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May 31, 2015| Euro 50
Some say that Europe’s biggest problem is that it has lost its values and principles in a world of uncontrolled globalization and modernism… Well, this journey is going to take you to one of last regions where people are still living as they used to hundreds of years ago, where self-sufficient farmers respect the same rules their ancestors did and where the forests and nature receive the respect they deserve since the beginning of mankind…
We will depart from City Tours & Events office in Hermann Oberth street at 7 AM and drive for about two and a half hours to Viseu de Sus, in Maramures. Here, we will get the chance to visit and ride one of Europe’s oldest industrial trains, the last one still working. The story of this valuable industrial artifact is amazing and it all began with the ruling of the Austrian Empire, centuries ago: Maria Theresa settled here Slovak and German workers from up North, who later built the longest forest railway line in the region: Mocăniţa. Thanks to private initiatives and investments, it was saved from ruin after the fall of communism and it is still functioning today. It brings wood from the most isolated areas of Maramureş, but it also operates for tourists. Prepare yourself for an encounter with the nature in the most traditional way. Streets or villages can’t be seen in this region, only bears, wolfs or flocks of sheep…
An old steam locomotive is going to take you along the water valley. Untouched nature, wonderful photo opportunities, but also your fascinating transportation are going to accompany you throughout the day. At the destination, we will enjoy the famous Maramures hospitality as today the people from Viseu de Sus are organizing the annual Maramures Brunch with several delicious local dishes, all grown and cooked in the region. In the afternoon we will return to Viseu de Sus and continue our journey.
Our next stop is going to be in Bogdan Voda. The small village was named after a local hero and hosts one of the region’s most typical wooden churches. Built in the 18th century by local craftsmen, it is one of the best examples for the traditional Maramures architecture. The paintings from inside of the church also date back to the 18th century and have been restored a couple of years ago.
In the evening we will return to Cluj.
Price: 50 € /person
Price includes transportation in modern van, English speaking guide, ride with mocăniţa and “Maramureş Brunch” with local specialties, entrance fees and welcome drinks.