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Basic information

  • Area: 179.5 km² (69.3 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +40
  • Currency: Romanian leu (RON)
  • Population (EST): 306,009
  • Official language: Romanian
  • Time Zone: EET (UTC+2)

Cluj-Napoca – Places to Visit

Piaţa Unirii (Union Square)

The largest plaza in Cluj-Napoca is located in the heart of the city and is a focal point of the city's culture. The plaza is in walking distance of many of the sights of Cluj-Napoca such as theatres, parks, palaces and universities.

The Church of Saint Michael (Biserica Sfantul Mihail)

Completed somewhere around the mid 1400's and built in the Gothic-style, the Church of Saint Michael is said to be the second largest of its kind in Transylvania. Its original tower was erected in the 16th century and replaced in the 19th century. The church itself is a Roman Catholic place of worship overlooking Piaţa Unirii.

Tailors' Tower (Bastionul Croitorilor)

The Tower is a tourist attraction in the making, until 2007 it was almost forgotten but now is intended to be a cultural centre. Originally built and rebuilt between the 15th and 17th centuries the tower is certainly worth a look even before the centre opens.

The Lucian Blaga National Theatre (Teatrul Naţional Lucian Blaga)

Built close after the turn of the 20th Century and opened its doors to the public for the first time in late 1906. Over the years the theatres reputation has increased to make it one of the most important theatres in Romania. Until 1919 the building was home to the Hungarian National Theatre, before becoming the Romanian National Theatre. In the 1950's the building was extended to include more seating. Throughout the year numerous theatrical performances take place and include international title's alongside Romanian productions. Additionally the building is home to the Romanian Opera, extending the range of entertainment on offer.

The Hungarian Theatre of Cluj

Dating back to the late 18th century The Hungarian Theatre of Cluj has a long established theatrical history within Romania as well as an excellent international reputation. Throughout the year productions by modern and classic playwrights are staged, it is also possible at times to find there is a simultaneous translation into Romanian or English.

The “Alexandru Borza” Botanical Garden

At 14 hectares the garden is the city's biggest area of greenery and less than 2 kilometres south of the city centre. The gardens are currently owned by the Babes-Bolyai University and were the creation of Professor Alexandru Borza in 1920. The garden has many themed areas such as Japanese and Roman gardens. Housing in excess of half a million specimens, both outside and in its hothouses. The gardens themselves are a perfect place to peaceful stroll or picnic despite being so close to the city centre and over the years have become popular with newly-weds for their wedding photographs.

Bánffy Palace and the National Museum of Art Cluj-Napoca (Palatul Banffy)

Built in the mid 18th century the Bánffy Palace was constructed in the Baroque style, in the past a number of Royals have stayed in this impressive building. In 1951 the building was emptied to be used as the National Museum of Art Cluj-Napoca. The museum house work by many of Romania’s most important artist as well as a exhibits of a large number of European artists.

The Fortress Hill (Dealul Cetatuia)

Some of the best views of the city and the surrounding region are to be seen from the top of Fortress Hill. The fortress took around 20 years to complete from 1715. Comfortable shoes are recommended if you visit the hill, but the sights you are presented with make the climb worth it.