The International Youth Peace Forum: Global Youth Rising will take place in Păltiniş, a mountain resort in Transylvania, Romania, 35 km south-west from Sibiu.
It is situated at 1440 m altitude, being the highest resort in Romania, and lies in a conifer forest. It is a
popular winter destination and in summer it is sought for its peacefulness. There is always snow and skiing, and it is known for its fresh air and easily accessible trekking routes.
It was founded by an association – Siebenbuergischer Karpatenverein (S.K.V.) – in 1894 and three villas from that period still exist. Currently there are 4 hotels, 6 chalets and 17 villas and an increasing number of private holiday houses.At the entrance in the resort, there is a Romanian Orthodox monastery; the place where the Romanian philosopher Constantin Noica spent the last period of his lifetime.
The beauty of the mountain landscape presenting peaks over 2000m high, the fresh and ozonized air of the coniferous forests create here a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Things to do: walk, enjoy and the cable railway facilitates the transport for the tourists.
Global Youth Rising will take place in the Alpina Tourist Complex; a venue that boasts 84 sleeping spaces, a campsite, 5 conference rooms and an outside terrace. There is also a park where children can play and forest walks where you can walk and relax.
During Global Youth Rising, we will also offer a choice of two excursions:
Day trip to Sibiu: Leaving the hotel in the morning, enjoying an (optional) lunch in a Romanian restaurant, a guided tour of the city and free time to enjoy shopping, coffee and sightseeing. Sibiu is 30 minutes away from the Global Youth Rising venue.
Some history of Sibiu: Sibiu was the European Capital of Culture in 2007, together with Luxemburg,
being the first city in South-Eastern Europe to receive this title. Even before Romania adhered to the European Union, Sibiu was already being acknowledged as having a European character, from the point of view of its infrastructure, due to the fact that it is a cultural location and because of its European spirit.
The city was colonized after the middle of the 12th century by Saxon colonists coming from the Rhine –Mosselle territory, the first documentary mention occurring in 1191 under the name of Cibinium. Starting with 1366 the city changed its name to Hermannstadt and after 1919 the city’s name became Sibiu. For Sibiu, the medieval period represented an accelerated economic growth due to the guilds represented in the city, which were gradually replaced by manufacturing units and by small, but prosperous businesses.
At the end of the 12th century, Transylvania becomes the greatest principality within the Habsburg Empire. Sibiu was the capital of this principality between the years 1692-1791 and 1850-1867. The military Commander of Transylvania relocated his headquarters in Sibiu in 1688 and remained here until November 7, 1918.
The historical center of Sibiu represents the greatest medieval urban ensemble in our country, with numerous very well-preserved remnants from that period, from public buildings and dwellings to defense walls and towers. Numerous elements from the four defense precincts of Sibiu have been preserved until the present. The first precinct was situated in the Huet Square, but only the Tower Passage and traces of the former walls found in the cellars of some houses have been preserved from this precinct. The second precinct still exists through the Council Tower and through the tower of the Goldsmiths’ Square.
2. Hike to Lake Balea. This is 2.5 hours by bus from the Global Youth Rising venue, so we will leave early and take a packed lunch. We will hike to the top of a hill so you need to bring hiking shoes and be in good physical shape.
Some information: Bâlea Lake is a glacier lake situated at 2,034 m of altitude in the Făgăraș Mountains, in central Romania, in Cârțișoara, Sibiu County. There are two chalets opened all the year round, a meteorological station and a mountain rescue station. It is accessible by car on the Transfăgărășan road during the summer, and the rest of the year by a cable car from the “Bâlea Cascadă” chalet.
Located in the heart of Fagaras Mountains – in the grand mountain complex of our Carpathian – Bâlea Lake area, is part of the natural reserve (180 ha) presents a typical glacial relief with moraines, terraces, valley -shaped “U” dominated by increases deep crown from which rises from the northeast to the southwest Vaiuga 2443 m peak , separated by Iezerul Caprei peak 2417 m, Şaua Caprei peak 2315 m, Paltinul peak 2398 m.