Private transfers/daytrips from Budapest to Romania
Budapest - Timisoara / Temesvar
TIMISOARA - City Highlights
The first record of the city of Timisoara, built on the site of an
ancient Roman fortress called Castrum Regium Themes, dates back to
1212. Over the years, Timisoara, the largest city in western Romania,
has been influenced by many cultures. The Romans used it as an
important crossroads fortress until the Tatars destroyed it in the 13th
century. Conquered by Turkish armies in 1552, Timisoara remained under
their protection until 1718 when the region of Banat came under
Austrian rule for two centuries. Timisoara later became a vital
medieval commercial and manufacturing town. Turks, Austrians, Germans
and Serbs all left their mark and their influence can be seen in
neighborhoods throughout the city even today.
The charm of this city, settled on the northern bank of the Bega River,
lies in its distinct architectural character and vibrant cultural life.
Frequently referred to as "Little Vienna," Timisoara is home to
year-round musical and theatrical performances, art galleries, museums
and a buzzing nightlife. A progressive, cosmopolitan place, Timisoara
was the first city in Europe and second in the world after New York, to
use electricity to illuminate its public streets.
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate, life is best observed outdoors, in
the many public squares and lush green retreats. Timisoara is easy to
explore on foot. If you get tired, a tram will be along in a moment;
the system is fast, frequent and efficient.
Timisoara abounds with churches of several denominations, a Jewish
quarter, an elegant baroque square and a pedestrian-only downtown area.
Some of the monuments in the heart of the city afford panoramic views,
while the many parks in this "city of flowers" provide an idyllic spot
to take a break from sightseeing.
Timisoara was the first European city to introduce horse-drawn trams (in 1869) and electrical street lighting (in 1889);
Timisoara was built on a swamp; the Metropolitan Cathedral has 5000 oaks supports underneath it;
Johnny Weissmuller, Hollywood's original Tarzan, was born here
Budapest - Arad
ARAD - City Highlights
Sights: Old Theatre, Buhus Pallace, Arad City Hall, Palace of Culture, State
Theatre, Arad Synagogue, Water Tower, Roman Catholic Cathedral, St. Simion
Monastery, Serbian Church, Arad Fortress, Arad County Library
Museums: Museum of Arad County, National Art Gallery "Delta"
Arts / Shows: Arad Philharmony, State Drama Theatre, Museum of Art,
Budapest - Cluj Napoca / Kolozsvar
CLUJ-NAPOCA - City Highlights
This western city in the region of Transylvania traces its origins back
to the Dacian settlement of Napuca in the 2-nd century A.D. After the
Roman take-over of Dacia, it was renamed Napoca
and in 124 A.D., received the rank of "municipium". The city quickly
advanced socially and economically and during Marcus Aurelius' reign
Napoca received the title "colonia", the highest possible urban status
in the Roman Empire.
The name Cluj comes from Castrum Clus, first used in the 12-th century as the name of the citadel surrounding the city. Clus means "closed" in Latin and refers to the hills that surround the city.
German merchants, who arrived here in the 12th century, rebuilt the
medieval earthen walls of Clus in stone after the Tartar invasion of
1241. Known as Klausenburg to the Germans* and Kolosvar
to the Hungarians, Cluj became Cluj Napoca in the 1970s, when the
communist regime added the name of the old Roman settlement to
emphasize its Daco-Roman origin.
With one of the most vibrant economies in the country and a population
of around 330,000, Cluj, is today a vibrant cultural and educational
city. The six state and several private universities located here also
make Cluj Napoca the city with the largest percentage of student
population in Romania.
The main square, resplendent with 18th and 19th century buildings and
home to many shops and restaurants, is dominated by the 15th century St. Michael's Church, one of the finest examples of gothic architecture in Romania. The square also claims the 18-th century baroque Banffy Palace, housing the weaponry and Romanian art collections of the Art Museum. Visitors who want to learn more about the region should pay a visit to the open-air section of the Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania, a true display of folk architecture. For entertainment, spend an enjoyable evening at the Opera or attend a classical music concert offered by the Cluj Philharmonic.
Budapest - Bucharest / Bucuresti
Distance 900km, on the way at Craiova overnight recommended
BUCHAREST - City Highlights
Known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle Époque
buildings and a reputation for the high life (which in the 1900s earned
its nickname of "Little Paris"), Bucharest, Romania's largest city and
capital, is today a bustling metropolis.
Romanian legend has it that the city of Bucharest was founded on the
banks of the Dambovita River by a shepherd named Bucur, whose name
literarily means "joy." His flute playing reportedly dazzled the people
and his hearty wine from nearby vineyards endeared him to the local
traders, who gave his name to the place. In the 15th century, the
princely court of Vlad Tepes (thought to have been the inspiration for
Bram Stoker's Dracula) was established here and by the end of the 17th
century, the city had become the capital of the province of Walachia.
In 1862, Bucharest became the capital of Romania.
Remodeled in the late 19th century by French and French-trained
architects, the city features large neoclassical buildings, fashionable
parks, and even its very own Arc de Triomphe on the elegant Soseaua
Kiseleff, an avenue longer than the famed Champs-Elysees and home to
the city's mansion district.
Bucharest is laden with historical charm - from the streets of the Old
City Centre, which are slowly being restored, to the grand architecture
of the Royal Palace and the lush green of Cismigiu Park. The city also
claims a large number of museums, art galleries, exquisite Orthodox
churches and unique architectural sites.
Nicolae Ceausescu's legacy, including the Parliament Palace (formerly
called the People's Palace), which at 3.76 million square feet stands
as the world's second largest building after the U.S. Pentagon,
provides an interesting introduction to the dictator's megalomaniac
Bucharest's buzzing cultural scene - 37 museums, 22 theatres, concert
halls, opera house, 18 art galleries, jazz clubs and hip nightclubs -
will certainly keep you busy. Every two years, Bucharest is host to the
George Enescu International Festival,
a prestigious cultural event named after the famous Romanian musician
and composer. Renowned orchestras, conductors and soloists perform at
the Romanian Athenaeum, a hall with acoustics comparable to Milan's La
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