Explore Transylvania: Lake Zetea

The photos presented in this post were captured last year when I traveled with my family to the well-known historical region of Transylvania, Romania. To those who don’t know, Lake Zetea is located in Harghita county and its about 20 km away from the small Romanian town of Odorheiu Secuiesc. This large lake is an artificial lake because it was built to prevent flooding in the surrounding areas. Today, if you plan to visit the place, you will notice a small hydroelectric power plant under the dam which produces clean electricity to the local community.

After we explored this beautiful Transylvanian lake, we drove to our next objective which was the small village called Izvoarele which is a couple of kilometers down in the valley, before the lake.

Panoramic view of the lake

Before we left the lake, I’ve decided to take multiple photos of the lake and the surrounding area and merge them into a panoramic photo. All the photos were captured from the lake’s dam because I’ve considered that place a perfect spot for making interesting panoramic photos. The most interesting element in this picture is the triangle shaped hill which is almost in the middle of the lake.

A panoramic photo of the great lake Zetea

View of lake Zetea from the dam

I remember that this was my first photo of the lake, I’ve shot it as soon as I arrived to the lake. You can notice that the entire lake is surrounded by large forested hills and the shore is packed with large mountain rocks.

Mountain rocks on the shore of the lake

The other side of the dam

As you can see in the photo below, the entire valley is surrounded by large forested hills. At the bottom of the dam, you can spot a white building which operates as a smaller hydroelectric power plant. This small power plant produces hydroelectricity. I have to admit that surrounding areas are really beautiful, especially the view from the dam from where, you are able to see the entire valley and its also a perfect spot for capturing many amazing landscape photos.

A photo of the entire valley and the landscape which surrounds the lake

Stairs covered by water

Close to end of the dam, I’ve found some stairs which helped me to get closer to the water. You can notice that when I shot these photos, the water level was really low.

Some steps covered by the lake's water

Post-processed photo of the lake

Here is a photo which was post-processed a little bit mainly because I thought it the landscape will look much better if I give it a nice sunset look to the image. By the way, the photo below was captured on the same day as the rest of the photos of lake Zetea from this post.

Amazing and unparalleled sunset over lake Zetea

Dark rainy clouds

Probably this is one of my favorite photo of the lake from that day. This is a little bit more dramatic because I wanted to give some importance to the weather as well. I remember back then, the sky was covered with some dark rainy clouds. After some shots even the rain has started and I was forced to leave the place because I didn’t want to get wet.

Lake Zetea between the storm and a sunset

In conclusion, I highly recommend this places especially if you are traveling in the nearby area. In my opinion, the only perfect place the take some nice landscape shots of this place is from the dam.