Olympic dream in Transylvania
It is scarcely known nowadays that in the second half of the 1930s, as a founding member of the International Olympic Committee, Hungary could rightfully hope to host the Olympic Games.
By the Second Vienna Award on 30 August 1940 almost 50 percent of the territories allocated to Romania after the First World War was annexed to Hungary. Areas thus retrieved provided many opportunities for winter sports, and this was the moment when the Hungarian state embraced the plan of the establishment of a European-standard winter sports centre which could host the Winter Olympics.
Borsafüred in the Radna Mountains was designated as the location of the “Hungarian National Winter Sports Centre”. The plans were inspired by the ski resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where Germany successfully hosted the 1936 Winter Olympics.
Hungarian sports authorities had grand visions: all the facilities of the “Hungarian Garmisch” were designed to be bigger and more modern compared to those built by the Germans.
Our film presents the idea and the plans of the unrealised Transylvanian Winter Olympics, and also Borsafüred, with the facilities that still stand today.