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The Seven Wonders Of Transylvania


More than 20,000 votes were registered in a campaign to find “The Seven Wonders of Transylvania”.

In the public voting on website transindex and on mobile application of, could choose from the 34 wonders that were collected by civil organizations, public figures and experts. This poll, then, has revealed the “Wonders of Transylvania” Below are the most spectacular places in one of the world’s most stunning regions.

No. 1. the Red Lake and the Bicaz Gorge

The Red lake is also known as “the Killer Lake”, partly because of the reddish, blood-like color caused by the sediment carried by the river supplying it with water, and partly due to a legend that states that, at the time the mountain collapsed and formed the dam, a shepherd and his sheep were caught underneath. The forest located at the bottom of the lake remained standing and became petrified over time so that today the black spruce trunks jutting out of the water look like tombstones.


The Bicaz Gorge is a gorge in Transylvania, located in the north-east part of the country. The road that slices through the gorge is among Romania’s most spectacular. This stunning gorge has a part that is so narrow that it is known as “The Neck Of Hell.”

No. 2. The Lake Saint Anne
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The Saint Anne lake is the only crater lake in Romania, located in the volcanic crater of Ciomatu Mare in the Eastern Carpathians. Paleontology studies have concluded that the history of Lake Saint Anne began about 9,800-8,800 years ago, when it was a peat bog and shallow lake.

No. 3. Turda Gorge

The canyon, formed through the erosion of the Jurassic limestone of the mountain, is 2 900 m long, and the walls have heights reaching 300 meters. The total surface of the canyon is 32 hectares. Cheile Turzii contain one of the richest and most scenic karst landscapes in Romania. More than 1000 plant and animal species (some of them rare or endangered, like the wild garlic or some species of eagle) live here.

In addition, the listof  the 7 greatest wonders incudes Rimetea (Torockó) and the Piatra Secuiului (Székelykő – Székely Rock), the mineral waters and mofettas, the Maria statue of Csíksomlyó (Sumuleu Ciuc), and the Beer Lake of Szováta (Sovata).

You can have a look at all 34 places listed in the poll here.


According to plans, the organizers will produce a guide-book and application about the wonders in three languages.

Numerous civil organizations were partners in the campaign, such as the radios of Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca) and Marosvásárhely (Tragu Mures), and local journals such as the Hargirta Népe, Hírmondó, Szanadság, Heti Új Szó, and others.