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Hotspots around Timisoara: Bigar Waterfall & Oravita-Anina Steam Train

Let's go on a breathtaking train ride on the oldest rail in Romania! The steam train crosses 14 tunnels and 10 viaducts offering slow and amazing scenic views of hills, valleys and villages! Then we go in Semenic National Park to go see a natural wonder that used to be renowned for its beauty - Bigar Waterfall - which unfortunately ran into a natural disaster in 2020.

What you need to know about this tour to Bigar Waterfall

  • A private day trip for small groups starting from Timisoara. Duration: 10 hours
  • Included: transport by car (4-5 hours), guidance from a native of the area, tickets (train & Bigar Waterfall), small snack
  • The train ride lasts about 2h and travels at 20 km/h - prepare for spectacular slow scenery and bring your camera!
  • From Oravita we drive another hour to the entry point for Bigar Waterfall and go for a light walk in the forest
  • We can stop for lunch in Anina after arrival - I know a good place!
  • Bigar Waterfall collapsed due to natural causes in 2020. Part of it is still intact and worth seeing, and we can explore the area around it which is very beautiful!

Additional information

The train is closed but does not have heating. Please wear comfortable and appropriate clothing.

Moments to expect in the Bigar Waterfall tour

To Anina Railway Station

We drive 2,5 hours from Timisoara to arrive at Oravita train station. On our way, we will stop in Carasova, an old Croatian ethnic village for a short walk to see village life in Semenic National Park.

To Anina Railway Station

A scenic train ride

The oldest railway in Romania is not electrified - so prepare for slow scenery on a steam train ride! Known as Semeringul Banatean, the Oravita-Anina steam train goes through open plains, rolling hills, viaducts and tunnels in Semenic National Park, offering spectacular views of the wild, open area and a great way for you to relax and let your mind wander!

A scenic train ride

Bigar Waterfall

Bigar Waterfall was ranked #1 most beautiful in the world by the World Geography Atlas and has achieved international fame as one of Romania's top attractions! Small streams running on moss and soft grass that miraculously growing on rock will create a unique scene you will never forget! In 2020 water erosion caused the heavy structure made out of soft soil to collapse. The remaining part is still beautiful to see, as is the area around the waterfall!

Bigar Waterfall

Water Mills in Rudăria

Less than 25km away from the *Bigar Waterfall*, we will visit the reservation of the *Water Mills* in Rudăria, in the Eftimie Murgu village. The 22 mills spread on 3 km, on the bank of the river Rudăria, were built in the 18th century. The mills are owned by the locals, who use them to grind their cereals. It is a splendid place to discover the old agricultural and ethnological traditions of the region!

Water Mills in Rudăria
2 x 125 Euro
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Sends us or the guide an email 24h before the tour informing us you can't make it and you'll get a full refund of your payment, no questions asked.

Location details

  • Starting point: Timisoara
  • Nearest airport: Traian Vuia Airport Timisoara
  • Nearest train station: Gara de Nord Timisoara
  • Landscape: Hills , Countryside, Mountains

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