Whether you like outdoor walks, mountain escalation, whether you are passionate for history or winter sports, once you arrive at Comandau your passion will be rewarded!
Comandau has a special meaning for what it has offered in the past, thanks to its large quantity of timber of the highest quality.
Originally, the town was called Grenzkommando, which means in German border guard, because of its location. It was the border between Romania and Austro-Hungarian Empire.
David Horn bought these forests of spruce and fir trees and he started building the narrow railway for wood exploitation in optimal conditions. Thus, nowadays Comandau was a village with people working on forest exploitation.
The village developed unexpectedly, being the second electrified village in the country, after Timişoara and before Braşov.
The engineer Emil Lux designed the "The Covasna-Comandau Tilt-plan" that facilitated further exploitation of timber and the development of the area.
Comandau offers its tourists numerous picturesque trails to the mountain peaks in the Lacauti area: 1777 m, Penteleu 1763 m, Goru 1783 m. In addition, there is also a forest narrow railway, a ski slope and ski lift.
The forest railway from Comandau is a narrow railway, which in the past has been used to transport raw wood material from the mountain area.
In the past, the railway of Comandau was stretched over tens of kilometers along the Basca Mare and Basca Mica rivers and their tributary streams.
Every day lorries loaded with wood were transported from mountains by railway steam engines which were then taken by another locomotive to the upper end of the Tilt-plan of Covasna where they were lowered on the Tilt-plan to Covasna.
From there another locomotive was taking the lorries delivering them either to the wood processing plant in Covasna either to the train station where the wood raw material was transported on large coaches on standard railway and then delivered to beneficiaries.
Curvature Carpathians. Vrancea Mountains with their subunit Breţcului Mountains, located within the County of Covasna will surprise you by wide and gentle peaks with wide spread forests, with seemingly forgotten places where only the wild animals wander.
The Lacauti peak at an altitude of 1777 m is the highest in the County of Covasna.
Here there is also the Lacauti Weather Station, where you will have great pleasure to meet Nea Bujor, the head of the weather station, a person full of tales and teachings, interrupted every hour by the measurements he has to transmit to the regional center for meteorology.
The Comandau ski and snowboard slope is located at an altitude of 1123 m and has a total length of 350 meters.
It is a blue, not difficult and short slope but it has the advantage of consistent snow cover during the winter months. Here snow often exceeds 1 m and the number of days with snow is among the highest in the Curvature Carpathians.
Comandau ski slope has an inclination of 18°, an average width of 100 meters, a level difference of about 400 meters and a total area of 1 hectare.
The slope is served by a lift facility with very reasonable prices.
Covasna is called "Mineral Water City" because of its richness in mineral springs of various kinds.
The mineral waters are very effectively used in treating various diseases. Some mineral waters are used for curative baths, others for internal treatment, but also as regularly drinking water.
Downtown you can taste several springs of mineral waters uch as Kati spring, Elvira spring, the spring next to school, and the spring near Covasna River.
Turbaria Ruginosu- Zagon reservation is superimposed with Ruginosu natural area, being represented by turf moors, grasslands, meadows, coniferous forests and transition forests.
The natural reserve was declared a protected area by GD. 1143/2007 (on the establishment of new protected areas) and covers an area of 355 hectares
The Comandau Tilt-plan was inaugurated in 1890. It is unique in Europe and a real engineering that resulted from the mastery of Emil Lux.
The aim was to link the Valea Zanelor and the Siclau Point. The operating principle of the system was extremely simple: driving up and down the two sloping platforms on which there were anchored the wood, everything being carried forward only by means of force of gravity. The platforms were connected by a metal cable being controlled from the control room that was located in the top station.
The platforms were running on a standard gauge line and the entire complex was designed so that the energy generated by the descending loaded lorry, make possible towing an empty lorry that was at the base station. In the middle of the Tilt-plan there was a point of rail branching that allowed the passage of the two lorries at the same time.
Like any other respectable city, Comandau celebrates its days.
Actually, there are two days every year when we celebrate the town, namely the first weekend in August.
There are two days of singing, dancing, playing various games, off-road performances, archery, campfire and not least, the street prom that brings even overseas guests.
In these days of town celebration, you can enjoy a trip by mocanita from Comandau to Covasna.
Of the 6 functional mocanita of Romania, Comandau is proud to have one of them.
In the past mocanita has been used to transport timber from the forest to the buyers in Covasna.
In 2014 it was refurbished and reinstated to the delight of locals and especially of tourists.
Mocanita follows a well-established route that starts from Voinesti and reaches the Tilt-plan.
The schedule of the diesel locomotive is from April 12th to October 12th: Friday to Sunday between 09:00 and 18:00.
The schedule of the Steam Locomotive is only on holidays and during Covasna days (September 5th to 7th): between 9:00 and 18.00.
Prices for diesel locomotive: Adults: 6 lei; Children 4 lei.
Prices for steam locomotive: Adults: 10 lei; Children: 8 lei.