Bear Lake
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Gabriella A
Cluj-Napoca, Romania230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The Bear lake area is always a nice place to visit while in Sovata even though the lake is closed for swimming these days. You can have a nice walk around the lake, enjoy the landscape and learn more about the wildlife in the area. You can see some wild ducks on the lake and if you're lucky you may also see some squirels in the wood area. Worth spending some time there.
Written September 30, 2021
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Victor T
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
This was our first visit to a salt lake and it was a pleasant experience. The water keeps you afloat and makes swimming and exercising easy. The only downside was that there were a lot of leaves and other debris. The second day was marked by a lot of rain, so the lake was closed, but during our third day the lake was much cleaner. Overall, an enjoyable experience and a great workout.
Written August 3, 2022
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Ilaudj
Bucharest, Romania960 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Had a nice walk around bear lake and really enjoyed it. There are a lot of different walks you can take and admire the nature. You can easily spend 2-3 hours there without having a swim.
Written August 7, 2020
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Gabriella A
Cluj-Napoca, Romania230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
The lake area is a nice place to visit in Sovata even when the weather is not that good. You can have a nice walk aroud the lake and admire the beautiful nature and wildlife. There are also some nice restaurants in the area where you can try some tradtional food.
Written September 27, 2022
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Gabriella A
Cluj-Napoca, Romania230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
It's a great attraction in Sovata.Some people like bathing in it while others like walking around it and also explore the different trails in the area. It's just great to spend some time there and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Written June 4, 2019
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Alexandru D
Ploiesti, Romania157 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
We visited the lake during the second week of August: a family with two kids. The price is a little bit higher since it does not offer anything, except the right to swim in the lake: 30 lei per adult, 25 lei per child. We arrived in a Friday at about 10.15 (it opens at 10) and it was already crowded. We could not find any spot under umbrellas nor there were available any sunbed (it costs extra: 20 lei per piece). You need to come earlier, at about 9.30 to take your tickets and to be able to enter when it opens at 10 and maybe you are lucky to catch a spot under the umbrellas and get sunbeds.
There is a free parking place before you start climbing the street in the last slope before the lake (i.e. short after a traffic roundabout). The next parking place before reaching the park has a charge of 15 lei per day).
The swim in the lake is great: you will just float due to high salt concentration. However, if you can not swim I recommend to stay close to the shore as there are some small arranged places with about 1.5-1.7 m depth. The swimming is closed between 13.00-15.00, then available after 15.00 until 18.00. They argue that this pause is necessary for the lake regeneration but it is clearly a commercial strategy since when it is very hot outside in the summer you will need to get out (i.e. most of the people does not have places under umbrellas since these are limited and not so many. Therefore about half 40-50% of the people get out at 13.00 and if you want to come back you will need to pay again the entrance fee. Therefore a lot of people get out for lunch and other will come starting with 15.00 resulting in more money for attraction administrators. Also, you need to get out to have a decent food since inside there are fast food/pizzas restaurant overpriced and below average food quality. You can bring your own food/drinks as they allows it. You need to have your own beach stuff: towels, swimming curl.
The water temperature did not seems to be that hot as they argued (i.e. 28 degrees Celsius) since my wife appreciated that is quite cold. I appreciate the temperature to be around 23-24 degrees Celsius which is OK in 5-10 minutes after you enter the water.
I recommend the visit if you stay in Sovata or Praid but you need to come earlier to get umbrellas spots and sunbed (or bring your own sub umbrellas/sunbeds).
Written August 20, 2017
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Gabriella A
Cluj-Napoca, Romania230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A great lake in Sovata. It's located in a wonderful surroundings. Many people enjoy bathing there. A must see for all those who visit the area.
Written December 6, 2012
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Magor_K
Cluj-Napoca, Romania963 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Friends
A hot, salty lake in the ring of high, forest hills. It is a must try. The legend of the lake worth a discussion and the process of heliotherm warming is kind of unique (salty lake, the upper sweet water from the creeks spreads on the surface letting the sunlight warmth the lower layers but not allowing the heat escape).
Written January 14, 2015
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Andrea M
Warsaw, Poland113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
We & the kids enjoyed a few hours of swimming in Romania's salt lake called Bear Lake. The lake itself is awesome and the surroundings are stunning, but the administration of the entertainment center is bad: not enough chairs, no rules at all into where people should place their towels for sunbathing.
Our reco is that if you go to this place take with you only one towel and a waterproof container that you can hang around your neck for keeping your money, no purse, no other things.
Another good info: swimming in the lake is not allowed between 1-3 pm, so plan to do.something during that time (eat, sunbath, play a game with friends).
Written August 7, 2018
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Celmaitare S
8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
It's a nice place, people talking hungarian and romanian wich is good. At the infocenter the staff from there have no ideea about what to do in this area so you have to chek out on google before ariving here. The food is good and cheap.
Written August 20, 2016
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