The North West of Transylvania is one of the most important regions of Romania, from the tourist point of view. Resorts famous on the international level, wooden monasteries, national parks, fortresses and historical monuments, all are part of the tourist circuit existing in Maramures, Salaj and in other counties of the region.
The county of Maramures is worldwide recognised for its famous churches and wooden gates. Some of these have been included in the UNESCO patrimony. Among these, we can find the Wooden Church of Budesti, The Church of Ieud Deal, the Church “Sfanta Paraschiva” and the Church “Sfintii Arhangheli Mihail si Gavril”.
Still in Maramures there is also the Merry Cemetery of Sapanta, the most famous cemetery of Romania. And once arrive in Maramures, the visitor can take a walk with the only “mocanita” (a narrow gauge steam train) in Romania: the: “Mocanita” of the Vaser Valley.
The museums and the castles are also an attraction point in Maramures. The memorial of the Victims of Communism and Resistance of Sighetu Marmatiei, the Apaffi Castle or the Museum of Maramures of Sighet are a proof in such meaning.
The county of Bihor is famous for the multitude of caves in the area. But the tourists who want to stay in towns, can make a tour of the most important attraction of the place: the Memorial Museum “Iosif Vulcan” Oradea, the Museum of the “Tarii Crisurilor”(the Museum of the Three Rivers Land) of Oradea and the Fortress of Oradea are only a few.
In Oradea, the county seat, you can visit many sumptuous palaces such as the “Palatul Vulturul Negru” (Palace of Black Eagle) and the Baroque Palace, but also the memorial houses of some of the most important personalities of Romania – the “Lucian Blaga” Memorial House and the “Emanuil Gojdu” Memorial House.
Other cultural institutions attracting the tourists are the University of Oradea, a modern institution and the Gallery of Visual Arts.
The tourists arriving in the county of Bistrita-Nasaud have many tourist attractions, from museums, fortresses and churches up to caves, balneary resorts and natural reservations.
Regarding the monuments, the county Bistrita-Nasaud has its beauties: the ruins of the Ciceu Fortress, the ruins of the Roman camp Orheiu Bistritei and “Turnul Dogarilor”.
The Memorial House “George Cosbuc”, the “Liviu Rebreanu” Memorial House, the “Andrei Muresanu” Memorial House and the Bistrita-Nasaud Museum Complex are other points of tourist interest.
The tourists arriving to Bistrita-Nasaud should not miss the chance to visit the “Sugalete” Architectural Complex, since the 15th –16th centuries. “Sugalete” is one of the fewest medieval architectural complexes of Transylvania.
The city of Zalau, the seat of the county of Salaj, has many tourist objectives: fortresses, ruins, castles and churches.
In the county of Zalau there is the “Gradina Zmeilor” of Galgau Almasului, the monument of Mihai Viteazu of Guruslau, the “Iuliu Maniu” Memorial House, the Roman Camp of Buciumi and the Fortress Aranyos of Cheud.
The ecumenical tourism of Zalau is possible thanks to the many churches since the 15th –17th centuries. Representative are the “Adormirea Maicii Domnului” Wooden Church of the village Stana and the Stramba Monastery of Paduris.
The county of Satu Mare is one of the picturesque places of the country. The County Museum and the Art Museum help the tourists discover the local popular art, and the Dacia Hotel welcomes the visitors with a particular architectural style.
Satu Mare is rich of tourist objectives such as the Firemen Tower, the Palace of the Roman-Catholic Episcopate and the “Vasile Lucaciu” Memorial House.
The old fortresses and castles – the Ardud Fortress, the Caroly Castle of the Carei town, the Vecsey Castle and the Lonyai Castle have a particular beauty.
Regarding the museums, the tourists are recommended to visit the City Museum of Carei, the Museum of “Motilor Scarisoara”, such as the outdoor Ethnographic Museum of Marius.
The county of Cluj, situated in the centre of region of Transylvania has very varied tourist attractions. The Monastery of Nicula is the first on the list of the places to visit in Cluj. Every year, the religious place receives tens of thousands of pilgrims, especially on the feast day, on 15th of August.
Other important tourist objective of Cluj is the Banffy Castle of Borsa. Among other castles to visit in the county we can specify: the Haller Castle, the Wass Castle and the Bocskai Castle. The Bologa Fortress, the Girl’s Fortress and “Cetatuia” are other tourist objectives deserving to be seen in the county.
The Mansion of Octavian Goga of Ciucea, “Cheile Turenilor” and the “Moara de vant” Park are filling in the list of the places that no tourist should miss if he/she arrives in the county of Cluj.
- 1 “Mihai Viteazul” (Michael the Brave) – rural celebration
- 2 “La fântâna dorului” (At the Sorrow Fountain) – folk festival
- 3 The Onion Festival
- 4 Negreni Fair
- 5 The Grapes Ball
- 6 Folklore and folk art afferent to the tradition of Beius Fair
- 7 The Slovakian Potatoes Holiday
- 8 Aeternus Maramorosiensis – Medieval Festival of Sighetu Marmatiei
- 9 The “Salajean Village” Festival – Porolissum
- 10 Autumn on Ierului Valley