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The best things to do in Cluj


Located in the heart of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca is a pearl waiting to be discovered: here culture, history and lively modernity coexist at their best, offering visitors a series of unique experiences. Follow Air Dolomiti advice and find out what to do in Cluj to make the most of your stay.

Cluj-Napoca: What to Do

For travellers, Cluj is a truly amazing discovery. The ideal point to discover the third largest city in Romania by number of inhabitants is to start from Unirii square, dominated by the splendid church of San Michele, built between 1349 and the mid-fifteenth century. We are in the beating heart of a young and dynamic destination: from here you can immerse yourself in the vitality of its centre, walking along the typical cobbled streets, discovering the evidence of baroque architecture and browsing amidst the little shops and boutiques. A break in one of the numerous cafes and restaurants is ideal before resuming your visit. Not far from Unirii Square, there is also the National History Museum of Transylvania, which tells the thousand-year history of the region, from the Dacians to the present day. For those who love panoramic views, the Cetățuia hill offers a suggestive view that stretches up to the surrounding mountains.

What to do in Cluj between culture and nature.

Cluj, which added the nickname Napoca to its name in 1974, in honour of the city's first Roman settlement, is also an important cultural and artistic centre. The “Lucian Blaga” National Theatre hosts high-quality performances, while festivals such as the Transilvanian International Film Festival and the Electric Castle, which every year combines technology, art and different musical genres, show the more modern and younger side of the city.
For those looking for a break from city life, the “Alexandru Borza” Botanical Garden is one of Cluj's main attractions and offers an oasis of tranquility: with a variety of plants from all over the world, it is the ideal place for a relaxing walk. Less than a three-hour drive from the city, the Apuseni Mountains offer wonderful opportunities for hiking, caving and relaxing in nature.

What to eat in Cluj

Romanian cuisine is rich and tasty, and Cluj is no exception. Savour traditional dishes such as mămăligă, a polenta with cheese and sour cream, or sarmale, rolls of minced meat wrapped in cabbage leaves. And before concluding your visit to Cluj, don't forget a tour of the Tailors' Bastion, a preserved piece of the ancient defensive walls, which offers an overview of the history and architecture of the region.

Pack your bags and be enchanted by the magic of Cluj-Napoca. With Air Dolomiti, an unforgettable journey awaits you in the heart of Transylvania.