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In May 2008 we started our trip through Northern Romania and Southern Ukraine in Cluj-Napoca, where we stayed two nights. In April 2012 our long weekend trip through Transylvania ended with one night in Cluj-Napoca.

The multicultural town has more than 300.000 inhabitants and is known as Klausenburg to the Germans and Kolozsvar to the Hungarians.

The historic town centre is home to several churches of different denominations, with the Roman-Catholic Saint Michael Church and the Orthodox Cathedral being the dominant ones.

Due to its location on important trade routes, Cluj-Napoca nowadays attracts again businesses from all over Europe. Not only the largest university of Romania can be found here, but also quite a few other state and private educational institutions.


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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Many historic sights and architectural gems.
  • Cons:Too many construction sites and scaffolded sights.
  • In a nutshell:Cluj-Napoca - Transylvania's cultural centre.
  • Last visit to Cluj-Napoca: Apr 2012
  • Intro Updated May 17, 2012
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  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2014 at 4:22 AM

    Good tips - it always amazes me to see that towns have the same population as the whole of Iceland.

  • antistar's Profile Photo
    Jun 1, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    That really is a great view from the hill. I nearly made it here but not quite. Probably won't go back so nice to see it here on VT. Great work!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    What a lovely National Theatre, infact, I think there are lots of nice buildings here, especially the Churches. Your pizza's looked rather tempting!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Enjoyed this page again and the updated that you have made esp the restaurant tips.

  • german_eagle's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    I'm getting hungry just reading the tips :-)

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Sep 10, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Great new accomodation and restaurant tips!

  • TravellerMel's Profile Photo
    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Great tips on Cluj - unfortunately, our entire experience there was waiting to get the AC fixed on the car. We took a cab downtown, but ended up at McDonald's eating McFlurries just to cool down... :-(

  • Askla's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Hello! As usual god information here. Cluj-N. has long been on my must-see list so I hope to be able to go there next spring. That's at least my whish and plan. Regards Lars.

  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Nice tips, but if you were not so happy with the pizza & beer, you should try next time Mamaliga & Milk ;-)

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    The certainly have a lot of churches in this town, and all look very well maintained. You have done an excellent job of showing the sites, and describing them also.

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