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Iron Gates, Orsova

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The Iron Gates (Romanian: Porțile de Fier; Serbian: Ђердапска клисура / Đerdapska klisura or Гвоздена капија / Gvozdena kapija; Hungarian: Vaskapu-szoros) is a gorge on the river Danube. It forms part of the boundary between Serbia (to the south) and Romania (north). In the broad sense it encompasses a route of 134 km (83 mi); in the narrow sense it only encompasses the last barrier on this route, just beyond the Romanian city of Orșova, that contains two hydroelectric dams, with two power stations, Iron Gate I Hydroelectric Power Station and Iron Gate II Hydroelectric Power Station.

At this point in the Danube, the river separates the southern Carpathian Mountains from the northwestern foothills of the Balkan Mountains. The Romanian side of the gorge constitutes the Iron Gates Natural Park, whereas the Serbian part constitutes the Đerdap National Park. A wider protected area on the Serbian side was declared the UNESCO global geopark in July 2020.
Archaeologists have named the Iron Gates mesolithic culture, of the central Danube region circa 13,000 to 5,000 years ago, after the gorge. One of the most important archaeological sites in Serbia and Europe is Lepenski Vir, the oldest planned settlement in Europe, located on the banks of the Danube in the Iron Gate gorge.
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  • We passed through the gorge during our Viking river cruise from Budapest to Bucharest. This impressive gorge forms part of the border between Serbia and Romania. The gorge itself comprises steeply... 
    We passed through the gorge during our Viking river cruise from Budapest to Bucharest. This impressive gorge forms part of the border between Serbia and Romania. The gorge itself comprises steeply...  more »
  • We were on an Eastern European River Cruise along the Danube. It is a beautiful stretch with different scenery - primarily because of the stone mountains. It is actually a pretty lengthy part of the.....  more
    We were on an Eastern European River Cruise along the Danube. It is a beautiful stretch with different scenery - primarily because of the stone mountains. It is actually a pretty lengthy part of the.....  more »
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  • If you want to enjoy this view to the fullest, make sure to climb up to the Veliki Strbac. Quite a nice hike to do and if you’re lucky the weather is nice too! Make sure to bring some food and warm clothes!
  • Impressive canyon creaded by the Danube. I advise a boat trip between natural caves and history

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