Close to Brasov and not far from Bucharest, Piatra Craiului is among the most popular outdoor destinations in the country. Summer or winter,
camping or staying at the chalets, Piatra Craiului is a mountain for all seasons.
The classic weekend trip starts in Zarnesti, where you can get by train from Brasov. From the train station at Zarnesti, follow the road to the
center and continue past Gaura Raului Chalet. Here the country road starts, leading you to
Fantana lui Botorog, a small mountain rapid captured in a spring under a stone cross. From here the path climbs
steeply through the forest towards Curmatura Chalet.
The awesome ridge, sharp as a knife, offers splendid views from the few clearings you encounter on the path. In about three hours you reach Curmatura
Chalet, a simple but cozy wooden building, well taken care of. The meals are simple, yet delicious.
There are 2, 3-bed rooms, as well as common dormitories. You can also camp somewhere around the chalet.
From the chalet it's only an hour and a half hiking to the Turnuri peak, on the ridge. Be aware that the climb is difficult, even though you
don't need special training for that. For a first encounter with Piatra Craiului this may be enough, but you should dedicate several days
if you want to explore the magnificent ridge entirely.
Next day, follow the path to Zarnesti through the beautiful gorge Prapastiile Zarnestilor. It's about one hour hike from Curmatura Chalet
to the gorge and then about two hours to Zarnesti center.
Just a few kilometers from Zarnesti, a visit to the Teutonic Knight's fortress at Rasnov (Rosenau) is a must.
Currently under restoration, the old citadel offers magnificent viewes towards the mountains and an unforgettable medieval atmosphere.