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Retezat National Park
Parcul Național Retezat
IUCN category II (national park)
Retezat near camp Bucura.JPG
Retezat Mountains, near camping site Bucura
Map showing the location of Retezat National Park
Map showing the location of Retezat National Park
Location within Romania
Location  Romania
Actual Hunedoara county CoA.png Hunedoara County
Nearest city Lupeni
Coordinates 45°20′N 22°50′E / 45.34°N 22.83°E / 45.34; 22.83Coordinates: 45°20′N 22°50′E / 45.34°N 22.83°E / 45.34; 22.83[1]
Area 38.047 hectares (94.02 acres)
Established 2000[2]
Website retezat.ro

The Retezat National Park (Romanian: Parcul Naţional Retezat) is a protected area (national park category II IUCN) located in the Retezat Mountains in Hunedoara county, Romania.[3]


Containing more than 60 peaks over 2,300 metres (7,500 ft) and over 100 crystal clear deep glacier lakes, the Retezat Mountains are some of the most beautiful in the Carpathians. In 1935 the Government of Romania set aside an area of the Retezat Mountains creating the country's first national park.

Currently the park has 380.47 km2 (146.90 sq mi).[4] The area shelters one of Europe's last remaining intact old-growth forest and the continent's largest single area of pristine mixed forest. The highest peak of the Retezat Mountains, Vf. Peleaga, 2,509 metres (8,232 ft) is located in the park. The park also includes about 80 glacier lakes.

In 1979 the Man and Biosphere Program of UNESCO included the park in the international network of biosphere reserve.

Flora and fauna[edit]

The flora consists of approximately 1190 plant species, of which 130 have the "endangered" or "vulnerable" status. Wolves, brown bear, wild boar, Eurasian lynx, European wildcat, chamois, roe deer and red deer, as well as small carnivore species such as Eurasian badger and Eurasian otter populate the park.

The Gemenele ("The Twins" in Romanian) scientific reserve is a strictly protected area of the park enclosing an intact primeval forest.

External links[edit]


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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:24:20 -0700

Retezat National Park is an important refuge for bears because beyond its borders hunters, quite legally, shoot them. I later asked Hagatis if he was worried that hunters might align their sights upon his bison. “Working with the local community and ...

NatGeo News Watch (blog)

NatGeo News Watch (blog)
Mon, 19 May 2014 18:55:20 -0700

It is also home to Retezat National Park, Romania's first national park, which was established in 1935. In addition, the region is home to the Tarcu mountains, which stand farther west but adjoin the Retezat Mountains as part of an Intact Forest Landscape.

Greenpeace International (blog)

Greenpeace International (blog)
Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:33:37 -0800

We know that forests are biodiversity-rich, and we know they provide us with essential ecosystem services, such as regulating water flows and influencing weather patterns. One ecosystem service often discussed these days is the role of forests in ...
UNESCO.org (press release)
Fri, 03 Feb 2012 07:22:30 -0800

The site contains Romania's oldest protected area, Retezat National Park, established in 1935. Half of the country's bird species and a third of its plant species have are known to exist here. Over the years, much of the surrounding lands have been ...
WWF International
Thu, 28 Jul 2011 07:39:00 -0700

At the time, two stretches of the road were illegally constructed before any approval of the Environment Protection Agency or of the Retezat National Park Administration. For the past four years, environmentalists have successfully stopped the ...


Mon, 26 Aug 2013 00:15:13 -0700

Retezat National Park charges a small admission fee; camping is allowed near Lake Bucura, but open fire/bonfire, as well as bathing/washing in the lake is strictly forbidden. In each location good value accommodation is available. By Alexandra Duta ...
Wed, 06 Feb 2013 08:48:41 -0800

butterflies sxchu A while ago, I started a journey – on paper – through the Caras Severin county. We discovered the unique Bigar falls and the amazing area where Danube enters Romania. It's time to have a look at a place called the Domogled – Cerna ...


Fri, 13 Dec 2013 02:31:35 -0800

If managed in a sustainable manner, tourism in the five natural parks in Romania, namely Apuseni Natural Park, Retezat National Park, Piatra Craiului National Park, Vanatori-Neamt Natural Park and Maramuresului Mountains Natural Park, could generate an ...

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