7 best places to visit in Cluj-Napoca

Cluj-Napoca sights

St. Michael’s Church Lutheran Cathedral in Cluj-Napoca Cluj-Napoca International Airport Club Midi Monument Matyas Corvina Western Romanian Mountains Apuseni Restaurant “Lunch Box City” Restaurant Panoramic Restaurant “Restaurant Tusa

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St. Michael’s Church

St. Michael's Church (photo)

The Church of Saint Michael is a Roman Catholic Gothic church located in the city of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The Church of Saint Michael is the second largest religious building in Transylvania.

The church was built in 1390, but still amazes with its monumentality. The nave of the church is 50 meters long and 24 meters wide, and the spire is 80 meters high. The top of the tower offers a wonderful view of the city of Cluj-Napoca and its surroundings.

The Church of St. Michael has a glorious history – the temple is closely linked to historical events taking place in Romania and can boast a succession of famous personalities who have visited its chambers. Grand Dukes of Transylvania were crowned in the church several times, and here Queen Isabella laid down her crown, recognizing the power of Ferdinand I.

One of the temple’s relics is the ancient altar, preserved since the fourteenth century.

The Church of St. Michael without exaggeration can be called the main attraction of the city of Cluj-Napoca – the place is literally steeped in history, and it attracts many tourists.

Coordinates: 46.77008600,23.59001400

Lutheran Cathedral in Cluj-Napoca

The Lutheran Cathedral in Cluj-Napoca (photo)

The Lutheran Cathedral in Cluj-Napoca is the main Lutheran Church in Transylvania and the second largest in the country. The cathedral is officially recognized as a monument of architecture and is under the auspices of the Romanian government.

The cathedral in Cluj-Napoca was built in 1829 by the famous architect Georg Winkler. The architectural style of the building combines two trends – neoclassicism and baroque. And the church’s single tower rises 43 meters above the ground, making the Lutheran Cathedral one of the tallest buildings in the city.

In addition to the gorgeous exterior, the Lutheran Cathedral is also notable for its interior. The altar and walls are painted by the skilled painter Johann Gentiluomo, and his frescoes still retain their vivid colors. The cathedral also boasts an ancient stone font, an element even older than the building itself. The font was made in 1721, and its baroque style complements the interior of the church.

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The Lutheran Cathedral in Cluj-Napoca is a place of religious pilgrimage for all Romanian Protestants and the main religious attraction in the city. However, the magnificent architecture and the atmosphere of antiquity should impress even non-religious tourists.

Coordinates: 46.77133200,23.58990500

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Cluj-Napoca International Airport

Cluj-Napoca International Airport (photo)

Cluj-Napoca International Airport is located in the north-west of Romania, 10 km from the town of the same name, 12 km from the railway station. European highway E576 passes nearby. This is the third largest airport in the country, which provides flights to Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, Vienna and Rome.

The first flights between Bucharest and Cluj began in 1928, using twin-engine aircrafts Farman-Goliath with a capacity of 10 seats.

On September 11, 1933, the airport acquired international status when the first flight from Prague to Cluj to Bucharest was performed.

On November 15, 1935, thanks to Aeroflot company, the new route Moscow – Cluj – Prague was opened. The passengers were carried by twin-engine M-25 and M-26 planes with 14 seats.

During the Second World War the airport was destroyed, and afterwards it was reconstructed. Now its capacity is 750 people per hour. The airport is equipped with a range of essential services, including a security system.

Coordinates : 46.79000000,23.69000000

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Club Midi

Club Midi (photo)

Romanian Club Midi is located in a former factory building, which influenced its interior, which combines prefabricated reinforced concrete and modern technology of audio and visual systems.

The abbreviation Midi stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface and it refers to a protocol for processing electronic music using computers and other technology for synchronization. The club uses a Funktion One audio system from a British company that has been used by musicians Underworld, Jamiroquai and Leftfield. Musicians agree that the first thing they do after arriving at a particular club is to check the audio system. The Midi has an impeccable sound system, which satisfies the needs of many musicians and visitors.

The visual system of the Romanian club consists of many different spotlights, which have favorably influenced the appearance of the videjays (video-jockeys). They create images and synchronize them with the music. The club’s VJs are Michael Parenti, Dreamrec, Skvj, Bruno Tate and others.

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Coordinates : 46.76338400,23.57035200

The Monument of Matyas Corvinus

Matyas Corvinus Monument (photo)

The Matyáš Corvinus Monument is a sculptural composition depicting the Hungarian King Matyáš I Corvinus and his four generals. It is located on the main square of the town of Cluj-Napoca and is considered to be one of the most recognizable symbols of the city.

The monument was opened to the public in 1902. The monument was sculpted by the famous sculptor Janusz Fadrus, a laureate of the 1900 Paris World’s Fair. Korvin’s monument is still considered one of his most famous works. The sculptural composition is an equestrian statue of King Matyas I, standing on a high pedestal. At the base of the pedestal are four royal generals holding banners. All the statues are made of bronze, and the pedestal is carved out of marble. A plaque is affixed to the base.

The Monument of Matyas Corvinus is officially included in the register of historical monuments in Romania and is protected by the state. The monument is very popular with both residents and foreign tourists.

Coordinates: 46.76953900,23.58983100

Western Romanian Mountains Apuseni

Western Romanian Mountains Apuseni (photo)

The Western Romanian Mountains, better known as the Apuseni, are part of the mountain system of the Carpathian Mountains and are located in the cultural and historical area of the country, Transylvania. The Apuseni Mountains are a mixture of granite, limestone, crystalline schist and other rocks.

In general, the Apuseni appear as 11 interconnected ridges, the main of which is the Bihor plateau, which is the highest point of the Western Romanian Mountains – Curcubeta Mare, with a height of 1849 meters. The ridges are separated from each other by a system of ravines and depressions. In the east, the ridges pass into the Transylvanian Plateau.

Coordinates: 46.49158500,23.00866700

Lunch Box City Restaurant.

Lunch Box City Restaurant (photo)

In fact, this is a modern concept: every moment of the day this restaurant is ready to receive guests. Breakfast is served in the morning: croissants, coffee, tea; at lunchtime you can taste pizza, pasta, salads, and the most delicate desserts; and for dinner you will have a special menu with many dishes of national Romanian and international (Italian, European, Slavic, Bessarabian) cuisine. In the evening you can also have some very pleasant alcoholic drinks, mostly wines, and the prices in Lunch Box City are very, very democratic, because they have a self-service system.

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The restaurant is located in the center of the city, which makes it convenient and accessible for both locals and visitors. The atmosphere is very democratic and corresponds to the level of service and the level of cooking. There are several rooms: from very simple and democratic, designed for quick and fast service, to restaurant-type rooms, allowing you to have a full lunch or dinner in a leisurely and measured atmosphere.

Coordinates: 46.77611100,23.60442000

Restaurant Panoramic

Restaurant Panoramic Restaurant (photo)

Sophistication surrounds the furniture, the interior fittings of the rooms and the decoration of the terrace, and the many floor-to-ceiling windows create a sense of transparency and airiness. This restaurant serves both individual clients as well as events and banquets of any level: weddings, banquets, protocol events, conferences and other celebrations. The maximum capacity of the restaurant is 100 guests indoors and 60 guests on the terrace. The restaurant’s interior and cuisine will satisfy even the most demanding customers. Here you may place an order for the most delicious and beautiful holiday desserts, in particular cakes, as well as some meat dishes.

The cuisine of the restaurant is the most diverse and the most what ever international. Here you will find Romanian national dishes and an excellent choice of wines. The warm welcome, attentive service and delicious taste of the most refined at very reasonable prices will please you at any time of the year, holidays and weekdays.

Coordinates: 46.77505300,23.57734000

Restaurant Tusa

Restaurant Tusa (photo)

The restaurant’s chef will be happy to advise you on the selection of the menu – so that it suits your tastes and requirements.

The capacity of the wedding hall is up to 350 people, and the themed village hall can accommodate up to 80 people.

The restaurant is located ten minutes from the city of Cluj-Napoca, in a beautiful green area with clean air, which provides a sense of solitude in the vicinity of the city.

Coordinates: 46.73421400,23.58764600

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City of Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Cluj-Napoca is a city in the northwestern part of Romania. It is the unofficial capital of Transylvania, with a remarkable historical heritage and a great atmosphere. Cluj is a beautiful old town with true Transylvanian charm, which combines rich history and culture.

Things to do (Romania):

Castles and Legends of Transylvania

€263 per tour.

Castles and Legends of Transylvania

Discover the graceful Peljes, the enigmatic Bran, and the impregnable Râşnov Castle

Castles and Legends of Transylvania

€230 for the tour

Castles and Legends of Transylvania

Discover the graceful Peljes, the enigmatic Bran, and the impregnable Râşnov Castle

Geography and climate

Cluj-Napoca is situated in central Transylvania at the confluence of the Western Romanian Mountains and the Transylvanian Plain. The southern part of the city is more hilly. Cluj has a moderate continental climate with warm summers and cool winters.

Panorama of the City

City panorama

Tourist information

  1. Population – more than 320 thousand people.
  2. The area is 179.5 km2 .
  3. Language is Romanian.
  4. Currency – leu.
  5. Time – UTC +2, in summer +3.
  6. Cluj International Airport receives flights from Istanbul, London, Munich, Vienna, Milan, Bologna, Rome, Paris, Madrid, Saragossa, Geneva, Basel, Stockholm, and other cities. There are also regular rail connections to Bucharest, Sighisoara, Timisoara, Brasov, Budapest, and Vienna.
  7. Cluj is one of the best cities in Romania for shopping. The largest shopping centers are Iulius Mall and Polus Center.
  8. Cluj is famous for its gastronomy. Here you can try dishes of traditional Romanian, Hungarian and Transylvanian cuisine.

History

The history of Cluj goes back to Roman times. In the 2nd century AD, the Romans conquered Dacia and founded a military base called Napoca on the site of the modern city, which was destroyed in the 4th – 5th century during the barbarian invasions. In the 6th – 10th century the area around Cluj was inhabited by the Wallachians. In the 12th century the region was conquered by the Hungarians and became part of their kingdom.

The Streets of Cluj

The streets of Cluj

In the 12th century a castle and village were founded near the ruins of the ancient Napoca. This settlement was inhabited by Transylvanian Saxons. In the 13th century Cluj suffered several times from Tatar invasions. In 1316 it was granted a town status. The new town began to grow and develop rapidly and became one of the centers of the region. In the Middle Ages Cluj was part of the Hungarian kingdom. Later it was part of the Habsburg Empire. As part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, it had the German name of Clausenburg.

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The Streets of Cluj

The streets of Cluj

In the new period Cluj remained Magyar. In 1918 the city became part of the Kingdom of Romania. In 1940-1944 it briefly became Hungarian, until in 1945 it was finally Romanian. The historic name of Cluj-Napoca was returned to the city during the reign of Ceausescu.

Sightseeing

Union Square

Union Square

Union Square is the central square of Cluj, where you can see the ruins of the ancient Roman Napoca. Other interesting monuments include a statue of the Hungarian King Matyas I and the Church of St. Michael.

Church of St. Michael

Church of St. Michael

The Church of St. Michael is one of the largest medieval churches in Romania (or rather the second largest after the Black Church in Brasov). This beautiful Gothic building was founded in 1316. In 1545, the church became Protestant and lost many of its frescoes and decorations.

Museum Square

Museum Square

Museum Square is a small charming square surrounded by pretty streets and terraces. Its most interesting sights are the University of Arts and the Franciscan Church, founded in the 13th century. This religious structure was built on the site of an old church destroyed by the Tatars.

Potaisza Street

Via Potaissa

Via Potaisa is a pretty old street that runs along the walls of the medieval citadel.

Iancu Square

Janku Square

Janku Square is a modern square with impressive monumental buildings, among which the national theater and the orthodox cathedral stand out.

Tailor's Tower

Tailor’s Bastion

The Bastion of Tailors is the only surviving tower of the medieval citadel, which dates back to the 15th century. Nearby is a Calvinist church of the same period.

Interesting tours

Peleş Palace: The true history of Romania

€91 per excursion

Peleş Palace: the true history of Romania

Learn about the people and events that have shaped the country’s history

The Many Faces of Bucharest

€130 per tour

The Many Faces of Bucharest

See the “trademarks” of the city and visit the luxurious Ceausescu Palace with a professional guide

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