Bicaz Canyon

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Coordinates: 46°48′43″N 25°49′08″E / 46.81198°N 25.81894°E / 46.81198; 25.81894

Aerial view of the canyon
Bicaz Canyon, a narrow pass linking Transylvania to the historical Romanian region of Moldavia along DN12C national road

The Bicaz Canyon (Romanian: Cheile Bicazului, Hungarian: Békás-szoros) is a canyon in Romania, located in the north-east part of the country, in Neamţ and Harghita counties.

The canyon was dug by the waters of Bicaz River and it serves as a passageway between the Romanian provinces of Moldova and Transylvania, the former border between Romania and the Kingdom of Hungary.

It is a noted location to see the wallcreeper, an uncommon cliff-dwelling bird.

The road along the 8 kilometres of ravines, often in serpentines with rock on one side and a sheer drop on the other, is one of the most spectacular drives in the country. Also within the Chei (gorge/canyon?) is Lacul Roşu (the Red Lake), with its traditional cabins, hotels, and its famous lake (situated at 980m altitude) caused by a landslide in the 19th century.

Cheile Bicazului is one of the main rock climbing sites in Romania.

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