Touristic Sights in Cluj

To Do in Cluj

Cluj Napoca is a city with a rich history and an impressive touristic heritage, Cluj is waiting for you to discover its treasures, from markets both old and new, to streets, museums, parks and buildings that hide the mysteries of centuries long forgotten, Cluj.com presents sights that will attract the curiosity of tourists, but also to locals who wish to know more about the city in which they live.

Padlocks on the bridge, stories locked in time

Padlocks on the bridge, stories locked in time

In the town the heart of Transylvania, love locks made their first appearance as a phenomenon in November 2011. Then Valentine’s Day (February 2012), the authorities have arranged special supports at both ends of the Elisabeta Bridge, because this tradition does not affect the bridge’s structure and lovers enjoy…

Cluj-Napoca Orthodox Cathedral

Cluj-Napoca Orthodox Cathedral

The Orthodox Cathedral in Cluj is one of the most important religious buildings in Cluj-Napoca. It was built over a period of ten years, from 1920-1930, immediately after the unification of Transylvania with Romania. With a height of 64 m (to the top of the high steeple ) Orthodox Cathedral in Cluj has 8 towers and 4 bell (the biggest bell weighs almost 2 tons!)…

Cluj Arena

Cluj Arena

Built in 2011 on the site of the old “Ion Moina” stadium, Cluj Arena has become the representative stadium of Cluj-Napoca. Located in the central part of town, near Central Park, Cluj Arena hosts major football matches and other sporting events or concerts. Cluj Arena is owned by the Cluj County Council and is administered by the representative company Cluj Arena S.A.

Hungarian State Theater of Cluj

Hungarian State Theater of Cluj

The Hungarian State Theater of Cluj is one of the most important theatrical institutions in the country, through the quality of performances, its varied repertoire, as well as its extremely talented actors. Operating without interruption since its establishment in 1792, the Hungarian State Theater is also the oldest Hungarian language theater…

Fabrica de Pensule

Fabrica de Pensule

Fabrica de Pensule / The Paintbrush Factory is a collective space of production and distribution of contemporary art as an independent cultural center. The center is located in the former paintbrush factory, gathering 29 contemporary art spaces: artists’ studios, galleries and cultural organizations active in fields like visual arts, contemporary dance and theatre.

Cluj and its monuments / Clujul și monumentele sale

Cluj and its monuments / Clujul și monumentele sale

Panorama of the city. The history of the settlement of Cluj-Napoca goes as far as the Paleolithic. The earliest Neolithic findings from our country were discovered also around the town. The Roman period leaves important traces in its development. The old Roman Castrum developed into a flourishing town.

“Alexandru Borza” Botanical Garden Cluj-Napoca

“Alexandru Borza” Botanical Garden Cluj-Napoca

Cluj’s Botanical Garden is where the hustle and noise of the city remain outside the wall of vegetation. It is the place that no who tourists who came to Cluj-Napoca should miss it, the botanical garden is the favorite place of leisure for Clujeans and many take refuge from the summer heat. The visitor can enjoy a relaxing walk…

Eroilor Boulevard

Eroilor Boulevard

The transit area for many Clujeans every morning on their way to work, Eroilor Boulevard is a good place for a tasty lunch at its restaurants. Also, Eroilor Boulevard has a rich offering for lovers of nightlife. If you were to do an x-ray of nightlife in downtown Cluj, much of it could be found in bars and clubs hunkering in old buildings or cellars on Eroilor Boulevard.

Casino Urban Culture Center

Casino Urban Culture Center

The Casino Urban Culture Center in Cluj is located in the “Simion Bărnuţiu” Central Park and in recent times has become a veritable host of cultural and artistic events taking place in Cluj.The building is a historical monument, built at the end of the nineteenth century in an eclectic Viennese style Pakey Lajos was the architect who constructed this veritable palace building…

The Executioner’s House or the Cursed House?

The Executioner’s House or the Cursed House?

Even if it is in ruins, the Executioner’s House is still on the list of places in Cluj where mystery and superstition are shrouded. No matter how skeptical and rational we are, we all like to stir our imagination and interest through a tall tale, that raises questions and makes us wince. Situated in the former Ulița Turzii – currently Avram Iancu street, this building has surrounded…

Reformed Church on the Wolves' Lane

Reformed Church on the Wolves' Lane

Known as the Central Reformed Church or Church-Fortress – due to its appearance – similar to that of a medieval castle, it is located on what is currently Mihail Kogalniceanu Street and was built between 1486 – 1510, with the support of King Matthias Corvinus. Initally belonging to monks of the minority Franciscan monks at the end of the sixteenth century…

Tailor's Bastion

Tailor's Bastion

Over its more than 500 years of history, it was probably the strongest point of defense of the fortress, being the area most exposed to peril. Carrying the name of the responsible guild, the bastion’s appearance has changed much due to having been destroyed and rebuilt several times. Affected by a riot of mercenaries who had not received their salary, successive sieges led by Mozes Szekely (1603) and…

Bánffy Palace

Bánffy Palace

Bánffy Palace, which now houses the Museum of Art (No. 30 Piața Unirii) is a special architectural beauty of the city of Cluj. The noble Hungarian family Banffy, Dionisie Bánffy with his son Gheorghe Bánffy, one of the most well known families in Transylvania, were the ones who built the imposing architectural masterpiece between 1774 and 1785. Gheorghe Bánffy…

Piața Muzeului

Piața Muzeului

Time passes differently in Piața Muzeului. Rustic stalls, traditional artisans who present their works of art, the little cobblestone streets, numerous terraces during the warmer seasons, the Carolina Obelisk, the House of Matthias, even the restaurants in the area have created a distinct atmosphere, street performances, exhibitions, concerts or fairs – all contribute…

“Transfiguration” Greek-Catholic Cathedral

“Transfiguration” Greek-Catholic Cathedral

The Transfiguration Cathedral in Cluj, also known as the Minorite Church, is a historical and architectural monument, built between 1775-1779 in baroque style. From 1924 it has served as the Greek Catholic cathedral of the Cluj-Gherla Diocese. The church is located on no. 10 Eroilor Boulevard. The building was built by the Roman Catholic Order of Minor…

The house in which the ink of Agârbiceanu flowed

The house in which the ink of Agârbiceanu flowed

At no. 31 Andrei Mureșanu street, you happen upon one of the “story” houses of Cluj. Here in one of the rooms lived the writer Ion Agârbiceanu. The writer moved to Cluj in 1919 where he engaged in political journalism for over a decade. From 1919 he became director of the newspaper “Patria” in Cluj, then from 1938 the newspaper “Tribuna”. He wrote for…

National Theater and Opera of Cluj-Napoca

National Theater and Opera of Cluj-Napoca

The National Theater and Opera of Cluj-Napoca is one of the most valuable architectural monuments of the city and also one of the most representative examples of architecture from the first decade of the twentieth century in Cluj-Napoca. It was built between 1904-1906 on the former timber markets in what is currently Piața Avram Iancu. The work was…

Capitoline Wolf

Capitoline Wolf

Located on Eroilor Boulevard, in front of the “Transfiguration” Greek-Catholic Cathedral, the Statue of the Capitoline Wolf, also known as the Statue of the She-wolf, was given to Cluj by the city of Rome in 1921 as a symbol of Latinity between Italy and Romania. Around the same time, “Roma madre” also gave bronze copies as gifts to Timișoara, Bucharest, Chișinău, and Târgu-Mureș.

Discovering Hoia-Baciu Forest

Discovering Hoia-Baciu Forest

Summer rains can sometimes have a liberating force. You would think, being rational, that a torrential downpour would put a lid on your plans. Also, can you feel the need to hide inside your nest to enjoy a vague sense of safety. But the spirit of adventure wins out, at least occasionally, and have decided: you go hunting for mysteries and wanderings through Hoia-Baciu Forest…

Piata Unirii

Piata Unirii

Piata Unirii is the center and main symbol of Cluj. It is from here that the most important roads of the city begin and end. Despite the numerous things it has represented over several centuries, today it is the main source of torment for drivers due to its urban traffic. One can not get from one corner of the city to the other without passing through this square.

Tauffer House

Tauffer House

Tauffer House was built at the beginning of the nineteenth century by the architect Georg Winkler. He was the one who created the initial plans for the Reformed Calvinist Church in the Lower City (also known as the Reformed Church with two towers) , the architecture was inspired by the model of the Big Church in Debrecen, Hungary. At the beginning of the nineteenth century…

St. Michael's Church

St. Michael's Church

St. Michael’s on a summer Sunday morning. The streets are still empty, and it is still possible to find a parking space along the sidewalks. The sun shines on the square and the Gothic parish church. The building of the church’s construction is dated to the year 1316. In August of that year, Charles Robert de Anjou granted Cluj…

Statue of St. George killing the Dragon

Statue of St. George killing the Dragon

Cluj’s statues are silent witnesses of the passage of time and the many changes that this city has experienced. Some large and impressive, others small but expressive, some known by everyone, others less familiar to locals and tourists who stop in Cluj. One of the most important statues of Cluj is that of St. George. Located in the little…

Franciscan Church

Franciscan Church

The Franciscan Church in Cluj is one of the oldest and most significant places of worship in Cluj, situated on what is today nr 2. Piața Muzeului (in the past it was known as Piața Mică, Piața Carolina, and Piața Dimitrov). The church’s patron day is on the 5th of August, celebrating “Maria Zăpezii” (the saint of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome).

Bob Church, the oldest Romanian church in the “Treasure City”

Bob Church, the oldest Romanian church in the “Treasure City”

Bob Church, dedicated to the Resurrection, is the first Greek Catholic church built in Cluj and the oldest Romanian church in the city. It was built in the Baroque style between 1801-1803, by the architect Jozsef Leder, one of the most important representatives of late Baroque architecture in Cluj and Transylvania.

Heltai House

Heltai House

Heltai House (also called Bocskai House) located inside the old city of Cluj, on no. 4 Matthias Corvinus Street, belonged to the author, publisher and printer Kaspar Helth (Hungarian: Gaspar Heltai) of Saxon origin. Heltai Gaspar was a scholar who contributed to the cultural development of the city. He studied at Wittenberg, Germany and founded the…

Hintz House

Hintz House

Hintz House (Pharmacy Museum), sometimes called the Mauksch-Hintz House is a historical and architectural monument located on nr. 1 King Ferdinand Street at the corner with Unirii Square. Since 1573 the building has housed the first pharmacy in Cluj. Then in 1752, the pharmacy is leased to private pharmacists, the first…

The Carolina Obelisk

The Carolina Obelisk

The Carolina Obelisk is the first secular monument of Cluj, the others that were previously built in the city having religious significance. The monument was also known as the Carolina Pillar or tthe Carolina Statue (Hungarian: Karolina-oszlop) was built in 1831 as a monumental column. In 1817, the Austrian Empress Carolina Augusta together with her husband…

Hajongard Cemetery

Hajongard Cemetery

It is one of the most picturesque sights of the city and covers an area of approximately 14 hectares. The Hajongard Cemetery is officially known as the Central Cemetery (Hungarian: Házsongárdi temető, German: Hasengarten) on what was formerly the Ulița Măcelarilor, currently Avram Iancu Street, is one of the oldest cemeteries in Cluj, founded in the sixteenth century…

Matthias Corvinus House

Matthias Corvinus House

The Matthias Corvinus House is one of the most important historical monuments of Cluj because in this building, currently located at no. 6 Matei Corvin Street, King Matthias Corvinus was born. King of Hungarybetween 1458-1490, Matthias Corvinus was born in Cluj on February 23, 1440, the son of the voievode of Transylvania Janos Hunyadi. The building, in its…

Mint House

Mint House

In Cluj once functioned, beginning in 1527, a mint house (domus cementaria et auricusoria), in which the principalitie’s money was minted. Coins in Cluj were first introduced by János Zapolya (1487-1540), voievode of Transylvania, and later, the king of Hungary. The mint was located on no. 4 Emil Zola Street close to the Franciscan Church, at the eastern…