One of the advantages of living in Drobeta Turnu Severin is that you are not just a stone’s throw away from Serbia, but also close to some extremely impressive must see cities or attractions, including the well known Bigar waterfall, Decebal’s statue, the Danube and many other smaller towns, villages and attractions.
This includes the nearby Baile Herculane, a thermal resort that’s crammed in between mountains, with the Cerna river running through the middle, offering amazing fresh air, breathtaking views and the opportunity to climb the mountains and see some stunning, raw nature around. And we’ve decided that it’s time to explore more of these!
So, we recently took a trip to Baile Herculane, passed through it and stopped some 8 kilometers away near the Cerna river and Cerna Mountains, ready for a hike to Vanturatoarea Waterfall – a waterfall we didn’t even know existed until very recently. And, boy, we missed a lot!
We were lucky to start early in the morning, when the summer heat was still behind the mountains – which proved to be a very good thing during our one hour and a half ascent to see the waterfall. Remember: it might take you less than it did to us, as we traveled with our 3 years old son.
It was a pretty steep, but beautiful hike up the mountain, through an old forest and the sights were on most occasions spectacular. Our son couldn’t walk for long before he got really tired, so I had to carry him – but it was, honestly, safer that way as the trip up to Vanturatoarea waterfall wasn’t really the safest for the three-year-old.
Expect to go up a lot, grabbing on branches and going through some really tight spots, so make sure to bring adequate shoes, a lot of water and maybe a snack or two. But eventually, you will get there and I will let the photos we took during our Vanturatoarea waterfall experience near Baile Herculane to do most of the talking.
After 1.5 hours of climbing, we finally reached what we thought was the waterfall. It was in what seemed to be the peak of the mountain and we were extremely disappointed with what seemed to be a barely visible stream of water.
Fortunately, Wife Romanian was paying attention to the signs around us and noticed a small sign on a nearby rock, a sign that was telling us to keep on going. After 10 more minutes of walking, we finally got to the real waterfall and it was indeed impressing.
Vanturatoarea Waterfall is actually a pretty big waterfall and impressive too! Because of the extremely dry weather, it wasn’t as spectacular as it could be, but we still loved it and had no real reasons to complain! I can only imagine how rich it is after some rainier days.
Everything about the Vanturatoarea Waterfall, as well as the surrounding areas was beautiful, as you can see in the photos below:
The way back was even more difficult, especially as I was carrying my son, which complicated things a little bit. Going down the mountain, with all the dirt and pebbles making it difficult not to fall was a real experience, especially as I haven’t been on mountains that much and I was expecting going down to be a lot easier. Nope!
We were almost back to the starting point when my knees started to shake and I just had to drop down and take a short break. But it was all worth it – an overall amazing experience, one that showed me why so many people love raw Romania (or should I call it Rawmania?) so much: because it is indeed breathtaking!
On our way back home, we took a quick detour and visited the Saint Ana monastery in Orsova, which is also really beautiful. We’ve been there on numerous occasions and I was so tired that I didn’t realize I should take more photos of it and the surroundings for the blog… but I will definitely have this in mind for future trips. Until then, here’s a glimpse of this top Romanian monastery:
We’re planning to visit more places in Romania, especially those closer to home because we still can’t go on very long car rides with our son – so hopefully we’ll turn these plans into reality and we’ll be able to show you even more attractions here in Romania, especially lesser known ones like the Vanturatoarea Waterfall near Baile Herculane.