Unofficially named the capital of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca is a cosmopolitan and captivating city, where traditional elements intertwine with progressive ones.
The reborn ancient city of Napoca impresses with its many palaces, forts, large squares surrounded by impressive buildings in Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic style, museums, but also with its many parks and gardens.
Cluj-Napoca is like an open stage where you can enjoy art and culture brought by big music and film festivals, plays and operas.
The tens of thousands of students present here have ensured that the Transylvanian metropolis has had a constant injection of fresh life, contributing to its constant evolution.
The city of Cluj-Napoca, situated on the Someșul Mic River, between forest rich hills and stretching meadows, is the largest city in Transylvania and third largest in Romania, after Bucharest and Iaşi, with a population of approximately 320,000. With a history of over 2000 years, Cluj-Napoca has constantly reinvented itself, becoming a modern and dynamic metropolis that has much to offer to both visitors and residents.
Its cultural and historical inheritance has left a mark that can be seen in the numerous historical monuments and other landmarks found throughout the city. The fortified ensemble of the city, with fragments that are still visible today such as the Firefighters Tower, the Tailors’ Bastion, the Shoemakers’ Bastion (privately owned), or the Drapers’ Bastion, is simply fascinating.
Three big squares are part of the structure of the city centre, where many cultural and artistic events take place regularly. Unirii Square located in the city centre is where you will find some of the most important tourist attractions (the Gothic church of St. Michael, the statue of Matthias I and the Banffy Palace). Mihai Viteazul Square is dominated by the statue of Michael the Brave (Mihai Viteazul), while Avram Iancu Square is surrounded by beautiful Eclectic and Secession style buildings. Two of these are the Cathedral and the Palace of the Prefecture. On a simple stroll in the city you will discover the Museum Square, known as the oldest square dating back to medieval times. From here you can walk along the adjacent picturesque streets. Other attractions that are not to be missed are the museums and galleries, like the Museum of Art and the History Museum, the Palaeontology Museum, the historical Pharmacy Collection or the Ethnographic Museum.
After a long walk take a break in one of the attractive green oases like the Central Park or the Botanical Garden. Cluj-Napoca is an ideal city break destination for those of you looking for great nightlife. Any time of the year the pubs, clubs and restaurants in the city centre bring style to the nightlife of the city, and visitors leave with unforgettable memories.
Cluj-Napoca stands out from other cities through its very rich cultural activities, supported by the theatre and opera. In recent years, it came to be known as a “city of festivals’’ because of its many events that animate the city every year, like the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF), one of the 40 most important film festivals in the world, or the Untold Music Festival.
- A thematic route, following the arrows found on the streets in the city centre.
- Climb to the Citadel where you will be greeted by a beautiful panoramic view of the city.
- Enjoy a typically student treat like pretzels or kürtőskalács in the Museum Square.
- See a sporting event in the Cluj Arena Stadium, a modern architectural gem.
- Cluj-Napoca is linked to other big cities in the country and Europe via European route E60.
- The train station is located on Căii Ferate Street, at approximately 20 minutes walking distance from the city centre.
- The Cluj-Napoca International Airport, the fourth most busy in Romania, is 9 km from the city centre.
- The Tourist Information Center is situated at 6-8 Eroilor Blvd. Schedule: Monday- Friday 8:30-18:00, Saturday-Sunday 10:00-18:00
- The Post office is located at 33 Regele Ferdinand Street. Schedule: Monday- Friday 8:00-19:00, Saturday 9:00-13:00.
- Everyday in the Muzeului Square there is a traditional, handmade and authentic souvenir fair.