Cycling enthusiasts in the surroundings of Brasov and not only,
This collection of maps published by Schubert & Franzke SRL is a bold attempt to bring bicycle trails around the city of Brasov together under the same cover. This mountain area is popular for hiking, rock climbing and winter sports.
There is a multitude of mountain groups around Brasov, part of both the Eastern Carpathians and the Southern Carpathians. In some of them, it would have been impossible to achieve a cartographic product with plenty of bicycle trails, mainly due to the massiveness of the landforms or to the poor infrastructure. Therefore, a combination of several trails from the mountains located closer (Postavaru, Piatra Mare, Ciucas Grohotis, Baiului, Bucegi Leaota, Persani, Piatra Craiului, Rucar-Bran Pass) or further (Iezer-Papusa, Fagaras, Frunti, Ghitu) from Brasov was preferred. The title of the final product got the above format, even if it includes the quite interpretable term of „surroundings” and despite the fact that it contains several routes in areas that some would consider too far from Brasov.
In terms of environmental protection, the area covered includes a national park (the Piatra Craiului Mountains) and a natural park (the Bucegi Mountains), as well as a multitude of Natura 2000 sites and nature reserves. Both landscape diversity and biodiversity are enough to impress any nature and sports lover. And even if for a cycling enthusiast the journey is more important than the destination, we still have to mention some of the natural tourist attractions along the trails: Postavaru Peak and the surroundings of Piatra Mare, the spectacular landforms of the Ciucas, the gentle ridges of the Baiului, Grohotis or Tataru Mountains, Omu Peak, the Sphinx, the Old Women rock formations, the eastern and western slope of the Bucegi, the rounded heights of the Persani, Rucar-Bran Pass, Dambovita and Dambovicioara Gorges, Zarnesti Gorge, the high alpine roads in Leaota or on the southern ridges of Iezer-Papusa and Fagaras, Vidraru Lake, etc. In terms of culture or leisure, it is worth noting that many of the trails are close to Poiana Brasov Resort or to the resort along Prahova Valley: Predeal, Azuga, Busteni, Sinaia. There are several cultural attractions along or near the trails that invite us to stop and visit or admire them: the Black Church in Brasov, Peles Castle, Cantacuzino Castle, Sinaia Monastery, Bran Castle, etc.