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added on 13th of June, 2009

Flying out to Cluj was not exactly an easy task. The connection was easy but I was traveling with my mom and my 96 year-old grandpa. This of course makes a trip like this quite a project. Where are the elevators and where are the toilets, are the most frequent questions :)

We drove by car to Munich and left the car at some farmer's place. It's quite convenient because you can simply drop the car off there and they take you to the airport. Once we managed to check in, we went to grab some lunch at the Flieger Bräu, which is a Bavarian restaurant conveniently located between terminal 1 and 2. I can recommend the place because of their Biergarten and imagine that a half liter of beer is about €2.
Anyhow, I was surprised to see my grandfather board a tiny Lufthansa plane, which was not easy because he had these really steep stair. We got into Cluj at around 5 pm and my mom and grandad were suprise how the 15min cab ride was only about €4, something we are really not used to anymore in western Europe.

Initially, we checked into this cheap Christian hotel type of place, but quickly found out that those stairs were not made for my grandad. I grabbed all the luggage and moved everything out of the room to find another place closer to downtown. We found a 3 star hotel called Victoria really close by which actually had an elevator and was pretty clean too. Unfortunately, it was some ex-communist Romanian hotel used by party officials of the old regime, so this obviously did not suit my grandad either.

I guess it's understandable when you consider what his generation went through in the past 50 years. We did find a nicer place two days later which was Hungarian-managed and that was very important to him... silly. I did not mind because the Victoria was really crap compared to this place called Agape, a very nice 4 star hotel in the center of Cluj with awesome service and good food.


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Treasure city of TransilvaniaVisiting Cluj for a couple of days
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zdanko wrote on Nov 17, 2009:
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Cluj-napoca Sights

Cluj-Napoca, or Cluj, as it is affectionately called by the locals, is both literally and metaphorically the heart of historical Transylvania. A lively student city from October through July, in summer Cluj becomes the perfect place for a bit of cultural sightseeing. You can find a monument, a beautiful building or a charming café at virtually any corner. As opposed to Bucharest, Romania’s capital, Cluj has a much more casual, easygoing atmosphere. Take a bite of Transylvanian culture in the many museums, relax at a terrace or in a park, and go out for some fine dining in one of the excellent restaurants in the city. This... Read more »


Recent reviews for Cluj-napoca

About the Botanical Garden of Cluj Napoca - Apr 6, 2009, by cipristb
The Botanical Garden “Alexandru Borza” aparteining at Babes-Balyai University from Cluj Napoca was founded in 1920 by the teacher Alexandru Borza. Having a surface of 14 hectares it host 10 000 species of plants from all over... Read more »

Visiting Cluj for a couple of days - Jun 13, 2009, by MadSuh
Cluj Turned out to be quite different from what I had remembered. The city is much larger than Oradea and there is much more going on. You can go out every night of the week and you'll see lots of students. During the day while visiting the... Read more »

Treasure city of Transilvania - Apr 20, 2009, by danpop
The third largest city in Romania, Cluj-Napoca is situated in the region of Transylvania. The city claims the unofficial title of the historical province of Transylvania. The city exists from the Dacian period, second century A.D. After the... Read more »

All about Cluj Napoca - Apr 3, 2009, by cipristb
Location and Climate The city of Cluj Napoca is placed in the center of Transilvania at the intersection of the Apuseni Mointains, the Somesan plateau and Transilvania's plain.There are many small rivers that traverse the city situated in... Read more »


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