If you ever plan on visiting Romania, don`t even think about not putting this place on the list. Balea is one of the most beautiful places in Romania. Up in the mountain, the view is amazing. In summer you can drive the whole way until you get to the lake at the altitude of 2034m whereas in winter the road is closed and you have to take the cablecar from Balea Waterfall to Balea Lake. It is a place worth visiting anytime of the year. In summer you can enjoy the green of the nature and in winter there is an Ice Hotel and a Ice church open for visitors.
I have never been there in winter (when the hotel and the church were still there) so I can`t tell you how it is but from what I have seen in pictures the place must be amazing. In summer the place looks great, and you can even drink fresh water falling down the mountain rocks.