Băile Tușnad

Tusnad Spa is one of the great health spas and mountain resorts of Romania, at the same time, one of its smallest towns as well. Its subalpine climate and clear air rich in negative aerosols and ions are sure to place this pleasant resort town on the tourist trail.

”Tusnádfürdő, as the place was later called, served for centuries the healing of the old and sick. Even today, visitors come from faraway lands, looking for respite and remedy for their ailment and problems.”

Porumbenii Mari

Its Reformed church was built during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries in a transitionary style. Its notable artifacts are: the sanctuary, the doorframe of the vestry, the foundation wall of the ossarium, remains of medieval frescoes dating from the fourteenth century and the boarded ceiling from 1789. The Lake of Rac is a
natural park.

„Close to Nagygalambfalva, in the place of Crab’s Lake, there used to be house. A wealthy but wicked spinster used to live there, Mrs. Crab, with her ugly daughter and beautiful step-daughter. The days came and passed, and the step-daughter got sadder by the day. Her life got harder and more hopeless every day and she had no one to share her suffering with. She cried more and more, her tears streaming down day and night. This is how Crab’s Lake emerged.”

Lacul Sfânta Ana

St. Ann Lake is the only large volcanic lake in Europe that is sitting on an intact crater. The area is a natural reservation. The lake and the Ciomatul Mountain are mentioned in documents as early as 1349. Twice a year, on Ann’s name day and on the Day of Our Lady, a service used to be held in the small chapel on the lake.

”Anna stayed at the lake. She built a small chapel and prayed to God there till the end of her life for having saved her and her companions from a shameful end. She was sainted in her lifetime, and the lake was named after her, while the small chapel is a site of pilgrimage today.”

Satu Mare

The village is homeland to the legendary stooped Szekler gates that count. Of special value are fourteen gates that have survived from before the turn of the century (1900). Caves carved into the conglomerate rock can be observed at the place called ”Kőlik”.

”The Szeklers of Máréfalva retreated to the caves in the nearby Outlook Mountain from the Tartar hoard.”

Harghita-Băi

Harghita Spa is an alpine spa best known for its kaolinite mine but also for its mineral waters, its pleasant alpine climate and mofettes . The two sulfuric mofettes and mineral waters of different composition offer the possibility of various internal and external treatments.

”In ancient times, when there were no human beings walked these lands, giants roamed the Csik basin. They all lived in peace and never fought since big as they might have been, there was plenty of land for all to live peacefully side by side.”

Dealu

Dealu is a typical subalpine settlement at the southern feet of Lookout Hill (1009 m). The main attraction of the village is the Fort of Mak, along with two ancient settlements dating from the Wietenberg culture, with ceramics from the second half of the Bronze Age. The fort and its surroundings are an archaeological site today.

”The tree of Michael Fijér is guarding the place. If the wind rustles its leaves, they whisper legends of immortal Szekler heroes.”

Corund

Traditionally, pottery, ceramics, wood processing, straw and bulrush processing, wool and tinder processing have been the bread and butter of the villagers. Archaeological findings show that humans inhabited this area since ancient times. Prehistoric gold coins have been excavated at the Firtos hill.

”The stone, with a big hole in the middle where the fairies poked the iron pole through, is still to be found in the waters of Korond.”

Vărşag

It is the biggest scattered settlement in the county. The Fort of Tartód, atop Fort Hill (845m), was built in the eleventh century, but was abandoned in the thirteenth century and is now surrounded by stone wall ruins.

”On Castle Hill, where the stream of Tartod meets the Küküllő, a long, long time ago the Fort of Tartod used to stand. It was a strong fort, but it was mainly famous for the treasures that were piled up in the caves beneath it. Many a young men had tried to bring the treasures up, but no one was successful with it.”

Lunca de Sus

The local economy is based on livestock breeding and shepherding. The hills and side valleys of the Trotuş river give home to scattered settlements.

”The hill of Silye is rising, from the top of which one can see far in the east. Beneath the hill, the brook of Bán flows. This has always been a great place for grazing and from its top the enemy could be spotted as well.”

Bălan

The city lies at the head of the Olt River, the southern foot of Hasmasul Mare (1793 m). Due to its rare vegetation and topography, the area between Bălan and the Red Lake was designated a national park in 1990. The nearby Lonely Rock is a postcard image of the Hășmașu Mare Mountains.

”The local miners believe that the fort wasn’t even erected by humans, rather by fairies at the order of Ilona Faerie.”