When in Cluj, the first stop is the medieval center of the city, with its heart – Piața Unirii. Here is the gorgeous St. Michael’s Church with the famous Matthias Corvinus statue guarding its flank, the “Banffy Palace” Art Museum and the “Iuliu Maniu” street, a “mirror” street, unique in Romania. Head towards the Museum Square on the little cobblestone streets and pass by dozens of street merchants, traditional craftsmen and local farmers, enticing people with their produce and artisan skills. Next, is the “Casa Matei”, a 13th century inn where Matthias Corvinus (Matei Corvin in Romanian), the great Emperor of Hungary, was born. Keep walking until the Museum Square, the most beautiful square in the city.
This square is home to the History Museum, the Franciscan Church and Monastery and countless terraces spread around the Carolina Obelisk, a monument honoring the 18th Century imperial visit of Emperor Francis I and his wife, Karoline Auguste, who fell in love with the city.
Once you’ve had enough of the little medieval streets, continue towards the river, cross the bridge and climb the stairs to the “Cetățuia” hill, where you can indulge in an ice cream, coffee or cocktail at a panoramic terrace, enjoying the most stunning views of the city. The best way to then wrap up this perfect afternoon is to head to the Botanical Gardens for a few hours of walking through this green paradise in the center of the city. Or, visit the ‘Hazsongard’ Central cemetery next door, a cemetery famous across Central Europe.