Now I don't have an objective reason to back-up this statement. Probably because it is one of the first places I have visited in my life, outside Bucharest. Or maybe thanks to Mures being one of the most offering counties in Romania when it comes to tourism. Or just because I have a strange, pleasant feeling that I am actually in Barcelona every time I walk on the streets and hills of this beautiful city. I know it's an odd choice, especially with other more popular places in Romania. What I always do is recommend anyone to give it a try to Mures, and you'll see why in the following 5 minutes!
Targu Mures Transilvania Airport is 14 km away from the city... and hopefully will be reopened sometimes in the future.... For the moment all routes are deviated to Cluj-Napoca, with shuttles available between the two cities.
Targu Mures is being known as the city of roses, with the central square carrying the same name. The Roses Square is the best place to admire the main architectural styles of the city, where every building is a true masterpiece. Here are the landmarks to stop by:
Palace of Culture - the highlight of the city, worthwhile for its amazing architecture, fascinating colors, the art collection, the Mirror Hall or the painted glass windows
The Ascension of the Lord Cathedral - the biggest and most imposing orthodox church in Transylvania
Rakoczi Staircase - the most beautiful in the world according to Bored Panda - a unique modern sight containing 70 stairs, painted in a digital, street-art manner with Transylvanian traditional motifs
The Fortress with its seven bastions and the Reformed Church within - recently rehabilitated, it is a wonderful place to take a walk, to relax in the garden, to attend an outdoor event and, of course, to admire the beautiful medieval Hungarian architecture
Teleki Library - containing over 250.000 original books, scientific works, manuscripts mainly documenting Transylvanian history but also interesting events from the past centuries; with proper guidance, the visit of the library could turn into a genuine history lesson!
The Cornesti Plateau - the highest point of the city, offering a beautiful panorama over Mures, as well as different entertainment activities all year long
The Zoo - the most interesting in Romania, also located on the Plateau, housing around 500 animals and welcoming 100.000 visitors per year
Weekend Strand - one of the most tourist-oriented water parks in Romania, offering excellent conditions for relaxation, finding peace and enjoying the summer sun.
While the city itself is interesting enough (the best for me like I said!), the whole Mures county is even better! Among all the beautiful places, these are not to be missed:
Sighisoara - one of the best preserved medieval town in Europe, the only citadel left on the continent which is fully inhabited; the old city center looks like an outdoor museum and has everything to re-live the atmosphere of the Middle Ages: narrow paved alleys, small squares, nine towers dedicated to different arts and crafts, old houses, restaurants with traditional food, churches, monasteries, even the main high-school is here! It is one of the most looked for destinations in Romania, the so-called "pearl of Transylvania", and a few hours spent in the hilly old center will surely make you understand why!
Saschiz. The small village close to Sighisoara houses one of the most astonishing fortified churches in Transylvania. It is the perfect opportunity to appreciate the German community who used to live in Romania, and to admire some beautiful old traditions.
Bethlen Castle. 30 km away from Sighisoara, it is the most beautiful castle in Transylvania, built in Renaissance style. It has been populated until the communist regime was established in Romania, and remained almost intact thanks to its retreated location. The today's caretaker is a nice person who can tell the story of the Bethlen family, but unfortunately I don't remember if he can speak a foreign language - probably it would be better to have a translator.
Sovata - a nice resort opened all year long, dedicated to curing diseases thanks to the properties of the salty waters; it also has the only ski slopes of the county, while tourists are also enchanting with the Praid Salt Mine 10 km away.
Bear Lake in Sovata - the biggest heliothermic lake in the world!
Reghin - the town of violins, where the art of designing these instruments is widely known, with students from all over the world learning how to develop them.
Mociar Secular Oak Forest - the oldest forest in Romania, with oaks aged over 720 years;
Water sports. Several companies based in Targu Mures offer different opportunities to paddle on the Mures river - the 2nd largest of the country after Danube. Since waters here are pretty calm, it is a perfect place to try rafting, kayaking or canoeing, while enjoying the most picturesque landscapes of the Mures County!
Targu Mures - 2 days
Saschiz, Sighisoara and Bethlen - 1 day
Reghin and Mociar Forest - 1 day
Sovata - depending on how much time you still have !
Water sports - 1 day
Lodging in Targu Mures is pretty convenient - you can find excellent deals starting from 25 Euro per night for two persons!
Eating in the city is an amazing experience, with a wide variety of restaurants offering some of the best services in Romania! I remember a few years ago, me and my wife had an amazing lunch in a top restaurant, and we payed no more than 12 Euro for three meals each! I haven't been in the city since 2015, but I presume a lunch should cost around 20 Euro for two persons nowadays.
These are just some of the info you need to know before planning a trip to this astonishing Romanian region. If you feel you need any more tips, I am as always just an email away, more than glad to tell you more about my favorite city in Romania!
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