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Attractions and Activities in Cluj

Cluj county is one of Romania’s wealthiest places of culture, architectural pieces, sights to visit, outdoor activities and entertainment for young people. The busiest and most visited cities in Cluj are Cluj-Napoca, Turda, Dej and Gherla, which are also municipalities and the largest cities in the county. Surrounding them, there are the Apuseni Mountains with several caves like Varfurosu, Piatra Ponorului and Pestera Mare worth visiting and in the villages around the county Bologa and Dabaca Fortresses or Banffy Castle in Bontida. However, most of the attractions in Cluj are located in its capital city — Cluj-Napoca.

Cluj-Napoca is among the most attractive destinations of both Romanians and foreign visitors, as it has an amazing landscape, it is a very important educational center and a well-developed city, maintaining at the same time its cultural and architectural heritage.

Best of Cluj-Napoca

Museum Square — it was named after the History Museum of Transylvania which is located here and it is a pedestrian area filled with outdoor bars, pubs and cafes during summer. The square has a medieval look due to the pavement on the streets and the old buildings surrounding it, but it’s a quiet place preferred by locals who want to avoid the noisy downtown. In order to reach the square, you can use the parking at Unirii Square or around the I.L. Caragiale park, although the available places are very limited during the working days.

The Tailors' Tower or the Bastion Tower — located on Baba Novac Street in Stefan cel Mare Square, the tower was built in the southeast corner of the defense wall of the city and it dates back from 1457 during the reign of Matei Corvin. The name comes from the people who were in charge with maintaining the bastion and they were also the most powerful group at that time — the tailors.

Today, the tower looks at Baba Novac’s statue, Mihai Viteazu’s general who was killed in 1600 and since 2008, following the restoration done by the local authorities, the Tailors’ Tower has a new destination — the urban cultural center.

The Reformed Church — located on Mihail Kogalniceanu Street, the church is a historic and architectural monument built in late Gothic style for the Franciscan monks, serving as a monastery. What is important about the church is that it is the biggest and largest Gothic building in Transylvania housing a single room.

Due to its size and acoustic features, the church is also a preferred location for concerts.

The Roman-Catholic Church — located in Unirii Square, “Sfantul Mihail” Church, as it is also called is one of the most important Gothic buildings in Romania, dating back from 1350, when the construction was first started.

The tower of the church, located on the northern side of the building was built in the 19th century and it is 80 meters high, but as impressive as the tower there are also the church’s interior and exterior decorations and they reveal the first Renaissance influences in Cluj.

The Metropolitan Orthodox Cathedral — located in Avram Iancu Square, the cathedral is considered as Cluj-Napoca’s most central spot and it can be easily seen from the hills around the city, as it is 64 meters high. The building was inaugurated in 1933 in the presence of Romania’s king, Carol the 2nd and it was built in Byzantine style, with an impressive dome and four spires.

Since 2006, the Metropolitan Orthodox Cathedral of Cluj serves as the cathedral of archbishop of Cluj, Alba, Crisana and Maramures.

Alexandru Borza Botanical Garden — located on Republicii Street, the botanical garden is a national museum, covering a total area of 14 acres. The garden was founded in 1872 and since then it has gone through several rearrangements, so that currently it houses 11,000 species in different sectors — the ornamental, phyto-geographic, systematic, economic and medical.

The garden and the museum are open all year round, however the museum is closed during the weekends. The entrance fee is about 2 EUR, and the students at “Babes — Bolyai" University enter for free.

Cluj Fortress — also called Clus, Kolozsvar and Klausenburg during history, Cluj Fortress is one of the seven medieval fortresses in Transylvania. It was first mentioned in 1173 and today it holds one of the most important touristic sights of Cluj-Napoca, the Bastion Tower.





The Fortress Hill — named “Cetatuia” by locals, the fortification is located on a hill at 405 meters high and during history it served for several purposes, from administrative building to prison. The hill is dominated by a cross, built in the memory of the 1838 Revolution heroes, but today the most impressive structure built on the hill is actually Belvedere Hotel, a modern and elegant landmark.

The Fortress Hill can be reached on foot from Mihai Viteazul Square, or by car from the same point, from the railway station or from the sports arena.

Simion Barnutiu Central Park — over 180 years old, the Central Park is the most famous park in Cluj-Napoca and today it is a preferred location for walking, roller blading, running or just relaxing.