Romanians call it simply Cluj, expressing their endearment for a city that has grown to become the administrative and cultural capital of Transylvania, as well as a reputed academic center.
If you find yourself in Cluj, we recommend taking a walk on the medieval-like streets that lead to the Gothic Cathedral of St. Michael’s, with its impressive spire towering 80 meters above. And if you’re interested in museums, make sure you don't miss the National History Museum of Transylvania and the Ethnographic Museum.
The town was mentioned for the first time in 108 in the milia from Aiton and received its town status in 1316. Cluj is, along with Bistrita, Sibiu, Brasov, Sebes, Medias and Sighisoara one of the 7 medieval Saxon cities that gave the German name of Transylvania – Siebenburgen, which means Seven Castles.
In the areas surrounding Cluj, you will find the most beautiful palaces, castles, and churches in Romania: Banffy Palace, Calvary Church, Matei Corvin House, St. Michael's Church, the Franciscan Church, the Reformed Church, Berde Palace, Palace Jósika, Palace Széki Toldalagi-Korda Palace, Palace Wass.