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Published on Mar 8, 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U514K... Balea Lake is one of the most visited lakes in Romania. What is it so special about it? Well, first of all, the road to Balea lake and also the landscape you can admire on that spot are amazing. The lake is also a reservation and near it, in winter, you can find the first ice hotel built in Eastern Europe. Balea Lake is a glacier lake situated at 2,034 meters of altitude in the Fagaras Mountains, in central area of Romania. The lake is accessible by car on the Transfagarasan road (an amazing awesome road crossing the Fagaras Mountains) during the summer, and the rest of the year by cable car from “Bâlea Cascadă” (Balea waterfall). I will get more specific about ways to reach this lake at the end of the article, in “When, where, how much” section.
The lake is only about 11 meters deep and 360 meters long. However, it is not a bathing attraction as the temperature of the water can rarely reach 10 degrees Celsius in summer. There are also summer days when the water temperature hardly reaches three degrees. The main reason for people to come here, especially in summer, is the great landscape surrounding this area and the amazing road to this touristic attraction. It can be a great adventure just to reach this destination. Again, I would recommend you to come here in summer by car, by bike or motorcycle.
Also, at this great altitude, you can relax after a long road up by staying a night at one of the two guesthouses here or the ice hotel (never been to any of them so I am not familiar with the services there). However, you can also experience a great feeling just by picking a rock to sit on and eat your road sandwiches with your friends while admiring the landscape or you can choose to buy something good to eat from the small market improvised by locals just near the lake. I ate there and the products were safe to eat as I never had any problems afterwards. They all look fresh. There are also restaurants at the hotels, but the prices are rather high as there are so many tourists here.