Hoia Baciu Forest

Vacation Travel Guide
Cluj-Napoca showing forest scenes

Venture deep into a thick Transylvanian forest where locals and visitors have reported otherworldly phenomena and lots of strange happenings.

With stories of ghostly apparitions, UFO sightings and other unexplained events, Hoia Baciu Forest is frequently called the Bermuda Triangle of Romania. Some people claim it is the most haunted forest in the world. Whether or not you believe in phantoms or aliens, its spooky reputation is enhanced by oddly shaped vegetation, such as trees contorted into curved and twisted shapes. Hike through the mysterious green surroundings and camp under the stars. The forest extends for more than 620 acres (250 hectares) and is densely packed with thick undergrowth and beech, oak, elm, wild cherry and many other tree species.

Get some exercise on a vigorous hike or just relax and enjoy the natural surroundings on a gentle walk. Go cycling along the forest’s bike paths. Over the years, people who have ventured into the forest have occasionally reported seeing mysterious orb-like lights and hearing disembodied female voices giggling. See the infamous circle where no trees grow. It is called Poiana Rotunda, the round meadow. To some, this could be the location of a portal to another dimension or a home for ghosts. To others, it is just a forest clearing.

Try to spot local animals. Among the wildlife you may see are rabbits, foxes, wild hogs and deer. Bring a packed lunch with you and enjoy it at one of the picnic sites. As you travel through the forest, look for the peculiarly curved trees, which bend sharply just above ground level.

Contact local operators to book night tours or four-wheel drive expeditions through the thickets. Pack a tent and your overnight gear and stay at one of the campsites.

Find Hoia Baciu Forest 8 miles (13 kilometers) west of the city of Cluj-Napoca in northwestern Romania. There are no designated parking bays at the forest, but you should be able to find spaces on nearby side streets. Admission is free.

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Hotel Premier
Hotel Premier
4 out of 5
Str. Donath, Nr 100, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj
The price is $58 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Situated in Cluj-Napoca, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Polyvalent Hall and Cluj Arena. Central Park Simion Barnutiu and Casino Parcul Central are also ...
3.6/5 Good! (10 reviews)
A home like hotel in Cluj.
"I like thus hotel because it makes you feel home ! The personel is super nice ."

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Hotel Platinia
Hotel Platinia
5 out of 5
Calea Manastur, 6-Feb, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj Napoca
Situated in Cluj-Napoca, this luxury resort is within a 15-minute walk of Casino Parcul Central and Gold Casino. Matthias Corvinus House and Botanical Garden ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (85 reviews)
Great hotel
"One of the best hotels in Romania. From checking in to checking out nothing negative. Courteous workers from hotel desk to staff at the restaurant for breakfast to maids Clean. Wonderful stay. Only positive comments. Thank you."

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

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Golden Tulip Ana Dome
Golden Tulip Ana Dome
4 out of 5
129 Observatorului Street, Cluj-Napoca
The price is $77 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 1
Located in the heart of Cluj-Napoca, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of The Oncology Institute "Prof. Dr. Ion Chiricuta" Cluj-Napoca, Gold Casino, and Central ...
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Golden Tulip Ana Dome
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Hotel Belvedere
Hotel Belvedere
3 out of 5
Strada Calarasilor 1, Cluj-Napoca
The price is $51 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
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5 out of 5
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Golden Tulip Ana Dome
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4 out of 5
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The price is $77 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 1
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Hotel Premier
Hotel Premier
4 out of 5
Str. Donath, Nr 100, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj
The price is $58 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
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Grand Hotel Napoca
Grand Hotel Napoca
4 out of 5
Strada Goga Octavian 1, Cluj-Napoca
The price is $60 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
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Hampton by Hilton Cluj-Napoca
Hampton by Hilton Cluj-Napoca
3.5 out of 5
B-dul 21 Decembrie 1989 nr.67, Cluj-Napoca
The price is $69 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
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Timeless  Near Downtown Cluj-Napoca
Timeless Near Downtown Cluj-Napoca
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Hotel Meridian
Hotel Meridian
4 out of 5
Calea Turzii no 62, Cluj-Napoca
The price is $67 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
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Deja Vu Pension
Deja Vu Pension
3 out of 5
Cluj Napoca, Str. Ion Ghica Nr. 2, Cluj-Napoca
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