Protected areas

The Lake  Batca Doamnei

One of the main tourist objectives of the town of Piatra Neamt, the Lake Batca Doamnei is artificial lakes since 1962. The Lake Batca Doamnei is filled with water from the lake Izvorul Muntelui, and also by the water flowing on the old course of the Bistrita river. The lake is situated at an altitude of 325 meters, having a length of 3200 meters, a width of 1050 meters and a depth of 15.5 meters. The Lake Batca Doamnei is non a polluted lake, around it being no industrial objective. The lake Batca Doamnei supplies with water a part of the Piatra Neamt town.

The Lake Izvorul Muntelui

Situated at 4 kilometres from the town of Bicaz, the accumulation lake Izvoru Muntelui also known as Lake Bicaz, is situated at an altitude of 561 meters. The view is dreamlike, near the lake you can see the Ceahlau Mountains. Not far from the lake Izvoru Muntelui you can find the Bicaz Keys- Hasmasu Park. If you like fresh trout you can eat it even at the Trout Place of the locality of Potoci. Deserves mentioning that the Biological Researches Resort of Potoci-Bicaz is the only place in Moldavia where you can dive.

Lake Cuiejel

Called also the Lake Crucii, the Lake Cuiejel is the biggest natural dam in Romania, on an area of 2.2 ha and has a depth of 16 meters, even in the Stanisoarei Mountains. It was formed due to many landslides, since 1978. At 25 kilometres from Piatra Neamt, the lake Cuiejel has been declared a natural reservation in 2004. Only the water surface and the areas affected by the landslide entered under the law protection. For who is tired of the tourist agitation of Lake Rosu, the lake Cuiejel is the best alternative. Because it is far from the road, and the access is not so easy, the surroundings of the Cuiejel are still virgin, and the lake is a real tourist potential.

Lake Negru

“Lacul cu plamana”(The Pulmonaria Officinalis Lake), as it is called by inhabitants, after a medicinal hub used to cure the pulmonary diseases, is quite a natural reservation. The Lake Negru is situated on the South East side of Dealul Negru, at an altitude of 1,215 meters, having a depth of 7.5 meters. Having a surface of about 1 ha, the Lake Negru formed due to a landslide. The natural reservation Lake  Negru protects the main carnivore animals of the Vrancea county: Ursus arctos, Canis lupus and Lynx lynx. The access to Lake Negru is done through the county road DJ 205 Focsani – Nistoresti – Herastrau.

Lake  Poiana Uzului

Situated near the locality Salatruc, the Lake Poiana Uzului is the main water supply source for many of the localities of  the Bacau county and even for the city of Bacau. The accumulation lake situates on the ruins of an ex village and benefits of an unique position, between the Nemira mountains and Ciuc mountains. The lake is under a strict sanitary protection to avoid the pollution with household or industrial waste.

Caves

Even if the Moldavia region is not known for a big number of caves, the Bicaz Keys National Park hides over 200 caves, almost all being still not circulated by tourists. In spite of difficult paths, the beauty of these caves deserves all the effort.

The Suhard Cave

The Suhard Cave is the most famous cave of the Bicaz Keys Region. It is situated not far from the Bicaz Keys, near  Piatra Neamt, actually in the Suhard Massif. The landscape is dreamlike. The road to the cave goes through dense and shady forests. You should not visit the cave without special climbing equipment and flash light, even from the entrance in the cave, a slope of about 20 meters is opening. The caves of the Bicaz National Park are not deep, the Suhard cave measuring about 25 meters, but are definitely spectacular.

The Munticelu Cave

Other cave from the Bicaz Keys region is the Munticelu Cave, situated at the entrance to the Keys and it is considered by speleologists as the most important of the Moldavia region. The tradition says that the Munticelu Cave has been discovered by some children who were picking up snow drops, in 1973. The inhabitants also call the cave, the Ghiocelul Cave(The Snowdrop Cave). The cave is not tall, measuring about 1.5 meters height, but it is spectacular due to the stalagmite formations from the big hall, which reach the height of three meters. Unfortunately, the cave is neither electrified and nor arranged for tourists.

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