Transalpina, an official trademark
Transalpina alpine road, also known as the “King’s Road” or the “Devil’s Path” is trademark from now on. An organization of the lodge keepers in Ranca filed the request to have the Transalpine as trademark at OSIM (the State Office for Inventions and Trademarks) and from now on no one can use the Transalpina name without their consent.
The leader of the organization argues that he registered the trademark for a better promotion of the region. The Transalpina is the highest road in the country and the main attraction in Ranca.
The trademark has a protection time of ten years, with the law allowing a renewal of the period.
The Transalpina or DN67C located in the Parang Mountains is one of the highest roads of the Carpathians, linking Novaci, south of Parang, to Sebes in the north.
The road was reportedly built under King Carol II during the WWII by German troops and that’s why locals used to call it The King’s Road. A legend says that communist dictator Ceausescu had Transfagarasan Road built just to outrank Transalpina.
In 2009 the alpine road was completely paved and fully opened to traffic in 2012.
The road has its highest point at the Urdele Pass, where the elevation is 2,145m above sea level. Given the high altitude, the road is closed during the cold months of the year. Works began in 2007 in order to transform this spectacular road into a modern highway (148 km), allowing a rapid transit between Oltenia and Transylvania.
Located in the Parâng Mountains group, in the Southern Carpathians of Romania, it’s one of the most spectacular roads of the Carpathian Mountains.
This road is closed during winter but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. “A person wanting to experience the Transalpina in all its splendor should plan for an mid-to-late fall trip. During this time, the deciduous trees will see their leaves change color, creating an unbelievable backdrop with tons of different shades of green, orange, yellow, red, and brown,” according to dangerousroads.org.
Ranca, a newly developed resort, is located towards the south end of the Transalpina road, being a more and more popular ski destination in Romania during winter, but also a fine, appealing mountain resort during other seasons.