Ampoi Valley and Arieşului Valley
Duration – 1 or 2 days
Distance – 203 km
Sights – Alba Carolina Citadel, Roşia Montană, Ethnographic Exhibition of Valer Butură, Colţeşti Fortress, Rimetea village, Aiud’s Gorges
Mountain Passes – Pasul Bucium (925 m)
Accommodation – Roșia Montană – Gruber Hostel
Direction – Alba-Iulia – Baia de Arieş – Sălciua de Jos – Abrud – Rimetea – Aiud – Alba-Iulia
The water courses draining the eastern Apuseni Mountains, Ampoi and Arieş Rivers, define this circuit. In addition to the landscape, there are all the attractions from Rimetea basin and Citadel Alba Carolina. The city of Alba Iulia begins this route and the main objective of the city is the bastionary citadel equipped with three defence systems, shaped like an irregular heptagon, with 7 bastions bestowing the star shape.
The Valley of Ampoi is followed closely by DN 74 national road, while the white cliffs of Pietrele de la Ampoiţa (Rocks of Ampoitza) and Calcarele din Valea Mică (Limestones of the Little Valley) are scattered through the countryside landscape. Bucium Pass (925 m/3035 ft) marks the crossing to Arieşului Valley, where the village of Roșia Montană can be visited with a short detour from the track (DJ 742).
Map of route no. 2
Header image – No 1 – Alba Carolina (White Caroline) is a citadel build in a Vauban style and was build in the place of Germina Roman Castrum
No 2 – Colţeşti Fortress – Although only a few portions of the inner walls and towers are still standing, the fortress is extremely picturesque, being located on an isolated and steep limestone cliff.
The Arieș River is traversed before the crossroad with DN 75 national road, and can be admired from many angles up to the village of Buru. The village of Sălciua has a unique charm, both because of the exposed slope of Bedeleu Plateau as well as the Ethnographic Exhibition of Valer Butură. The museum is housed in a building with straw roof, right in the centre of the settlement.
the people in Rimetea village, was rewarded
in 1999 with the Europa Nostra Prize.
The national artery DN 1 closes the loop of the circuit across the towns of Aiud and Teiuş, with the last stop on the route being Aiud’s Citadel. Its thick walls are hidding one of the oldest urban fortresses in Transylvania.
Recommended accommodation details:
La Gruber Hostel
No. 229, Roșia Montană, Alba
+40 258 859 310