➊ Hiking on the Cozla hill (”Trei căldări” trail)



DIRECTIONS AND ORIENTATION: And this nature hike, like the other tourist routes marked in the application, has its starting point at the Royal Court, the heart of our city. It is good to know, however, for those interested in this, that the first part of the route can be avoided by taking the cable car. In this situation, the route will start right from the gondola's arrival point. In its vicinity is the "Three Hills" peak, with an altitude of 657 m. The view from here is impressive! You will then continue, in a northerly direction, to the top of  "Trei Căldări" (679 m). The distance between the two peaks is only 2.5 km, which can be covered in about half an hour. Taking into account the small difference in altitude, the walk will be extremely easy and relaxing. The advantage of this route is that it can be traveled by almost anyone, in any season. A short extension that you can consider after reaching Trei Căldări is to go down to the Draga Hermitage (the "Buna Vestire" wooden church). It is one of the oldest religious places in the city.

IMPORTANT: Even though we included them in the route, it is good to know that the "Nicu Albu" Public Garden and the "Cozla" viewpoint are new projects initiated by the current management of the Piatra-Neamț City Hall, currently being under construction. And Cozla Park street, which connects Ștefan cel Mare street and the top of Cozla hill, is being modernized, being converted into an exclusively pedestrian alley. However, access to the Outlaw Huts and to the Circle of Housewives was not completely stopped.

OTHER DETAILS: On Cozla, but also on the other hills surrounding the city, the first Oligocene fossil fishes were discovered in Romania in the years 1883-1885. Thus, the study of fossil fish here begins almost simultaneously with similar research in Western Europe. In the rock layers made up of marl and sandstone conglomerates, fossil deposits of fish, with various species, have been discovered. Their presence is due to the existence here 35 million years ago of the Paratethys sea, in which fish and shells characteristic of subtropical areas lived. It is good to know that the discovered fossils can be seen at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Piatra-Neamț, which still holds the most valuable Oligocene fish collection in the country and one of the richest in Europe.


- Homologated route and marked with a blue stripe.
- Difficulty: very easy.
- Total difference in level: 300 m.
- Total length of the route: 6.5 km (one way only).
- Estimated travel time: 3 hours (one way only).

Photo credit and additional information: www.bloguldecalatorii.ro/2021/09/traseul-3-caldari.html

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