We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!
15% OFF THINGS TO DO when you spend $250+. Use code AUGUST15 on tours & activities
i

Balea Glacier Lake

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Fagaras Mountains | Bâlea Lake Romania, Romania
Website
Book In Advance
More Info
$115*
and up
Private Day Trip from Bucharest to The Ruins of Poenari Citadel, Vidraru Lake...
More Info
$63*
and up
Full-Day tour Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov
More Info
$81*
and up
Transfagarasan Full-Day Private Tour from Sibiu

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 162 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 90
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Fabulous

The nature has given us this gift. Stunning views, perfect for photographers. Fresh air, nice and calm atmosphere. So relaxing, 5*

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Ruxandra C
,
Ploiesti, Romania
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

162 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 126: English reviews
Ploiesti, Romania
Level Contributor
119 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The nature has given us this gift. Stunning views, perfect for photographers. Fresh air, nice and calm atmosphere. So relaxing, 5*

Helpful?
Thank Ruxandra C
Soest, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
447 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must for drivers, photographers and all others. The drive uphill to Balea is spectacular. Just be aware, on the summit you will find a traffic jam during the weekend. Getting a parking place can be though. So many people are visiting this place. Also the ongoing road is crowded with souvenir stands. The buzz brings a lot... More 

Helpful?
Thank PoggiBonsi2012
Timisoara, Romania
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of things to do here, from just staying near the lake at the restaurant, to going on hard trails to the mountain tops. Don't visit on weekends (includind Sunday) because it's extremely crowded. We arrived on Sunday at 3PM and there was a one hour traffic line to get here.

Helpful?
1 Thank AlexandraSt
Slovenian Littoral Region, Slovenia
Level Contributor
14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In July 2016 we drove the Transfagarasan from south to north and slept there for one night. Great views in all directions great summer hiking routes and great place to stop for few hours to have some lunch, photo session, open air rest in the summer.

Helpful?
Thank Igor C
Slatina, Romania
Level Contributor
37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We started our trip at Balea Lac from the Vidraru Dam. When you reach Capra waterfall, you really need to stop a moment to admire the beauty of the place and take a picture. After a couple of hours we reached Balea. Being in the middle of summer (July 16th) was full of vistors. I saw two brides who came... More 

Helpful?
Thank Monica_Ioana_Ion
Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras
Level Contributor
51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

We visited yesterday with a tour from Smart Hostel in Sibiu. The Transfagaran Highway was the highlight of the trip for me, but the lake is beautiful well. There were still some patches of snow around the lake (July 7), so dress warm! There is good too eat by the lake: dried meats, cheese, pastries.

Helpful?
Thank pirdapir
Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
790 reviews
456 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 313 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

Great roads to and from the lake, very busy when we visited ( it was a National holiday ) and apparently, snow had only been cleared the previous week through the narrow mountain tunnel. Enjoyable.

Helpful?
Thank Richard T
Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Level Contributor
155 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

I don't see what all the fuss is about. The lake is small and sits in a basin so there's not much of a view. I suppose in summer you could climb to a peak. But you get much better views from the Bucegi Plateau. The best part of Balea is the view of the mountains rising from the valley... More 

Helpful?
Thank Caminoista
Oshawa, Canada
Level Contributor
18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

We had a wonderful visit to Balea Lake on top of the mountain. WE got up the winding Mountain roads to the base of the Telecabina to the top to an elevation of 6000' Fully snow at the top and the view of the valley in the sunshine below was awesome. WE met a few Internationals on the ride up... More 

Helpful?
Thank Michael C
Level Contributor
135 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

We arrived to the location, to where the cable car station is. It started to snow and it was amazing The market was open. When we tried to go up the mountain, thy asked us for a minimum of 10 people. After half an hour, we reached with the cable car to the lake. However it was an amazing experience...!!!... More 

Helpful?
Thank Eyal A

Travelers who viewed Balea Glacier Lake also viewed

 

Been to Balea Glacier Lake? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Balea Glacier Lake and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Balea Glacier Lake staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?