania and the traditional Romanian heartland of Wallachia to the south. It's a very popular tourist resort at all times of the year, especially with local tourists.

It's small, fresh, relaxed, cool in summer and covered in snow during winter. It has tons of amenities, and while the food options aren't great, there is a wide choice of good quality hotels. You can even pick up a "casa" from one of the ladies at station, but they aren't pushy about it.

  • Last visit to Sinaia: Aug 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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    Sep 2, 2011 at 6:53 AM

    Mountains of trash, train wrecks and bad food...I am wondering if I should rethink the trip we are planning to Romania next year and go some place else. Bears are only a problem if people feed them and they get used to them, or you suprise them. I wonder if it legal to have bear pepper spray in Romania?

  • xaver's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2010 at 6:29 AM

    Nice, I heard already it's not so unusual to meet a bear in Transilvania as soon as you get away from the towns.


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