Cluj-Napoca (German: Klausenburg; Hungarian: Kolozsvár), commonly known as Cluj, is the second most populous city inRomania, after the national capital Bucharest, and the seat of Cluj County in the northwestern part of the country. Geographically, it is roughly equidistant from Bucharest (324 kilometres), Budapest(351 km) and Belgrade (322 km). Cluj is considered the unofficial capital to the historical province of Transylvania.
Cluj-Napoca is an important economic centre in Romania. Famous local brands that have become well-known at a national, and to some extent even international level, include: Banca Transilvania, Terapia Ranbaxy, Farmec, Jolidon, and Ursus breweries.
The American online magazine InformationWeek reports that much of the software/IT activity in Romania is taking place in Cluj-Napoca, which is quickly becoming Romania’s technopolis. Nokia invested 200 million euros in a mobile telephone factory near Cluj-Napoca; this began production in February 2008 and has been closed in December 2011. It also opened a research centre in the city that was shut down in April 2011. The Nokia factory was purchased by the Italian appliance manufacturer, De’Longhi. The city houses regional or national headquarters ofMOL, Aegon, Emerson, De’Longhi, Bechtel, FrieslandCampina, Office Depot, Genpactand New Yorker. Bosch has also built a factory near Cluj-Napoca, in the same industrial park as De’Longhi.
Finding a good place to eat in Cluj-Napoca isn’t hard at all. Weather you are on a budget, or you have money to spend, there is always a place for you to try. From traditional Romanian cooking, to more exotic Asian foods, you can find anything. Try the cheaper places like ‘Memo 10′ or the fancy ‘Camino’, or try the student life and food in Haşdeu. The choice is yours.
Cluj-Napoca is one of the busiest places in Romania, and the nightlife here is amazing. Come during the student year, and you won’t feel like sleeping. It doesn’t matter what kind of music you listen to, the city will have something to offer. Many events keep the young people alive even during the darkest night of the year. And just when you thought you could take a break during the Summer months, Cluj-Napoca surprises you again with all the cultural festivals that will keep you busy until the early hours of the morning.
The city’s nightlife, particularly its club scene, grew significantly in the 1990s, and continues to increase. Most entertainment venues are dispersed throughout the city centre, spreading from the oldest one of all, Diesel Club, onUnirii Square. The list of large and fancy clubs continues everywhere in the city, Numerous restaurants, pizzerias and coffee shops provide regional as well as international cuisine; many of these offer cultural activities like music and fashion shows or art exhibitions. The city also includes Strada Piezişă (slanted street), a central nightlife strip located in the Haşdeu student area, where a large number of bars and terraces are situated.
Shopping in Cluj-Napoca has three hot sports: Iulius Mall, Polus Center and the city center. But don’t be fooled, there’s a lot more to this city, than just the big brand shopping places. Try the artisan’s market near Museum’s Square, or the many hidden shops around the city. The local hand-made and vintage market is rapidly developing, so you don’t have to spend big to be stylish.
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The airport is located 2.5 miles from the city centre.
Taxis are the easiest way to get around. Bus number # 8 runs from the airport to Piata Mihai Viteazul in the centre of the city.
Airlines with service to Cluj Napoca:
Direct flights from/to: Vienna
Direct flights from/to: Munich
Direct flights from/to: Romania (Bucharest, Constanta); Austria (Vienna); Germany(Frankfurt); Italy (Bologna); Spain (Madrid); Switzerland (Geneva, Zurich)
Direct flights from/to: France (Paris); Germany (Dortmund); Italy (Bologna/Forli, Milan, Rome/Fiumicino, Venice); Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Parma de Mallorca, Valencia); UK (London/Luton)
Visit the Cluj.com website. Here you can find a wide range of choices when it comes to places and sights to visit, restaurants, things to do around the city or accommodation.
Transylvania Cam, a site which aims to bring Transylvania closer to you, offering the unique experience of teleporting yourself through live images in the middle of a region full of history and stories. Once the distance is overcome, myths and prejudices disappear, revealing instead a vivid region which deserves to be known in its plentiful essence.
If you want to walk the streets of Cluj-Napoca alone, or maybe just with your friends, the PocketGuide application can guide you around just like a personal tour guide. Inside the app you will find different tours on 4 subjects of interest: fashion, urbanism, start-ups or theaters. Your personal tour guide can talk with you in English, Romanian or Hungarian. Available on Android and iOS.