The Rodnian mountains (also called Rodnian Alps or more correct: Rodna
mountains, but I prefer to use name: Rodnian ) are placed  in the central part of northern Romania.
This mountains are rather easy to hike. Because of unique fauna and flora Rodnians are under protection.
The area of the National Munti Rodnei Park , in comparison with Polish national parks,  lgives the tourist much more freedom.
We will find traced routes here, however the keeping the signed routes is not obligatory. You can also camp wherever.
For tourists valuing a little bit of comfort,  the best accomodation place seems to be town
Borsa and placed  about 15 km from Borsa - Borsa Turist Centre.

Borsa is rather large, counting almost 27 thousand citizens (2002 the year ) town, beeing located  at the northern slopes of Rodnei mountains.

Dynamic economic development is very visible here. Numerous buildings and narrow side roads are being built. The main approach road leads from Sygietu Maramuresz and it is rather good quality road (for comparison - better than many roads in Poland ). The touristic base in Borsa  is poor  ( typically touristic place is Statiunea Borsa, used to be called Complex Touristic Borsa,
laid about 15 kilometers from Borsa - many of hotels are there ), although several hotels and guest-house "Borsa Turism" ( very nice place to stay,
having the camping field and beeing placed near the highest top Rodnians -  Petrosul ) . There is quite large choice of the various standard restaurants and bars in the town, so everyone can find something for oneself.
There is also a supermarket which is open till 10.00 PM.

Romania is often called ”the country of contrasts„.

The example for that is Borsa, where beside steeped in pop-culture centre, noisy cars, You can feel the sentimental
aroma of ancient times. It reflects in cultivating the tradition:  elder women wear characteristic clothes:long black,
flowery skirt and scarf on the head. The way of drying the hay is also very interesting (attached photo).


Approach from Poland::

There are several variants of the approach to Rodnian mountains. I have heard that the cheapest variant leads
through Ukraine, but personally I've choosen variant through Slovakia and Hungary. Our way was the following:

  •  in Poland to Piwniczna town - from there crossing the border by walk and by hitchhike to Stara Lubovna
    ( honestly speaking not recomended way, because of difficulties with catching hitchhike ) about 16 kilometers in total.
  • Stara Lubovna - Plaves - by train (leaving about 8.00 PM )
  • Plaves - through train to Hidasnemeti (Hungarian town ) at 3.30 AM
  • from Hidasnemeti - at 6.16 AM train to Csenger - small town on Hungary-Romania border
    ( 4 train changes in: Abujszanto, Szerencs, Nyigershaza, Mateszalka )
  • in Csenger we was at 4.00 PM - from the town to border is about 7 kilometers walking,
    it is adviced to have a good map of this area, because of difficulties in communication
    (people speak Hungarian here...)
  • From the border we were lucky - we caught hitchhike to Syghiet - a city in the north Romania.
    From Syghiet at 6.00 AM is a bus to Borsa - our destination place.


As it was mentioned before, I recommend guest-house "Borsa Turism" with small camping field. "Borsa Turism"
is managed by Dutchman, there are:  shower, warm water, fire place, benchs and very nice atmosphere.

Below photos of hostels where we slept, ate and drank:


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