"Hiking in the Western Carpathians" Muntii Apuseni by csabascout

Muntii Apuseni Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 33 photos

The Western Carpathians (Apuseni Mountains) are unique not only in Romania, but in the whole Europe, not necessarily due to their high peaks, but because of their wonderful lime formations with uncountable caves, Dolinas and Poljes.

Here is a contribution of Dr. Adolf Schmidl from "The Bihar Mountains at the border of Hungary and Transylvania", Vienna, in 1863:

"These are what give the Bihar mountains the greatest charm, the intercalary lime formations, although they cannot be seen from far, but the hiker can see them, their surprising beauty. If one can only admire the long courageous lines from a distance, they have the character of a monotonous crystal slate mountain range, one can take a closer look at the famous lime plates in the Galbena Valley and at other places.

If you cross only the low mountain range of Vaskoh against Dezna, you will be surprised by an incredible lime formation, that you can only find between Laibach and Triest, and if you climb quite the lime plateau between Munte and Bihar in a northeast way, then you can find all the manholes and dolinas, brooks disappearing in caves and bursting out from them again, you can only find these in the Triester Lime Mountains, all similar mountain ranges of the monarchy, they outdo them with their magnificence and fortune of the appearances.”

Now, that greatness has not disappeared, it even evolved because of detecting much more of the mountain ranges. However, everything remained unbuilt, and that brings a unique beauty with itself. (for example you can observe traditional animal breeding or lime burning).

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Unique formations in a hidden multicultural land
  • Cons:Not so good infrastructure
  • In a nutshell:More than just high peaks
  • Last visit to Muntii Apuseni: May 2005
  • Intro Written Jun 26, 2005
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