Annually, the Piatra Craiului National Park welcomes more than 110.000 visitors, out of which 25% are foreigners. As consequence, a multitude of visitor infrastructure was established. Hikers are guided through signs and tourist marks on the 42 official tourist trails, which add up to approx. 200 kms. For those who engage in longer hikes, seven mountain shelters are established and maintained. Mountain bikers are also guided through signs and specific boards on the existing eleven biking trails. Those who wish to combine the hike with learning, four thematic and one educational trail are endowed with thematic information boards. For visitors who first wish to discover what this beautiful location/protected area has to offer, a Visitor Center and an Information Point were developed.
The Piatra Craiului National Park’s Visitor Centre offers a “virtual sightseeing” which doesn’t depend on the weather conditions and time of the year as hiking trails are. It can be visited all year round and is accessible for those with disabilities as well. The Visitor Centre was established in 2016 through the project 'Improvement of the conservation status of Piatra Craiului National Park’s biodiversity, through awareness, information, visitation and monitoring', financed from European Funds. Up until now, the visitor centre had over 27.860 visitors, including pupils who have participated to the educational programs and different delegations. The interior of the Visitor Centre forms a loop trail, which offers information on flora, fauna, geology, ridge and scree areas, caves, local communities and hiking/climbing trails within the Piatra Craiului National Park.
The exhibition area is realised in such a way that it can offer unique and emotional experiences to visitors. The interactive exhibition consists of text, pictures and videos, using LED displays and motion-sensing devices. These offer visitors a unique way to discover and learn about the Park’s specific elements. The information point mainly supports visitors, rangers and researchers who carry out field activities.
The Carpathian mountains have influenced Romanian landscapes, history and way of living. For the nature lovers, Romania has a lot to offer and it is probably the country with the most pristine, untouched areas in Europe. Policy support documents developed within the Centralparks project aim to support the advancement of sustainable rural tourism, integrating the protection of the incredible biodiversity of the Romanian Carpathians.