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Getcha motor runnin’ on Europe’s most thrilling highway

The Transfăgăraşan Highway in Transylvania twists and turns for 90km through the highest peaks of the Carpathian mountains. The snaking lane was built by soldiers in 1970–74 during Ceaușescu’s rule. Nowadays, the road attracts motorcyclists and car drivers – the Top Gear trio have whizzed along it too! – and, if you dare take your eyes off the road for a second, the views are spectacular. Near the highest point, at Bâlea Lake, you’ll pass the unique Hotel of Ice, while along the southern stretch is the Poienari fortress; a hideout for Vlad III the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Transfagarasan Highway, Transylvania by Rechitan Sorin, Shutterstock© Rechitan Sorin, Shutterstock

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