I flew into Cluj-Napoca on an early flight from the UK, on arrival was mightily surprised with the heat when exiting the airport. The airport was not much to write home about as I wanted to exit as quickly as possible and get a taxi to my accommodation. I was advised to avoid taxis that approach you and get one from the taxi rank, unfortunately, the rank as empty and had to flag one down dropping people at departures.
The drive into Cluj was interesting as a first-time visitor to East Europe, a blend of nice scenery, fantastic architecture and some old-style Soviet buildings mainly flats. We passed through the main city centre and arrived at my requested destination.
I required cheap self-catering accommodation for my stay in the city and found Zan Central Apartments on Booking.com. It looked good and spacious and met my requirements (Cheap, a double bed and shower). The property was clean and spacious and was happy with choosing this place to stay. The entrance was through a courtyard from Bulevardul Eroilor in the centre of Cluj. I would recommend staying here as found it very nice and was simple to get into the property.
If you prefer not to stay in self-catering accommodation there are many other alternatives including HOTELS…
What Wikipedia Says?
Cluj-Napoca, a city in north western Romania, is the unofficial capital of the Transylvania region. It’s home to universities, vibrant nightlife and landmarks dating to Saxon and Hungarian rule. Surrounding its central square, Piața Unirii, is the Gothic-style St. Michael’s Church and the dramatic Matthias Corvinus Statue of the 15th-century king. The baroque-era Bánffy Palace is now a museum showcasing Romanian art. More info…
Places I Visited
Assumption Cathedral AKA Catedrala Mitropolitană Adormirea Maicii Domnului is the most famous Romanian Orthodox church in the Transilvanian city of Cluj-Napoca.
The Cathedral was built in a Romanian Brâncovenesc style, a belnd of Renaissance and Byzantine architecture, it is located on the Avram Iancu Square, alongside The Cluj-Napoca National Theatre and the Avram Iancu Statue.
This is one of the most important religious buildings in the city. It was constructed in ten years, and completed in 1933, straight after the unification of Transylvania with Romania.
The building designed by Architects George Cristinel and Constantin Pomponiu, it is a made from stone. This Cathedral is 64 metres high at its highest point, the Cathedral also has 8 domes and in my opinion, is stunning. The cathedral has 4 bells originally from Hungary, the biggest one weighs nearly 2 tons. Further Reading…
The Franciscan Church is a place of worship in Cluj-Napoca, it was built between 1260 and 1290, on the site of an older Catholic church destroyed during the Tatar invasions in 1241. The church is stunning on the inside with very ornate decor and an organ for music, the inside was very cool and cooled down on a very warm day.
I was recommended to try Boierul restaurant for great traditional Romanian #cuisine and they serveed some tasty dishes.
Starting with the bean soup – “Ciorba de fasole” – is probably one of the most #traditional dishes in #Romania. Served with optional red onion slices, sour cream and bread.
Some photos and first impressions of Cluj on the first day of my tour of Romania.