The 10 Best Things to Do in Oradea, Transylvania

The Baroque Palace of Oradea is simply epic. Now a museum, the 18th-century building is home to an outdoor bronze and marble statue park, Transylvanian folk art and a collection of animal remains that includes dinosaur fossils. You could spend days here, but try to make some time for other Oradea attractions, such as the beautiful Art Nouveau buildings of Str. Republicii, the astronomical clock of the Biserica cu Lună, and the Băile Felix thermal spa.

1. Black Hawk (Vulturul Negru) Palace Arcade

Piata Unirii, Oradea 410190, Romania Sights & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
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4.5 based on 187 reviews

Black Hawk (Vulturul Negru) Palace Arcade

This ensemble of buildings is one of the monumental architectural works in Oradea and Transylvania, typical for the secession style. The architects Komor Marcell and Jakab Dezső won the contest for the construction of this complex. Two Jewish lawyers, Dr. Kurlander Ede and Dr. Emil Adorjan, decided to finance, using their own resources, the construction of a noteworthy building in Oradea. The work started in 1907, under the supervision of the civil engineer Sztarill Ferenc, and in December 1908 the building was completed. Consisting of two unequal and asymmetrical buildings, connected to a third one, placed in the middle and more isolated, the complex housed a theatre, ballrooms, a casino and offices. The Y-shaped gallery (passage) has three entrances. The Vittorio Emanuele Gallery in Milan inspired the glass-covered interior. The gallery or the Passage, as the local people know it, concentrates the most popular bars, coffee houses and pubs in the city, being the entertainment high spot of the city.

Reviewed By PopisteanuG - Bucharest, RomaniaBucharest, Romania

iWas there, the most impressive Secession building from Transylvania

very beautiful building during the day, very happy and noisy area during the nightday or night, a must to see the most impressive Secession building from Transylvaniaone of the pearls of the open spare of Piata Unirii, a very good place to rest for a whil

2. Oradea Fortress

Piata Unirii nr 1, cam. 234, Oradea 410100, Romania Sights & Landmarks, Castles, Military Bases & Facilities
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Oradea Fortress

ORADEA MEDIAEVAL FORTRESS HISTORY AND EVENTS WITNESSING THE PASSAGE OF TIME If nowadays we can hear about history in school and see it in museums, this is the best place to feel it. The fortress has witnessed the passage of time and continues to keep its old charm. It tells everlasting stories and passes on to its visitors some of the history it knows. The Fortress of Oradea is nowadays the living proof of those historical times and it continues to remind everyone of what it used to represent. Also, it is one of the symbols of the city along Crișul Repede river and the heart of its cultural events. LIVING HISTORY! The Mediaeval music concerts held here will take you back to an atmosphere of already forgotten times, while fighting demonstrations and guided tours accompanied by weapon and armour presentations will steal your attention. The Fortress is no longer literally under siege, but still there are many tourists and local people visiting it, our of a wish to live a bit of real history. Here are some of the new functions of the Fortress: - the City Museum - the Museum of Bread - the Bakery, dating more than 3 centuries back - cafés - traditional restaurants

Reviewed By Ulysses336 - Brasov, RomaniaBrasov, Romania

worth a visit

the Oradea Fortress is situated nearby the Continental Forum Hotel Oradea ; it was completely renovated and has the shape of a structure with five corners and an inner court ; it houses several institutions but also a hotel,a bar ,the art gallery and also

3. Moon Church (Biserica cu Luna)

Piata Unirii Nr. 2, Oradea 410072, Romania Sights & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites
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4.5 based on 107 reviews

Moon Church (Biserica cu Luna)

This name derives from the mechanism installed in the church tower in 1793. The clock and the moon are the work of George Rueppe, an innovative mechanic from Oradea. The mechanism rotating the moon is designed to make a full rotation on its axis in 28 days, thus indicating the moon phases, depending on the daily cycle marked by the clock mechanism. Inside the Moon Church you can visit a representative museum, with particularly beautiful Orthodox church-related objects.

Reviewed By crisss2009 - Brasov, RomaniaBrasov, Romania

a nice and original place to visit

It is a nice church in the old center of Oradea that has a large sphere that represents the moon that is spinning, showing all moon phases. Of course the spinning speed is slow. also the inside and the museum are nice places to visit.

4. The Neolog Synagogue Zion

Strada Independentei, Oradea 410065, Romania Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
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The Neolog Synagogue Zion

In 1878, the Jewish community builds, on the bank of Crișul Repede river, a monumental synagogue with 1000 places, dominated by a huge central dome. The project was designed by Busch David in a neo-Moorish style and executed by Rimanoczy Kalman (the father). The interior fresco belongs to the Kosice painter Horovitz Mor. The interior and exterior decorations are of Moorish inspiration.

Reviewed By Ulysses336 - Brasov, RomaniaBrasov, Romania

considered one of the most beautiful in Romania

the Synagogue of Oradea is considered one of the most beautiful Neologism Synagogues in Romania ; it lies on the left bank of the Crisul Repede river and immediately catches the eye being renovated and a representative and outstanding building

5. Oradea City Hall

Piata Unirii no. 1, Oradea 410100, Romania Sights & Landmarks, Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks More
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Oradea City Hall

The City Hall Palace and Tower THE BUILDING IS THE WORK OF ARCHITECT RIMANÓCZY KÁLMÁN JR., WHO IN 1896 WON THE PROJECT CONTEST FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN OF THE CITY HALL. THE SOLEMN INAUGURATION MEETING OF THE LOCAL COUNCIL WAS HELD IN THE NEWLY-BUILT PALACE ON THE 10th OF JANUARY 1904. THE CITY HALL TOWER With a height of about 50 m and 4 main levels, three of which have observation decks, the City Hall Palace Tower is also hosts the clock announcing the exact time in Oradea. The mechanism of the clock, called the "mother clock", strikes every hour and plays Iancu's March. The local watchmaker Mezey Dezső built the mechanism in the early twentieth century, in 1904. The clock survived two world wars, while the roof and wall of the tower survived the two great fires of 1917 and 1944. The watch dial retains even today bullet holes from gunfires shot during the Second World War. The second level was also the observation point of the city firefighter on duty. Fires were announced by ringing a bell, depending on the area where the fire started. In the daytime, a red flag was unfurled in the direction of the fire, while at night an electric projector was used.

Reviewed By andreao430 - Neumarkt, ItalyNeumarkt, Italy

Great view on the city

Oradeas city hall is a very interesting building. This time visited just the clock tower, with some interesting information about the clocks patents, particularly interesting is the view on the city, piece by piece developing and getting back its old shin

6. Oradea State Theater (Teatrul de Stat Oradea)

P-ta Regele Ferdinand nr.4 - 6, Oradea 410021, Romania Sights & Landmarks, Concerts & Shows, Theaters, Architectural Buildings More
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Oradea State Theater (Teatrul de Stat Oradea)

Reviewed By keszy88 - Cluj-Napoca, RomaniaCluj-Napoca, Romania

The Heart and Sould of the city

I have to honest, i may be a bit biased when it comes to this building as i spent countless hours of my childhood here. Still, the theater stands at the heart of the city and is an iconic landmark.Beautifully preserved and renovated, it is priceless relic

7. Oradea Zoo

Aleea Matei Basarab # 1, Oradea 410095, Romania Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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Oradea Zoo

Reviewed By keszy88 - Cluj-Napoca, RomaniaCluj-Napoca, Romania

Underestimated in its variety - a great day for the whole family

The zoo in Oradea surprised me. It has a great variety of animals, the park itself is neatly organized, clean and is simply a joy to walk through. I will definitely go back.

8. The Roman-Catholic Cathedral

Strada Sirul Canonicilor, Oradea 410161, Romania Sights & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites
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The Roman-Catholic Cathedral

Reviewed By CMihai1965 - Bucharest, RomaniaBucharest, Romania

Great church treasure museum

Impressive basilica, very large. Historical organ that waits for its proper restoration. The very interesting museum, with an excellent young lady guide, is not enough promoted so be careful not to miss it. It is not underground but upstairs. Only 10% of

9. Ciuperca Hill

Strada Graurilor, Oradea 410169, Romania Sights & Landmarks, Scenic Walking Areas, Lookouts
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Ciuperca Hill

VIEWPOINT - CIUPERCA HILL ONE VIEW OVER ORADEA! If you spend a few days in the city on Crișul Repede river or you are only passing through, this is the place you should not miss. The Ciuperca Hill is one of the most famous symbols of Oradea, opening a very nice perspective over the city. WALKING TO THE CIUPERCA HILL If you are close to I.C. Brătianu park, cross it on foot and you will find a route to the Ciuperca Hill - the viewpoint of Oradea. The stone path up the hill is surrounded by a beautiful sight of trees and vegetation. You will find a waterfall along the way and if you get tired, you can rest on a bench or in the shade of a pavilion. As you continue uphill, there may be people lying in the grass and painters caught by the landscape. Now you've come to the top and the entire city is at your feet! THE CITY AT DUSK The story of the Ciuperca Hill continues at dusk, as the restaurant on top of it provides an intimate setting to romantic people, combined with refined food and a special view. The city lights in the evening are a fascinating show, but so are the shapes of the main city highlights that start to inhabit the hill, as their well hidden lights are turned on. The outdoor amphitheatre comes to complete the landscape, offering a place for meditation, shows, debates or various cultural events, with 130 seats available. Perfect for a cool summer evening spent with friends over a glass of wine!

Reviewed By pitzuri - New York City, New YorkNew York City, New York

Best view of Oradea

If you are looking to see Oradea from the top, you should definitely go to Ciuperca Hill. You will get an amazing sight of the whole city. There is a coffee shop and benches so you can enjoy a quiet afternoon. I recommend going here either for sunrise or

10. The Holy Cross Monastery

A Strada Facliei 24, Oradea 410181, Romania Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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The Holy Cross Monastery

Reviewed By Bogdan B

The Holy Cross Monastery

Established in 1992, the Holy Cross Monastery is located two kilometers away from the city of Oradea, in a place where in a short time it was build a truly monastic ensemble. Since the beginning of the eighteenth century dates the first church of the mona

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