Oradea is by far one of the most beautiful cities in Romania. It is located in the West of Romania, close to the border with Hungary.
Oradea has around 200.000 inhabitants and the population is diverse: romanians, hungarians, gipsies, jewish, live there in perfect harmony.
The city is a very important economical center due to its position close to western countries and also a cultural centre.
Some historical facts about Oradea
It is mentioned in documents in 1113, with a latin name. The fortress of Oradea was built in 1241, as an outpost meant to defend the city from the tatar and mongol invasion.
The fortified city became part of the Hungarian empire in the late 1300’s and it started to bloom. It is around that time when the architecture developed. The architecture in Oradea was back then Renaissance. Today, is a combination of Art Nouveau and Renaissance, with elements of Romantic and Gothic.
There were several uprisings in Oradea over the centuries. The most important one was in the 1800’s.
The city went through the destruction caused by the second world war and then went through changes during the communist times.
This beautiful city has an airport which connects it with many cities in Europe. Thus, a city break in Oradea is a very good idea.
Places to visit in Oradea
Start your guided tour with The Theatre Square and then take a walk on Republicii Boulevard. Continue with the main highlights in the city: The Church with the moon (1784 – 1790), The Black Eagle building, The City Hall (built in the 1800’s).
Also, enjoy a promenade along Crisul Repede river. There are also biking trails along the river, and lanes for joggers.
You can visit the famous Felix spa resort, only 30 minutes drive out from the city. This spa resort is a well known place for relaxation and thermal waters.
Festivals and concerts
Oradea is also home for many art shows, festivals and concerts. A lively but calm city as well, like everywhere in Transylvania, this is the place to be.
Some of the festivals in the city in 2019 are: The medieval festival of Oradea fortress, Way too far rock festival, Lord of the dance.
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