Rudariei Watermills

Rudariei Watermills, Eftimie Murgu: Address, Rudariei Watermills Reviews: 4.5/5

Rudariei Watermills
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midway42
Minnesota2,784 contributions
Historic 19th Century technology in a spectacular rural setting.
Oct 2021
The Rudariei Watermills are in a 250-acre nature reserve in the eponymously named gorge just adjacent to the town of Eftimie Murgu. There are almost two dozen of these structures which were recently restored in 2000 and function as real mills that grind real corn for the, um, “real” local villagers. I visited with my guide during my first full day in the country. We drove up the road next to the gorge past several of the mills and stopped by the one he thought was the most interesting. It was off-season and in the early evening, so the interior of the mill was closed, however my guide was able to describe the workings of the mill and the history behind the area. We got to open one of the gates to see the horizontal fan spin and heard the grindstones move. Because the canal has a weak stream there are a series of dams and side-canals that were made to increase the power available to the mills; we viewed these further upstream. We were in a bit of a rush to get to our lodging that evening so were only able to spend maybe 30 minutes on site.

Overall, I would describe my visit here as “quite pleasant.” The local scenery stole the show, and this was another example of the journey being the destination if that makes sense. My recommendation for those reading would be to time your visit so the mills are open with a docent, but this was not an overall deal breaker for this writer. Thumbs up if you are in the area.
Written 8 November 2021
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Aqua_Uomo
Toronto, Canada6,366 contributions
Rural simplicity and ingenuity at its best !
Sep 2021
Visited mid September late afternoon. Which was a good thing, didn't have to beat the crowd, I literally had the whole area for myself. Yes, most of the mills were closed but this didn't spoil the charm. The beauty of this place is the settings not the inside of the mills.
There is parking in the village, cheap, I suggest park there and walk all the way up the the last mills. Some prefer to drive through the whole string of mills and hassle with finding parking on the small narrow and winding road. Don't do that. Walk, it is a nice walk through, wonderful scenery along the mills creak.
Getting there ...It is a little off from the main road but the detour is all worth it. Even the drive to the village is rewarding, through the mountains. Can't miss this place if you are around. The entire area along Road 57B towards 6 and further down to Herculane is breath taking . Some scenery that will stay with you for a long time.
Written 17 October 2021
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SafirAlbastru
Iasi, Romania995 contributions
A mulinological reservation
Aug 2021
This place is unique and it is on the list of UNESCO heritage. Those 22 watermills of Rudaria Valley make this location worth to see it. It is a unique place in East Europe and famous in the world. All those 22 watermills are functional and it is so fabulous to see how they work. You will find here to buy wheat flour of very good quality, and many other natural products.
Written 14 September 2021
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adria pam
2 contributions
Beautiful place!
May 2021
The mills are authentic, lovely place!The road to the mills is very good, the locals, very hospitable. The landscape and the mills are very beautiful. It is the ideal place for a quiet and relaxing holiday.
Written 30 May 2021
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Elena Ciocan
Timisoara, Romania1,725 contributions
How people use to live
Jul 2020
It is amazing to see the old wooden mills still functioning, exactly the same way as they did hundreds of years ago.
Written 13 October 2020
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paullamar69
Arad, Romania266 contributions
A unique place in the world.
Aug 2020
It is a quite interesting experience...there are 24 old but functional watermills which are producing everyday flower for the locals. These mills are used and maintain by locals which have a monthly rotation system. As far as I know these water mills are part of UNESCO heritage.
Written 29 August 2020
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SoBrasov
Brasov, Romania1,021 contributions
Ancient technology still in use
Jul 2020
Some mills are closed, others are open, and one or two even produce corn flour. This is something most adults might enjoy and kids will find interesting. And no matter what, the area provides great views.
There is no asphalt for a few kilometres from the main road, but the ride is decent and there are plenty of roadside spaces to serve as parking once you start finding the mills.
Written 30 July 2020
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TempleofPeace
Hong Kong755 contributions
Over twenty active watermills
Dec 2019 • Friends
This is a living treasure. The mills are powered by the local streams and aquaducts. They are still in active use. Villagers brung their own corn and self-grind. All eco friendly.
Written 15 December 2019
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Oni M
Timisoara, Romania1,076 contributions
Amazing place
Aug 2019 • Couples
One of the best places to see in Caras county. It is amazing to see the old water mill's and to see the landscapes. We LOVED it!
Written 18 August 2019
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vtc2017
Miami, FL1,721 contributions
Must visit
Apr 2019 • Couples
If you are in the area you have to visit this watermills complex. There are 22 mills with a horizontal wheel, all functional, over a 5 miles round trip. Few are open to visit and we were lucky to see a local using one to make flour. Each mill belongs to 20 to 30 families and they have a daily schedule for using it. Once a month they have a day for maintenance, an operation to which all owners have to take part. The most interesting one is the mill with tunnel, in order to redirect the water they dug a tunnel 6”high and near 100” long.
Written 7 May 2019
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