Southwestern Romanian Natural park of 115,666 hectares
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Iron Gates Natural Park is in the Banat region of Romania.


It includes the Romanian part of the Iron Gate of the Danube River.



Flora and faunaEdit

Thirty-four species of mammals are found in the park, from big carnivores like the brown bear or the lynx to wild cats or red deer. Iron Gates Nature Park is also the home of two rare reptile species, Hermann’s tortoise and the long-nosed viper, both protected and endangered.


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Map of Iron Gates Natural Park


The Danube at Cazanele Mari, near Dubova
  • 1 Small Kazan Gorge (Cazanele Mici).
  • 2 Great Kazan Gorge (Cazanele Mare). The most famous and the most narrow part of the Iron Gates gorge. The river here narrows to 150 m and reaches a depth of up to 53 m.  
  • 3 Rock sculpture of Decebalus (Chipul lui Decebal). The tallest rock sculpture in Europe, a 40-m high carving in rock of the face of Decebalus, the last king of Dacia.    
  • 4 Ponicova Cave (Peștera Ponicova). The biggest cave in the Danube Canyon, totalling {1,660 m (5,450 ft). Accessible both from the land and from the Danube, by boat.  
  • 5 Tricule Fortress (Cetatea Tricule). Ruin of a 15th-century fortress.  


  • 1 Eibenthal. The biggest Czech community in Romania lives in this small village (~300 inhabitants). A small local restaurant and brewery are available. The reconstructed village access road, with its nickname Transeibenthal referring to Transfăgărășan, is popular among motorcyclists.  








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