Cluj Napoca is a wonderful, vibrant, animated city located in the heart of Transylvania. Cluj, as most people call it, is more than a city, it’s a lifestyle, with a particular charm and a unique magnetism. It is Romania’s second largest city, one of the major cultural, academic and business centres and holds the title of European Youth Capital 2015. Cluj hosts the largest and one of the top universities in the country, Babes-Bolyai University, Klaus Iohannis, the current president of Romania, having graduated here in 1983.
Cluj is a highly multicultural city with a diverse cultural life and a variety of ethnic groups (Romanians, Hungarians, Germans, Romani, and Jews). The city is the home of the second-largest urban Hungarian community in Romania.
This city can offer not only an impressive historical legacy and a Romanian-Hungarian cuisine to die for, but also an incredibly youthful and energetic atmosphere and a multitude of cultural activities.
Cluj hosts numerous festivals such as TIFF (Transylvania International Film Festival), the Electric Castle Festival and, starting this year, the Untold Festival which will take place between 30 July and 2 August. If you are interested in cultural events you can always go to the Opera, to the Hungarian Theatre and Opera, to Cluj Philharmonic or to the National Theatre.
There are several historical monuments worth visiting such as St. Michael’s Church located in Unirii Square, the Calvinist Reformed Church, the New Synagogue, the Tailor’s Bastion and many more, as well as museums such as the Cluj National Museum of Art (located in the Banffy Palace), the Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania and the Pharmacy Museum.
Cluj has one of the largest botanical gardens in south-eastern Europe (the Alexandru Borza Botanical Garden), a wonderful ethnographic park (Romulus Vuia ethnographic park) and if you climb the Cetățuie Hill you’ll have a breathtaking view of the city. The Central Park hosts a small lake and you can rent rowboats and hydro bicycles.
There are numerous cafes, bars and clubs that can satisfy all budgets and preferences. There are many themed bistros and cafes in Cluj and one of them, Joben Bistro has been voted on of the world’s 20 most uniquely designed bars. The nightlife is extremely animated and alert due to the fact that approximately 100.000 studens live here. Depending on your musical preferences, you can pick from a large variety of clubs to go to and usually, you won’t have to worry about the closing hour because this city is sleepless!