Places to visit in Cluj-Napoca

places to visit in Cluj

There are so many places to visit in the beautiful Cluj-Napoca depending on your personal taste. You can see touristic areas, museums, amazing squares, masterpieces of architecture or narrow streets. You have so many options, but when your stay in Cluj-Napoca is a short one it would be recommended to create a list of the most popular places. These are some of our suggestions which will surely amaze you:

1. The squares

The Union Square, Avram Iancu Square, Museum Square and Michael the Brave Square are the four historical areas which must be visited. Each tourist should admire the Saint Michael’s Catholic Church, one of the oldest buildings which is representative of Gothic architecture. You can also see Mathias Rex statuary group – the king who was born in Cluj.

2. Cetățuia Hill

The hill is one of the most recommended tourist attractions in Cluj-Napoca. Cetățuia (The Citadel) is located on the left side of the Someș River and it was built during the beginning of the 18th Century. It has big walls, moats, strongholds and big gates. The reason you should visit this place is the beautiful panorama of the city that you can admire.

3. Alexandru Borza Botanical Garden

The botanical garden is one of the most beloved places in Cluj-Napoca. Children, students, parents and grandparents enjoy visiting this oasis which consists of 14 hectares with varied relief. There are multiple plant species, a water tower and a Japanese garden. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful botanical gardens of the Southeastern Europe, but you must discover its beauty by yourself!

4. Transylvanian Museum of Ethnography and The National Ethnographic Park Romulus Vuia

Transylvanian Museum of Ethnography is the first museum of this type which was founded in 1922. The project was based on a scientific program and consists of 1230 objects and 160 photographs. There are available two archives and a library amounting to over 14 000 volumes. The Etnographic Park is the first Romanian open air museum, founded in 1929. Its area measures a total of 75 hectares and it is composed of rural households, a wooden church, a craftsmanship complex, a furnace and a smithy.

5. The Simion Bărnuțiu Central Park

A visit to the Simion Bărnuțiu Central Park must be made no matter the season. It has a unique beauty which combines the modern lifestyle with the harmony of nature. During the summer we recommend a bike ride on the Chios Lake, relaxing time spent laying in hammock or having a picnic. The cold season is perfect for long relaxing walks.

There are some others places you should visit in town:

  • If time is on your side and your stay in Cluj-Napoca is a long one we recommend you to go and attend some events at The Lucian Blaga National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca and The Romanian National Opera – both of them were opened to the public in 1919.
  • The Cluj-Napoca Tailors’ Bastion and The Astronomical Observatory – the Bastion is one of the few fortified towers kept in good shape until nowadays.
  • The Pharmacy History Collection is a great place to visit in Cluj-Napoca. It was built in the 15th century and it accommodates an exhibit with over 3 000 medieval pharmaceutical tools.
  • The Matthias Corvinus House is a gothic building built in the 15th century where on the month of February 1443 was born Matthias Corvinus, the son of the Transylvanian voivode – John of Hunedoara.