Historic Places Walking Tour in Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca (Self Guided)

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!
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Historic Places Walking Tour in Cluj-Napoca Map

Guide Name: Historic Places Walking Tour in Cluj-Napoca
Guide Location: Romania » Cluj-Napoca (See other walking tours in Cluj-Napoca)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Author: Dee
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Tailors' Bastion

1) 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 Cluj-Napoca undertook to include the tower in the city's touristic itinerary, financing its restoration. The tower will become a Centre for Urban Culture, based on a project offered by the Transylvanian Branch of the Architects’ Chamber of Romania in collaboration with BAU (Birou de Arhitectura si Urbanism). The Centre will host an exhibition space on the ground floor, as well as a library and a conference room on the upper floors.

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National Theatre

2) 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 entirely with private funds. The hall initially had a capacity of 928 places, being conceived in the Neo-Baroque style, with some inflections inspired by the Secessionism in the decoration of the foyer. Between 1950 and 1956 the stage house was extended to 1200 seats.

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Iuliu Maniu Street

3) 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).

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Cluj-Napoca Hintz House

4) Cluj-Napoca Hintz House

The Mauksch–Hintz House is a historic building in Clug-Napoca's main square; it housed the first pharmacy in the city. The classicist façade dates back to the 1820s. However, the ground-floor and the basement were built in the Renaissance era. A fresco from 1752 in the former office tells about the history of the pharmacy in the Hungarian language. Cluj's first pharmacy was opened in the building in Main Square (today Piaţa Unirii) in 1573 and was operated by the government. In 1727 it was sold to its first private owner, Alexander Schwartz, and then to Tobias Mauksch in 1752. In 1851 it was inherited by the (Transylvanian Saxon) Hintz family and was renamed "Saint George's Pharmacy" (La Sfântul Gheorghe). After the establishment of Communist Romania, the entire building was nationalized and the pharmacy was closed. The descendants of the once-wealthy Hintz family migrated to West Germany in the 1970s.

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Bánffy Palace

5) 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 1954. The museum was opened in the restored palace on 30 December 1965. The cinema occupying the inner yard of the palace was demolished in 1974. The floor area of the palace is 66×48 m, its inner yard is 26×26 m. The wings on the sides include one row of rooms while the front and back wing includes two rows. The yard is surrounded by a portico at the second-floor level. The facade is decorated with statues of Mars, Minerva, Apollo, Diana, Hercules, Perseus, and the coat of arms of the Bánffy family with gryphons, without crown. In the median risalit there is a gate, above this is a loggia with seven pillars.

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Szeky Palace

6) Szeky Palace

The Szeky Palace in Cluj-Napoca is a Gothic Revival building on the shore of Someşul Mic River. It was built in 1893 for the university teacher and pharmacist Szeky by the architect Samu Pecz. It is included in the list of historical monuments of the Romanian Ministry of Culture.

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Matthias Corvinus House

7) 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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The Lucian Blaga Central University Library

8) The Lucian Blaga Central University Library

The Lucian Blaga Central University Library serves Babeş-Bolyai University in Romania. The library was founded in 1872 at the same time as the University of Cluj (now Babeş-Bolyai University). Its initial stock, about 18,000 volumes, was made up by gathering the collections received from the Law Academy of Sibiu, the Medical School and Government Archives of Cluj, and those of Iosif Benigni's rich private collections. From its foundation until 1909, the library functioned in the main university building. From 1906 to 1908, the current library building was erected following plans by architects Gergely Kálmán and Korb Floris Nándor. Books were then moved there in 1908-09. Extensions to the building were added in 1934, and an annex with a capacity of over 2,000,000 volumes was added in 1961.

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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
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 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

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Cluj-Napoca for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Cluj-Napoca has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Cluj-Napoca, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.