Day Trip From Cluj | Turda Salt Mine and Alba Carolina Fortress
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Cluj-Napoca can be an amazing city. But sometimes you just need to take a break from the busy streets and crowded cafes.
Our day trip from Cluj will help you get away from the daily routine with a visit to some of the coolest landmarks around the city.
Your journey will begin with a visit to Alba Iulia, where you will wander around the star-shaped Alba Carolina Fortress. Next, you will discover the quaint village of Rimetea, a place where the sun rises twice. Last but not least, you will delve into the Turda Salt Mine, one of the coolest underground places in the world. The mine is home to an amusement park, and here you can play mini golf, table tennis, enjoy a family picnic or even take a boat ride on the underground lake.
- Entrance fees for the sights included in the itinerary (Turda Salt Mine, Alba Carolina Fortress);
- Professional English-speaking guide;
- Transport with a modern, well-equipped car, minibus or coach;
- Hotel pickup and drop-off;
- Bottle of water.
- Lunch (approx. €13/person);
- Photography fees;
- Tips for the tour guide.
Day tour from Cluj-Napoca
Your day trip from Cluj-Napoca starts in the morning when you will meet up with your travel guide and head to Alba Iulia to discover the city that was the largest Roman castrum, and its star-shaped fortification, Alba Carolina. Situated in the heart of Transylvania, over the time, this settlement was transformed by the German and Hungarian populations which enriched its cultural diversity. Because of the influences imprinted over centuries, you will be able to observe that the buildings and churches have different architectural styles: Baroque, Romanesque and even Babylonian.
The Alba Carolina Fortress is surrounded by 12 km of walls in order to protect the center of the city won’t cease to amaze you. At its beginnings, the fortification was a Roman Fort, afterward a fortress during the Middle Ages and later a Vauban type Citadel provided with 7 bastions. Regardless of which entrance we’ll use you will be pleasantly surprised by all the Baroque decorative elements considered unique in European military architecture. The sensation of the past centuries will be sustained by the Austrian guards in their vintage clothes who protect the citadel even nowadays.
Your day tour continues on a small road that takes us to Rimetea, a small village filled with white houses with their lovely green windows, loved by time and cherished by its inhabitants. We will have lunch in this beautiful place and you will remain with an image to treasure all your life.
Our day trip from Cluj continues with a descent into the world’s largest salt mining history museum situated in Turda, the Turda Salt Mine. The exploitation of the rich deposit was started by the Romans 2000 years ago during their occupation in Dacia. The museum includes three mines: Terezia, which reaches a depth of 90 meters, followed by Anton and Rudolf, both of them offering spectacular views. After admiring the huge room carved in salt we will go down to the bottom of the mine and reach the salty lake where you can enjoy a boat ride at the lowest point of the museum. A one of a kind overview of the mine can be savored while ascending or descending with the glass elevator. A constant temperature between 10 and 12 degrees is maintained naturally all year round with a humidity of around 80%.
Besides being a museum, the Turda Salt Mine is also an amusement park where you can play tennis, mini-golf, ride a Ferris wheel, or even take a boat ride on the underwater salt lake.
After our tour in the salt mine, your day tour will come to an end, and you will be transferred back to Cluj-Napoca.
Departure time: 9:00 AM
Trip duration: 8 hours
In what languages can the tour be organized?
The tour can only be organized in English.
What is the pick-up location?
We will pick you up from the hotel, or from the requested location.
At what time does the tour start?
The tour starts at 09:00.