Zărneşti city is located in the southwest part of the "Barsa Country", on a plain resembling a gulf. The city is 25 km from Braşov and 11 km from Rasnov. The area of the city is almost entirely mountain relief.
According to the official records, the settlement dates back to the 13th - 14th centuries, during the period of Saxon colonization in Transylvania, Banat, and "Țara Bârsei ".
The Piatra Craiului National Park
- visiting the virgin forests of the Piatra Craiului National Park;
- following the ”educational trail” of Piatra Craiului National Park;
- Bear-sighting trips in a closed observatory with Transylvaniana Wolf / Absolute Nature (March-November);
- guided hiking trips with wildlife sightings (deer, chamois, mountain cock), field identification of the traces left by different wildlife species;
- bear sightings at the Libearty Bear Sanctuary
- mountain biking on the marked routes of Piatra Craiului National Park
- renting bikes to ride in the center and on the way to Plaiul Foii tourist area.
- visiting the area of Plaiul Foii, for panoramic views of the Piatra Craiului Mountains, biking, or horse-riding.
- visit the Museum of Piatra Craiului National Park (the schedule is changing because of Covid-19 restrictions).
- visit the Sculpture Museum- Fekete Gabor
- visit the Magura and Pestera mountain villages, traditional sheepfolds, taste the local cuisine;
- lunch/dinner at traditional restaurants/bistros in downtown Zarnesti, or on the terraces of restaurants with panoramic views of the Piatra Craiului Mountains in Plaiul Foii area (check the Covid-19 restrictions before).
- Renting mountainbikes at Mountainbike Romania or Electric bikes with E-bike Piatra Craiului.
Of the 42 hiking trails, most of them have their starting point from Zarnesti town, which is the most important city for access to the north side of the massif. From the southwestern part of the city starts the forest road that runs through the Gorge, Valea Cheii, and Valea Vlăduşca, allowing access to the eastern slope of the massif.
The most popular hiking routes in the Piatra Craiului massif are:
1. Zărneşti - Botorog Fountain - Zănoaga Clearing - Curmătura Chalet
Marking: yellow stripe, time (hours): 2h 30- 3 hours, difficulty: medium;
2. Zărneşti town- Zărneşti Gorge - Curmătura Chalet
Marking: blue stripe, time (hours): 3-4 hours, difficulty: medium
3. Zărnești- Zărneşti Gorge- "La Table"
Marking: red cross, time (hours): 3-4 hours, difficulty: easy
4. Zărnești - Valea Crăpături - The Crăpătura Saddle - Curmătura Chalet
Marking: yellow stripe, time (hours): 2-3 hours, difficulty: difficult
5. Zărnești - "Colții Chiliei" Monastery - Diana Refuge
Marking: blue band, time: 2-3 h, difficulty: medium
Download the newest Piatra Craiului Hikng Apps- Munții Nostri or Zenith Maps if you are a smartphone user,
For guided tours:
* Grind Adventure
Address: 4, Tudor Vladimirescu St., Zarnesti, Brasov
* Rucksack Mountain Guides
Address: 121, Mare St., Zarnesti, Brasov
The description of cycling routes from Zărneşti - Piatra Craiului ecotourism destination can be found here, which can be downloaded in gpx format.
* Mountainbike Romania
Address: no,30, Mitropolit I.Metianu Street, Zărnești
-Adult Bikes Cube- 125 lei/ day, 70 lei/ half day
-Children bikes- 50 lei/ day, 25 lei/ half day
-Discount for family, free- child chair. Also, custom cycling tours are made.
Mountainbikes prices: 10 lei/ 1 hr, 60 lei/ 1 day, 100 lei/ 2 days
Address: no.51, Șoseaua Branului, Tohanul Nou
*Casa Zărneșteană Guesthouse
Tarife: 100 lei/day/bike, electric bikes: 250 lei/ day with a guide
*Malwis bikes- 2/4 seats bike
Rates: 30 min- 25 lei/ bike, 1 h- 40 lei/ bike, 3 h- 110 lei/ bike, 6 h -200 lei /bike, 1 day- 300 lei/ bike
*Electric Bikes E-bike Piatra Craiului
Tariffs: 200 lei/ day, min. 2 pers, without a guide; 250 lei/day, with a guide, 5 pers min/ group
Far from the urban agglomeration, in the full silence of the forest, tourists have the chance to listen to nature, wild animal noises, and even safely watch the dangerous ones from specially arranged shelters.
The forests of Piatra Craiului are the ideal habitat of the great carnivores, such as bears, wolfs, deers, and on the rocky areas, where is the land of the black goats (chamois). The rich bird population, represented by 111 species identified in the area of Piatra Craiului National Park, is an ideal resource for bird watching lovers.
Book a trip to see the brown bears at Libearty Bear Sanctuary.
Book your trip with:
* Transylvanian Wolf
Adresă: Str. Mitr. Ioan Metianu, 110, Zărnești, Brașov
Tarife: 50-60 euro/ pers
* Absolute Nature
Adresă: Str. Zorilor 2/B/7, Zărnești, Brașov
Tariff: 45-50 euro/ pers
Horse riding/ Wagon Rides in Zărnești
For tourists interested in this activity, the centers offer horseback riding, carriage and sleigh rides in winter, in the neighborhood, or.in Măgura, and Peștera villages
* Popasul Craiului Guesthouse
Address: Plaiul Foii, Zarnesti, Brasov
The riding center offers:
* 4 Friesian stallions
* 7 Lipitans
* 2 stallions and 5 horses
* 4 Shetland ponies
Rates: Horse riding lessons with instructor: 90 lei/ 30 min, 120 lei/ 45min.
Horse riding on Lipisian and Frisian hair: 50 lei / 30 min, 80 lei / 60 min,
Riding route: 100 lei / pers / 30 min, 1600 lei / pers- 1 hour
Ride with carriage (2 rides for 4 pers.) / Ride with sled (2 sleds for 4 pers. And 6 pers.): 100 lei/ 30 min, 180 lei/ hour
Pony rides: 20 lei / 10 min; Hire of horses for photo sessions: 150 lei/ hour
Address: 13, Pinului St., Zarnesti, Brasov
Address: Tohanul Nou, 9, Unirii St., Zarnesti, Brasov
Rate: 15 min / children: 22 lei; 30 min: A / C- 40 lei / 30 lei;
60 min: A / C - 70 lei / 50 lei
Paragliding in Zărnești
What can be more spectacular than a paragliding flight over the Piatra Craiului massif? The spirit of adventure and adrenaline will be required in full, but the flight will be an incredible sensation providing absolute freedom.
The take-off is at the Măgurii Saddle, the flights here being very long over the Piatra Craiului massif.
Motoparapanta is extremely comfortable for those who seek first flight and it is less dependent on weather conditions. Recreational flights with motoparapanta in Zărneşti-Piatra Craiului ecotourism destination are made from the Piatra Craiului - Zarnesti Aerodrome.
* Parapanta Brasov
* Aerodromul Piatra Craiului Zarnesti
Adresă: DN73 (zona Tohanul Nou), în drum spre Râșnov
Tel: 0744392201 / 0744.979.418
For adrenaline lovers we recommend practicing this type of skiing, which conquers more and more followers. As a demanding sport, downhill slopes require a good skiing experience. Special equipment is required. Ski Touring offers the opportunity to explore the valleys and the slopes in winter, which this season has a different face.
* Club Alpin Zarnesti
* Rucksack Mountain Guides
194, Mare St., Zarnesti, Brasov
Plimbări cu ATV-ul
*ATV- Rental Adventures Zărnești- Plaiul Foii
Contact: 0753 169 739
*ATV Tour Zărnești
Contact: 0722 840 744
*Pensiunea Casa Zărneșteană
Conatct: 0745 769 763
The legend of the edelweiss
In the old days, a star departed from the sky and went into the world to meet the people and their lands. It traveled for days and nights with the wind. It passed countries and waters, but it could not find a single place to like. It traveled further, until it reached above some tall mountains; it was the sharp ridge of the Piatra Craiului massif. Among the pointy rocks, a few fir trees struggled to hold on, while endless forests covered the mountainsides.
Sheep herds grazed in the green meadows, and springs of crystalline water sprouted from stones. Delighted by the silence that reigned there, the star stopped; it broke away from the wind’s wings and fell on the highest and steepest peaks of the mountain. When it hit the first sharp peak, it turned into a white and velvety, star-shaped flower.
Since then, it became an ornament of the mountains, but it likes only the tall and steep peaks, to be close to the sky from where it came. The people called it the Queen's flower or edelweiss.
The local gastronomy is closely related to pastoral activities, animal husbandry, and forestry, being the traditional occupations of the inhabitants of Zărneşti-Piatra Craiului ecotourism destination, activities requiring a lot of energy.
The area's cuisine is made up of healthy products based on meat and dairy products, potatoes, polenta, and fruit, not to mention sweets.
Dairy products such as cheese ("burduf", "caș", "urdă"), fruit jam or natural honey are present on the morning meals, and meat products, steaks, stews, accompanied by steaming polenta spoils the taste buds of visitors at lunch or evening meals, which may conclude with a dessert consists of homemade cakes, "călăghie", "scoverzi "or pancakes with sweet cheese or berries jam.
Must try: Papanași (donut bread with sour cream and fruit jam on top), Pancakes with sweet cheese and raisins, Soup in bread, Pork stew with polenta, Grilled Trout, Pizza.