Tourist attractions in Cluj

Why Cluj County should be your next holiday destination

Cluj County – a land filled with tourist attractions with a particularly important historical significance – is a place combining old times and modern features that people have brought over the years. The blend of Romanian, German and Hungarian features makes this destination a one of a kind place for the tourists, as all those who visit will feel like they are in three different countries. Vacations in this region are always a joy for the ones who love history, for the ones who want to discover incredible landscapes, but also for those who want to enjoy dishes from different types of cuisine.

10 landmarks that should not be missed in Cluj County

Turda Salt Mine

Turda Salt Mine – Dug during the Middle Ages for salt mining purpose, Turda Salt Mine is nowadays one of the most beautiful landmarks in Cluj County, attracting thousands of tourists every year. Designed almost like a labyrinth, the salt mine consists of several mine galleries, as well as operating rooms that can be visited. The main attractions of this tourist site are: Mine Joseph – a conical-shaped room whose depth reaches up to 112 meters; the Crivac Room – an octagonal room with a rudimentary plant used to lift salt stones; and Mine Terezia – a room with a height reaching up to 90 meters. Very interesting is that during the renovation, in 2008-2010, a panoramic elevator was installed in Turda Salt Mine, equipped with a gondola wheel. Plus, a recreation area with a pier was designed in the same period. Thus, tourists can take a boat ride inside the salt mine.

Turda Gorge

Turda Gorge – The protected area is a mixed natural reserve, located only 6 kilometers away west of Turda City, alongside the Hasdate Valley. Turda Gorge stretches over an area of 324 hectares and offers tourists the opportunity to enjoy incredible karst landscapes! High and steep rocks, sharp edges, high stone towers, carved arcades – all these features outline breathtaking landscapes! In addition, there are about 60 caves in the reserve. Some are still accessible, while others are just reminiscences. Hiking enthusiasts will discover the caves along the route when they least expect it!

Banffy Castle, in Bontida – known as the Transylvanian Versailles, the castle is only 30 kilometers away from Cluj-Napoca. According to historical data, the domain was donated to the Banffy family by King Sigismund of Luxembourg, and in 1437 began the construction of the building that nowadays tourists can enjoy. Built in Baroque style, the castle was used both as a home and as a strategic place to defend against enemies. Those who visit can take a stroll through the park surrounding the building, along the alleys where former historical figures of the country used to walk.

Octavian Goga Memorial Museum, in Ciucea – Octavian Goga is one of Romania's most important writers and tourists who want to visit the Memorial Museum that bears his name can do it by going to Ciucea Town in Cluj County. The domain spans no less than 24 hectares, being truly impressive. There, one can find a castle-like building, known as the Rock House; the Gogas’ Love Mausoleum; and the White House, which serves as a Museum of Ethnographic Art, although it was used in the past as a guesthouse. Tourists need to take a few hours to visit this area, as there are many special features that will surely capture their attention.

The Assumption of the Virgin Monastery, in Nicula – The holy site is known mainly for the miracle depiction of the Virgin Mary. The Monastery is located very close to Gherla Town, in Nicula Village, and the tourists will find it hidden among the beautiful wooded hills. Those who wish can attend the Monastery’s Patron celebration each year. It is celebrated on August 15, on the occasion of the Assumption of the Virgin. Thousands of pilgrims come here, praying for health and peace in a solemn and reassuring environment.

The Bride’s Veil Waterfall – The Apuseni Mountains are home to the gorgeous Vladesei granite peaks, from where the clear water springs of the beautiful Bride’s Veil Waterfall come running in Stanciu Valley. Some people call it the Rachitele Falls, because it belongs to the village with the same name. Situated at an altitude of 1000 meters, the waterfall is impressive, being outlined by nature in two steps. The scenery is amazing in both summer and winter, when the water freezes, forming the image of a white wave.

Elian Palace – Built in 1981 according to the wishes of a wine merchant from Cluj, Viktor Elian, the palace is located on the bank of Somes River, its architecture being inspired by the sophisticated and stylish Parisian style. Renaissance and Baroque elements give this site a special design and the building can be visited all year round.

The Orthodox Cathedral, in Cluj – Located right in the heart of Transylvania, but also of the city of Cluj-Napoca, the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral remained until today a link between Central and Western Europe. Beyond the religious purpose for which it was built, the building is impressive also from an architectural point of view. Tourists can admire special Romanian features both on the outside and inside. A state of the art building designed by two well-known architects, Constantin Pomponiu and George Cristinel, the cathedral was built using quality materials: the skeleton is reinforced concrete and the facing structure ​​is made of carved stone. All of those who visit Cluj County must cross the threshold of this holy place!

The Kornis Castle, in Manastirea – Although this site has not been restored, it attracts many tourists every year. Located about 60 kilometers away from Cluj, in Manastirea Village, the castle is a special one, despite the lack of restauration. Over time, various stories and legends have been woven around it, stimulating the imagination of the tourists who visit. The castle was built between 1573-1593, but during the communist era it was partially burned. To discover the secrets of this place it is advisable to seek help from the locals. They know stories you've never heard of!

The Franciscan Monastery – Tourists who want to visit one of the oldest and most important sites in Cluj must go to the Franciscan Monastery. It has gone through many changes over time, but its special architecture impresses even today. Lying on a fairly extensive area, the monastery is surrounded by an absolutely fascinating park with serpentines and beautiful fountains.

The best way of getting around Cluj County is rent-a-car

Some of the tourists do not own a car, but this should not be a reason for the vacation not to be comfortable and relaxing. VAG24 is the ideal choice for those searching for a rental car.

www.vag24.ro is a user-friendly and easy to access website, where bookings can be done in a simple way. Thus, all the landmarks in Cluj County can be reached much easier and tourists do not have to rely on the means of public transportation!