The best mountain biking in Romania
by Larisa Chinces & Robert Thorpe
Romania and the area of Transylvania have some of the most beautiful forested areas and awesome mountains in Europe – if not the world. This two-day mountain bike trip takes in the mountain area of Brucegi and the Omu Peak, a famous Romanian summit. The Strunga saddle is an awesome descent, that leads you into the historic and famed resort of Bran and its castle – so bring garlic 😉
If you’re looking for a real mountain biking adventure in Europe, then this ride in the mountains of Transylvania is definitely one to do!
Stats 98 km 2994 metres
Refreshments & Where to Stay
We’ve marked several mountain huts on our interactive map, including the Cabana Omu and the Diham Mountain Hut. The historic resort of Bran also has several options and lots of places to get food too.
This is a tough mountain biking route in Transylvania and its mountains, so be prepared. Take food and drink, the correct clothing and make sure that your bike is well serviced, and carry spares with you. Long climbs and epic mountain trails are blended with forest tracks and technical riding. It’s a route for experienced riders, and you may want to take a local guide.
Note: This area has wild bears
There are few places more beautiful than Romania and the mountains of Transylvania. This route begins in the resort of Sinaia and climbs all the way to the famed Omu Peak. At times you’ll need to bike and hike due to the steepness.
The Strunga saddle area is reached and you eventuall ride this, going from rocky and open mountain trails, with technical loose and tricky singletrack at times, into the lower forests, where trails twist and turn among the trees to Bran. Having fed yourself and maybe stayed overnight – not at Bran Castle 😉 – the trails are easier and more flowing now, as they lead you to Diham and a possible stay at the mountain hut (if you didn’t stop at Bran).
From Diham, you can either take the forested trails down (shown on trails with blue triangle – not recommended in the dark) or the asphalt to Busteni and then onto Sinaia.
Click below for GPX file & accommodation