Although it was a cold day, yesterday we had two guests from the Netherlands who wanted to go bear watching, so we offered them a tour of the two bear hides in Tusnad area.
After a 1 hour drive from Brasov we arrived in Baile Tusnad, met the ranger and went deep in the forest. We finally arrived at the first bear hide where we were served with delicious but strong blackberry palinka. After a shot of this strong brandy, we waited quietly for the bears to arrive. Unfortunately, it was a bit early and we only saw a big raven and some birds.
We decided to try our luck at the other bear hide, situated near lake St. Anna. Once arrive there, we were served with another shot of palinka and waited. And waited.
Suddenly, a beautiful brown bear appeared out of nowhere, right in front of us.
We spent around 10 minutes taking photos and left the bear hide before it got too dark.
In the end, our guests were delighted with our bear watching tour, especially because they initially wanted to go to the bear hide near Brasov, but due to fluctuating weather, that wasn’t open for tourists.