Weekend in Cluj Napoca
A truly beautiful city, fascinating, elegant, multicultural, lively.
During a weekend in Cluj Napoca, you will admire its extraordinary architectural beauties; take walks in its green spaces; spend time siping drinks, dancing and having fun in clubs scattered around the city.
DAY 1 WEEKEND IN CLUJ NAPOCA
Union Square it is a bit ‘the centerpiece of this city. The perfect place to start your weekend in Cluj Napoca.
The large square is really beautiful, surrounded by beautiful eighteenth-century buildings, and the charming church of San Michele. At the center, to admire the equestrian statue of Mattia Corvino, sovereign of Hungary.
Not far from the central square, the most important points of interest in the city are concentrated. Starting, of course, from the Church.
The Biserica Sfintul Mihail, dedicated to the cult of San Michele, built around the middle of the fourteenth century, it is the most important gothic building in the whole country.
Majestic, and with slender forms, this church also impresses with its beautiful interiors with three naves, with works of art and medieval frescoes.
Do not miss during your weekend in Cluj Napoca.
On the eastern side of the square is the Banffy Palace, from the 1959 headquarters of the Art Museum.
The Palace, in Baroque style, is of 1770.
The museum, rather interesting, is one of the landmarks of the Region, and of the whole country, especially regarding the religious art section of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
Often, it hosts extremely interesting temporary exhibitions.
Recommended visit in the case of a stay of at least 2 days.
Open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:00. Closed on Monday, Tuesday and holidays.
The admission fee for the museum costs 8LEI per adult. For temporary exhibitions of pagan 6LEI.
Reductions for retired and students are expected.
A short distance away, Muzeul Pharmacies, rises on the north side of Piata Unirii.From an old pharmacy, inaugurated in the 16th century, to a real museum that houses unusual pharmaceutical equipment.
Open from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 16:00. Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Cluj Napoca is a university city. Not far from the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, there is the suggestive Parcul Central Simion Barnutiu.
It is one of the many green lungs of the city, much loved for fitness and long walks.
Really nice and romantic, with the pond to go for a ride with a swan pedal boat!
Inside there is also a former casino, now a national monument.
Sportsmen, however, will appreciate the presence of sports equipment.
A place of peace and tranquility, clean and well cared for, ideal for relaxing in the weekend in Cluj Napoca. Given the location, it is quite crowded. There are many families with children, and students.
Euphoria Biergarten it’s ideal for lunch or dinner. Nice, welcoming, it is open until late evening. You can sit inside or outside. Good value for money.
For those who love pubs, we recommend Jaxx, in Emil Isac St, not far from here.
Great music and good food. Give us a jump and say hello to the old Mircea who usually shows up there.
Photo ©, User: Pasztilla aka Attila Terbócs
At the end of Strada Emil Isac, turning left you reach the Muzeul Etnografic, at the n.21 of Memorandumului Road. It shows a rich review of the life that took place in the villages of Transylvania.
You will be able to admire everyday objects, hunting and work tools, musical objects and much more.
In the summer, it opens from 10:00 to 18:00, while in winter it closes at 16:00. Probably less impressive than the Ethnographic park, of which we recommend a visit for the day possible.
For an evening of unbridled fun, we recommend the Club Midi. It is a must of nightlife, not to be missed during your weekend in Cluj Napoca. Despite the impressive crowd, and the rather high prices, fun is guaranteed throughout the night.
DAY 2 WEEKEND IN CLUJ NAPOCA
For the second leg of the weekend in Cluj Napoca, we recommend starting from Parcul Cetatuia, where once there was a fortified citadel, of which very little remains. We recommend the visit to have a wonderful view from the hill, of the whole city.
To the south rises the National Museum of Transylvanian History. It is located in Strada Daicoviciu, not far from the Church of San Michele.
It is considered by many to be one of the most important historical museums in the country.
It houses numerous collections, including History of Pharmacy, Prehistory, Egyptian, History of Dacians, History of Rome, Medieval History and many more.
Statue. Mem. Finds. Manufactured goods. Sculptures. These are some of the objects that you can admire on the two floors of the museum.
Open every day, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 16:00.
Only on Wednesdays it is open from 12:00 to 18:00. Closed on Monday.
The adult ticket costs 6LEI for temporary exhibitions and 6LEI for the historical collection. 50% discount for students and retirees.
Free for children under the age of 18.
Proceeding along Piata Unirii and the next Strada Universitatii, you enter the heart of the historic center, among numerous bars, cafes and pubs. A truly varied choice, suitable for all tastes and all budgets
Along the way, the splendid Biserica Piaristirol It is a place not to be missed for your Weekend in Cluj Napoca. The beautiful 18th century Baroque church rises just before Mihail Kogalniceanu Street, a beautiful street in the historic center.
A long walk leads you through beautiful buildings and palaces, in Baroque and neoclassical style, up to the Biserica Reformata. The beautiful Gothic building, with its beautiful portal, was built in 1486 and is one of the most beautiful places of worship in Cluj. In the square that precedes the church, there is the statue of San Giorgio.
Beyond the Church, the Bastionul Croitorilor, that is the Bastion of the Tailors, is one of the remains of the ancient fortifications. Restored, today it hosts interesting temporary exhibitions, between art and photography. the hero Baba Novac the adjacent statue was dedicated; he was burned alive for helping Michele the Bravo!
Il Lucian Braga National Theater rises in an enchanting position, on the square that opens on the ancient fortified bastions.
It was built in 1906 and today is home to the Romanian Opera Company, and hosts opera and ballet performances.
The building is in Baroque-Rococo style, representing one of the most prestigious theatrical institutions in Romania.
For a perfect weekend in Cluj Napoca with your family, do not miss the Botanical Garden and the Zoological Garden. They are located a short distance from each other, not far from the center. You will hardly be able to visit them on the same day.
Gradina Botanica represents the pride of Cluj Napoca. Founded in the 1920, it stretches for around 14 hectares among verdant hills, plants and waterways.
Beautiful and refined is not to be missed during the weekend in Cluj Napoca.
Here, different species are grown around 10000, subdivided into 7 sections.
Do not miss the Roman Garden, also known as Plinio’s garden; with the statue of the Roman goddess Ceres, and, on the sides, by two authentic uncovered coffins in the ancient Roman city of Napoca.
In addition, the Garden is housed in the Garden Botanical Museum, with over 7000 objects, and the most important Herbarium of the country, with 750000 pressed plant sheets.
Every year, the Botanical Garden is visited by over 150000 visitors.
The Garden is open all year round, from Monday to Sunday, from 08:00 to 20:00.
The greenhouses inside, are open in winter until 16:00, and in summer until 18:00.
The admission fee per adult costs 10LEI. Children over 5 years, students, retirees pay the reduced fee for 5LEI.
Free for under 5 and disabled.
You have to get away from the center to visit the Romulus Vuia Park, in the Tatarom district. You can reach it by the 37 bus.
Completely outdoors, the Ethnographic Park is a sort of return to the past, showing ancient transylvanian houses a couple of centuries ago. Recommended in summer.
Open from Wednesday to Sunday, in winter from 09:00 to 16:00; in the summer, from 10:00 to 18:00. Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
The entrance fee costs 6LEI for adults, and 3LEI reduced.
Cluj is a particularly lively city, full of clubs and pubs. For the evening you will be spoiled for choice.
From a gastronomic point of view, Cluj can satisfy everyone’s needs, with the most disparate multi-ethnic proposals. There is, even, the inevitable Pizzeria Napoletana, in which, incredibly, you eat pretty good! Do not miss the international fast food chains.
For a pleasant evening, we recommend Hardward Pub. Nearby, the NOA Club is, with the Noon, one of the landmarks of clubbing throughout Romania.