Cluj-Napoca – The city

by Abraxia, 13/04/2015

What makes Cluj-Napoca so special?

Cluj-Napoca, commonly known as Cluj, is the fourth most populous city in Romania and the seat of Cluj County in the northwestern part of the country. Located in the Somesul Mic River valley, the city is considered the unofficial capital to the historical province of Transylvania.

Situated at the crossroads of international and national interest, Cluj-Napoca has always represented a touristic attraction center due to its historical monuments and its intense cultural and scientific activity increased by the invaluable treasures kept in museums and nationally recognized libraries and also by the Botanical Garden – its importance being acknowledged across the entire Europe.


Social highlights and sights:

  1. Culture:

Today, the city is one of the most important academic, cultural, industrial and business centers in Romania. Among other institutions, it hosts the country’s largest university, Babes-Bolyai University, with its famous Botanical Garden; other tourist attractions are the building of theEthnographical Museum of Transylvania, the Tailors‘ Bastion, the Old Palace of the City Hall, the building of the National Art Museum (Banffy Palace), the National Museum of Transylvanian History, the National Theatre and the Romanian Opera House, the monument of Mathias Corvinus, the Statue of Lupa Capitolina with Romulus and Remus, a symbol of Latinity, a present made by Rome to our municipality, the Memorandists‘ monument – dedicated to the fight of the Transylvanian Romanians for national freedom.


  1. Food and restaurants:

As far as cuisine is concerned, Cluj-Napoca is proud to offer a combination of both international and traditional places such as Crama HaiducilorCasa ArdeleanaAgapeCasa Vikingilor,BelagioChiosCasa Piratilor , PanoramicTaverna or Havana. Another place where you can enjoy international cuisine and also famous fast-foods such as KFC or McDonald’s are theIulius Mall’s Food Court and Polus Center.


  1. Nightlife and spare time:

If you are searching for some relaxing place, you can find it in the middle of the Central Park – the lake with its beautiful boats.

For a cosy atmosphere you can try the Eroilor pedestrian street which is full of terraces from spring till late autumn. The Iulius Mall is another place where you can spend your time, if you are looking either for a day at the movies or for some shopping. Besides the clubs from all over the city (ObsessionBambooJanisDieselEuphoria), you must check the students’ street -Piezisa.


  1. Transportation:

Cluj-Napoca has a complex system of regional transportation, providing road, air and rail connections to major cities in Romania and Europe.

It also features a public transportation system consisting of bus, trolleybus and tram lines. Cluj-Napoca is an important node in the European road network, being on three different European routes (E60, E81 and E576).

The Cluj-Napoca International Airport (CLJ), located 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) to the east of the city centre, is the fourth busiest airport in Romania.


  1. Useful links:

The site of The Foreign Affairs Ministry



Map of Cluj-Napoca


July 2018