Huffington Post: Why Cluj-Napoca Should Be Added To Your Travel Bucket List ASAP

”Perhaps you have heard about Transylvania – this mythical region in Romania, surrounded by interesting old tales. Fortunately, Transylvania has a lot more to offer than mysterious stories about Dracula and vampires. Let’s have a look in the very heart of this northwestern province of Romania and talk about Cluj-Napoca – a beautiful, vibrant city where you can have it all!”, says Huffington Post.

 

”Cluj-Napoca, commonly known as Cluj, is a very important historical landmark in Romania. The cultural heritage of the city dates back in the year 106, when the Romans established a settlement on the site, and continues to flourish later under Austrian, German and Hungarian influences. Nowadays, Cluj is one of the largest cultural, academic and economic centers in Romania. Once in Cluj, there’s no place you’d rather be, and this is because we are talking about a city that has a bit of everything for everyone!

Are you a young traveler eager to make new friends all over the world? You will be happy to know that Cluj is a place where many young people, Romanians and foreigners alike, choose for their studies. Plus, the city was the European Youth Capital in 2015. One of the advantages of having young inhabitants is the fact that Cluj hosts many music festivals throughout the year, attracting tons of visitors. And if there is no music festival you can always feel like you are attending one, by enjoying the bustling nightlife of the city.

Maybe you are more into leisure than fun and in this case Cluj will be a good idea for you also if you decide to pay a visit during Transilvania Jazz Festival or Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF). Another option is to start your day with a good cup of coffee in one of the bohemian cafes in the city, followed by a couple of relaxing hours strolling in the Botanical Garden or Central Park, and end it by having dinner in one of the many restaurants in Cluj, while you are enjoying a glass of Romanian wine.

There is good news for sports enthusiasts too. Cluj Arena is a modern multi-purpose stadium in Cluj, ranked as a Category 4 UEFA Elite Stadium, hosting many sports activities of all kind, from football games to rugby. Besides, thousands of people are also enjoying musical and social events in the same venue. Once you finish the stadium tour you can head to Cetatuia Hill – the stairs you have to climb to get there worth the while, as you can enjoy panoramic views of the city or a breathtaking sunset.

There is a lot of tourist attractions in Cluj and, depending on the duration of your stay, you should visit as much as you can. Don’t worry if your time was tight and you couldn’t manage to see everything – the hospitality of the locals will make you want to come back anyway! Here is two of the places in the city where many tourist attractions are scattered:

Union Square – With its dominating King Matthias Corvin Statue, this is the place to be if you are passionate about architecture, as you will be able to admire baroque, gothic, neoclassical and renaissance styles. The museums and other places of interest are mostly clustered around Union Square. While you are there you can visit the Gothic Cathedral of St. MichaelBanffy Palace – host of The Art Museum, or The Pharmacy Museum – the first apothecary in Cluj.

Mirror Street – Close to the Union Square you will find the Mirror Street, officially known as Iuliu Maniu Street. This is a unique tourist attraction in Transylvania and a symbol of Cluj. The historical buildings on both sides of the street are identical, hence the name. The street is also reflecting the multiculturalism in Cluj, being a liaison between The Cathedral of St. Michael in Union Square and the Orthodox Cathedral of Cluj in Avram Iancu Square.

 The outskirts of Cluj have a lot to offer also. Depending on how far you are willing to go, you can either discover mysteries in the nearby haunted forest, go trekking on Turda Gorge or visit Turda Salt Mine.

Hoia-Baciu Forest – Near Cluj you can find this mystical place where some people claim they spotted UFOs, while others say that they experienced scary feelings. No wonder it’s called the Transylvanian Bermuda Triangle!

Turda Gorge – Locally known as Cheile Turzii, the trail between the mountains offers amazing sceneries, either you choose to go trekking, hiking or just for a car drive.

Turda Salt Mine – Featuring an impressive number of galleries and transformed in a history museum of salt mining, this amazing attraction also known as Salina Turda was ranked as one of the coolest underground places in the world and is considered one of the hidden gems around the world that worth the visit”, continues Huffington Post.

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