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June 2017, Romania
If you want to make the most out of 1 day in Romania, this article is for you.
We’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 i’ve seen so far: Turda Salt Mine, dated 1075!
Walk down a long cold tunnel, jump in the elevator and WOW: 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.
And way down, if there’s still some energy left, a spectacular lake surrounded by a SF scenery.
Don’t miss the Franz Josef Gallery, a horizontal passage completed in 1870 to facilitate the movement of salt to the surface.
You can hear yourself over and over again in the Echo Chambers (or when you realize you don’t quite have a singer’s voice).
After following the wrong exit and then turning back 1 km, we’re finally out in the merciless sun. Cluj is waiting!
You know you’re in Cluj when you don’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.
When you get lost in the Botanical Gardens and there’s nobody to rush you out on exit time.
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 we’re not leaving without the first encounter with lovely Oradea.
A few hours here are all you need to love this city.
Walk into the world of the renaissance-style Fortress of Oradea: pentagonal shape, with battlements at its corners, water ditch and beautiful green surroundings.
One more stop in the city center and I am starting to think I’ve just discovered a treasure. Where am i? What century?
Let’s say it like this: we might have just seen the most beautiful city-center in Romania.
Buckle up. Next stop: Budapest!
You can find here our summer cross-country roadtrip itinerary: costs&map included.
Happy travels and stay safe!