Since 2006, all tourists that visit the Romanian mountains in winter time are invited to spend a night in the amazing Ice Hotel built every winter at Balea, in the Fagaras Mountains, at more than 2000 m altitude.
The hotel is completely carved in ice, and comprises 10 bedrooms, a restaurant, a bar and a church. It hosts various events such as concerts, parties and weddings.
What makes it special? Not only its beauty but also the fact that it is the only ice hotel in Central-Eastern Europe. One would expect to find an ice hotel in a northern country, that’s why this is a surprise for foreign tourists, especially for those who are not familiar with the geography of Romania.
So if you are not scared to sleep at -4 degrees Celsius, have a look at the links below to find out what else you can do in the area, and book a room now, if you are lucky enough to still find one available.
The Fagaras area is absolutely stunning in any season, and well worth visiting. But if you want to go for a ride on the Transfagarasan, and feel like Jeremy Clarkson, wait until the summer comes, as the road is closed during the cold season, due to snow hazard.