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In CFF railway station aka Gara Mocanitei
Tel: 0040 262 35 35 35
Fax: 0040 262 35 33 63
435700 - Viseu de Sus
Maramures - Romania



Vişeu de Sus

Even if the provincial town of Viseu de Sus is blessed neither with historical nor architectural constructions, there is always something to discover. In the centre, on a stroll through town, there is the former country castle (today city administration, “Primaria”), the town museum and quite close to each other three big churches: Romanian orthodox (built in 1933-37) with its typical domes, Greek-orthodox (built in 1912-1918) by the German minority.

Some side routes with their single-storey small houses have preserved still the charm of the old. Jewish stamped Viseu de Sus; unfortunately, the big synagogue was destroyed in seventies.

Worth seeing is also the formerly German quarter of the “Zipserei” (from Zipser row, row settlement), on the other side of the river, in whose lanes you can hear now and then the cosy Wischauer dialect. Above this quarter, on the so-called “Podori”, the German/Hungarian (Catholic) as well the big Jewish cemetery is situated, with a nice view on town and in the Rodna Mountains.

Winter in Viseu de Sus

Closer Surroundings

The Viseu de Sus’ surrounding hills and mountains are ideally suited for easy day wanderings and excursions to nature.

An attractive tour through picturesque scenery scattered farmsteads leads from the “Zipserei” in the Weintal (in Romanian Valea Vinului). This valley is known for its numerous mineral water springs (in Romanian Borcut).

The visit of the small cloister Valea Scradei founded after the turn (in Romanian Manastir) is also worthwhile (an originally remaining side valley of the Wassertal). The cloister with its wooden church built in the typical Maramures style lies about 20 walking minutes form the village centre in marvellous surroundings. Way: From Viseu de Sus across the Zipser bridge, then on the right along the street 1. Mai (in Romanian Unu Mai) always along the river after about 3 kilometres again across wide wooden bridge, following the rails of the railway through the forest and further along the street leading to Valea Scradei.

Important: There are no footpaths in the west-European sense, never mind signpost. Best of all you follow your own sense and ask, if necessary, the friendly locals for the way.

Vaser Valey

Vaser Valley

A day trip with the forest railway offers a unique train adventure; but if someone wants to know the picturesque “Wassertal”, he should make a trip lasting several days. But such a very recommendable tour (suggestions for routes are further below) should be prepared carefully because the “Wassertal” is not populated and apart from alpine pastures completely covered with forests. Pure natur!

Pay attention while a several days trip:
  • Physical fitness and travelling experiences are imperative.
  • Have a tent with you! There are no overnight stay possibilities.
  • Take enough provisions with you, no shopping possibilities.
  • Appropriate shoes, protections against rain and warm clothes are imperative.
  • Never travel alone!
  • Go to the next train station if there are any problems or emergencies (radio contact), mobile phones have no reception.
  • Respect the controls (border area!), always have your passport with you.
  • Mind immediate vicinity to the border of Ukraine.
  • Provide yourself with spring water only.
  • In case of fog you can quickly lose your orientation! In emergency, follow the watercourse downwards.
  • Caution against not supervised sheepdogs!
  • Take maps and possibly a compass with you.

Routs (even marked in parts):
  • Viseu de Sus – Valea Pestilor – Pietrosul Bardau (1850m) – Bardau CFF (2 days)
  • Faina CFF – Novicior – Novicior CFF (1 day)
  • Macarlau CFF – Vf Tiganului (1736m) – Vf Toroiaga (1930m) – Ripi – Ihoasa CFF (2-3 days)
  • Ihoasa CFF – Valea Scradei – Viseu de Sus (1 day)
(all of the routes could be travelled upon in the opposite direction and/or could be combined with each other)

There are of course countless other possibilities for tours in „Wassertal“. Travellers get competent advice and further suggestion for routs in the bureau of Ecotours S.R.L.


„Maramures“is rich of sights for tourists. Most of them are reachable in a daytrip from Viseu de Sus by car; but as there are guestrooms everywhere, it is recommendable to make a several day tour or round tours.

A rough overview:
  • Country land Iza-Tal: Famous for its costumes (Sundays!), traditional wooden gates/doorways and –churches. Good hiking possibilities. Villages which are worth seeing: Ieud, Botiza and Barsana with its monastery (world cultural heritage!).
  • Sighet: Pretty, former Austrian-Hungarian small town, different museums (among them the open-air village museum), synagogues, big Jewish graveyard, birth house of Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel was born (museum today), and many others.
  • Sapinta: „Fröhlicher Friedhof“ (geschnitzte, bauernkünstlerisch verzierte Grabkreuze), viel traditionelles Kunsthandwerk, höchste Holzkirche Europas (Manastir Sapinta Peri), wunderschöne Umgebung (teilweise unter Naturschutz) usw.
  • Rodna-Mountains: Highest Mountain of Maramures, partly national park (Pietrosul), perfect for (several days) mountains tours.
  • Borsa Complex, Prislop: reachable with chairlift, skiing possibilities in winter, waterfall (Cascada), and marked trails.
  • Ocna Sugatag: health resort with sanatoriums, thermal baths, beautiful surrounding area.
  • Tisa: sensational private museums (art, antique, graphics) of the family Pipaş
  • Costiu: : swimming pool with salty mineral water, wild salt lake, beautiful position.
  • …and many more!
Traditions on Vaser Valey