Top Cities in Transylvania
Transylvania is a region of beautiful landscapes and rich wildlife, but its cities can be just as impressive. From the vibrant cultural life of Cluj to the charming city centre and natural surroundings of Brasov, from the cobblestone streets and baroque buildings of Sibiu to the glorious Art Nouveau architecture of Oradea, cities in Transylvania are definitely worth your attention.
The unofficial capital of Transylvania, Cluj boasts majestic cathedrals, numerous monuments, some of the finest museums in the country, and a vibrant cultural life, spurred by the tens of thousands of students that descend upon the city each year. Whether you’re looking for a lesson in the complex history of Transylvania or just for a little fun, the friendly inhabitants of Cluj are always open for a chat. The city is also the best base for visiting Transylvania and especially the picturesque Apuseni Mountains.
Considered by many the finest Romania city, Brasov has a rich and multicultural history that is visible at every step as you walk around its grand central square. The Saxon heritage of Brasov is best exemplified in the splendid Black Church, a masterpiece of the Gothic style that got its name when a fire blackened its walls centuries ago. Nature has also been generous with Brasov – the city, located in the heart of one of the most beautiful areas of the country, is a major touristic center and the number one winter sports destination of Romania.
Nestled between the gentle hills of western Romania, Oradea is one of the most important economic and cultural centers in the region. Thanks to its strong manufacturing and services sectors, Oradea has become an economic powerhouse that competes with other prosperous Transylvanian cities like Arad and Cluj-Napoca. Oradea is home to the University of Oradea, one of the largest in Eastern Europe, with 15 faculties and 123 fields of study.
The city of Arad houses an impressive number of historical buildings, combining a variety of architectural styles, form baroque to neoclassic. Among the many cultural landmarks found in this centuries-old city, Arad is home to one of the first conservatories in Europe and the first school for Romanian-language teachers in Transylvania.
Sibiu preserves many beautiful examples of authentic Saxon architecture, and thanks to its vintage appearance, with cobblestone streets and baroque buildings, it’s one of the most distinctive cities in Romania. In 2007, the city was designated the European Capital of Culture, along with the city of Luxembourg. Sibiu was also included in a top of the best places to live in Europe, thanks to its charming appearance and idyllic surroundings.
Targu Mures is a city in northern Transylvania, known for its rich cultural and historic heritage. With its sizeable Hungarian speaking population, as well as smaller German and Gypsy minorities, Targu Mures is a charming multicultural town inhabited by friendly and welcoming people.
Considered one of the most picturesque cities in Romania, Baia Mare is located along the Sasar River at the foothills of the northern Carpathian Mountains. At about 115,000 inhabitants, Baia Mare, the seat of the beautiful Maramures County, is the most populous city in the northern part of Romania.
Located in northwestern Romania, only minutes away from the border with Hungary, Satu Mare spans over 150 square kilometers and has a population of about 109,000 inhabitants. As the capital city of Satu Mare County, the city is a cultural, academic, and industrial center of the region.
Bistrita, the capital city of the Bistrita-Nasaud County still maintains a medieval appearance in some areas, thanks to the beautiful houses that local merchants built in the 13th and 14th centuries.
Located in the hilly heartland of Romania, Alba Iulia is one of the oldest cities in the country. The settlement is surrounded by the scenic Apuseni Mountains in the northwest and the Transylvanian Plateau in the east. Alba Iulia is a place of a great historical importance for the Romanian people, and is home to a well-preserved medieval citadel and other historical landmarks
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