Vișeu de Sus

The value of the area to which Vişeu de Sus belongs is consecrated at national level both by natural endowment, rich in unique natural phenomena, diversity of species and scientific importance and by cultural patrimony. The town has a geographical position at the verge of areas of tourist interest and the intersection of very important tourist routes and circuits: Vişeului Valley, Vaserului Valley, Izei Valley, Cascada Cailor – Borşa, Rodnei Mountains Natural Reservation, Poiana Narciselor from Sahlean Mountains. Vişeu de Sus is one of the most recent resorts in Romania, officially recognized in 2011. The town ows its touristic pathway to the Vaser Valley – The Valley of the River.
Included in Maramures Mountains Natural Park, with areas under the Natura 2000 protection, the city is strenghtening its natural habitat of high importance, extremely attractive for tourists.

The central attraction - Vaser – has became an area of national and international interest due to Mocăniţa, has a total length of 50 km, the old railway runs through a wooded area alternating with rocks, the landscape is truly special.


Vişeu de Sus is located in the north-eastern part of the County of Maramureş, in the Maramureş Depression, at the confluence of the Vişeu and Vaser Valleys.


  • By train: Cluj-Napoca – Sighetu Marmaţiei route Leaves Cluj-Napoca at 15:40, arrives in Vişeu de Jos at 20:44. More information on train schedule:
  • By car: on DN 18.
  • By bus: Germany – Austria – Hungary – Romania route daily Mayer & Mayer charters; Baia-Mare - Vişeu de Sus route, with the operators: Dracard, Geo Tur, Transgrup Ionut and Auto Balmir, daily departures at: 7:00, 7:30, 9:00, 9:25, 11:30, 14:00, 15:00 şi 17:00; Cluj - Vişeu de Sus route – departures from Cluj Napoca at 07:00 and 14:30 from Beta Bus station; Borşa – Vişeu de Sus route – departures at 7:30 and 14:00 More information on bus schedule :



Tourist objectives

The tourists who arrive at Vişeul de Sus can visit 33 locations classified historical monuments, can admire the collections of the local museum or can participate in many events with cultural or recreational nature which the town hosts every year.

The evolution of Vişeu de Sus Town is closely connected with the foundation of forestry centres, back in 1770, where Zipser colonists are brought from Zips by the order of emperor Joseph the II, to work as workers. Thus, the first major constructions are made in 1780: the mill from the Eastern side of the town and the dam of Macârlău. The first elementary school of the Treasury Vişeu de Sus was founded in 1788, then in 1790 the Watergate of Făina, and the Roman-Catholic Vişeu Parish would be founded. In 1789 took place the inauguration of the first general school, and in 1809 it was built the first lumber factory. Between 1809 - 1810 the Ţipterai neighbourhood was populated and formed.

The orthodox church "Bunavestire" and the Parochial house of "Bunavestire" church (dates back to 1842)

Construction belonging to Neogothic style, has a large bell dating back to 1907, and two smaller bells. This church is also called by the locals "The Old Church", being built in 1834 on the place of a small wooden church, which preceded the erection of Vişeu de Sus commune, according to the historian Tit Bud. Church marks the first Orthodox parish in town, in 1680 the first priest is recalled, "priest Ionas".

Roman-Catholic church "Holy Ana"

A monument of architecture belonging to Neogothic style, located in the centre of the town, the church was built in 1812, by the priest Schiller Carol, being designed by an Italian architect. The sculptures and paintings made by Austrian and Italian artists complete the artistic value of the monument. The church is flanked by a cemetery, made for the soldiers of Austrian-Hungarian and German army, who died in the first World War, and a chapel.

The former public hospital "Irina", today the Museum ethnography and history and crafts centre (built at the end of nineteenth century)

The Museum of History and Ethnography, opened in 2003, is structured on two levels and accommodates over 1,100 pieces. On the ground floor there are objects, documents and photos showing the history of the area. Upstairs the space hosts an ethnographic exhibition and objects of worship specific to Maramures. The museum provides insight into the traditions and customs of the area.
Address: Str. Libertăţii, Nr. 7, Telephone: +40 745 631 787, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"Pop Simion" house

The construction which today houses the Mayor's Office and the Local Council of Vişeu De Sus Town, was the former administration of the estates of Pop Simion, and dates back to the beginning of twentieth century.
Centrul Nobilimii Maramuresene
Centrul Documentar-Expoziţional al Nobilimii Maramureşene

Str. Libertatii nr. 24, tel: 0756339197,

Former gymnasium, today the Technological hight school no. 1

The building dating back to nineteenth century is on Tudor Vladimirescu Street. Nowadays, the high school prepares the town students from preschool level to high school level.

Jewish cemetery

The Jewish Cemetery represents a testimony of the important Jewish community from the area, being impressive by the narrated history and the old age of funeral monuments. Even if the synagogue was demolished, the cemetery can still be visited today.

"Elefant" Museum-House

The last traditional wooden Jewish house inaugurated as a museum in 2011, presents sequences of the life of Jews from the town. It is in Vişeu de Sus station, being equipped with a library-café, where the tourists can admire a series of objects belonging to the Jewish community from the area.

Hermitage with patron "Birth of mother of god" from Scradei valley

On its boundary there was a Catholic monastery, the old church being built in 1762 . Every year, on 8th September there is the custom of going in pilgrimage.

Ţipţerai neighbourhood (de la Zipser Reihe – (from Zipser Reihe – Zipser rows) - the neighbourhood of German colonists, whose construction started in 1809-1810.

Also, the most valuable natural objective from the area Vişeu de Sus is Vaserului Valley which stands out by the existence of mocăniţei (steam train), the main attraction of tourists, with a tradition of tourism in this area dating back to twentieth century. The area enjoys a picturesque natural landscape, unpolluted, with spectacular forms of relief and can be thus valorised in the rest tourism (rest, relaxation), hitchhiking trips, escalades, scientific interest, but also by the numberless possibilities of recreation and relaxation it offers, being an attraction for tourists.

The tourist and recreational potential of Vişeu de Sus Town is privileged by:
  • The special natural framework owing to the location in the area of Maramureşului Mountains which now belong to the Natural Park with the same name;
  • The existence of natural attractions such as the forests spread with rich flora and fauna which represent an excellent reason for the realization of tourist routes for hitchhiking trips in the nature;
  • The richness of mineral waters with healing effects from the area of Vinului Valley from the Vaserului Valley basin;
  • Preservation of authentic cultural and historical values which represent premises for the development of rural tourism.

Maramureşului mountains natural park

Located in the North-East of Maramureş county, Maramureşului Mountains Natural Park has a surface of 148,850 ha and is the largest natural park in Romania. The central part and the highest part of the chain of mountains crosses the park from North-West to South-East and comprises the most representative peaks: Pop Ivan (1937 m), Farcău (1957 m, the highest of Maramureşului Mountains), Mihăiescu (1918 m), Pietrosu Bărdău (1850 m), Toroiaga (1930), Jupania (1853 m), Fântâna Stanchii (1726 m) and Cearcănu (1846 m).

The mountain relief of the park is very varied, depending on the method of formation and the geological era in which it was formed. Thus, we find here glacial relief, periglacial relief, volcanic, structural relief and areas with relief developed in crystalline and chalky rocks. Thanks to the diversity and importance of the relief forms here, in the park there are four protected areas: Sâlhoi-Zâmbroslavile Cliffs (5 ha), Cornu Nedeii - Ciungii Bălăsânii (800 ha), Farcău-Vinderel–Mihailecu (100 ha) and the Glade with daffodils Tomnatec-Sehleanu (100 ha). Apart from these, in the area there are over 30 caves of low sizes and a few waterfalls.

Flora is representative for Eastern Carpathians and includes a large number of endemic plants of Carpathians as well as many rare species or species protected by law (arnica montana, globeflower, edelweiss, lady's slipper, campanula, sundew.

Fauna is very rich with a large number of rare, protected and endemic elements (Carpathian bear, lynx, mink, wolf, marmot, boar, otter, wood grouse, Lyrurus tetrix, wagtail, eagle, hawk, blackbird, raven, hazel grouse).

The rivers and lakes from Maramureşului Mountains Park shelter very rare species in the country or endemic to the area: taimen, trout, broad snout, grayling, European Chub.

Vaserului Valley

The most valuable natural objective from Vişeu de Sus area is Vaserului Valley which stands out by the existence of mocăniţei (steam train), the main attraction of tourists, with a tourist tradition dating back to 20th century.

Vaserului Valley comprises a huge forested area, which is not inhabited up to the camps of workers and the only way of access is the forestry railway. As area which is part of Natural Park “Maramureşului Mountains“, Vaserului Valley is under European protection, its forestry use is allowed with the observance of environmental obligations which assure that the forest will be preserved at its current capacity. The forestry railway of narrow track gauge (760 mm) offers the lovers of railway trips and not only very special landscapes along a route of about 50 km. Along the line one can discover the most picturesque forms of nature: steep banks which start right near the line, secular forests or massive cliffs crossed by tunnels.

Vaserului Valley is increasingly becoming a destination sought for its hunting tourism. Depending on the hunting season, here you can hunt stags (between 1st September and 15th December), boars (between 1st August and 15th February), bears (only with special approval) or wood grouse (between 1st April and 15th May).

Vinului Valley

Since the nineteenth century, in Vinului Valley there were consecrated 100 springs of mineral water or „borcut”, as it is locally called. The mineral springs on Vinului Valley, „La căldare”, „La Ştiubei”, „Izvorul lui Victor” and especially the spring known as „Gulaci” were in the beginning of twentieth century parts of a balneary and climatic resort and continue to have a huge potential of valorization, by the quality of waters and well-being properties (of 12,7 g/l and a concentration of 2,26 g/l CO2) , but also for the rare beauty of the natural landscape and the peace and quiet of the place.


Located in the very heart of Maramureş, Vişeu de Sus is one of its representative settlements, both historically and by the wealth of traditions and cultural heritage. Part of an ethnographic area that treasures more legends, beliefs and traditions than the entire area of Maramureş, Vişeu de Sus is a significant exponent of the Maramureş dwelling, the two key elements: "water" and "wood", defining both the overall appearance of the town, as well as the traditional crafts.

The ampleness of the forest in the mountains, keeping watch over the town, leaves its print on local life, being an essential part of the community culture and civilization, woodworking having marked the local architecture as a profound science. Being located in the mountains belt, relatively isolated from the rest of the country, by the typical mountain grounds, the area has kept some traditional characters of life in Maramureş, the influences of modern development being experienced rather later than in other areas.
Vişeu de Sus has known a somewhat different evolution from the rest of Maramureş, experiencing an extraordinary economic boom after arrival of the Saxon miners and then of the settlers from Zips, in the 1770s. This flourishing development has attracted other settlers, from Salzburg, Tirol, Salzkommengut and Gurunden, which resulted in the consolidation of a multiethnic community; 18 ethnic groups being found in town at one time, a solid base for weaving stories, now part of the local mythology.

Many of the local customs and traditions are still related to the “ţipţers” present in the area. For them, Christmas is still the most important holiday of the year, which is why the houses are embellished with fir branches and the entire community gathers on Christmas Eve for the service that begins at midnight. After it ends caroling begins, a tradition involving the whole family, and the carols sung still contain “ţipţer” words.

Cultural events

National Festival of Satire and Humor Smiles in April

Date of organization: last weekend in April

The competition is organized in three sections: epigrams on given topics, parody and book of humor (epigrams, fables, short stories, etc.). Within the festival events and several shows, complementary to the actual contest are organized: comic recitals, epigrammatic tournaments, book and magazines launches, and visits to touristic attractions in the surroundings. The message of this festival is: "Humor is the most efficient and truthful human means of socialization" and it addresses an intellectual public, who knows to appreciate the subtleties contained by such writings.
One of the strengths is that the festival manages to bring to Vişeu top names in the field, both as participants and as a jury, which allows the public access to the best humorous literary creations.

National Festival of Literature and Folklore Spring Harmonies

Date of organization: last weekend in May

The festival is divided into two main sections, literature and folklore, and it carries on in this format since the first edition.

Literature Day is centered on the award ceremony of the literary contest, poetry debut (volume in manuscript) and volume of poetry. The first part is addressed mainly to the young, pupils and students. The contest of volume in manuscript is open to all creators, irrespective of age, who have not yet made their debut with a volume. Also, a contest of poetry volumes published since the previous edition is organized. It is open to all creators, members or not of the Writers Union. Panels and literary debates, attended by writers from Bucharest, Cluj - Napoca, Baia Mare, Satu Mare, Bistriţa, come to complete this event.
Folklore Day begins with a parade of costumes (uptown), followed by a folklore performance sustained by folkloric ensembles from several counties.

We convey to the public in Vişeu the idea of 'unity in diversity' of the Romanian culture by joining songs and dances from different ethnographic regions of the country, brought along by folkloric ensembles and representative performers. Despite the notion that folklore does not attract young people, we can say that, in our case, young people are one of our target audiences, both in terms of the artistic act in itself and by reason of strengthening in their consciousness a sense of belonging to traditional values of the historical Maramureş. However, we can say that this kind of event responds to the needs of a very broad category of public, of all ages.

The International Painting Camp Impressionism on the Vaser Valley - a project part of the decentralized cooperation Vişeu de Sus-Croissy sur Seine, France

Date of organization: mid-July

The theme of the camp was chosen by taking into account artistic, touristic and heritage considerations. Thus, the cooperation with local authorities and the cultural elite of one of the most important centers of world Impressionism (Croissy-sur-Seine), particularly their high interest to participate in such a camp, where the manner and impressionistic style should translate from the banks of the Seine to the ones of the Vaser, all these entitled us to focus on impressionism.
Painters from Romania, France, Germany, Ukraine, but also guests from other countries, capture by painting the reality of the Vaser. We focus on intercultural dialogue, on emphasizing the contribution of Romanian cultural values and, at the same time, on their harmonization with European culture.
The Town Festival

Date of organization: end of July

The events dedicated to the town festival aims at creating an atmosphere of celebration. Thus, in order to meet the needs of as many audiences, a diverse range of cultural activities is organized.
The existence in Vişeu de Sus of young artists both in the field of fine arts and music (folk, rock, folk, etc.) allows a wide range of events (exhibitions of painting and photography, pop music concerts, folklore musical shows) to be organized. They are joined by distinguished guests, well known names, enhancing the attractiveness of the event to the public, but also to the media, and are thus converted into promotion vectors.

National Day of Romania

National Day of Romania: Military Parade accompanied by brass bands, Te Deum at the monument, laying of flower wreaths, speeches of the officials, concert of patriotic songs, the union round dance, inauguration of the festive lighting.
National Festival of Carols and Winter Customs "Come, Christians, to Bethlehem"

Date of organization: mid-December

Within the context of carols and customs of the holiday season (as elements of traditional culture, rooted in rural areas) still alive in the region of Vişeu, they are converted into real strengths, which were taken into account in encompassing a cultural agenda. They are practiced, especially by children and youth, but are unanimously appreciated, and a festival is necessary to promote them, to bring them to the knowledge of the public, drawn together with other customs and traditions from other ethnographic regions of the country.
The events begin with a parade of traditional costumes and traditional winter masks (uptown), followed by a show of carols and folk traditions presented by folkloric ensembles, groups of carolers and bands from the counties of Suceava, Iaşi, Cluj, Mureş, Salaj, Cluj, Bistrita-Năsăud, Satu-Mare, Maramureş, etc. The ensembles bring on stage a part of the beauty and richness of winter customs and the event is a good way to promote them, also internationally, given the presence at this time of the year of a large number of tourists from all over Europe.

New Year’s Eve

Celebrating the passage in the New Year: fireworks and concert.

Tourist reception structures

Housing structures
Name of structureType of structureCategoryNumber of roomsNumber of placesTownAdressPhone no
SIMINA guesthouse 3 stars 6 10 Vişeu de Jos nr. 2111B 0745.988.002
AGNES guesthouse 2 stars 8 19 Vişeu de Sus Str. Spiru Haret, nr. 10 -
ANCUŢA guesthouse 2 stars 2 3 Vişeu de Sus Str. Banat, nr. 11 0262.352.528
ARMONII guesthouse 2 flowers 3 7 Vişeu de Sus Str. Botoaia, nr. 17/A 0262.352.138, 0746.183.918
BÂRSAN rural guesthouse 2 stars 4 10 Vişeu de Sus Str. Al. I. Cuza, nr. 69B 0262.355.653
BRAD hotel 1 star 11 18 Vişeu de Sus Str. 22 Decembrie, nr. 50 0262.352.999
CASA ALBA guesthouse 3 stars 4 9 Vişeu de Sus Str. Iuliu Maniu, nr. 10A 0745.297.457
DĂNUŢA rural guesthouse 2 stars 4 9 Vişeu de Sus Str. Al. I. Cuza, nr. 27A 0262.352.121
GABRIELA hotel 3 stars 28 50 Vişeu de Sus Str. Rândunelelor, nr. 1 0262.354.380
IOASAF guesthouse 3 stars 3 9 Vişeu de Sus Str. Banat, nr. 4 -
LA CASSA guesthouse 3 stars 11 21 Vişeu de Sus Str. Gheorghe Doja, NR. 6 0262.355.682
MAGNOLIA guesthouse 3 stars 4 12 Vişeu de Sus Str. Arșița, nr. 90 -
PAULIUC GHEORGHE guesthouse 3 stars 4 10 Vişeu de Sus Str. Iuliu Maniu, nr. 10A 0262.355.395
SANDA guesthouse 2 stars 5 10 Vişeu de Sus Str. Moldova, nr. 1 0262.352.032
Food structures
Name of structureType of structureCategoryNumber of placesTownAdressPhone no
BRAD classic restaurant 2 stars 24 Vişeu de Sus Str. 22 Decembrie, nr. 50 0262.353.857
GABRIELA day bar 2 stars 50 Vişeu de Sus Str. Rândunelelor, nr. 1 0262.354.380
GABRIELA classic restaurant 2 stars 161 Vişeu de Sus Str. Rândunelelor, nr. 1 0262.354.380
LA CASSA day bar 3 stars 12 Vişeu de Sus Str. Gheorghe Doja, nr. 6 -
LA CASSA classic restaurant 3 stars 55 Vişeu de Sus Str. Gheorghe Doja, nr. 6 0262.355.682

Touristic trails

Rich in tourist sights, Viseu de Sus is a starting point for numerous routes that follow objectives with a real historical, cultural, and natural value, and the most beautiful and diverse landscapes. Thus, one can choose between a narrow gauge train trip or one of the routes on foot from the Maramures Mountains.

Vaserului Valley

  • The trip by narrow gauge train on the route Vişeu de Sus - CFF station Făina and return, with a duration of one day, for this purpose the industrial platform Vaser was arranged for tourists;
  • The route with departure from Poiana Novăţ – Novicior, climbing Greben Peak, Obcioarei Crest, descent at Borcut, climbing to former baths of Novicior and return to CFF Novicior station, with duration of one day;
  • Hitchhiking trip for 2 days with departure from CFF Novăţ Station, going on CFF Line to Ihoasa – Râpi – Roşu (night stay in tent), with climbling on Preluca lui Gotan, Picioarele Gradului, Toroiaga Peak, Ţiganu Peak and return to Măcârlău (on Vaser);
  • Hitchhiking trip between Novicior – Băi, Plaiu Popii, Preluca Pipei and descent to CFF Făina;
  • Hitchhiking trip between CFF Botizu Station, climbing 3 km on Botizu Valley, Lutoasa and access to the border with Ukraine (beautiful landscape towards Ukraine and Poland);
  • Hitchhiking trip from CFF Botizu Station – 3 km on the valley upwards, to the left on forestry road towards Bardău Peak (beautiful landscape towards the whole Maramureşul);
  • Crest route following the border with Ukraine, 4-5 days, from CFF Comanu Station, with climbing on Comanu Mic Peak and passage through peaks Gliganu, Ştevioara, Lostun, Făina, Şuligu, Pietriceaua, Lutoasa, Bardău, Băiţa (Cozia), Şoimu and descent through Rea Valley.


Maramures Mountains

Information taken from the website

  • Marked touristic trail Bardău Station - Pietrosu Bardău Peak – Pecealu Peak - Coşnea cabin- Poienile de Sub Munte.
    Marking: red line; Duration: 10-11 hours
  • Marked touristic trail Şuligu station –Şuligu Valley – Borcut (mineral spring).
    Marking: Red dot; Duration: 45 minutes
  • Marked touristic trail Făina Station – Mihoaia Valley – Borcut Mihoaia.
    Marking: Blue dot; Duration: 1 hour
  • Marked touristic trail Prislop Pass –Fântâna Stanchii Cabin – Tarniţa Bălăsânii – Prislopu Cataramei Peak – Şaua Gâliu.
    Marking: Red line; Duration: 8-9 hours
  • Marked touristic trail Baia Borşa (center) – Secu Valley – Lucăceasa refuge – Haitul Măcârlău (Vaser Valley).
    Marking: Red triangle; Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Marked touristic trail Coşnea Cabine – Stânişoara –Mihailecu Peak – Vinderel Lake.
    Marking: Red line; Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Marked touristic trail
    a. Repedea – Chicera – Laba – Runea –Vinderel Lake.
    b. Repedea –forest cabin Repedea – Petriceaua – Vinderel lake.
    Marking: Blue line; Duration: 5-6 hours

Rodnei Mountains

  • Borşa Complex - Fântâna Valley- Horses’ Spring Waterfall - Şaua Stiol – Prislop Pass.
    Marking: red triangle; Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Prislop Pass - Prelunca Tătarilor - Borşa Complex.
    Marking: yellow line; Duration: 2,5 - 3 hours
  • Borşa Complex - Poiana Runcu Stiolului - Şaua Stiol - Izvorul Bistriţei - Şaua Gărgălău.
    Marking: blue line; Duration: 3,5 - 4 hours
  • Borşa Complex - Faţa Meselor - Puzdra - Şaua Galaţiului.
    Marking: blue dot; Duration: 4,5 - 5 hours
  • Borşa Glade – Negoiescului Valley - Puzdra - Saua Galaţiului.
    Marking: blue triangle; Duration: 6 - 6,5 hours
  • Borşa – Pietrosu Lake – Rebra Peak.
    Marking: blue line; Duration: 6 - 8 hours
  • Şaua Gărgălău – Galaţiului Peak – Rebra peak – Bătrâna Peak – Setref Pass.
    Marking: red line; Duration: 14 - 16 ore


Vişeu de Sus

Visit the page of the Vișeu de Sus town hall for additional information on the local administration and for news and events throughout the year.



A page for the people of Vișeu, for those who have left Vișeu, for those who have returned to, those who have arrived and who will arrive in Vișeu.