Essentially a one-street affair dotted with a few banks, cafes and restaurants, the town's narrow lanes radiate towards the Vaser Valley railway station where you can board the celebrated steam train. If you're headed into the rural wilds of Maramureş this is a good stop to fuel up on gasoline and lei, and there are a couple of solid hotels.

First chronicled in 1363, Vişeu de Sus was for centuries an important logging area, and ethnically diverse, boasting communities of Jews and Germans. Though many Germans emigrated after WWII and particularly after 1989, there are still a handful of German speakers. The town’s Jews largely perished in the Holocaust.