The Treasure City

Cluj-Napoca

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"Saint Michael" Cathedral - gothic style, built between 1350-1480

A short history

 

Cluj-Napoca (in German, Klausenburg; in Latin, Clus) is an ancient settlement dating from the times of the Dacians (2000 years ago). During the Roman times, between 117-138 AD, the settlement was elevated to the rank of municipality by Emperor Hadrian. Under the Romans, the city flourished and grew, until 271 AD, when Emperor Aurelian withdraw the Roman legions South of the Danube, to better manage the barbarian invasions. The city started a new age of prosperity beginning with the Middle Ages, when the economic, artistic and cultural values flourished, assigning to Cluj-Napoca the nick name of "treasure city". In 1316, Charles of Anjou granted the status of royal city (free city), which came with many privileges for the inhabitants. During the XV-th century, the city expanded under the Great King Mathias Corvinus, who was born in the city. During his reign, the most representative monuments of Cluj-Napoca were started, completed or restored. Under the Habsburg monarchy, the city grew and developed further, being the most important in Transylvania. For this reason, it became its capital. To protect and control the city, the monarchy built a fortress on a nearby hill, known today as the Fortress on the hill, which offers a great view of Cluj-Napoca. After World War I, the city became part of the Kingdom of Romania, until 1940, when the Vienna Diktat reassigned a part of Transylvania to the Fascist Hungary, along with the city of Cluj-Napoca. In 1944, the city was eliberated and, in 1947, by the Treaty of Paris, it became part of Romania. Throughout its history, Cluj-Napoca was shaped by different political structures like the Roman, the Habsburg and the Otoman Empires, the Principality of Transylvania, the dualist monarchy of Austro-Hungary and Romania. 

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Orthodox Cathedral (1920-1930)

Cluj-Napoca nowadays

Cluj-Napoca is located in the historical region of Transylvania, being its biggest city with a population of 324,576 inhabitants, and the second in Romania after Bucharest, the capital. The city is also one of the most important cultural, academic and economical centers of Romania. Culturally speaking, Cluj-Napoca is the host of the biggest film festivals in Romania and one of the biggest in Central Europe, TIFF (Transilvania International Film Festival). Untold Music Festival is one of the top 10 music festivals in Europe and won the "Best Major European Festival" in 2015. Cluj Napoca is also the host of another major music festival, Electric Castle. Other important cultural events are Jazz in the Park, Food Street Festival, theatre and opera representations both at the National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca and at the National Hungarian Theatre, which are performed by local and international artists. In academic terms, Cluj-Napoca is host of the high ranking University Babeș-Bolyai which is part of the top 5% best universities in the world (according to Academic Ranking of World Universities). UMF (University of Medicine and Pharmacy) is one of the best in Europe, chosen not only by Romanian students, but also by the European ones. The University of Polytechnics is one of the best in Romania. Every year, about 30,000 students come to Cluj-Napoca, to study in different fields, By economy, the city is very dynamic, with a strong IT sector which gave it the nick name of Syllicon Valley of Romania. There is also a strong industrial sector (big companies present in the field such as Bosh, Emerson, DeLonghi etc.).

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King Ferdinand Street

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National Theatre "Lucian Blaga"

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What to visit in Cluj-Napoca

“Alexandru Borza” Botanical Garden

The “Lucian Blaga” National Theatre and Romanian Opera

The Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral and its Museum

The Roman Catholic “Saint Michael” Church

The Matthias Corvinus House

The Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania

The "Romulus Vuia" Etnographic Park

The Reformed Church

"Simion Bărnuțiu" Central Park

Turda Gorges

Turda Salt MIne

The Monastery of Saint Nicula

"Alexandru Borza" Botanical Garden

Salt Mine Turda
Salt Mine Turda

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Memorandum Monument
Memorandum Monument

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View from Gheorgheni Lake
View from Gheorgheni Lake

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Salt Mine Turda
Salt Mine Turda

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You can call us:

+40 743346970

Write to us at:
mocanuluctrans@gmail.com

We offer

  • Guided tours of the most important attractions in the area. The guide has a degree in History. The main language is English, but we can also offer guided tours in Italian.

  • Transportation in the city and surroundings will be made by us, with our mini van.

  • Transportation from airport to hotel and from hotel the airport, with a mini van (maximum of 8 people).

  • We take care of all the planning, ticket buying and itinerary for the whole trip.

  • We can take care of the hotel room bookings.

The price of the trip - our prices range from 25 euros/trip and up, depending on the itinerary agreed. The prices include transportation with a minivan 8+1, as well as all costs related to transportation (gasoline, parking charges, road taxes).  

  • 25 euros for a group of max. 8 people - hotel pick-up (with our minivan 8+1) and approx. 1-2 hours of the historical city center visit.

  • 80 euros for a group of max. 8 people - transfer from airport to hotel; pick-up from hotel, 3 major tourist attractions in Cluj (for example, tour of the historical city center, the Ethnographic open-air museum, the Botanical Garden). Duration of the trip: 8 to 12 hours.

  • 110 euros for a group of max. 8 people - transfer from airport to hotel; pick-up from hotel, trip outside the city of Cluj to 2 major touristic attractions (the salt mine in Turda and the Turda Gorge (natural wonder).

*The price does not include the entries fees and the hotel room. 

**Our services are addressed to groups of a maximum of 8 people per trip.

***We only charge for the transportation services. All the other services mentioned above are free of charge.