The Christmas Market in Cluj Napoca

Cluj Napoca – the capital of Transylvania and the so called Silicon Valley of Transylvania, Romania. It is the home to the best universities, vibrant nightlife, and landmarks dating to Saxon and Hungarian rule. Surrounding its central square, Piața Unirii, is the Gothic-style St. Michael’s Church and the dramatic Matthias Corvinus Statue of the 15th-century king.


I live just about one and a half hour away from Cluj, so I often visit this place due to having most of my friends from University living here, but also because it is simply a brilliant city close to my home.

I love the old buildings, the contrast of colors and the contrast between the old and new town.

The Christmas market is beautifully placed in the heart of the city at Piata Unirii with the ice skating place surrounding the Matthias Corvinus Statue.

The good smell of food is welcoming you to the place as well as the colorful boutique with all sort of traditional and Christmasy item.


After the lights turn on visitors from Cluj and all around Romania, as well as internationals are enjoying a cup of mulled wine and good music.

I had the chance to catch up with an old friend of mine too, Andrei and he took me a little bit outside of Cluj where we took a few shots with the drone.


Really enjoyed catching up about good old times, but also discovering new places like this really cool looking coffe place called Joben. Highly recommended, I will surely return myself.

Because I live so close to Cluj this Christmas Market visit was more of a brake out rather than stay over, but still enjoyed it a lot and I am sure I will be back in this place soon.


My next stop is Sibiu, I did pass through the city like once or twice in my life, but never really visited so I am really exited.

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Day 2 – The Christmas Market in Oradea

I am continuing my journey in finding the best Christmas Market and Christmas Destination in Romania. My next stop is in my favorite city, a place close to my heart and this is Oradea. I spent about 5 years in this city during my studies and 1st job. It is good to be back.

Since I was in Oradea the last time a lot has been invested in the city, in its restoration and modernization. The main road from the city center was closed down and transformed into a big beautiful square and this is where the Christmas market is happening.


The Black Eagle, The Moon Church, The city hall and so on came to live through the awesome winter projections on their wall. The skating park, the big Christmas globe and the stylish Christmas tree lights up the entire square offering a story like look to the Christmas market.

As soon as you enter into the market you can smell the good smoky sausage, stakes and the every present kurtoskalacs(sweet bread).

The locals and tourists are enjoying the skating park and the Christmas moody atmosphere. Oradea is more alive than ever before, I love it!

Somewhere 7 years back the fortress was in ruins. I remember having an office within the fortress and we had to move out due to the place falling apart. Today the entire fortress is unrecognizable, once again an important representative symbol of Oradea is fully functional and shining.


The fortress is in a form of a star, something that can be observed from above and the edges easily can be observed from the ground.

Today you can go and observe medieval knight weapons and traditional knitting machines. The fortress also holds an outdoor theater where occasionally activities are happening, as well as holds a fortress festival once a year where fighting demonstrations are happening and other traditional shows.


Oradea pleasantly impressed me and definitely it became one of the most attractive city’s in Transylvania.

Does it have the best Christmas market? Is it the best seasonal holiday destination? It is definitely on the top of the list, but for now let’s move on and further explore the other locations.

My next stop is Cluj Napoca.


Day 1 – The National Day of Romania

National Day of Romania and the beginning of my journey in finding the best Christmas destinations in Romania.

Ziua Nationala a Romaniei – Zalau | Cele mai frumoase destinatii de Craciun in Romania.

Romanians from all around the world has celebrated on 1st December the 99th anniversary of the assembly of the delegates of ethnic Romanians held in Alba Iulia, which declared the Union of Transylvania with Romania.

While enjoyed the day and the Christmas decorations in Zalau, I remembered that somewhere this time last year I was documenting my experience at the famous Christmas Markets in Birmingham and Paris. It suddenly came to me, what if I start a little trip in exploring the best Christmas destinations in Transylvania, Romania and that’s exactly what I did.

Day 1 – The beginning of my journey.

Although there is not much of a Christmas Market in Zalau, I found it only fair to start with my home town.

The marble square its the traditional city centre of Zalau, where most of the times the events and Christmas Markets happen. It was no different this year either.

The square holds the big Christmas tree decoration in the centre, electic cars for a bit of fun and many traditional products. You can find several places making the Kurtoskalacs, corn, honey, and many other things to bring you closer to the Christmas mood.

Just across the marble square at the base of the park, a beautiful Christmas tree is set up, snow man, reindeer’s and the Nativity scene.

Comparing to the other big cities probably not much going on, but for me it is enough to bring me into that Christmas mood just before the holidays.

I hope you enjoyed this short video about the National Day of Romania and Zalau.

Tomorrow I will be in Oradea where the Christmas Market goes to a completely different level.

The Best Christmas destination in Romania

Once again it is the season to be jolly! Only a few days till Christmas and I am really pumped about this one. I haven’t been home for Christmas for the past 3 years and I missed a bit of a snow, carol nights, good old friends and being home with family, so really looking forward to it.

I have seen the brilliant Christmas market in Birmingham, Paris, Colmar and a few other locations, but I wonder what Christmas markets and Winter Wonderlands has Romania to offer. This is exactly what I have been trying to find out in a 7 day trip in 7 locations around Transylvania.

There are many beautiful places in Romania with great winter locations and Christmas traditions, but for now I explored only seven locations in Transylvania, including my hometown.

Here is a glimpse into my trip, follow my here on blog, subscribe to my YouTube Channel, follow me on my Instagram as for the next couple of days I will post videos and photos about each one of the locations. Thank you.