1 day in Romania: Turda – Cluj – Oradea

If you want to make the most of 1 day in Romania, this article is for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Turda

Weโ€™re on the road for 7 hours, and can hardly wait to cool off.

Where can you do that in summer? Try exploring the most impressive underground places iโ€™ve seen so far: Turda Salt Mine, dated 1075!

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Walk down a looong cold tunnel, jump in the elevator and WOOW!!!: a wonderland of salt sculpted walls reveals at your feet.

A giant caroussel and an entertainment center (mini-golf, mini-bowling, billiard, tennis) are welcoming you at the bottom of the cavern.

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And waaay down, if thereโ€™s still some energy left, a spectacular lake surrounded by a SF scenery.

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Donโ€™t miss the Franz Josef Gallery, a horizontal passage completed in 1870 to facilitate the movement of salt to the surface.

Oh, you can hear yourself over and over in the Echo Chambers (okโ€ฆor when you realize you donโ€™t quite have a singerโ€™s voice:)) ).

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After following the wrong exit ๐Ÿ™‚ and then turning back 1 km, weโ€™re finally out in the merciless sun. Cluj is waiting!

 

Cluj

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You know youโ€™re in Cluj when you donโ€™t even hear a fly on the streets.

When somebody is offering to give you directions of where to park the car, or how to get it out.

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When you get lost in the Botanical Gardens and thereโ€™s nobody to rush you out on exit time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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It’s so good to be back. Life has its own pace here.

The next morning we were ready to leave the country for the longest roadtrip so far: Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, back to Romania.

But weโ€™re not leaving without the first encounter with lovely Oradea.

 

Oradea

A few hours here are all you need to love this city.

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Walk into the world of the renaissance-style Fortress of Oradea: pentagonal shape, with battlements at its corners, water ditch andย  beautiful green surroundings.

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One more stop in the city center and I am starting to think Iโ€™ve just discovered a treasure. Where am i? What century? ๐Ÿ™‚

Letโ€™s say it like this: we might have just seen the most beautiful city-center in Romania.

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Buckle up! Next stop: Budapest!

Google Maps itinerary

 

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You can find here our summer cross-country roadtrip itinerary: costs&map included!

 

June 2017, Romania

19 thoughts on “1 day in Romania: Turda – Cluj – Oradea

    1. Yeahh..it is really impressive!!! People have mined there for more than 800 years..so u can imagine how huge it is! I really recommend it, if u come to visit Romania ๐Ÿ™‚ Actually, together with the lovely nearby cities Cluj and Oradea, it can be a nice travel route for a couple of days ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for dropping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Hello, thanks so much for the nice words! ๐Ÿ™‚ My boyfriend Geo is the one taking the pictures, so the credit goes for him on this :))) We did pretty much in less than 24 hours, i think it was the best well spent day in Romania so far ๐Ÿ˜€ If you ever visit Romania, you know where to stop by now! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much for dropping by! ๐Ÿ™‚ It is an incredible place…people have started to exploit salt in Turda area since ~ 1000 years ago! If u ever visit Romania i would highly recommend this travel itinerary! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Yes! I’ve been to those places! They are great!
        Next time give me an email and ill help you to plan the best route in my country.
        I live in Brasov.( in the middle of the country) Text me if you want to come for a few days. I have a free room!

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      1. We visited bucharest, Sinaia in the mountains and BraลŸov and surrounding areas. We briefly popped down to Giurgiu as well before we left. Definitely got a chance to explore and see plenty though which was great!

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