The Ceahlău Massif is one of the most notorious mountains of Romania. It is part of the Bistriţa Mountains range of the Eastern Carpathians division, in Neamţ County, in the Moldavia region. There are many legends about the Ceahlău Massif and speculations regarding its possible reverence for the ancient Dacians; as a consequence it is often called “The Romanian Olympus.”
The Ceahlau forms a clearly outlined geographical unit, and although of moderate height, when the sky is clear it can be seen from great distance. Its form, of huge castle eroded by winds, rains and waters, attracts with an irresistible force. It is made up of pyramids and towers (Detunatele, Turnul Sihastrului), gorges and waterfalls (Duruitoarea, Stanile, Bistra Mare). Each rock on the top, interestingly shaped by nature, has its own dramatic legend.
Ceahlău National Park shelters a large variety of flora and fauna; some of the species are endemic or rarely seen elsewhere in Romania.
Duruitoarea waterfall (1200m altitude), the brook Rupturi, Izvorul Muntelui brook or Bistrita Mare create picturesque aspects.
Dochia Chalet is situated at 1750 meters altitude and its name comes from old legends.