Retezat National Park


The Retezat National Park overlaps the Retezat Mountains in Hunedoara County.

The access in the Park is done either from the Haţeg basin or coming up from the Jiu valley.

In Nucşoara, Gura Apei, Cârnic, Ostrovel, but also at the Pietrele Lodge, there are visitor centers where you can get useful information and buy tickets, and also maps to help you on your trip. The ticket is lasts for 7 days from the moment it is acquired.

Entrance fee: Yes


Situated in the Retezat-Godeanu Mountains, Retezat National Park is one of the most beautiful and original national parks in Romania. Founded in 1935 on the Royal House hunting domain, the park ensures the preservation of the wild alpine landscapes, the many endemic species and the magnificent glacial landforms.

Due to its beauty and uniqueness, the park was included in 1979 on the list of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. Here you can find 80 glacial lakes, over 20 peaks with an altitude of over 2000 meters, 90 species of endemic plants and over 185 species of birds. If you're lucky, you might get a glimpse of chamoix, bears, dears, wildcats and even marmots - brought in from the Austrian Alps. The Retezat National Park is also the hikers’ enthusiasts’ heaven because they have several trails to choose from with various degrees of difficulty, thematic trails (“The mysteries trail”, “The lakes trail”), and also bouldering routes.

Did you know?

The Retezat National Park is the largest nature reserve in Romania.

Here you can find the largest glacial lake, Bucura Lake, and also the deepest one, Zănoaga Lake, with a depth of 29 meters.

Conservation facts

Since 2004, Retezat National Park is the first national park from Romania to be accepted as member of Pan Parks, a European foundation set to promote the national parks of Europe as outstanding eco-tourism destinations.

Since 2007, the park is part of the European ecological network Natura 2000.

In order to preserve the natural environment, there are no means of transportation in the park thus encouraging the discovery of the park’s beauties by foot.

There are special places for camping with tourists benefiting from the numerous information boards or shelters.