„Alexandru Borza” Botanical Garden
The Botanical Gardens in Cluj are about a mile uphill from the city centre (42 Republicii Str.). With almost 14ha and more than 10,000 plant species to explore, you are sure to spend a beautiful time here, especially in May, when the tulips blossom. There’s a water tower in the middle of the gardens. The wonderful view over the city makes climbing the stairs up to the top of the tower well worth your effort. Entrance price: 1 euro/person.
The Central Park
Having a 180 years oldness, this is one of the main recreation places of Cluj-Napoca, situated on the bank of Somesul Mic. Lately, the alleys and the lake were arranged and the music pavilion was built. Also in the park, the Summer Theatre was inaugurated, with a cinematography section, which is today the residence of the Hungarian State Theatre.
The National Theatre and Romanian Opera
The two cultural institutions were founded in September 18 1919, as an expression of spiritual rebirth after the Great Union in 1918. The hall has 928 setas and it is built in New-Baroque style. Decorators used for the lobby stylistic modulations inspired by the Secession. More than 200 titles of operas, operettas and ballets from the world repertoire have been put on scene at the Romanian Opera so far.
The Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania
Founded in 1922 by professor Romulus Voia, the Etnographic Museum of Transylvania entered the elite of the Romanian etnographic museums, due to the exceptional quality of its patrimony. It is currently composed of over 41.000 traditional peasant objects from 17th-20th centuries and a documentary fund of over 80.000 items. The museum has two sections: the Pavilion Section and „Romulus Vuia” Etnographic Park (the open-air section). Entrance: 2 euros.
St. Michael’s Church
This church is one of the most beautiful gothic monuments in Transylvania. St. Michael’s Church was erected between 1350 and 1487 on the site of the former St. Jacob’s Chapel. The altar, built around 1390, is the oldest part of the church. The most recent section is the tower, erected in neo-gothic style in 1860. The star-shaped vault, the stained-glass windows and the sculptures impress with their beauty and grandeur. Repeated restorations revealed early 15th century murals. The latest restoration took place between 1957 and 1960.
The Dungeon is the first real Room-Escape game in Cluj-Napoca. The game challenges you as a part of a team of 2-4 persons, to examine and to search the room for clues that will help you to escape. The theme is unique as it allows you to be part of the story, to resolve thrilling puzzles and to increase your adrenaline level. But to be successful you’ll have to work as a team, be clever and have an eye for details. You can find this place at 13, Petru Maior Street.
Turda Salt Mine
The salt mine in Turda is now a veritable history museum of salt mining. The excellent state of preservation of mining and machinery used to transport salt, together with the cautious work carried out for preparing the mine to become a tourist attraction, have made history and legend meet harmoniously here. The increasing number of tourists arriving from distant geographical areas to visit the mine is a confirmation of interest and historical value. Turda Salt Mine is also on the 22nd place of the unbelievable travel destinations in the world.