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Where in the world: Europe  /  Romania  /  Transylvania  /  Northwest Romania  /  Cluj County  /  Cluj-Napoca

Top 15 things to do in Cluj-Napoca

2. Cheile Turzii

Hike in one of the lushest natural areas in Romania, Cheile Turzii. Visit the 2.9 km (1.8 mi) gorge nestled in the Apuseni Mountains, and explore the surrounding forests and limestone cliffs dating back to the Jurassic era. If you like to rock climb, this area is one of the most popular spots for it in the country. Look for the approximately 60 caves in and around the 300 m (984 ft) tall cliffs and rock formations. Also, keep an eye out for the gorge's 67 different animal species.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $55 › Learn more about Cheile Turzii

3. Walking tours

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $8 › Learn more about Walking tours

4. Curly Tour - Day trip from Cluj :)

FROM $88
Tick off three must-see rural attractions on this full-day, small-group tour to Turda Salt Mine, Turda Gorge, and Rimetea village from Cluj-Napoca. Learn about the region’s industrial heritage at the 400-year-old mine, then glimpse Romania’s famous countryside at the Turda Gorge. Get a taste of traditional fare in Rimetea village and avoid hidden costs throughout with transfers, and entrance fees included in the price. -Tick off three must-see attractions in just one day Benefit from the personalized attention of your small-group guide For this trip, it is recommended mountain sneakers or hiking boots.
Suggested duration: 8h - 9h
Tours from $88 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Gradina Botanica "Alexandru Borza"

At Gradina Botanica "Alexandru Borza", see the Amazonian water lilies--a lotus with gigantic leaves and white flowers--which turn pink as they mature. The garden supports three greenhouses with topical and sub-tropical species, a herbarium with over 635,000 plants, a museum, and an institute. In the Roman garden, look for archaeological ruins from the Roman colony of Napoca, including the statue of Ceres--the goddess of grain and bread. The Japanese garden, intersected by a brook, features a Japanese-style house.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $1,483 › Learn more about Gradina Botanica "Alexandru Borza"

6. Salina Turda, Turda

Board a panoramic wheel and observe the 1,000-year-old stalagmites, or row across a small underground lake at Salina Turda. Romans began unearthing this huge underground mine in the 2nd century. It was closed in 1932 and reopened for tourists in 1992. Old mining machines take visitors through its massive halls, and the textured salt caves also house spa equipment for halotherapy. The pressure and dampness of the caves help in the treatment of asthma and allergies. The mine also features a family entertainment area with ping pong tables and bowling lanes, an echo chamber, a crystal hall, and a 50 m (164 ft) wide and 80 m (262 ft) long hall.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $87 › Learn more about Salina Turda

7. Rex Matia Corvin Statue

Suggested duration: 30 minutes
Tours from $8 › Learn more about Rex Matia Corvin Statue

8. Turda salt mine (4h, from Cluj)

FROM $111
Departure twice a day, from Cluj, at 8:30 and 13:30. Transfer by car (1h) to Turda and guided visit of the salt mine. Entry tickets included. Tickets for the amusement park not included.
Suggested duration: 4h
Tours from $111 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Cetatea Alba Iulia, Alba Iulia

Star-shaped Cetatea Alba Iulia showcases six monumental gates decorated in the early Baroque style and adorned with sculptures of ancient gods. Charles VI commissioned the building of the fortress, which was completed in 1735. The Italian architect laid out the fort as a seven-pointed star with bastions using the building system of Vauban, the leading military engineer of the 17th century. The citadel includes two palaces, a library, a university, a Romanian Orthodox church, and a medieval Catholic church. Try to time your visit to catch the ceremonial changing of the guards. Amenities include a few restaurants and cafes.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $74 › Learn more about Cetatea Alba Iulia

10. Catedrala Sfantul Mihail

Catedrala Sfantul Mihail dominates the center of the city with its massive Gothic silhouette and offers encompassing views from its 76 m (250 ft) clock tower. This 15th-century Roman Catholic church was built partially from donations from the townspeople. On the western portal notice the three coats of arms that represent Sigismund as King of Hungary, King of Bohemia, and Holy Roman Emperor. The interior features some medieval frescoes and the oldest section of the church--the 14th-century altar.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $8 › Learn more about Catedrala Sfantul Mihail

11. Room Escape Games

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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12. Private Day Trip to Turda Salt Mine and Alba Carolina Fortress

FROM $140
Delve into the coolest underground theme park in the world and visit the star-shaped Alba Carolina Fortress in a one-day trip from Cluj-Napoca.
Suggested duration: 8h - 10h
Tours from $140 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

14. Muzeul de Arta

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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15. Exclusive Tour: Corvin Castle, Alba Iulia and traditional villages from Sibiu

FROM $82
Discover some of Romania's most famous sights and history during this full day private tour. Join your guide for a visit to Corvin Castle in Hunedoara before exploring all that Alba Iulia has to offer such as the Vauban-style fortress, the Orthodox Church, and Catholic Cathedral. Admire the scenery as you travel in comfort to each sight by private transportation - a minivan based on group size. Your guide will join you for the duration of the tour, ensuring to provide insight at each location.
Suggested duration: 7h - 9h
Tours from $82 › More about this tour at viator.com ›