Mocăniţa Steam Train on Vaser Valley
The Mocăniţa starts its voyage in Vişeu de Sus town in Maramureş County.
The tourist trains work between May-October. Throughout the year there are also charter trains.
There are one day trips and you can hop off between stops. Adventure enthusiasts can camp in nature and then return to civilization in the next few days using the Mocăniţa, the steam train. Since this area is on the border with the Ukraine, it is best to have identification or passport with you. Reservations should be done at least a few days in advance and you can either pay online or upfront. Don’t forget that you are in a mountainous area so dress properly and use proper footwear!
Entrance fee: Yes
Oficial site here.
If there is an experience not to miss in Maramureş than that is definitely a train ride with Mocăniţa. In the historical region of Maramureş, between the Vişeu and Vaser rivers you will find Vişeu de Sus which is known as the starting point of Mocăniţa, the steam train.
Mocăniţa from the Maramureş Natural Park is a logging train pulled by a steam locomotive, which travels on a narrow-gauge railway. Built from 1930 to 1933 and having a total length of 56 km, it was only used for industrial purposes. In the meantime it has become an important tourist attraction, being the most unusual way of discovering a part of Maramureş County. Mocăniţa begins its trip early in the morning, going up the Vaser Valley and returns late in the afternoon. The touristic route is 22 km long up to Paltinu station and it covers an area of rare beauty. The spectacular and wild sceneries will forever seduce you.
Did you know?
Mocăniţa is one of the last trains of its kind still in use in Europe and the only one in Romania that is still used for transporting the logs down the mountains.
Its conservation state is good as the touristic trips are regularly organized.
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