retezat mountains near hateg

What To Visit In The Land of Hateg

Published on December 11, 2023 by Zoltan Nyaradi

Located in the southwestern part of the historical region of Transylvania, the Land of Hateg offers many things to explore and discover for tourists. Honestly, I found myself captivated by the picturesque landscapes, ancient castles, and warm hospitality. In this article, I will take you on a virtual tour of some of the must-visit destinations in the Land of Hateg, revealing the unique charm that makes it a destination you will never forget. Below I’ve shared a list of 5 amazing places that I’ve visited in the past so join me on a journey as I share my firsthand experience of the must-visit places in this captivating region.

Hateg-Slivut Bison Reserve

Bisons in Hateg-Slivut Bison Reserve.

Hateg-Slivut Bison Reserve can be found not far from the city of Hateg. This place is highly recommended for wildlife enthusiasts and not just because this place offers a rare opportunity to witness European bison in its natural habitat. The reserve is committed to the protection and preservation of this endangered species, making it a meaningful and educational stop for visitors of all ages

The Densus Church

Densus stone church.

As you drive from Hateg towards Caransebes on DN68, you can make a small detour and visit the Densus stone church, which by the way is the oldest church in Romania. It can be found in the small and quiet village of Densus, which is about 14 km away from the city of Hateg. The historic stone church dates back to the 13th century and it was built on the site of a former Roman temple.

Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa

Old Roman ruins in Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa.

If you are a history enthusiast, then Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa would be another place that I highly recommend. After the Romans conquered Dacia, they decided to build a city on the territory of Sarmizegetusa. Today you will have the chance to visit the old Roman capital’s ruins. You can visit the ruins of temples, amphitheater, and residential areas that once thrived during the Roman Empire. If you plan to visit this place, you will find the main entrance right next to the main road connecting Caransebes and Hateg.

Malaiesti citadel

The small Malaiesti citadel.

You will find the Malaiesti citadel in the Romanian village which has the same name as the citadel. The citadel consists of a tower which in the past, was surrounded by fortification walls. Today only a small part of the fortification wall remained intact. From there, you will have the chance the admire the beautiful Retezat Mountains which are not very far from the village of Malaiesti.

Lake Gura Apelor

Lake Gura Apelor in the Retezat Mountains.

Gura Apelor is an artificial lake located up in the Retezat Mountains. If you plan to visit this place, then you should know that the road up to the lake is asphalted except for a couple of small portions, I can say that is in pretty decent condition. Once you arrive at the dam, you are surrounded by the beautiful Retezat Mountains and you will find a couple of trails that actually start from the Lake Gura Apelor.

Locations on the map

In the map below you will find the exact locations of the important places shared in this post. The starting point for all the important objectives in the Land of Hateg is the small Romanian city of Hateg. In addition to pinpointing these locations on the map, the corresponding routes necessary to reach each objective are also highlighted for your convenience.