Ride the best trails – in Transfixing Transylvania
Transylvania in Romania is a mecca for mountian biking – you maybe just need to telling about it. With seemingly endless mountains and forested trails, the routes here are simply superb. Add to this, the history and culture of Transylvania and the nearby historic city of city – my home – and you’ve got a great reason to visit Transylvania with your Bike! 🙂
This route heads out from the small mountain town of Cisnadie, climbing steeply to the summit at Vârful Măgura, before a 4 km descent, leading to another long and steep climb. The ride finishes with a 12 km descent through the mountains, back to town and refreshments.
Stats: 43 km 1958 metres
Refreshments & Where to Stay
Nearby Sibiu is a tourism haven and has everything you need, including superb hotels and restaurants. Cisnadie itself has a few small cafe’s at the right time of day. Parking is easy in the town, and the small square has lots to see and do.
This is a tough climbing day, and will involve some bike hike along the way. However, the views are epic and the descents are superb. Take lots of fluid, snacks and bike tools, in a small pack, and have a fully charged phone with you. Enjoy!
1. Leave the town and follow trails towards Paraul Popii. The climbing starts to get tough here, with a 4km climb to Vârful Măgura.
2. Descend with care for 7 km, before a long and tough 6.5km climb, passing the small Cabana Rosengarten, climbing cabin along the way.
3. Roll up and down the mountain top meadows for 10km, before beginning the long descent back to Cisnadie.
4. At the 31km point, the track should be taken into the trees (left) from the main track (shown as Tocile Vf. Magura). This track twists and turns on technical forest tracks for 8km of descending, before rejoining the earlier tarck, back into Cisnadie.