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Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

by Bianca and Maria April 14, 2017 0 comment
Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

On Palm Sunday was big boss’ name day (a.k.a. father & father in law) and we decided to take an impromptu day trip to the Vidraru Dam, which is about an hour from where we live.

It was either this or Grădiștei Keys & Bran Castle. Bran is where the dreaded and super popular Dracula has his castle. We decided to leave it for next week as it was already 2 pm when we decided to go.

We took some really nice pics of the area, and also on the road to the dam and beyond, and it would be a shame not to share them with you and give you some background on one of the most beautiful locations in Romania.

ON THE ROAD


The dam is located in the Carpathian mountains, and at the time of completion, in 1966, it ranked 5th in Europe and 9th in the world. It creates the man-made Vidraru Lake that collects rivers and streams that come down from the mountains.

 

Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

Daytrip – Vidraru Dam

You can get there by the gorgeous Transfăgărășan Road, officially DN7C (National Road 7C), either through the south, from Pitești, all year long, or from the north, from Sibiu, but only in the summer. The dam is on the southern side of the road, and the peak of the Transfăgărășan Road is closed from November to June due to snow.

 

Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

Built by the Romanian Army

Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

Daytrip – Vidraru Dam

If you get there from the south side, you can also stop at the Poenari Citadel, a now ruined 13th-century fortress of Dracula, Vlad III the Impaler by his official name. You just need to climb 1480 steps to get there, but it’s totally worth it.

 

Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

Poenari Citadel

Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

Poenari Citadel, from the other side of the mountain

Daytrip – Vidraru Dam

FOOD


We got to the dam at about 3 pm and had lunch at the Valea cu Pești, a hotel with beautiful views of the lake. We had delicious fish soup, fresh grilled trout with polenta and garlic sauce, and for dessert, chocolate ice cream and the house dessert, a mix between cheesecake and creme brulee. Besides the tasty food, they also have some really fast service here.

 

Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

Valea cu Pești

Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

Fish Soup

Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

Chocolate Ice Cream

Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

House Dessert

Daytrip – Vidraru Dam

Newly energized, we decided to keep on going north on the road and see how far we can get until the road is closed off. We made it as far as Arefu, altitude 1285 m/4215 ft. until we saw the “road closed” sign.

 

Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

Vidraru Lake, near its source

Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

Daytrip – Vidraru Dam

Although spring is at full throttle throughout the country, it was still winter here. So, of course, we acted like it and started a snow fight.

Once we started freezing, we got back in the car and started our descent.

 

Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

Daytrip – Vidraru Dam

VIDRARU DAM


We stopped at the dam and took in the beautiful landscapes. This time we did not go higher up the stairs as we usually do, but you can imagine the view from up there. You can also see the Prometheus statue, the symbol of electricity, up close.

After a bit of wandering around, we treated ourselves to some corn on cobs from one of the street vendors and made our way back home.

 

Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

Prometheus Statue, in the distance

Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

Daytrip: Vidraru Dam

 

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