Offers for half-day tour in Szeklerland
Zete nature trail – a 100 meters
Along the 3-5 km long walk you can get to know local history sights and nature values along the Upper- Big Küküllő River’s region.
At the same time you can explore the region’s tourist attractions, the rocks, flora and fauna.
Tour to the top of the Madarasi-Hargita Mountain. – 20 km
The Madarasi-Hargita Mountain is the “sacred mountain” of the Szeklers. From the top of the Mountain, at 1801 m you can almost see the entire Szeklerland, the Transylvanian basin, and when the weather is clear the Făgăraș Mountains. It is Szeklerland’s most popular skiing center.
All together there is a length of 4.5 km of ski slopes, at 1500-1760 m above sea level. The ski center is covered with snow from the middle of December to the middle of April, but if the weather is favorable, the season can last to the middle of May. • Ski slope
Barajul Zetea – Storage lake from Zetea (Zeteváralja) – 4 km
It is the only artificial lake of the upper section of the river Nagy Küküllő (Târnava Mare). Its length is 2.6 km, its width is 400-800 meter, and its capacity is almost 50 million cubic meters.
What the fisher mostly can expect are: crucian, pike-perch, bream and trout. The fishing of nose-carps needs a little bit of familiarity with the place, but coming across shoals, you can catch a fairly large specimen.
There is less chance for catching pikes, since for the time being the fish stock is young, and carps are almost impossible to catch during day time, and fishing at night is prohibited.
The riding school in Izvoare (Ivó)
It provides a wide range of services when it comes to horse riding. They offer cross-country ride, teaching, with Iceland horses for every age-group./p>
Székelyvarság (Vărșag) – 10 km
During your stay you can visit the biggest dispersed settlement in the country, which is situated at the South side of the Gurghiu Mountains (Munții Gurghiu), which are volcanic mountains, 1000 meters above sea level. An inexhaustible mine of folk arts - traditions and folklore.
In its vicinity according to the season you can peak raspberry, blackberry, strawberry and many types of mushrooms. And there are many trout in its fast flowing streams.
The animal park in Izvoare (Ivó) village – 10 km
It is situated on a wooden territory of 320 hectares; it is crossed by streams, and surrounded by mountains. In this magical environment, deer, mouflon, and wild boar can be found.
Day trip offers for Szeklerland:
Odorheiu Secuiesc (Székelyudvarhely) – 16 km
It is the mother city of Székely land and it is growing rapidly in the heart of Transylvania, and despite the hardships it has preserved its Hungarian nationality the most. In the town centre proudly stands the iron statue of Iron Szekler or the “Vasszékely”, the symbol of the prevailing Szekler soldier, embodying survival, perseverance and strong will.
The sepulchral monument of Orbán Balázs, a series of Szekler gates – 20 km
The writer, who is called as the greatest Szekler, scholar, polyhistor, was buried at Szejkefürdő (Băile Seiche) bath.
The visitors who come to pay their reverence, can walk to the tomb and wooden headboards under the Szekler gates, and see them monument on which a bronze relief preserves the features of the baron, who had an adventurous life.
The Tamási Áron memorial in Farkaslaka (Lupeni) - 27 km
Tamási Áron (1897–1966) Szekler writer, is one of the major figures in 20th century Hungarian literature.
From his Short stories and novels the most famous is the Ábel Trilogy. His style is characterized by a series of turn of speeches and metaphorical mode of expression in the Szekler dialect; his works are permeated by Szekler mentality.
A common saying from him: "We are in the world to be at home somewhere in it."
According to the epitaph on his grave it is said: “He was Szekler in his trunk, son of Hunnia (the land of the Huns. A loyal servant to his disintegrated century.)”
The fair from Corund (Korond) - 43 km
Famous for its ceramic pottery, it is Salt-Region’s most famous location; it is an arts-and-crafts centre, tourist centre and cultural centre. It is well-known for its Flee market alongside the whole village, where the visitor can choose from: ceramics, woollen products, rush-mat and straw-mat, wooden tools, articles for personal use and knick-knackery (ornaments).
Teleki József wrote about Korond village: “Every man here is or a potter or a shingle maker.” Road notes, 1799
The Salt mine from Praid (Parajd) – 53 km
Parajd is the centre of the Salt-region, it is one of the most important Salt Mines of Europe and within it the Carpathian Basin. It is a true tourist attraction. The chambers from which once they extracted the salt were transformed to serve for healing and as a tourist attraction. The visitor can heal and have fun at the same time because in the mine there is a soccer pitch, playground with wooden toys, a few shops and a climbing wall.
In the salt mine there is also an oecumenical chapel, which is unique at a worldly level, where not just religious services and masses are being held but concerts also.
• Wellness and thermal spa.
Sovata and the Bear Lake (Lacul Ursu) – 62 km
The city is famous for its salt lakes, and salt rocks. The Bear Lake is the world’s biggest helio-thermal lake. Its shape is similar to a bearskin’s; this is where its name comes from.
The fresh water from the inpouring streams forms a thin layer on the surface of the lake; this lets through the rays of the sun which after that heat up the deeper water-layers rich in salt, thus its temperature rises downwards from its surface. In summer the temperature of the surface of the Bear Lake reaches 40 °C grades.• Ski slope
• Thermal spa
Day trip offers from Şumuleu Ciuc (Csíksomlyó) to Szent Anna lake
Homoródfürdő (Băile Homorod) – 25 km
The settlement is famous for its picturesque environment and mineral water springs. The water of the 12 springs is good for drinking cure treatment, a therapy for heart and vascular diseases, high blood pressure, and for the digestive system.
• Wellness and Thermal spa
• Ski slope
The Franciscan monastery and place for pilgrimage from Şumuleu Ciuc (Csíksomlyó) – 60 km
From year to year, hundreds of thousands of people go there on a pilgrimage from the whole Carpathian Basin, and from many places of the World. The monastery was built by Franciscan monks between 1442 an 1448. Its most valuable object is the Virgin Marie statue made from lime tree in the Renaissance style, between 1510 and 1515. With its 2.27 m height it is the biggest known statue in the World.
Near the monastery there is the spring of Şumuleu with mineral water, consumed by many till this day.
• Wellness and Thermal spa
• Ski slope
Hargitafürdő – Harghita-Băi - 48 km
Harghita-Băi is a mountain winter resort, the ski paradise of the people from the region; it has become known for its fresh air and surrounding pine forests. There can be found many mineral water springs on the settlement, and Mofettas, these made the location “The pearl of Transyvania”. In the winter of 2013 the Wellness centre of Tusnádfürdő was opened, with thermal water, where visitors can relax in pools of different sizes, with different temperature medicinal (mineral) waters.
• Wellness and Thermal spa
• Ski slope
Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc)– 60 km
It is one of the coldest places in the Carpathian Basin. As the residence town of Hargita county, it has an important role in the cultural life and economy of the county.
On an international level Csíksomlyó, as the part of the city, has become known as the biggest pilgrimage scene for the Hungarian people. The oldest architectural sight of Csíkszereda, the Mikó castle, is still intact, and today it is the home of the Museum from Csíkszereda. The Museum has an important role in the cultural life of the city; it is worth visiting because of its seasonal and permanent exhibitions.
The baths of Zsögöd and Szereda have been the popular baths of the city from the Middle Ages up to now.
A Szent Anna-tó és a Mohos-tőzegláp (in Romanian Tinovul Mohoş)
–The lake of Saint Anne and the Mohos peat-bog - 112 km
The unique natural wonder of Central Europe is situated at an altitude of 1050 m above sea level. The lake formed on the bottom of a volcanic crater is surrounded by mountain peaks overgrown with forests. It has no any other water source than rainwater and melted snow; apart from this, its water is crystal-clear. On the clearing in the north there is a chapel.
The irregular shaped Mohos peat-bog, was formed nearly at the same time as the crater of Saint Anne’ lake. Since then it has worn out, and today only small ponds indicate the former lake that was in its place, which basic area was 4 times bigger than the area of the lake of Saint Anne. As a result of the slow recession lasting for thousands of years the lake gradually became swampy, and has become an alpine fen, its surface is covered with varied tundra (vegetation) flora. On the territory of the peat-bog, many open water surfaces and plant rarities can be found. In the Mohos (Mossy) Nature Conservation area grows Romania’s only meat eating plant the Drosera rotundifolia.
Day trip offers for the Bicaz Gorge in Hungarian Békás-szoros (Cheile Bicazului)
Gyergyószentmiklós (Gheorgheni) – 45 km
Perhaps the city with the coldest climate in Romania, which has the most beautifully landscaped town centre in the country. The life of the Szekler small town is greatly determined by Armenian culture and architecture.
• Ski slope
Lacul Roșu, in Hungarian: Gyilkos-tó – "Killer Lake" – 70 km
One of the well-known and most visited natural rarities of Székely land, the “barricated” lake’s biggest depth is 11 meter. It was formed in 1837, after the accumulated clayey soil regolith by the side of the Gyilkos-kő, Gyilkos stone (1378 m) slid down into the valley as the result of great raining, and blocked the flow of many streams. The pine tree stumps of the valley (are visible) stand out from the lake even today. It was named after the rock rising above it, but people still don’t know whether that the name was given after a murder or because of the dangerous paths leading up the mountain.
Its name in Romanian - Lacul Roșu (meaning Red lake, Red Rock lake) – referring to the fact that the stream deposit of the Red Rock stream many times colours the water of the lake to rusty-red. It is one of the most picturesque lakes of the Carpathian Mountains, which is surrounded by peaks of cliffs higher than 1000 m.
Bicaz Gorge (Romanian: Cheile Bicazului, Hungarian: Békás-szoros) – 40 km
With its 200-300 m high cliffs the Bicaz Gorge is one of Europe’s natural rarities, the paradise of alpinists. Ravine valley with a tectonic origin, which can be found at the foot of the Csalhó Mountain, and where the Békás stream and Aranyos-Beszterce rivers meet is part of the Nagyhagymás (Cheile Bicazului - Hășmaș) National Park.
The Bicaz Gorge has three parts: the Gate of Hell, the Limbo and the Throat of Hell. Only here can be found the spotted locoweed (“békási csűdfű”), ( Astragalus pseudopurpureus) and stone-string (“kőhúr”) part of the pink family and a rarity plant edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum) can also be found in this region. The Oltárkő (1154 m) is the cliff of the Bicaz Gorge that strikes the eye the most – it stands above the whole ravine valley and there are leading rock-climbing paths to its peak, which offers a magnificent view. The only known big cave of the Gorge the 28 meter long and 26 meter wide is the Snow-flower Cave (Hóvirág -barlang)
The Súgó-Stalicite cave, Súgó-csepkőbarlang (Peștera Șugău) – 51 km
The Súgó-Stalicite cave from Tekerőpatak is a tourist, natural rarity. It is situated to 13 km from Gyergyószentmiklós. The mapped passages have a length of more than 1 km; however, visitors walk in only a few hundreds of meters.
Day trip offers for the Region of the Kis-Küküllő river
Cristuru Secuiesc - Székelykeresztúr, The pear tree of Petőfi Sándor – 45 km
Székelykeresztúr is a small town; it keeps faithfully the memory of Petőfi Sándor. The poet of the war of independence spent the last night of his life in the country-house of Gyárfás, and in the next morning he went to the fatal battle of Fehéregyháza.
In the garden of the country-house there is a pear tree, in which place there was the “Pear tree of Petőfi“. According to the legend he recited his poem entitled „Egy gondolat bánt engemet” – One thought torments me, before going to battle.
„Haldoklik az öreg tanú, Petőfi vén körtefája. Azt beszélik, ő látta volt verset írni utoljára.”
The old witness is dying, Petőfi’s Pear tree, they say, it was the last to see him writing a poem. (Kányádi Sándor)
Bözödújfalu (in Romanian: Bezidu Nou) – 45 km
This is a representative scene of the village-destroying tyranny. In the place of the lake stood the village Bözödújfalu which was flooded and by now there remained only a few buildings in a partly ruined state from the settlement. In June of 2014 even the remaining visible steeple sunk, and it became disintegrated together with the village.
The Unitarian castle-church or fortified church of Székelyderzs – 36 km
Is a treasure of the UNESCO world heritage, a well-known place of pilgrimage of the Carpathian Basin. Besides the monumental architectural sight, it is a living heritage one of a kind in this World, the runic monument, and pictures on the walls dating back to the 15th century, can arouse the interest of tourists. It is more than a 200-year old tradition, that the inhabitants of the village, store lards, sausages and smoke-dried meat in the castle-church.
All this with the many habits around it count as a unique spectacle in the world.
Segesvár - Sighișoara – 66 km
The construction of the city was started in the 12th century by Saxons colonized here by the Hungarian kings, and later on it became their headquarters. Transylvania’s most beautiful castle-neighbourhood, populated to this day, is situated in the historical inner town and it is surrounded by castle walls. One of the well-known sights is the roofed flight of stairs made of wood in 1642 consisting of 172 steps, which leads from the main square to the Castle hill.