Tihuța Pass

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Tihuța Pass
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Elevation 1,201 m (3,940 ft)
Traversed by E58
Location Romania
Range Bârgău Mountains
Coordinates 47°16′48″N25°01′30″E / 47.28°N 25.025°E / 47.28; 25.025
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Tihuța Pass
Location of Tihuța Pass in Romania
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Relief map of Tihuța Pass

Tihuța Pass (Romanian : Pasul Tihuța, also called Pasul Bârgău; Hungarian : Borgói-hágó or Burgó) is a high mountain pass in the Romanian Bârgău Mountains (Eastern Carpathian Mountains) connecting Bistrița (Transylvania) with Vatra Dornei (Bukovina, Moldavia). It is crossed by national road DN17  [ ro ] (part of European route E58), which starts in Dej and ends in Suceava.

The pass was made famous by Bram Stoker's novel Dracula , where, termed as "the Borgo Pass", it was the gateway to the realm of Count Dracula. Stoker most likely found the name on a contemporary map; he never actually visited the area.

Today the pass is home to Hotel "Castel Dracula"; located at an elevation of 1,116 m (3,661 ft), the hotel was built in 1976 and adopted its current name after 1989. The hotel has become quite an attraction due to its architectural style of a medieval villa, as well as the connection to the novel. In 2018 the property was put up for sale. [1] The Tihuța Pass is now part of the Via Transilvanica long-distance trail. [2]

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Tihuța Pass in winter

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