travelgrove Travel Guides
 
 

Oradea Travel Guide, Romania

Oradea Travel Guide – City Overview

Oradea is one of the most important social, cultural and economical centers in Romania. With a population of more than 200,000 - according to the 2002 census-, it is only the 10th largest Romanian town, but one of the most significant ones. Located in the North-Western part of the country, on the banks of the “Crişul Repede” river, the capital city of Bihor County is considered the gate towards the Central- and West European World. Moreover, Oradea is one of the leading tourist destinations in Romania, with the historical atmosphere its beautiful architecture conveys, with its famous spas and the excellent hiking possibilities its surroundings permits, the city attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Oradea Travel Guide – Paris on the River Pece

Since its foundation in the 11th century, Oradea, the city of King Ladislaus (László) I. of Hungary, has always been a significant political and cultural point throughout the course of history. Its late 19th century name: “Paris on the River Pece” reflects beautifully how prosperous the city was by that time. Though the World Wars and the Communist Regime deteriorated the city image badly, in the past twenty years Oradea showed a fast paced development and a real upswing, so that now its old praising name starts to be heard again.

The fine architecture the city center can take pride in conveys an atmosphere that takes us back to the period when Oradea was part of Austria-Hungary. Similar to Arad Travel Guide or Timisoara Travel Guide, the strong historical character of the city has to be highlighted here as well. The rich Baroque architecture and the Art Nouveau buildings combine in a harmonious way, offering a splendid cityscape. The gorgeous Baroque Palace together with the Basilica, the unique “Black Eagle” Palace, the main street and numerous other sites of historical nature, no to speak of Oradea’s Fortress, will make your sightseeing tour plentiful and memorable.

Oradea Travel Guide – Recreational Possibilities

An Oradea Travel Guide would be incomplete without mentioning its famous spas. All the public baths of the city welcomes its visitors with thermal water, and the famed spa Băile Felix is a popular tourist attraction in itself. The thermal spa resort lies only 8 km from Oradea, being very easily accessible by car or bus. The thermal waters (20-48°C) of Felix, which are known for more than a millennium now, are considered to be of the best quality in Romania, being acclaimed for their effectiveness in curing rheumatic, neurological and also gynecological diseases, and the soothing action of muscular and articular aches is also well-known. Băile Felix, which is the largest permanent resort of this kind in Romania, besides its therapeutic character, offers various recreational possibilities to tourists.

Moreover, the hilly surroundings of the city, most notably the Apuseni Mountains, with scenic karst formations, are a must see. Whether you are a hiking fan or just nature lover, a trip in the surrounding mountains will certainly be worthwhile and will make a perfect ending to your visit.


Ask our travel experts a question about Oradea

Things about Oradea you may be interested in

 
 
 

Read our members' reviews about Oradea


  • angelCarnival of Flowers in Oradea
    review by angel posted more then 30 days ago
    The Carnival of Flowers is an event which is organized in every year on the 20th of August in Debrecen, Hungary. This day is the national holiday in Hungary, which means that in every bigger city different events are organized. In Debrecen this Carnival of Flowers is organized which means that...
  • eratoThe best restaurants in Oradea
    review by erato posted more then 30 days ago
    Oradea's medieval restaurant ‘Leonesse’, the first specifically medieval restaurant in Oradeaoffers a totally new alternative for gourmets and for those who are looking for a way to remark a special event. The two knights at the entry are inviting the guests to spend a few hours...
  • eratoTrasportation in Oradea
    review by erato posted more then 30 days ago
    Oradea is a very nice town with many beautiful sights, however the local transportation is not the best. There are some newly bought Siemens trams but their lines do not cover the whole city. On the other hand taxis are affordable, they cost only 0.35Euro/km, just don't forget to ask for a bill,...
view all
 

Read our members' travel tips about Oradea


  • SandorThe Castle of Oradea
    travel tip by Sandor posted more then 30 days ago
    One of the major attractions in Oradea would be the Castle built more than 800 years ago by the founder of the city, King St. Laszlo of Hungary. The Castle has got 5 bastions and is under restauration now (Feb. 2011). The building...
  • eratoCrinul Alb Restaurant
    travel tip by erato posted more then 30 days ago
    Crinul Alb (White Lily) restaurant is located right on the bank of the Crisul River. The view from the large windows onto the green riverbank is wonderful. The place is lightly elegant and the staff is amazingly kind and very...
  • zdankoTransportation in Oradea
    travel tip by zdanko posted more then 30 days ago
    Avoid public transportation in Oradea, it's horrible!
view all
 
 

Community

Members Who Have Been to Oradea

Community Galleries About Oradea

Browse our members' Oradea galleries to get a better impression of the place
 
show alladd gallery
 
 
the best travel deals provided by TravelZoo...

Oradea City Ratings

  • Rating74%
    City Rank194
     
  • History & Culture: rated for 90%
  • Night Life & Entertainment: rated for 83%
  • Family & Fun: rated for 56%
  • Outdoors Activities: rated for 70%
  • Food: rated for 81%
  • Sightseeing: rated for 80%
  • Shopping: rated for 79%
  • Public Transportation: rated for 55%
  • Must visit this place: rated for 71%
  
 
 
 
  
 
   Welcome to Travelgrove  register tell a friend bookmark it 
 
 
*