Borsec mineral springs area displaying the most beautiful tourist routes in Romania

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What Borsec has to do with the Palace of Parliament or with Bucharest subway stations?

Besides consistent revitalization attempts, some achieved, other ones failed, Borsec resort is unveiling a particular appeal due to its surrounding picturesque landscape and also to the 19th century-like look of its alleys and dwellings.

Photo credit: Irina Butu, Romania Journal
Photo credit: Irina Butu, Romania Journal
Photo credit: Irina Butu, Romania Journal
Photo credit: Irina Butu, Romania Journal
Photo credit: Irina Butu, Romania Journal
Photo credit: Irina Butu, Romania Journal
Photo credit: Irina Butu, Romania Journal
Photo credit: Irina Butu, Romania Journal

Located in northeastern Harghita county, in a depression at the crossroads of Giurgeului, Bistriței and Călimani mountains, the resort owes it to the mineral water resources with rich therapeutic qualities, which were famous since the 19th century. The local mineral waters have been awarded at the International Fair in Vienna in 1873, when Borsec water was named “The mineral waters’ Queen”. The waters also won the silver medal at the exhibitions in Berlin and Trieste (1876) and the honorary diploma at Paris Exhibition two years later.

The carbonated waters are rich in magnesium and calcium and are recommended for stomach, liver, kidney, endocrine diseases as well as for diabetes (internal treatments). Mineral water baths are recommended for people suffering of cardiovascular diseases.

Borsec is also a beautifully neighbored resort, the 70-ha area being known as the most important travertine deposit in the country. Several carst formations were set up here: the Stalactites’ Cave, the Bears’ Grotto and the Ice Cave. The travertine exploited here was used to adorn several institutions in Romania, including the Palace of Parliament and some subway stations in Bucharest.

Nearby attractions

The Ice Cave/Peștera de Gheață was formed in a grotto of the travertine massif and bears this name as the water infiltrations are freezing in the guise of stalactites and stalagmites which are thickening during winter and are melting down late in spring or in summer. The cave is 60 meters long but only the entrance area is available for visitors.

Photo credit: Irina Butu, Romania Journal
Photo credit: Irina Butu, Romania Journal
Photo credit: Irina Butu, Romania Journal
Photo credit: Irina Butu, Romania Journal
Photo credit: Irina Butu, Romania Journal
Photo credit: Irina Butu, Romania Journal

The Bears Grotto/Grota Urșilor is another carst formation represented by some deep galleries formed through the natural erosion of the limy rocks.

Photo credit: Irina Butu, Romania Journal
Photo credit: Irina Butu, Romania Journal
Photo credit: Irina Butu, Romania Journal
Photo credit: Irina Butu, Romania Journal

The Fairies’ Clearing/Poiana Zânelor is hosting several mineral springs upgraded as open-air pools, where people can come and drink the healing water. Belvedere points and picnic and sunbathe locations are also found here. The area is marked by guideposts written in several foreign languages manually painted on wooden panels and adorned with floral motifs typical to this region.

Photo credit: Irina Butu, Romania Journal
Photo credit: Irina Butu, Romania Journal

The Ancient Spring (Mofeta) is one of the oldest healing springs in the resort, located on the way to the Ice Cave.

Pierrre Curie Spring, 1,800 meters from the resort’s center is the spring with the most radioactive mineral water in the resort.

The Owls’ Fortress/Cetatea Bufnițelor, 2,500 meters away from the resort’s center displays the ruins of a military construction dating back during the WWI.

View from Cetatea Bufnitelor
View from Cetatea Bufnitelor

In winter, tourists can enjoy not only the view but can also sport here, as nearby the resort there is a generous ski area offering three slopes.

The ski slope at distance
The ski slope at distance

The tourist routes encompassing these attractions were dubbed as the most beautiful in Romania. The first tourist route: Spring 10-Spring 11-Fairies’ Clearing- Bears’ Grotto and back –Mofeta-Pierre Curie Spring and Owls’ Fortress to the left or the Ice Cave to the right. The second route has a romantic name: The Lovers’ Alley.

Photo credit: Irina Butu, Romania Journal
Photo credit: Irina Butu, Romania Journal

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