Stone Balcony and Red Lake: A spectacle of nature in the heart of Harghita

Discover the unique beauty of Red Lake, also known as Killer Lake, a natural wonder formed by a devastating earthquake.

A lake with a tragic history:

Red Lake was formed in 1837 after a mountain slope collapsed following a strong earthquake. The coniferous forest that covered the banks of the river was flooded, and the trunks of the trees can still be seen today emerging from the waters of the lake, creating a fascinating and mysterious landscape.

A lake of unique beauty:

Red Lake is famous for its rusty-red waters, a unique colour due to the iron oxide-rich mud. Surrounded by towering mountains and green forests, the lake offers a natural spectacle of rare beauty.

Stone Balcony: An exceptional panoramic view:

Balconul de Piatră is a natural platform located at an altitude of 1200 meters, from where you can admire a superb view of the Red Lake and the Bicaz Gorge.

An ideal destination for tourists:

The Red Lake and the Stone Balcony are ideal destinations for nature lovers, mountain hikers and photographers. Besides admiring the natural beauty of the place, you can enjoy a boat ride on the lake, hiking on the marked trails in the area or relaxing at one of the guesthouses in the area.

Useful information for a memorable visit:

  • Access:Lake Red is located in Harghita county, about 30 km from Gheorgheni.

  • Programme: the Stone Balcony is permanently open.

  • Fees: Access to the Stone Balcony is free. The boat ride on the Red Lake costs 20 lei per person.

  • Tips: Wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for a nature hike. Take water and snacks with you. Respect the rules of the trail and don't leave tracks on the trail.

The Red Lake and the Stone Balcony are waiting for you to discover a magical world, where nature reveals amazing beauty and a fascinating story.

Further information:

  • Legend of Red Lake: Legend has it that a beautiful girl named Ana was killed by her father because of her forbidden love for a shepherd. The lake is said to have been formed from Ana's tears, and the trunks of the trees in the lake are said to be the remains of the forest that was flooded.

  • Flora and fauna: Red Lake is home to a variety of plant and animal species, including brown bear, wolf and deer.

  • Sights in the area: Bicaz Gorge, Lacu Rosu Resort, Sucevita Monastery, Suceava Castle.

A visit to Red Lake and the Stone Balcony is an unforgettable experience that will leave its mark on you through the natural beauty of the place, its tragic history and the peaceful atmosphere of the mountains.


  • Accommodation: There are various accommodation options in and around Lacul Roșu, from hotels to guesthouses and cottages.

  • Restaurants: restaurants serving traditional Romanian and international dishes can be found at Lacul Roșu and in Gheorgheni.

  • Activities:Besides visiting the Red Lake and the Stone Balcony, you can enjoy mountain hiking, sightseeing, hiking, hiking, and more.