Taking a 2.5-hour walking tour around the Zete trek, you can get to know the most famous facts of local history and the natural values of the place. The 3.5 km walk on the hiking path will give you a picture of tourist and natural sights, types of rocks and wildlife of the place.
(Distance – by car: - km, – on foot: 3.5 km)
The Zetea (Hungarian: Zetelaka) reservoir tames the swift, wildly running waters of the snowy mountains to a wonderful artificial lake, which offers excellent fishing, swimming, trekking or sailing possibilities. The water of the lake warms up pleasantly between the end of June and the middle of August, thus making it suitable for bathing, as well.
(Distance – by car: 10 km, – on foot: - km)
The aim of the Ivo Wildlife Park is to present all Romanian and European forest games in their natural habitat. Visitors can admire red deers, fallow deers, mouflons and roe deers on a territory of almost three hundred hectares.
(Distance – by car: 12 km, – on foot: 3-4 km)
The Stream that flows backwards. The people of Izvoare (Hungarian: Ivo) and Zetea (Hungarian: Zetelaka) have worked hard and without any architectural planning to “entice” the water from the stream of Rakotyas to flow over the broad fields of Bozita and to fill the large wells of the inhabitants of the villages of Irigyvésze, Bozita, Irgóteteje. The stream flows through a dense pine forest. There is a path on its steeper bank to make the loose forest ground more compact.
(Distance – by car: 15 km, – on foot: 2-3 km)
If you get to the top of the mountain Harghita-Madaras (Hungarian: Madarasi-Hargita), you will sense the cultic atmosphere of the place even if you have not heard of the Secler people, of (Hungarian writer) Aron Tamasi, the Siculicidium (the Massacre at Madefalva) or the mineral waters from Homorod. The constant wind flutters local flags and plaits made of horses’ tails hung on crosses stuck in the middle of rock piles all over the rocky-grassy mountain-top covered with crooked dwarf mountain pines; and if you look down to the ground, you will see the names of Hungarian locations displayed out of rocks. The whole place is like a Tibetian sacred place. It has a heart-smothering and majestic atmosphere at the same time.
(Distance – by car: 22 km, – on foot: 3 km)
The Csurgókő waterfall, a wonderful natural creation, can be found in Varsag (Hungarian: Szekelyvarsag), on the Nagykut stream. The two-level waterfall was created by the stream water falling from a height of 6-7 m. It is worth climbing to the upper level, which can be done by the help of the staircase-like cracks and ledges cut in the rock. The rich and clean fountain feeding the waterfall can be found a few hundred meters further.
(Distance – by car: 18 km, – on foot: 1 km)
The Cheile Varghisului (Hungarian: Vargyas szoros) Gorge and the Orbán Balázs Cave. The Varghisului Gorge is one of the most beautiful and most interesting natural sights of Transylvania. There are caves, chalk cliffs, legendary rocks and specific wildlife. "Nature has gathered so many magnificent, so many fascinating things in this place, that in admiring them one can do nothing, but wonder," wrote Balázs Orbán about the Varghisului Gorge almost one and a half centuries before.
(Distance – by car: 50 km, – on foot: 40 km)
Lupeni (Farkaslaka) – Corund (Korond) – Praid (Parajd) – Sovata (Szováta)
Aron Tamasi – Hungarian writer’s – memorial house, opened in 1972 in Lupeni, is a shingle-roof cottage almost 150 years old. The old furniture, Aron Tamasi’s household objects, work, letters and pictures are displayed inside the memorial house.
Aron Tamasi’s grave and monument can be found near the church in Farkaslaka, under two oak trees.
The Salt Mine in Praid, the most important salt mine of the Carpathian basin, has a serious economic activity. Furthermore, it does not only work as a tourist attraction, but it is a health center whose salty disinfectant air is excellent for healing asthma and other respiratory diseases.
The salty Bear Lake in Sovata is the world’s biggest helio-thermal lake. The therapeutic baths recommended here are based on the natural salt content of the lake. Due to its extremely high salt content, the Bear Lake is considered the Dead Sea of Transylvania. Its temperature may even reach as much as 35°C in the summer, which provides ideal circumstances for a relaxing swim. The salty water has a benefic effect on rheumatic pains and some skin-diseases, not to mention inhalation therapies. The mud extracted from the lake is administered as a mask due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory character exercised on the limbs and in case of gynecological diseases.
(Distance – by car: 65 km, – on foot: 2-3 km)
The Jézus Szíve (meaning Jesus’s Heart) lookout turret (also simply called as the Jesus statue; nicknamed the Metal Christ) is a piece of art in the outskirts of the village of Lupeni (Farkaslaka) composed according to the plans of sculptor Walter Zawaczky. The sculpture can be found on the 953 m high Gordon hill, and it also functions as a lookout turret. A spiral staircase leads to the head of the sculpture. With its 22 m height, it counts as the tallest Christ representation of Eastern-Europe.
(Distance – by car: 25 km, – on foot: 4 km)
The Saint Anne Lake is a natural rarity in Europe, since it is the only volcanic crater lake left intact in Eastern-Europe. It is part of the Mohos Nature Reserve, which includes the two craters of the Ciomatu volcano.
(Distance – by car: 110 km, – on foot: 1.5 km)
The Red Lake – the Bicaz Gorge
The lake called Lacul Rosu (its Romanian name means: Red Lake, its Hungarian name, Gyilkos-to, means: Killer Lake) is one of the most famous lakes of Transylvania, which lies on a height of 938 m, in the middle of the Hasmas Mountains. The lake lies 26 km from Gheorgheni, and it formed in the summer of 1837, when the debris from the north-western inclination of the so called Killer Mountain slipped and blocked the streams flowing in the valley. Many tree-trunks, the remains of a former forest reach out from the lake, and the view is made even more special by the compelling rock nearby, called Suhardul Mic.
The Bicaz Gorge (Romanian: Cheile Bicazului, Hungarian: Bekasi-szoros), with its length of 5 km, has gained its name from the winding Bicaz River flowing in it. While walking along the gorge, you can feel dominated by the 200-300-meter-high cliffs dreadfully reaching towards the sky. The 1154-meter-high Piatra Altarului (“the altar rock”) is a special, unique rock giant, which cannot be ignored and cannot be admired enough. The Bicaz Gorge is an unbelievable sight and an unbelievable experience with its looming rocks and cascading waterfalls.
(Distance – by car: 75 km, – on foot: 2-3 km)
The Piatra Singuratica (Hungarian: Egyes-kő, meaning “solitary rock”) is one of the most spectacular natural creations of Transylvania. Some other gripping rock-formations of the Hasmas Mountain, which is made of precipitated rock, are: the Hasmasul-Mare (Hu: Nagy-Hagymás), the Hasmasul-Negru (Hu: Fekete-Hagymás), the Ecem (Hu: Öcsém) mountain with its Ördögmalom (meaning “Devil’s mill”) peak; but probably, the most beautiful of all these rocks are the defiant, assertive towers of the Piatra Singuratica. Hungarian sculptor Károly Kós modeled the Big Rock of Budapest Zoo after these groups of rocks; the sculpture was completed in 1912.
(Distance – by car: 80 km, – on foot: 4 km)