Main attractions in Cluj
The heart of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca is the host of the most important Catholic Exhibition – Catholic Expo. The city is a treasure of architecture and culture. We discovered here wonderful people and delightful places to visit.
Discover the main attractions and the latest events on the dedicated website : www.visitcluj.ro
The Memorial Matthias Corvinus House
The Memorial Matthias Corvinus House is known as the oldest lay building in Cluj-Napoca, well preserved and having many functions along the time.
Built around XIV-XV th centuries in gothic style, it never belonged though to the Corvin family. Matthias Corvin, the son of Iancu of Hunedoara (great voivode of Transilvania and governor of Hungary), was born here by chance, when his pregnant mother sought shelter at the inn that functioned in the building. Since Matthias was born and spent a few of his first months of life here, the house was declared “The Memorial Matthias Corvinus House”. More information here.
St. Michael’s Church
St. Michael’s Church is one of the oldest and most appreciated Transylvanian monuments of gothic architecture. It stands majestically in the very heart of the town and was built between 1350 and 1487, probably immediately after the settlement had officially become a town, in 1316. The altar is the oldest part of nowadays’ building, dating back to 1390 and measuring 24 meters.
The new-gothic style tower (1837-1859) is the last built. The latter measures 80 m, together with the 4-meter high cross. The nave of the church is 50 meters long and the walls – 10 meters high. The inside painting of the church is lost, however the restorations of the church revealed some very old and artful frescoes, dating from the XIV-XVth century. More information here.
The southern wall of the Calvaria Church has a built-in sundial that dates back from the XVth century, considered to be one of the oldest in Transylvania.
The site also hosts a chapel, built in 1831, and a belfry, designed in 1922 by the renowned Hungarian architect Karoly Koos. More information here.
The National Art Museum
The musem is hosted by the former Palace which was built by German architect Johann Eberhard Blaumann, between 1774 and 1785, for the governor of the city, Banffy Gyorgy.
The National Gallery offers a four-century synthesis of Romanian art with a stress on the artistic phenomenon in Transylvania: The Altar from Jimbor (16th century), art in the style of 1900, avant-guarde, artists related to “Scoala Superioara de Arte Frumoase” and to the “Art Center Cluj”, such as Szolnay Sandor, Pericle Capidan, Catul Bogdan, Aurel Ciupe, Alexandru Popp, Romul Ladea and others. More information here.
Alexandru Borza Botanical Garden
Occupying 14 hectares of abrupt and hilly land in the south of the city, it is the largest green area of Cluj-Napoca, displaying a large variety of flora specific to every season. The Garden hosts the Botanical Institute, the Botanical Museum, a Herbarium, with over 650.000 exhibits, 3 hothouses, a Roman and a Japanese Garden. More information here.
Near Cluj city, the most important tourist attractions are the Turzii Gorges, the Apuseni Mountains, the Vladeasa Massif area, Baita Spa, Gilau region, Tarnita-Belis-Fantanele Lakes, Padis and Cetatile Ponorului, with very beautiful caves. Many of these places are suitable for paragliding, mountain biking, nautical sports, alpinism and the whole range of winter sports.
Turda Salt Mine
Turda Salt Mine dates from the eighteenth century and has a unique shape in Europe. It was inaugurated in January 2010, and placed really soon on the first place among the most beautiful underground places in the world, according to Business Insider Magazine. It has surpassed even the Cave of Crystals in Mexico.
Turda Salt Mine, a true spa complex includes a treatment and recovery room, miniature golf and badminton, bowling, table tennis, pool tables, a pier and a church. More information here.
Turzii Gorges were raised to the status of natural reserve since 1938. They represent the key with the highest vertical walls of the Apuseni Mountains.
The landscape is rich in caves, towering peaks, sinkholes and vertical walls. Overall there are about 60 caves, the largest reaching 120 m. Some of these caves were inhabited in ancient times (sec.V BC, Dacian-Roman), which is why they created the famous characters area (Balica, Anton) and gave birth to beautiful legends. More information here.
Vladeasa Massif is a mountain formation located in Cluj County, belonging to the Apuseni Mountains. With a maximum altitude of 1836 m, Vlădeasa hide spectacular scenery, interesting landmarks. Some of these are the Keys of hell and Keys Mişcu, waterfalls Iadolina, Vălul Miresei, Moara Dracului, Săritoarea Bohodeiului and Săritoarea Ieduţului, with water falling from a height of 80 m.
Among the main attractions that are found in the heart of mountains there are the caves. The largest caves in these mountains are Vârfuraşu and Ferice, first measuring a length of 2,420 m (located near Pietrele Albe, in Valea Seacă) and the second sheltering the remains of cave bear (found in South – west of Stâna de Vale). More information here.
Fortress of Ponor
Fortress of Ponor is undoubtedly the most imposing carst phenomenon of Romania, recognized and appreciated throughout the world. Called the Romanian Speleology Everest, the carst complex Fortress of Ponor, reunites the most spectacular attractions such as: three potholes, a deep central cave, an intermittent spring and a river flowing through an underground tunnel 2 km long, connecting 14 lakes.
Fortress of Ponor Cave, the most impressive, has a 2 km long main gallery, where access is through a portal 70 m high and 30 m wide. This natural objective can be visited both the surface and underground. Access can be made from Padis or the forest road that comes off the road Pietroasa – Padis. More information here.
Tarniţa and Fântânele-Beliş Lake
Tarniţa was declared a protected area of county interest since 1994, by a decision of the Permanent Delegation of the Cluj County Council. Fântânele is included in the Natura 2000 Apuseni Site and Protected Area of the Western and National Interest “Apuseni Natural Park”. Lacustrine area and the scenic surroundings with wooded slopes and rocky places, recommends that classification. More information here.
Animal Park – Moara de Vânt
Founded in early 2009, Moara de Vânt is located near Cluj-Napoca, in Salicea village, commune Ciurila. Based on a concept different from traditional zoos, Moara de Vânt offers everyone the opportunity to have direct contact with animals, to feed and take care of them.
Visitors will not find here the ferocious and exotic wildlife specimens, but domestic animals or ones that were adapted to our climatic conditions. The visiting program is daily between 10.00 -17.00 (October to March) and 10.00 – 19.00 (April to September).
Apart from the animals visitors can enjoy accommodation in caravans, small terrace, barbecues and beer, miniature horses and ponies (introductory courses), train rides, picnic places for rent. More information here.