Top 10 Things to do in Oradea, Romania

February 6, 2018 Lashaunda Abraham

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.
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1. Black Hawk (Vulturul Negru) Palace Arcade

Piata Unirii, Oradea 410190, Romania +40 259 437 000
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4.5 based on 144 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 Adina M - Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Glad to see that the building is newly renovated and its impressive design it's just beautiful. Unfortunately, there are some parts still to be renovated, the inside spaces. There are just a few coffee places/restaurants/pub/ but hopefully the city hall will maximize this building to attract more and more tourists and it will promote it.

2. Moon Church (Biserica cu Luna)

Piata Unirii Nr. 2, Oradea 410072, Romania +40 259 437 000
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4.5 based on 83 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 Yankeehoya - Doha, Qatar

I agree that is a beautiful building, especially inside. I was puzzled that a church would prominently display the scientific "moon mechanism". My excellent guide, who went by the English name of John, explained that at the time the church was built most education and scientific research was controlled by the Church. Having such a sophisticated mechanism would have been a source of great prestige for the local Bishop.

3. Oradea Fortress

Piata Unirii nr 1, cam. 234, Oradea 410100, Romania +40 259 435 835
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4.5 based on 158 reviews

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 John L - Grand Bend, Canada

The nearly 1000 year old Oradea Fortress has assumed many roles throughout its long history ... military, residence of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oradea, resting place for royalty, political and administrative centre and tourist attraction. The fortress has also been beseiged by the Tartars, Ottomans, and Austrians, among others. Freshly renovated, a permanent history exhibition is located on the first floor, with temporary exhibits in the upper rooms and yard. The perfect way to learn more about the history of the area.

4. Oradea State Theater (Teatrul de Stat Oradea)

P-ta Regele Ferdinand nr.4 - 6, Oradea 410021, Romania +40 259 417 864
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4.5 based on 68 reviews

Oradea State Theater (Teatrul de Stat Oradea)

Reviewed By bogei272 - Dublin, Ireland

Is situated right across the bridge from city hall , amazing architecture, they have an amazing acts in their shows. Definitely a place to go for an culture evening. Top class.

5. Oradea City Hall

Piata Unirii no. 1, Oradea 410100, Romania
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4.5 based on 58 reviews

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 judineni - Etterbeek, Belgium

Beautiful building in the city center It is worth visiting the tower that gives you an amazing panoramic view of the city.

6. Oradea Zoo

Aleea Matei Basarab # 1, Oradea 410095, Romania +40 259 434 547
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4 based on 83 reviews

Oradea Zoo

Reviewed By valdezCZ - Ostrava, Czech Republic

Situated quite close to the centre of the town it is definitely a good place to kill 1-2 hrs and a must-do when you visit the town with children. We visited it early after opening hour (and out of season) so there was almost nobody there which made the experience even better. But as a small ZOO it can become overcrowded easily in high season.

7. The Roman-Catholic Cathedral

Strada Sirul Canonicilor, Oradea 410161, Romania +40 771 612 714
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The Roman-Catholic Cathedral

Reviewed By Vinoteka V - Nagyvárad

A real attraction, wich is situated 5 minutes from the citye's railway station.The Basilica together with the Bishop Palace and the canon row constitute the baroque, catholic complex of the town.

8. The Neolog Synagogue Zion

Strada Independentei, Oradea 410065, Romania
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

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 Amber118 - Toronto, Canada

The Synagogue ahs been recently restored to its once upon a time beauty, the sound while having a concert was amazing, the three levels of floors representing the many people just almost 75 years ago used to attend prayers at this unique Synagogue, come and visit as a gesture for their memory.

9. Ciuperca Hill

Strada Graurilor, Oradea 410169, Romania +40 259 437 000
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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 York

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 for sunset.

10. The Holy Cross Monastery

A Strada Facliei 24, Oradea 410181, Romania
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

The Holy Cross Monastery

Reviewed By Bogdan B

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 monastery, a wooden church, a historical monument. It was brought from the village Corbesti, Bihor County, in a condition of advanced decay, but by its restoration it was regained the brilliance of old times.
The monastic ensemble was founded in 1994, when it was laid the foundation stone of the church wall. The church made in triconch plan is composed of both indoor and outdoor fresco with Byzantine painting, the colors used being mostly natural colors.
The building is covered on the outside of painting which offers uniqueness in Transylvania. Over the years, the monastery community grew to 80 people, headed by Mother Superior, Stavrofora Mina Badila and the priest Protosinghel Anastasie Paleu, who guard the observance of good ordinances established by the canons of the Holy Fathers.
The monastery has several workshops:
* Embroidery and sewing workshop, where are made priestly garments with various embroidery patterns;
* The Painting workshop - Byzantine icons on canvas or wood.
The Holy Cross Monastery is located in an area which ethnically and religiously speaking, presents a great variety, this is a living testimony, eloquent of the Orthodox, Romanian spirit.

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