Transfagarasan, from gorgeous to dangerous: BBC deems it one of the 7 riskiest roads in the world

Newsroom 14/05/2014 | 18:25

BBC compiled a list of roads “less-traveled” that are generally avoided by casual drivers, in spite of the fact that they come highly recommended for sightseeing or racing.

“These roads are less frequented for a reason: read on for terrifying drop-offs, unpredictable mudslides and a complete lack of concrete paving”, according to the author, Lindsey Galloway.

One of the seven roads talked about is Transfagarasan, the second highest road in Romania, that earned the moniker “best road in the world” when it was featured in an episode of “Top Gear”.

“Built as a military route in case of an invasion in the 1970s, the road connects the two tallest mountains in the Southern Carpathians, Moldoveanu and Negoiu, and ascends a total of 2,034m in altitude”, according to the description provided.

The reason that Transfagarasan is called risky is because “you have to change gears every three or four seconds” and “nobody tends to be around to enforce the 40 km/h speed limit”.

Other roads that made BBC’s list:
National Road 5, Madagascar;
Rohtang Pass, India;
Eyre Highway, Australia;
Prithvi Highway, Nepal;
Kolyma Highway, Siberia;
Guoliang Tunnel, China.

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