Transalpina (DN 67C), also known as King Road or Devil’s Path, is the highest road in Romania, with the highest point in Urdele Step (at 2145 m).
The road starts at Bengeşti-Ciocadia, Gorj County (commune located on the national road between Tg. Jiu and Râmnicu Vâlcea, at about 35 km from Tg. Jiu) and reaches Alba Iulia through Sebeş, crossing Parang Mountains and is the highest road in Romania, even higher than Transfăgăraşan!
Being an alpine road is closed throughout the winter. The road is fully modernized and is available for any type of car.
Picturesque landscapes offered by Parâng Mountains will enchant you so you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to do this route at least once in your lifetime, and you’ll come back for sure.
The beginnings of this road are unclear. Some sources sustain it was built first time by the Roman legions during the Dacian wars, reason for which in history maps is named as “Roman strategic corridor IV.”
According to other sources, the road was built and paved by Germans during the First World War, for military reasons, however it was very little used. Transalpina was rebuilt during the interbelic period and opened in 1935, when was inaugurated by the King Carol II, reason for which it is also called “King’s Road”.
The road was rehabilitated during the Second World War, when the Germans needed this access route again for military reasons.