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Lázár-Castle (1km)

szarhegyi lazar kastely

Lázár Castle was built between 1450 and 1532 in several stages. There was grown up the future prince of Transylvania Gábor Bethlen.

Fr. monastery(1km)

szarhegyi ferences kolostor

A historycal church in Szárhegy, was built in the 16's century.

Békás-gorge(38km)

békás-szoros

The gorge was excised by the waters of Bicaz River and it serves as a passageway between the Romanian provinces of Moldova and Transylvania.

Salt mine (52km)

parajdi-sóbánya

The underground visiting place is on "Level 50” which is on 120 m deep from the surface.During a year the salt mine is visited by about 400 000 people.

Somlyó-pilgrimage(55km)

Csiksomlyoi-bucsu

An annual Whitsunday pilgrimage gathering in the village called, in Romanian, Şumuleu Ciuc and Csíksomlyó in Hungarian attracts between 50,000 and 100,000 attendees each year.

Hargita-mountain (58km)

madarasi-hargita

The range is about 80 kilometers long and 20 kilometers wide, and is the “largest andesite mass” and the “largest volcanic body in the whole of Europe”.

Lake Szent-Anna (108km)

szent-anna-tó

Lake Szent-Anna ( meaning "Saint Anne Lake") is the only crater lake in Romania located in the volcanic crater of the volcano named Ciomatu Mare of the Eastern Carpathians.

Bear observation (8km)

medveles-gyergyo

Observation of wild bears with a guide, within a three-hour program.

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The Red Lake

The Lake

The Red Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes to be found in Seklerland. This is the largest barrier lake in the Eastern Carpathian Mountains.
Despite the fact that the Red Lake is a relatively young formation, the date and conditions of its formation are a subjecte for debate. At the time of its formation there weren't any commercial routes in the surroundings, it was an economically idle and difficult to access.
   The scientics considers the year of 1838 as the formation date of the Red Lake. They argues in the favour of the year 1838, connecting the formation of the lake to the earthquake from January 1838, which repeated in February and could have set off a landslide. An other date would be 1837, when it poured heavy with rain in most of the year.

red-lake-main

In the date by which the lake had been definitely formed, its water-level was 1 m higher and stretched about 1 km longer into the valley of the Hasmas Stream.
  The formation and the slip of the mass of debris to the foot of the „Ucigaşul” Mountain can be divided into three phases. In the first phase the basic debris has been conglomerated, which happened in the last stage of the periglacial period. In the second phase the slow weathering of the lower debris took place, finally the soaking of the debris, which set up the slide of the clayish stratum and led to the closing of the valley.
  We can see even today that headland, which closed the valley in its full width and now leans against the southeastern side of the Suhardul Mare.

summer-red-lake

In sunny weather, the surface of the lake reflects the red limestone rocks of the shores.
  The lake is a great tourist attraction, having a valley that is safeguarded by strong winds. The clean and rich air and the picturesque surroundings offer great conditions for relaxation, and near the lake, there are several merchants who sell souvenirs and local street food.

autumn-red-lake

Origin of the name

Regarding the etimology of Red Lake, the original Hungarian name of the lake was also Red Lake, and those who wrote about the region used this name until 1864. In his presentation upon the assembly of the Transylvanian Museum Society, Orbán Balázs renames the lake as Killer Lake and suggests this name for wider use.
  It got its present Hungarian name probably from the Ucigaşul Mountain (means the Killer Mountain), which is much more older naming than the formation of the lake, as the documents mentioned it even in 1773 as the Lazar Counts' property; it was called "the mountain named Killer".

sunny-mountain

Legend

Once upon a time a beautiful girl, Eszter Fazekas, lived in Lazarea. She was as slender as a fir tree, with lips as red as blood, green-grayish eyes, and hair as black as ebony.
  On a sunny July day, Eszter decided to go to the Szentmiklós market. There she saw a handsome, yeomanly lad, who, with his bare hands, could fight a bear, and played the flute like no other; he was able to build a house all by himself, or even carve a chariot. Once they laid eyes on each other – and because love strikes unexpectedly, like a lightning – they fell in love. The young man bought Eszter a heart shaped gingerbread with a mirror in its middle and a sky blue scarf, asking her to be his bride.

mysterious-red-lake

The wedding never took place, because he had to go to serve his bit in the army. Every night, after the sun decided to take a rest between the mountains, Eszter went out with her pitcher to the well, crying and waiting for hours and hours, hoping that the one she loved would return into her arms.
  Even the mountains felt sorry for the poor girl, hearing her heartbreaking crying and even more painful singing. But on a Sunday afternoon, while passing by the well, Eszter was seen by a thief chieftain. He got the girl into his saddle, galloping away with her between the cliffs of Kis-Cohárd, where he used to live. He promised Eszter the world – gold, silver, a diamond palace – as long as she would love and marry him. But she could not reciprocate his feelings, her heart beating for another man. She was waiting for her soldier fiancé to return.
  Seeing that Eszter’s love could not be bought with worldly goods, the thief lost his patience and tried to force her into marriage. Eszter hurried to her true, but silent friends, the mountains, crying for help.

hiking-red-lake

The rocky mountains heard the painful lament and screaming of the beautiful girl and answered her by summoning a heavy storm. On that July dawn, a huge earthquake „moved” the huge rocks of the cliffs, „sending” them after the thief chieftain. The stones buried everything in their way, not just the evil thief – Eszter and even a shepherd and his flock, who just happened to be out on the mountain on that morning.
  On the first Sunday of July the golden rays of the sun illuminated the cliffs and the stone-covered „mass-grave”. The valley, where the day before the crystal-clear Vereskő brook just had been following his old path was blocked by the collapsed hills and stones. The brook couldn’t just slice through the tough rocks so it drowned every tree, grass and flower, reaching the top of the highest cliffs, becoming a lake.
  One can still see the remains of the pine trees as they „reach out” of the water like some raised arms. The shepherds of these mountains named it the killer lake. This is how death was defeated and it transformed into life-giving and vital water. If one looks deep into the lake on a sunny day, the green-grayish eyes of Eszter smile back peacefully from the deep.

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  An another legend says there was a poor girl in the area, adopted by the mercy of an old lady and a very rich boy. The two fell in love at first glance, but the boy’s parents did not agree with this marriage. On their way across the mountain, the young people were trapped by a storm and sheltered at the foot of the massif. A huge stone rolls down the valley and kills them. It is said that the blood flowed into the lake and that’s why it’s red.

red-lake-boat

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