Tourist attractions

LAKE SAINT ANA

Lake Saint Ana is located at the border of the CV and HR counties, on Ciomad mountain (950 m tall). You can get to the lake by following a splendid serpentine road which allows you to admire some truly fascinating landscapes.
It is the only volcanic lake in Europe, having a fully completed crater and surrounded by secular forests. The perimeter of the lake is 3 km, and its depth is 8 m.
The lake’s water is of a deep green, reflecting the color of the surrounding forests, and the solemn tranquility you experience while taking a stroll around the lake is simply perfect. The mystery of the lake’s legend, from which the lake also derives its name, may be debated under the radiating warmth of Balvanyos Resort’s hearth.

MOHOȘ MOOR

Mohos Moor is actually the twin of the Saint Ana crater, and this one is also filled with water. Tens of thousands of years ago, the two volcanoes used to erupt simulatenously. During the last eruption of Saint Ana’s volcano, the released ash settled on the lake formed at Mohos. Part of the ash sunk in the lake, and another part settled on its surface, leading to the formation of a special type of moss. The ultimate result was the formation of a unique moor, with a vegetation similar to that of the Syberian tundra. You’ll be enchanted if you choose to explore the unique and fantastic world of the Mohos Moor, where you’ll be able to see plants that are considered ‘rarities of vegetation.

THE SULFUROUS CAVE

The fort is built at an altitude of 1029 m on Fort Hill, above the Balvanyos spa resort. It was built during the 1100’s mainly for spotting the enemy and signaling danger for the inhabitants of the Ciucului Depression, used up until the end of the 17th century. The fort’s tower grants you a unique view of the area’s entire landscape.

Balvanyos fortress

The ruins of the Bálványos fortress are at a short walking distance from Balvanyos Bath, on a 1029 m high hilltop. There is a wonderful view from its only square shaped tower to the resort.This is one of the early medieval castles found in the area. It is estimated to have been built between the 10th and 11th century.

STAȚIUNEA BALVANYOS

The mineral water springs and steam baths discovered in this area have been the basis around which Balvanyos Resort was built. Due to their chemical composition, these springs are remarkable in treating various ailments. There are curative programs designed around drinking the water, useful for treating stomach problems, and the steam baths help those with heart and vascular system problems.

BUFFOGO MOOR

A moor of nearly a hectare in size, rich in fresh water springs and in CO2 emissions, it is located on the left side of the Balvanyos spring. The moor’s vegetation includes a number of rare plants, a number of which are carnivorous.

THE MURDEROUS CAVE

The largest and most dangerous of the Puturosu mountain caves due to the lethal level of gas (carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide) which is unmarked by yellow sulfur deposits. As with the Sulfurous Cave, it once used to function as sulfur mine. In the cave, the gas level is high due to the accumulation of conglomerate rocks at the entrance.

THE TOMB OF BIRDS

This is a gallery of a sulfur mine which collapsed, and in which sulfuric hydrogen gas accumulated. Birds that fly low and which end up bellow the gas level never rise again, dropping dead in the cavern and remaining un-decomposed for a long period of time due to the sulfur. Hence the name “The Tomb of Birds”

THE APOR DAUGTHERS’ BATHS

A territory with a large number of mineral water baths with gas emissions and also a large number of springs of various compositions. A unique feature of the Apor Baths is the noise that is produced by the sulfuric hydrogen and CO2 gas emissions. Water springs of similar composition can only be found in Colombia and the Java islands.

THE MIKES BATHS

The Mikes Baths contain mineral water, each having a different mineral content and used ever since the 9th century as spas. Here you may find a natural system formed by 3 smaller baths arranged in a rustic manner, and a traditional steam bath unique to the region.

THE HEALING SPRINGS

The springs have therapeutic properties related to stimulating peripheric blood flow. The springs take the shape of 4 small pools.