The Rails’ Trail

Start and finish: Breb (the old church);

Reference points: Breb – Hoteni – Hărniceşti – Sat Şugatag – Mănăstirea – Ocna Şugatag – Hoteni – Breb;

Distance: 20.8 km; Elevation difference: 190 m;Trail grade: maximum – 20.7%; average – 5.1%;

Difficulty level: L-M 

This is one of our destination’s trails with few demanding uphill slopes, yet sprinkled with many attractions. The core of the trail stretches along fragments of old narrow-gauge railway embankments on which trains used to carry logs (Fereşti – Mara – Runcu), salt, but also passengers (Ocna Şugatag – Fereşti – Sighet). No less than five old wooden churches “watch” our way and waiting for us are apple and plum orchards, paths through the forest, salt lakes, the place where “Tânjaua on the Mara” (an old agrarian custom) is held every year, and roads of all kinds.

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The old wooden churches in Breb (1621), Hoteni (1790), Hărniceşti (1679), Sat Şugatag (1699), and Mănăstirea (XVII century)

The rural landscape

The Crăiasca Forest – nature reserve

The GavrilăLake

Craftspeople’s workshops