An urban island in an authentic Transylvanian rural landscape, Târgu Mureş charms with its stylish city center filled with beautiful Baroque, Secession and Neoclassical architecture.
With a slight medieval feel, the capital of Székely Land impresses with its multiculturalism and dual history (Romanian and Hungarian), giving it a charm of its own among the cities of Transylvania.
The city’s youthful spirit (due to the thousands of students), its many museums and recreational areas along the Mureş river, make it an ideal destination for a city-break.
Stretching on both sides of the Mureş River, Târgu Mureş is home to the biggest Hungarian speaking community in Romania. Once a small town and an important point of defense for eastern Transylvania, Târgu Mureş transformed over time into an attractive urban center where the modern and the traditional coexist in harmony.
Any visit of the city should start with Trandafirilor Square (Roses Square) and the beautiful flower clock found it the middle of it. The square is surrounded by numerous historic buildings like the Prefecture Palace, the City Hall Palace or the Cultural Palace with its Venetian mirrors and stained glass, all landmarks of the city.
Another “must” on your list has to be the well preserved 17th century Medieval Citadel. In the middle of it you will discover the imposing Gothic Calvinist Church. From the citadel’s park you can get to and fro using the aesthetic Rákóczi steps, painted with traditional motifs, a very popular attraction.
Other tourist destinations are the Teleki-Bolyai Library building and the many museums like the Ethnographic and Folk Art Museum, the Natural Sciences Museum, the Art Museum and the History Museum.
The specific multiculturalism of the city is also echoed in the many religious edifices like the St. John the Baptist Church, the Franciscan Church, the Calvinist Church with its impressive tower, St. Michael the Archangel Wooden Church, Status Quo Ante Synagogue, the Resurrection Church or the Unitarian Church.
There are many excellent places where you can relax in Târgu Mureş especially places alongside the Mureş river bank where you can go swimming (in swimming pools), or you can go on boat rides.
Take time to visit the Zoo on the Corneşti Plateau. Modernized to fit European standards, it houses more than 500 animals on 20 hectares of land.
Târgu Mureş is an urban centre where cultural events are plentiful especially in the summertime. Some of these are The Fair on Mureş River in Trandafirilor Square or the Wine Feast; the Beer Festival and Târgu Mureş Days in the citadel.
- To admire the spectacular view over the city and the Mureş River from the Corneşti Plateau.
Good to know
- Târgu Mureş is accessible via European route E60 and national route DN15.
- Via train Târgu Mureş is connected to all major cities of Transilvania, Crişana, Maramureş or Muntenia.
- The tourist Information Center is located at 2 George Enescu Street. Schedule: in the summertime (June-August) Monday-Saturday 8:00-16:00; the rest of the year Monday-Friday 8:00-16:00.
- The Post Office is at 8 Teatrului Square. Schedule: Monday-Saturday 8:00-19:00.
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