Last weekend we visited the most beautiful lake in Transylvania – Lake Saint Anne. The only volcanic lake in Eastern Europe is situated in the volcanic arc of the Eastern Carpathians – 55km from Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc). You can find directions here.
Along the way I was admiring the beautiful landscape of the Carpathians.
We visited by car but if you like to hike there is a red cross hiking trail you can follow from Tusnádfürdő (Baile Tusnad). It is a 4,5 km long walk and takes around 1,5 hour. For the ones who choose the biking or cycling it is a good idea to take the trip from Csíkszereda. The road is good until you reach Sebsibükkszád (Bixad), after that unfortunately the road is quite bad. For car drivers a good to know that you will not be able to drive faster than 30-40km/hour. The way to the lake is not that perfect but what you will find at the end of the road it is worth it.
From the car park we walked around 20 minutes to reach the lake. The weather was sunny but a little bit chilly not that usual of May. In the summer there are places to camp and you can swim in the lake. I could imagine there a long weekend with fireplace, camping and hiking in the surrounded mountains. But be aware of bears in this area!
When I saw the lake I was amazed by the clear water. I have seen it before but I didn’t remember it was so clean. The lake is situated around 950m above sea level, the surface area is around 19ha, maximum depth is around 6-6,5 m. An interesting fact is the source of water which comes from rain.
There is a small coffee shop near to the lake so we could enjoy the time with a coffee. We walked around the lake which takes around 30-45 minutes. The area was not crowded at all, I think in the summer time is a bit different. I will definitely check out 🙂
There is a legend linked to the name of the lake. According to locals there was a girl named Anne who was forced by parents to marry to with a young man who she did not love. She was so sad and upset that she chose to plunge into the lake and drown. The story says she was not found afterwards and they named the lake after her.
All in all a wonderful destination to visit in Transylvania, a piece of heaven where you can relax and feel free.