The salted ponds of Ocna Sibiului
Around Sibiu, in Ocna Sibiului, there's a curious place to visit: the salted ponds of a former salt mine now used for therapeutical baths by local people. The landscape and the ambiance is strange due to the ponds digged like little volcano craters.
Ocna Sibiului is a tourist resort situated at 15 Km north of Sibiu, on the valley of river Visa, in a region surrounded by oak forests and with subsoil rich in salt deposits.
With the first spa's establishments dated from 1845, the resort is well known for its heliothermic lakes created on the place of some old crashed salt mines.
Many of these lakes have a concentration of 260 g/l. Mild climate, atmosphere rich in aerosols, annual average temperature of 9 degree, and the recently renovation of strand facilities, make the resort the prime destination in the summer for thousands of tourists.
A place not far away from the...
A place not far away from the city named Ocna Sibiului. Buses drive over there daily. It's a place with lakes which have salty water. In fact the lakes are very deep, something around 60 metres. but the water is very salty and even if you don't know how to swim it will hold you at the surface of the water. It's said that this salty water is very healthy too.
You should consider that only from July to September you can wear thin clothes. In the rest of the year is pretty cool and you have to take with you warm clothes. Take your favourite anti-headache drugs with you so you don't have to stay in queque for the still few pharmacies in Sibiu. Must take your camera with you. You can buy films almost anywhere in town. Also, on the main street there are a lot of photo stores with cheap prices. No beach in this city :) But you can take your swimwear in the summer because you HAVE to go to the Salt City at Ocna Sibiului where you'll have a bath in the most salted lake in Europe.
"bazna/baassen, lutheran church"
Sibiu (Hungarian: Szeben) is a county (judeţ) of Romania, in the historical region Transylvania, with the capital city Sibiu.
In 2002, it had a population of 421,724 and the population density was 78/km².
At the 2002 census the county has the following population indices:
* Romanians - 90,6% (or 382,061)
* Hungarians - 3,6% (or 15,344)
* Romas - 4,1% (or 17,125)
* Germans - 1,6% (or 6,554)
* Other - 0,1% (or 640)
* Orthodox - 88,9%
* Greek catholics - 2,3%
* Reformed - 2,0%
* Catholics - 1,5%
* Pentecostals - 1,1%
* Baptists 0,9%
* Other - 3,3%
Urbanisation - 5th most urbanised county in Romania:
* City dwellers: 277,574 (or 65,8%)
* Village dwelers: 144,150 (or 34,2%)
Traditionally, the biggest minority in the county were Germans, but their numbers have decreased in recent history.
The south side of the county, closer to the mountains was mainly inhabited by Romanians (Mărginimea Sibiului), and the north side of the country - the Transylvanian Plateau was inhabited evenly by Germans and Romanians, but most Saxon villages are now deserted. The Roma population, mainly from southern Romania was placed close to the villages in the communist period and have since increased their numbers.
The county has 2 municipalities, 9 towns and 53 communes.
"boian/bonnesdorf, lutheran church"
The main tourist attractions in the county are:
* The city of Sibiu with its medieval fortifications and its historic centre.
* The medieval city of Mediaş.
* The medieval Saxon fortified churches and villages from Transylvania, some of them being UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
o Valea Viilor.
* The abbey of Cârţa
* The Făgăraş Mountains.
o The Bâlea Valley and the Transfăgărăşan.
o The Negoiu Peak.
* Păltiniş mountain resort and the Cindrel Mountains.
* Ocna Sibiului, Bazna and Miercurea Sibiului Spa towns.
* The Mărginimea Sibiului rural area.
park of brukenthal castle
Ocna Sibiului - the deepest/saltiest lake
Cazare la Ocna Sibiului
Daca sunteti si sibieni prin preajma, poate stiti ce posibilitati de cazare sunt la Ocna, eventual un nr. de telefon pentru o rezervare.
Romania in 15 days
hi there, i was wondering if the following travel idea is realistic to do in 15 days(i am mostly concerned about the actual time travelling from thye one to the other location: is it for example possible to travel to the one town from the other withiin one day or are ther connections that cannot be made in one day so that you have to take an extra day for a particular place etc) so, I thought it would be possible to do the following
-Bukarest 2 days
-sianai 1 day
-brasov 2 days
-bran and rasnov 1 day
biertan 1 day
sighisoara 1 day
-sibiu 1 day
-faragas mountains 2 days
cluj 1 day
maramuras 1 day
so i think (including time to tavel) it must be possible: or are ther connections with public transport that make it really impossible to travel around that quickly?
Re: Romania in 15 days
It is possible only that you will be so tired after. You can check for trains at http://www.cfr.ro/default_engleza.htm.There are also local minibuses for some destinations.
I don’t know anything about ‘biertan’ .
Re: Romania in 15 days
I made almost the same trip but in the opposite direction and had only 11 days. So I think it is possible very well, most trips that you planned take only a few hours by train.
Maybe 1 day for each town is a little too optimistic. For me 1 day was really too short for Sibiu (town, open-airmuseum, surrounding villages) and for Sinaia (I went there hiking in the mountains and stayed in a mountainhut for the night).
Just beware that some train connections are only once or a few times a day. I had problems with getting from Maramures to Cluj, because the only train that went each day was cancelled on the day that I wanted to make the trip.
I wish you a wonderful time in Romania!
Re: Romania in 15 days
allow yourself an extra day for Sibiu (you could make a short trip to Ocna Sibiului - about 18 km far - there are salt lakes there where you could have an enjoyable time if your journey will be on summer).
Go to a railway agency (in Bucharest, if your journey starts from there) and ank about a ciurcuit ticket that includes all these places (this way you will save a lot of money).
Have a nice trip,
Stuck on Day 5 - Help!
It looks like the Sibiu area has so much to see! After starting the day in Sighisoara and all it has to offer and the rest of the day in the Sibiu area, it seems a shame to hustle off across the gorge to Ramnica Valcea the next day, see it and try to see Cartea de Arges, Campulung and Rucar.
Is there really that much to do in Sibiu to warrant a whole extra day?
The guesthouses are lovely and 11 Euro seems comfortable, so I wouldn't mind another overnight if it's worth the stay.
Thanks again y'all,
Re: Stuck on Day 5 - Help!
The old centre in Sibiu can keep you busy for a few hours, however I would not miss the rural area in Sibiel - Fantanele - Salistea Sibiului area, as well as the great Astra Folk Technology Museum hosted by Dumbrava Forest a few kilometers off the city. All in all, as you have a car, these can keep you busy for a day. If you have more time, I would recommend driving up the Cindrel Mountain to Paltinis Resort, a nice small resort hosting an interesting convent and from where an easy path starts towards Cindrel Peak, providing pleasant views and a quiet break from the large city.
Re: Re: Stuck on Day 5 - Help!
The way I see it, if you start the day in Sighisoara and you'll visit the fortress from let's say 10 until 13 hours, then you might head to Sibiu and have the meal there (I personally didn't find a true good place to eat in Sighisoara). Then you will have some hours until evening to see Sibiu (the lower and the upper city, to walk the pedestrian street, to see the wall and the former gates and towers of the city, the liars bridge, the white tower and the evanghelical church - climb into the tower(!), visit the big and gorgeous cathedral in Sibiu, check the Sub Arini park). I don't know if you can squeeze all those in some hours, but if you can you will definitely will not have time to visit the surrounding area, like the must do visit to Astra Civilization Museum, maybe the zoo, and then the rural area like Sibiel, Salistea, or better a quick trip to Ocna Sibiului to see the saltiest lakes. Paltinis is quite far, though it's scenic, but it will cost you two or three hours.
Re: Re: Stuck on Day 5 - Help!
Whew! I appreciate the help there. I'm definintely staying the extra day and seeing the surrounding area.
OK, now what about Ramnicu Valcea...Nevermind. I'll post a new question on a different thread.
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