Bâlea Lake

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Lacul Bâlea
Bâlea Lake, October 2006
LocationFăgăraș Mountains
Coordinates45°36′07″N 24°37′01″E / 45.602°N 24.617°E / 45.602; 24.617Coordinates: 45°36′07″N 24°37′01″E / 45.602°N 24.617°E / 45.602; 24.617
Basin countriesRomania
Max. length360 m (1,180 ft)
Max. width190 m (620 ft)
Surface area4.7 ha (12 acres)
Average depth11.35 m (37.2 ft)
Surface elevation2,034 m (6,673 ft)

Bâlea Lake (Romanian: Lacul Bâlea or Bâlea Lac, pronounced [ˈbɨle̯a]) is a glacier lake situated at 2,034 m of altitude in the Făgăraș Mountains, in central Romania, in Cârțișoara, Sibiu County. There are two chalets opened all the year round, a meteorological station and a mountain rescue (Salvamont) station. It is accessible by car on the Transfăgărășan road during the summer, and the rest of the year by a cable car from the "Bâlea Cascadă" chalet.

In 2006, the first ice hotel in Eastern Europe was built in the vicinity of the lake.[1]

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  1. ^ AllTipsAndTricks.com, Chill Out in The Ice Hotel at Balea Lac Archived 2006-12-18 at the Wayback Machine, December 9, 2006

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