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Tourist routes


The tourist area is vast and encompasses a wide variety of tourist attractions. For this reason, we propose several variants of routes which attempts to provide tourists with a sequence of thematic objectives.

Route nr. 1 The miner’s road

Marking: white background with blue dot in the middle


This trail follows the daily route traveled by miners from the villages Ruda, Floreat, Valari Topliţa Goles who came to work in the Ghelari mine. Tourists will travel through a picturesque natural setting, dotted with places where for hundreds of years mining related and iron smelting activities took place. This is a particularly instructive trail, which goes through all the stages from the charcoal manufacture in stoves, iron extraction and smelting in furnaces up to the deep faith in God, a common miners’ feature..

Distance: 15 km

Time:  6 hours, medium difficulty.

Possibility scroll: pedestrian route.

Route Description
Start from the Tourist Information Centre, crossing the Ghelari Park, visiting the Ghelari Reformed Church that dates from 1900, and nearby sports complex. Continue on DJ 687E towards the Măstăcănet plateau, the Panorama hostel, the observation tower, the village Ruda, descending through the communal forest to the Valar village. You can see the old stoves for producing charcoal for the furnace in Topliţa. You can also visit the wooden church of Valar (from 1800) and still on route 687 D DJ you cross the Valaritei brook Valley until the Toplita village. The return to Ghelari takes tourists through the communal forest until the Transylvania Street in Ghelari.

Route nr. 2. The iron road

Marking: red triangle


The aim is to negotiate a route through which tourists can get to know the history of iron ore exploitation and processing places where, since Roman times, there were furnaces for producing iron.


Distance: 5 km

Time: 3 hours, medium difficulty.

Possibility scroll: pedestrian route.

Route Description
Start from the Tourist Information Centre on DJ 687 F Street towards the intersection with the Mine Street where several information boards with the history of the exploitation of iron ore are located. From this place one can see entire Lucaci quarry. You can visit the Lucaci quarry, the Central Mine platform, descent through the Valley of the houses street among the ruins of iron smelting furnaces from the 9th and 13th century. There is a resting place and a source of drinking water here.
The return is on the path through the communal forest, the Vrânicioare area up to the Lily Street in Ghelari, visiting the Orthodox cathedral church from 1770, continuing on the Rusca Street, having the possibility to visit the old school, the building of the old dispensary where the composer Bela Bartok stayed twice, visiting the Greek Catholic church, the ecumenical cemetery, the former casino building in the Ghelari village center and return to the tourist Information Centre.

Route 3. The marble road

Marking: Blue cross

tras3Prin parcuragera traseului, turiştii admiră forme de relief spectaculoase,  puncte de belvedere, traversează sate pădureneşti cu arhitectură specifică  locală. Înainte de ajungerea la satul Alun, turiștii parcurg un drum care pe o lungime de 1,5 km este pavat cu marmură. Se poate viyita cariera de marmură de la Alun, satul Alun unde foarte multe edificii sunt făcute din marmură inclusiv o frumoasă biserică din marmură şi o biserică din lemn din 1714.

Distance:  24 km

Time: 9 hours, medium difficulty.

Possibility scroll:  pedestrian route, mountain bike, ATV or car.

Starting from the tourist information center on DJ 687D towards the Măstăcănet plateau, the observation tower, the Panorama hostel, the Ruda village, the Cornetu plateau where the Padureni festival takes place each year, the Poienita Voinii village, the Dragan Muntean memorial house, the Alun village, the marble quarry, the wooden church that dates from 1714, the Orthodox Church marble church, houses, stables, and marble walls.

The return routes goes through the partially marble paved road Alun- Govăjdie until the junction from the Nădrab area where tourists could chose to go either to Hunedoara or via DC 110 B towards Ghelari on the Ratisoarei Valley.

 Traseul nr. 4   Drumul Ecumenic

Marcaj: cruce roşie


By completing the course, you can admire the spectacular landforms, lookout points, you cross traditional villages with local architecture and in a single day can visit all the important places of worship in the Ghelari village.


Distance:  35 km

Time: 12 hours, medium difficulty.

Scroll possibilities: bike, ATV, car.

You start from the Tourist Information Centre on DJ 687E, then go on Rusca Street where you can visit the Greek Catholic Church, Orthodox cathedral, church monument continuing on the Quarry street towards Govăjdie where you can visit the Reformed Church and the Orthodox Church, including the site of the Catanas hydro power plant, of the Govăjdie furnace (1890). You then go on DJ 687F to the intersection with the DC110B towards the Plop village where a church built of stone is located. It is then continued on the Plop-Ruda road to the Ruda village where you can visit the stone church. Afterwards the trail continues until 687E DJ enters the Cut neighborhood where Ghelari Reformed Church can be visited.

Route nr. 5  Adventure in the Padureni Land

Marking: blue triangle


By completing this course, tourists can admire spectacular landforms, observation points, cross traditional villages with a unique architecture. The route configuration combines asphalt paved roads, gravel paved roads and gravel roads, making the route perfect for off road fans.

 Distance:  80 km.

Necessary time: 9 hours, medium towards high difficulty.

Can be completed on: motorbike, ATV, SUV.

You start from the tourist information center on DJ 687D towards the Măstăcănet plateau, the observation tower, the Panorama hostel, the Ruda village, the Cornetu Plateau where the Padureni Festival takes place every year, the Poienita Voinii village, the Dragan Muntean memorial house, the Bunila Village, the Muncel plateau with an altitude of 1200 m, the Valea Dobrii observation point and the Rusca and Pades peaks with an altitude of over 1300 m.
The return is on the DJ 687D road on the Bilea Valley through the Hasdeu, Dabica, Toplita villages towards the Cincis Lake or back towards Ghelari through the Dalu mic village up to the Transylvania Street in Ghelari.

Route nr. 6  Monastery – Cincis Lake

Marking: red dot on a white background


Tourist Information Center – The Manastire village – Cincis Lake. The route offers the possibility to visit a site with an old monastery, the eatable chestnut forest and the Cincis Lake, a tourist and recreational area with hostels and a camping site.


Distance:  18 km

Necessary time: 5 hours, medium difficulty

Can be completed: on foot, by “Nordic walking”, mountain bike or ATV.

You start from the Tourist information center on DJ 687 E, on the Rusca Street where the Greek-Catholic Church and the monument church can be visited, besides the Camelia hostel. Then continue on the Marului Street that crosses a path that traverses the chestnut forest, towards the site of the oldest monastery in the Hunedoara County. The route continues on the valley of the Manastire brook, then towards the village with the same name where you can find a church from the 19th century and then continues to the Cincis Lake reservoir. The return is made on the DJ 687E Road towards Ghelari.

Route nr. 7 the Runcului Valley

Marking: yellow point on a white background.


The route spans the distance between Ghelari and Valea Runcului and offers to the tourists the possibility to visit the site of several industrial landmarks that were at the time they were built unique in Transylvania or even in Europe.


 Time:  20 km

Necessary time: 6 hours, medium difficulty

Can be completed on foot.

You start from the Tourist Information Center on DJ 687E on the Rusca street where you can visit the Greek-Catholic church, the Orthodox cathedral, the monument church, then continue on the Quarry Street towards the Govăjdie village where the reformed church and the Orthodox Church can be visited. The site of the Catanas hydro power plan, of the Govăjdie blast furnace where iron modules for the Eiffel Tower, the school sports ground and the route of the former narrow gauge rail can be visited.

The return takes tourists on a path that connects Ghelari to Govăjdie and where you can visit the “Girls’ Church” Cave, then continue on the Poiana Codrului Street back to the Tourist Information Center in Ghelari.


The Panorama on Poienița Voinii village