EuroSpeleo Forum Venue
The 9th EuroSpeleo Forum will be held between August 22-24, 2014, in Băile Herculane, Romania.
Băile Herculane is one of the oldest spas in the world with a long history of human habitation. It is small resort-town located in the Southwestern Carpathians, close to the Danube and to the some of the most spectacular karst areas in Romania. The town lies along the deeply incised Cerna valley carved into Jurassic limestones.
Numerous archaeological discoveries have shown that the area has been inhabited since the Paleolithic. The town was established during the Roman Empire due to the therapeutic proprieties of its thermal springs and was named so in honor of the Roman God Hercules. In modern times, the spa town is visited for its supposedly natural healing properties: hot springs with sulfur, chlorine, sodium, calcium, magnesium and other minerals, as well as negatively ionized air.
In the end of August the climate is very pleasant, the monthly average temperature reaching 20-22 °C.
Not required for nationals of almost all European countries, US and Canada that hold a simple passport valid at least 6 months beginning with the entry date, for visits up to 30 days (90 days in some cases).
You may check the current visa regulations at the Romanian Ministry for Foreign Affairs website.
For countries whose citizens need a visa in order to enter Romania, bilateral agreements are compulsory in order to facilitate the granting of a visa. If you need a formal invitation please let us know as soon as possible.
Băile Herculane is easily accessible by express trains (main station on the track Bucharest-Timisoara) or by car (European Road E70, ~350 km from Bucharest; ~170 km from Timisoara). Regular buses link the train station to the center of the town at each train. The closest international airports are Timisoara (170 km), Craiova (160 km), Cluj-Napoca (340 km) and Bucharest (380 km).
If in doubt, please consult us before booking your flight.
A large-scale map of the region around Herculane is located at http://www.hartionline.ro/ro/harta/d7.html.