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Predeal
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Predeal is located in Romania
Predeal
Location within Romania



Predeal is located in Braşov County
Predeal
Location within Braşov County
Coordinates: 45°30′16″N 25°34′42″E / 45.50444, 25.57833Coordinates: 45°30′16″N 25°34′42″E / 45.50444, 25.57833
Country  Romania
County Actual Brasov county CoA.png Brașov
First attestation 26 February 1705[1]
Component villages[2]
Government
 • Type Mayor-council government
 • Body Consiliul Local Predeal
 • Mayor Ionel Goidescu[3] (PD-L)
Area
 • Total 57.1 km2 (22.0 sq mi)
Highest elevation 1,107 m (3,632 ft)
Lowest elevation 1,030 m (3,380 ft)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 5,183
 • Density 91/km2 (240/sq mi)
  decrease down by 20.85% since 2000
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 505300
Phone prefix 0268
Twin cities
 • Macugnaga[4]  Italy
Website primaria-predeal.ro

Predeal (pronounced [pre.'de̯al]; German: Schanzpass; Hungarian: Predeál) is a town in Braşov County, Romania. It is the highest town and one of the most important mountain resorts in Romania, being located on the Prahova Valley at over 1,000 m (3,281 ft). The name is derived from the Romanian archaic form "pre deal" which means "on the hill" or from the Slavic word "predel", which means "bound", "limit".

The town administers three villages: Pârâul Rece, Timișu de Jos (Alsótömös; Untertömösch) and Timișu de Sus (Felsőtömös; Obertömösch).

Since the 2000s, the town has experienced a remarkable boom in construction, with many well-off people from all over Romania having a mountain retreat in Predeal.

Geography[edit | edit source]

Timișu de Sus village

Predeal is situated in the centre development region of Romania, on the Prahova Valley, in the south area of Brașov County. The town's neighbours are Azuga to south, Bușteni to south-west, Râșnov to north-west and Brașov to north.

The town is situated on a mountainous ground. The mountains that flank on Predeal are Piatra Mare to north, Bucegi to south-west and Postăvarul to north-west. The woods around Predeal have a rich and diversified fauna. It can be noticed the high number of wild boars, tree martens, bears, foxes, wolves, carpathian deers, squirrels, rabbits, badgers or heather cocks.

Tourism[edit | edit source]

View of Predeal from Clăbucet-plecare Chalet (1445m)[5]; behind is the Postăvarul massif

The town of Predeal is a well-known tourist destination in Romania, especially in winter, when many people come to spend the holidays.

Predeal has 5 major ski runs, depending on the difficulty grade. Most of them have snowmaking guns and some are fitted with floodlights and ski lifts. The length of the pistes range between 790 m (Clăbucet variantă) and 2.243 m (Cocoșul).[6]

Some of the town's touristic attractions are The 3 Brazi Chalet, The Susai Chalet or The Poiana Secuilor Chalet. Nearby Predeal there are also several major touristic destinations, such as the Peleş Castle, Râșnov Citadel, Bran Castle, The Old Town of Brașov, Biserica Neagră or the Seven Ladders Canyon.

The town has been certificated as a climatal resort by government decree (H.G. 226/1992) due to the strongly ionized air rich in UV radiations and the low atmospheric pressure. That's why it is a recommended place for treatment and recovery for any kind of mental impairment.

Infrastructure[edit | edit source]

The town is crossed by two national roads (DN73A and DN1) and one national railway (Line 300, one of the main lines in Romania). Also, Predeal is one of the cities which will be crossed by the future Bucharest - Brașov motorway.

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