Pasul Tihuţa

Driving a Romanian classic road to Tihuța Pass

Pasul Tihuța is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.201m (3,940ft) above the sea level, located in Bistrița-Năsăud County, in northern Transylvania, Romania.

Set high in the Romanian Bârgău Mountains, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called DN17, part of the European Route 58. The first road traversing the pass was built between 1812 and 1817. In 1969 the road was first concreted, then asphalted. The pass was mentioned in the famous Dracula novel, written by Bram Stoker, where, termed as "the Borgo Pass", it was the gateway to the realm of Count Dracula. Near the pass a hotel known as "Castel Dracula" was built in 1974. Now it is permanently closed.

The pass is 17.5 km (10.87 miles) long running west-east from Piatra Fântânele to Poiana Stampei, on the old border between Moldavia and Transylvania. The road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 12% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. At the summit is a hotel restaurant called Hotel Cota 1201.

 

 

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