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About Cluj-Napoca

Transylvania's former capital effortlessly brings together medieval and Baroque architecture, and is home to Romania's second largest Gothic church – St. Michael's. Downtown Cluj-Napoca is somewhat of an open-air museum, one that breathes a nostalgic air of epochs forgone and contains no shortage of actual museums and attractions. Transylvania's notorious historic ruler – Vlad III, also known as Vlad the Impaler or Vlad Dracula – served as inspiration to the figure of Dracula in, first, Bram Stocker's sensational novel, and later the public imaginary and pop culture.

Little reminds visitors to today's Cluj (Transylvania's former capital) of the region's sinister past – European Youth Capital of 2015 buzzes with life, much due to its ever-increasing student population, which favours Cluj-Napoca's bohemian cafes, hip bars and – most notably – vibrant nightlife establishments. Due to its relative obscurity, Cluj remains an off-the-beaten path destination with prices that seem too low to be true – food and drink tend to be laughably cheap, and so are accommodation and transportation – at least for the time being. Cluj also plays host to quite a few cultural festivals throughout the year, so timing your trip to coincide with one of those is surely something to consider.

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Public Transport

Most attractions within the city center are easy to reach on foot. For longer distance travel, make use of the excellent public transportation system comprised of buses, trolleybuses and trams. Tickets must be purchased at special kiosks prior to boarding; some stops are equipped with ticket vending machines.

Electricity

230 V, 50 Hz

Connexions de la ville

Alicante

ALC Espagne

Barcelone

BCN Espagne

Birmingham

BHX Royaume-Uni

Bordeaux

BOD France

Bruxelles

BRU Belgique

Bucarest

OTP Roumanie

Catane

CTA Italie

Cologne

CGN Allemagne

Constanta

CND Roumanie

Copenhague

CPH Danemark

Dublin

DUB Irlande

Florence

FLR Italie

Glasgow

GLA Royaume-Uni

Hambourg

HAM Allemagne

Helsinki

HEL Finlande

Larnaca

LCA Chypre

Lisbonne

LIS Portugal

Liverpool

LPL Royaume-Uni

Londres

LTN Royaume-Uni

Lyon

LYS France

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MAD Espagne

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AGP Espagne

Milan-Linate

LIN Italie

Munich

MUC Allemagne

Naples

NAP Italie

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NCE France

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OSL Norvège

Paris

BVA France

Rome

FCO Italie

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ARN Suède

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STR Allemagne

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TLV Israel

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TSR Roumanie

Turin

TRN Italie

Valence

VLC Espagne