City Orientation Walk, Cluj-Napoca

The unofficial capital of Transylvania set in the northwest of Romania, Cluj-Napoca (or Cluj for short) is the city of universities, bustling nightlife and historic sights - legacy of Saxon and Hungarian rule. The old town of Cluj is centered around Piața Unirii, sided by the Gothic St. Michael's Church, monumental statue of the 15th-century king Matthias Corvinus, and Baroque-style Bánffy Palace housing a Romanian art museum. To visit these and other attractions of Cluj, follow this orientation walk!
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Romania » Cluj-Napoca (See other walking tours in Cluj-Napoca)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Author: Dee
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National Theatre

1) National Theatre (must see)

The Lucian Blaga National Theatre is one of the most prestigious theatrical institutions in Romania. The theatre shares the same building with the Romanian Opera. The theatre was built between 1904 and 1906 by famous Austrian architects Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer, who designed several theatres and palaces across Europe in the late 19th century and early 20th century, including the theatres in Iaşi, Oradea, Timişoara and Chernivtsi (Romanian: Cernăuţi). The project was financed...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Tailors' Bastion

2) Tailors' Bastion (must see)

The Cluj-Napoca Tailors' Tower is located at the southeast corner of the old Cluj-Napoca citadel. It was built in the 15th century and rebuilt between 1627 and 1629, taking its present form. It was named after the Tailors' Guild, who took care of and guarded this part of the city. Near the tower — where Baba Novac, general of Michael the Brave and Saski priest, was killed in 1601 by General Basta — there is a statue of Baba Novac. Deserted until 2007, the municipality of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Saint George Monument

3) Saint George Monument (must see)

The Saint George Monument represents Saint George heroically slaying a dragon. It was created in 1904 by Kálmán Lux and placed in Cluj in 1900. Saint George is quite significant to Romania, as there are many cities with the same name. The image of Saint George killing the dragon is featured on the flag of medieval Moldova sent by Stephen the Great to the Zografu Monastery from Mount...   view more
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Transfiguration Cathedral

4) Transfiguration Cathedral

The Transfiguration Cathedral, also known as the Minorites' Church (Biserica Minoriţilor), was donated in 1924 by the Holy See to the Romanian Greek-Catholic Church to serve as the Cathedral of the Cluj-Gherla Eparchy, after the move of the Eparchy's center from Gherla to Cluj. The church and the monastery were built in 1778-79, but the tower collapsed on 24th September 1779 due to mistakes made at the basement level. The design was made by the architect of the Bánffy Palace, Johann...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Statue of Avram Iancu

5) Statue of Avram Iancu

The Statue of Avram Iancu is located on stone blocks that symbolize the rocks of the Apuseni Mountains. The statue is encircled by a fountain. Avram Iancu was a Transylvanian lawyer, one of the leaders of the 1848–1849 revolt in Transylvania. Being the leader of an army in collaboration with the Austrian military authorities, he organized the defense of the Apuseni Mountains and resisted numerous attacks by Hungarian revolutionary...   view more
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Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral

6) Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral (must see)

The Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral is the most famous Romanian Orthodox church of Cluj-Napoca. Built in a Romanian Brâncovenesc style, a synthesis of Renaissance and Byzantine architecture, it stands in Avram Iancu Square, alongside the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre and the Avram Iancu Statue. The Cathedral is the seat of the Metropolitan of Cluj, Alba, Crişana and Maramureş. It is dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos (Romanian: Adormirea Maicii Domnului). The cathedral was built...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Iuliu Maniu Street

7) Iuliu Maniu Street (must see)

The Iuliu Maniu Street, named after the Romanian politician Iuliu Maniu, is a central street connecting Avram Iancu and Unirii squares. It is parallel to the Eroilor and "21 Decembrie 1989" Avenues. The western part of the street, between Unirii Square and Bolyai Street, was built during the 19th century in a symmetrical manner, featuring the eclectic architectural style, accordingly the Haussmann urbanistic trend. It is commonly called strada oglindă (mirror street).

"(The...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Matthias Corvinus Statuary Group

8) Matthias Corvinus Statuary Group (must see)

The Matthias Corvinus Statuary Group contains five statues which represent the equestrian Matthias Corvinus and his four generals. The statue of Matthias Corvinus was constructed in 1902 in Cluj and over time it became very significant to the city. The bronze statues of Corvinus and the four generals were brought from Budapest. The generals are, from left to right: Paul Chinezu, Blasius Magyar, Stefan Szapolyai and Stefan...   view more
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Bánffy Palace

9) Bánffy Palace (must see)

Bánffy Castle is a baroque building of the 18th century in Cluj-Napoca, designed by the German architect Johann Eberhard Blaumann. Built between 1774 and 1775 it is considered the most representative for the baroque style of Transylvania. The first owner of the palace was the Hungarian duke György Bánffy (1746–1822), the governor of Transylvania.

In February 1951 the council of the city decided to empty the palace to establish an Art Museum there; the works were finished in the summer of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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National Museum of Art

10) National Museum of Art (must see)

Since 1951, the Banffy Palace has been the home of the National Museum of Art in Cluj-Napoca. This is a picture, graphic and decorative art patrimony. The permanent exhibits present works of such artists as Theodor Pallady, Camil Ressu, Vasile Popescu, and others. The National Museum of Art was awarded the European Museum of the Year award by the EMYA in 1997.

Operation hours: Wednesday - Sunday: 10 am - 5...   view more
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St. Michael's Church

11) St. Michael's Church (must see)

The Church of Saint Michael is a Gothic-style Roman Catholic church in Cluj-Napoca. It is the second largest church in Transylvania. The nave is 50 meters long and 24 meters wide, the apse is 20×10 m. The tower with its height of 76 meter is the highest one in Transylvania. The western portal is decorated with the three coats of arms of Sigismund as King of Hungary, as King of the Czech Kingdom and as Holy Roman Emperor.

The construction was begun probably in place of the Saint James Chapel....   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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The Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania

12) The Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania (must see)

The Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania (in Romanian Muzeul Etnografic al Transilvaniei) is situated in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. With a history of more than 80 years, the Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania is one of the first and greatest of its kind in Romania. It has two exhibition sections, one of which is to be found in downtown Reduta Palace, while the other exhibition section is the open-air Romulus Vuia Park situated on the city's north-west side, in Hoia Forest.

The museum has a...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Matthias Corvinus House

13) Matthias Corvinus House (must see)

The Matthias Corvinus House (Romanian: Casa Matei) is one of the oldest buildings in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania. It was built in the 15th century as a small guesthouse. During its history, the house served as a jail, hospital, and museum; it is now home to a visual arts institute. Matthias Corvinus, son of John Hunyadi the legendary Transylvanian warrior, Voivode of Transylvania, later one of the most renowned kings of Hungary, was born in this building.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museum Square

14) Museum Square

Museum square is a special place in the heart of Cluj. It holds a number of historic and architectural sights, including The National Museum of Transylvanian History, featuring collections of antiquities, zoological and mineralogical artifacts, the Franciscan church, and the Carolina Obelisk. In addition to these, there is a good choice of quaint restaurants and terraces to sit and suck in the atmosphere of this old and picturesque...   view more
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Central Park

15) Central Park (must see)

Central Park, located in the center of Cluj-Napoca, has very old origins yet remains the most beautiful and scenic park in the city. The statuary group in the park features an extraordinary fountain. The park's lovely lake is large enough to allow for boating by...   view more

Walking Tours in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Create Your Own Walk in Cluj-Napoca

Create Your Own Walk in Cluj-Napoca

Creating your own self-guided walk in Cluj-Napoca is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Family Entertainment in Cluj-Napoca

Family Entertainment in Cluj-Napoca

This guide will show you how to spend a day in Cluj-Napoca while exploring the city's offerings for families. Visiting Central Park will leave you with some wonderful memories. Trying traditional food and learning about literature and the arts will also be enjoyable. Take this walking tour and have some fun!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Shopping Walking Tour in Cluj-Napoca

Shopping Walking Tour in Cluj-Napoca

If you want to learn more about Romania and its specialty shops, then a visit to Cluj-Napoca should be on your itinerary to help you discover the local wines, organic food and more. This walking tour will help you find some of the most unique and notable shops in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Historic Places Walking Tour in Cluj-Napoca

Historic Places Walking Tour in Cluj-Napoca

Unusual and magnificent historic buildings are some of the greatest attributes of Cluj-Napoca. Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic styles are particularly prevalent among the structures. Take this walking tour to admire Cluj-Napoca’s outstanding architecture!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
History of Cluj-Napoca in Monuments

History of Cluj-Napoca in Monuments

In Cluj-Napoca, the centuries have given us a number of significant monuments that impart the city's history. Each of these features impressive structural design and each shares its own story. Take this walking tour to discover the most notable monuments in Cluj-Napoca.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Churches Walking Tour in Cluj-Napoca

Churches Walking Tour in Cluj-Napoca

Cluj-Napoca is one of the most populated cities in Romania. It has a distinctive history as well as the most beautiful and long-standing churches emphasized by Baroque style. This tour guide is the ideal opportunity to discover the most legendary among them.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km