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WWI & WWII Battlefield Tour in the Eastern Carpathians

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Pass By: Carpathian Escapes, Kossuth Lajos Street, no. 19, Ap. SP.COM.II,, 1st Floor, Office no. 3, Miercurea Ciuc 530160, Romania

From tragic battles to tales of triumph, this special-interest exploration tour kicks off in Miercurea Ciuc where you can join your guide for a 45 km drive to the Ghimes Valley. During the scenic ride you will pass by numerous optional stops for visiting remains of trenches, shell holes, forts and underground tunnels spreading on the hills and mountains surrounding the valley.

Stop At: Hősi Temető, Valea Gârbea 537159, Romania

One of the first optional stops of this tour is the remains of the WWI fortification called by the locals as the Fortress of Owl. This is one of the best belvedere points of the Ghimes Valley and it served as a strategic defensive point during both WWI and WWII. Here you can still see the remains of trenches and many km of underground tunnels spreading below the fortification.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Fostul punct vamal „Cetatea Rákóczi” (Granița de 1.000 de ani), Popoiu, Romania

Once you arrive to Ghimes Faget, you will already have a thorough overview of Transylvania's history as part of the Hungarian Kingdom, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and finally becoming part of Romania.
Until 1918, Ghimes-Faget was a border village between Hungary and Romania and as such, it had an important and large railway station comparable in size and elegance with the railway stations of large towns of the Austro-Hungarian Empire like Szeged and Fiume. Ghimes was occupied by the Romanian army between 13 and 20 November 1918. Shortly thereafter, the Union of Transylvania with Romania was proclaimed, but formally the Treaty of Trianon passed Transylvania from Hungarian to Romanian control in 1920. In 1940, the Second Vienna Award granted Northern Transylvania to Hungary and the region was held by Hungary until 1944. With the Soviet occupation near the end of World War II, the Romanian administration returned and the commune's status as part of Romania was formalized in 1947.


Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Chapel of Kontumác (Contumaţ), DN12A, 607209, Romania

This tour will be of particular interest to those with origins from Munich as Blessed Rupert Mayer (also-called as the Apostle of Munich) served on these battlefields in 1916 as a military chaplain. He was held in great esteem by both Catholic and non-Catholic soldiers because his courageous work manifested his love for them. When there was fighting at the front Father Mayer would be found crawling along the ground from one soldier to the next talking to them, listening to them and administering the Sacraments to them. When he was warned that he was putting his own life in danger through such activities, he replied simply, “My life is in God’s hands”. As he was rushing to minister to some of the soldiers, Fr Mayer was seriously wounded by a grenade during heavy fighting in the Ghimes Valley in December 1916. As a result of the injuries, his leg had to be amputated. He returned to Munich to convalesce and was referred to as the “Limping Priest”. He was beatified on 3 May 1987 by Pope John Paul II.
Another famous soldier serving in the Ghimes Valley was the German poet and doctor Hans Carossa who actually operated Fr Mayer after his grenade injury. He wrote a memoir about his time spent in the Eastern Carpathians in 1916 entitled A Roumanian Diary which is a great source of recital of the every day life of the locals from the point of view of a German doctor.
At the end of the tour you will visit the warriors tomb where you may show your respect to them.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Carpathian Escapes, Kossuth Lajos Street, no. 19, Ap. SP.COM.II,, 1st Floor, Office no. 3, Miercurea Ciuc 530160, Romania

Your gudie will drive you back to your car left in Lunca de Sus or to your accommodation in Miercurea Ciuc.
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  • Carpathian Escapes
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, German
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