duminică, 29 iunie 2008
Popular song from Maramures - Frunza verde ca iarba
Popular song from Maramures.
joi, 26 iunie 2008
duminică, 15 iunie 2008
sâmbătă, 14 iunie 2008
Sighet: Pretty, former Austrian-Hungarian small town, different museums (among them the open-air village museum), synagogues, big Jewish graveyard, birth house of Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel was born (museum today), and many others.
Sapinta: „Fröhlicher Friedhof“ (geschnitzte, bauernkünstlerisch verzierte Grabkreuze), viel traditionelles Kunsthandwerk, höchste Holzkirche Europas (Manastir Sapinta Peri), wunderschöne Umgebung (teilweise unter Naturschutz) usw.
Rodna-Mountains: Highest Mountain of Maramures, partly national park (Pietrosul), perfect for (several days) mountains tours.
Borsa Complex, Prislop: reachable with chairlift, skiing possibilities in winter, waterfall (Cascada), and marked trails.
Ocna Sugatag: health resort with sanatoriums, thermal baths, beautiful surrounding area.
Tisa: sensational private museums (art, antique, graphics) of the family Pipaş
Costiu: : swimming pool with salty mineral water, wild salt lake, beautiful position.
…and many more!
Even if the provincial town of Viseu de Sus is blessed neither with historical nor architectural constructions, there is always something to discover. In the centre, on a stroll through town, there is the former country castle (today city administration, “Primaria”), the town museum and quite close to each other three big churches: Romanian orthodox (built in 1933-37) with its typical domes, Greek-orthodox (built in 1912-1918) by the German minority.
- Physical fitness and travelling experiences are imperative.
- Have a tent with you! There are no overnight stay possibilities.
- Take enough provisions with you, no shopping possibilities.
- Appropriate shoes, protections against rain and warm clothes are imperative.
- Never travel alone!
- Go to the next train station if there are any problems or emergencies (radio contact), mobile phones have no reception.
- Respect the controls (border area!), always have your passport with you.
- Mind immediate vicinity to the border of Ukraine.
- Provide yourself with spring water only.
- In case of fog you can quickly lose your orientation! In emergency, follow the watercourse downwards.
- Caution against not supervised sheepdogs!
- Take maps and possibly a compass with you. Unfortunately, there aren’t any good maps about “Wassertalbahn” available at the moment. But useful copies could be acquired at the bureau of Ecotours S.R.L.
Routs (even marked in parts):
- Viseu de Sus – Valea Pestilor – Pietrosul Bardau (1850m) – Bardau CFF (2 days)
- Faina CFF – Novicior – Novicior CFF (1 day)
- Macarlau CFF – Vf Tiganului (1736m) – Vf Toroiaga (1930m) – Ripi – Ihoasa CFF (2-3 days)
- Ihoasa CFF – Valea Scradei – Viseu de Sus (1 day) (all of the routes could be travelled upon in the opposite direction and/or could be combined with each other)There are of course countless other possibilities for tours in „Wassertal“.
Travellers get competent advice and further suggestion for routs in the bureau of Ecotours S.R.L.
marți, 10 iunie 2008
Passengers need a valid ticket, which can be bought at the “forest” railway station.
Travelling by the trains of CFF Viseu de Sus takes place at every passengers own risk; the company R.G.Holz doesn’t assume any responsibility at all.
Passengers must obey the orders of the guard; if necessary, he has the right to refuse the continuation of the journey.
Passengers are only allowed to travel by the special passenger trains; staying on platforms, wood-trucks and so on is forbidden.
Jumping on and off the train during the journey is strictly forbidden.
At the stations staying in areas of loading and forestry work is forbidden.
Departure times, routes and stops of the trains are subject to needs of forestry only and can hence be changed at short notice. Visitors have no right to transportation certain times.
The Vaser Valley is a frontier area; therefore always have your passport or your identity card with you.
Trains for tourists
luni, 9 iunie 2008
Also in Romania a toll sticker is obligatory ("Rovineta")
Romania has in the mean time a good network of petrol stations
Vienna - Budapest 2 hours
Budapest - border Csengersima/Petea 5-6 hours
Satu Mare - Sighet - Viseu de Sus 4 hours
Crossing the borders takes between 20 and 60 minutes, depending on the density of traffic
Long journeys by bus are a bit strenuous
Departure times might change, therefore always inform yourself in advance (it would be best to ask the bus drivers who are very helpful)
The fares are very cheap, also for international connections .
There are hardly any overcrowded buses (legal regulations!)
The fast trains in Romania must be reserved and are subject to extra fares.
From Viseu de Jos to Viseu de Sus (about 4 km) you can take the bus or hire a taxi
duminică, 8 iunie 2008
Important: The old Lei (10 new Lei = 100,000 old Lei) is still valid.
Several taxi enterprises offer their services; the trade is correct, the rates are put down and moderate (1 kilometre costs about 60 cents).
Taxi „SUN“ has its stand in the centre, in front of the "Casa de Cultura". Tel: 0740 244 233 or 0722 539 536 29.
Taxi „Anvis” " (also minibus) Tel. 0745 573 903 or 0742 828 107
vineri, 6 iunie 2008
Local fresh products are offered at a small market directly in the centre, beside the city administration ("Primaria"). Or at the big weekly market ("Piata”) on the "Zipser bridge" at the entrance of the former German quarter, in each case Friday from about 9 to 13 o’clock. Here the small farmers from the surroundings supply themselves with the most necessary articles. They come to town on horses and carts. With its lively activity this weekly market is an experience for itself!
joi, 5 iunie 2008
Tip: Espresso Bar Moak (street 1 Decembrie No. 31, in the center), cultivated atmosphere, various excellent coffees.
People eat at home in rural Romania; however, some restaurants offer typical food. Pizzeria Andra (street 22 Decembrie No. 25, in the centre) has a good kitchen – it exists not only of Pizzas!
Another excellent restaurant is the Roman in the Strada Carpti with its "Ciorba de burta" (sour Kuttel soup), probably the speciality of the Maramures. You can also eat quite traditionally at the Hotel Gabriela and in Hanul intre Raului, in the latter there is also danced to Romanian Disco music in the evenings. Youngsters meet at the Club Versus (street Libertatii No. 19); a trendy altered cellar vault whose entrance in a backyard is not easily found.
More details here and here.
Ideal holiday season is from May to October; for mountain tours from June to September.
During the holiday seasons in August some of the better known places can be crowded. Farther away from the tourist centers the visitor finds the real, untouched Maramures, however, also in the midsummer.