Friday, 12th of May: City Tour, starting at 11 AM

Prior booking is necesary

The tour starts in front of Matthias Corvinus Statue, at 11 AM. It is a complementary tour from the ICO 2017 and prior registration on site or at congresorto2017@gmail.com is necessary.

We invite you to take a walk and discover Cluj’s old history and traditions, the interesting architecture and culture and get a glimpse of this modern Transylvanian city. We will start the tour right next to the silent pedestrian area, we will visit the city’s main square, with some of its most important monuments: the catholic church of St. Michael (the second largest Gothic building between Vienna and Istanbul), the statue of Mathias Corvinus, the unique mirror street (where all houses were built symmetric on both sides of the street) and the majestic Baroque palace of the Bannfy family.
Departing from the main square, we will walk to the headquarters of the Babeş-Bolyai University, with an ongoing tradition since the 16th century. Nowadays it is one of Europe’s largest multicultural universities, with almost 60.000 students. Crossing through several palaces which host different faculties and administrative buildings of the university, we will reach the former Franciscan monastery, famous both for its architecture and its almost perfect acoustics. The church was restored in the past couple of years and the beauty of this superb monument was brought back to light.
Just behind this monument, we will visit the only medieval tower still standing, a reminder of the city’s past military ambitions.
Our tour will end with the visit of the former lumberjack market which used to be a gathering place of the Romanian community. At the end of the 19th century, the famous Viennese company “Helmer und Fellner” were given the task to build the city’s theater and opera house. Nowadays, it is one of Cluj’s most important cultural institutions. On the other side of the square, we will discover the Orthodox cathedral. Built after the First World War in neo-Byzantine and neo-Romanian style, it is one of the important pieces in this colored but tolerant, multicultural and multiethnic mosaic.

Saturday, 13th of May: Trip to Turda Salt mine and traditional dinner

Nature’s miracle of Turda and the Transylvanian cuisine
Date: Saturday the 13th of May
Departure: 3 PM from Hotel City Plaza
Cost: 50 Euro/person
Services Included:
– English speaking guide
– Modern transportation with AC
– Entrance fees in Turda Salt Mine
– 3 course dinner with wine in a traditional restaurant in Turda
Prior reservation is mandatory, latest on the 10th of Mai at congresorto2017@gmail.com

Today’s journey is going to take us to some of Transylvania’s most impressive underground treasures, to the Salt Mine of Turda. Prepare yourselves for a great journey filled with lovely traditions, exciting stories and delicious Transylvanian wines and specialties.
Turda is located only 35 kilometers from Cluj and has held a very important role in the Transylvanian history. It was the city where the “religious peace” was signed, where five Catholic and Reformed confessions were welcomed, Transylvania becoming one of the most tolerant states in Europe.
In the Middle Ages the city was very rich due to the local salt mines. Ever since Roman times, these mines have been exploited, the salt produced here being taken to Rome. During the Austrian domination the mines became critical for the Transylvanian industry, large amounts of money being invested here. Starting with 2007 and benefiting from massive investments, the salt mine was transformed into an interesting museum and concert center. We will go hundreds of meters below sea level, admire the large galleries and get the chance to find out more about this amazing place.
In the evening, we will enjoy some Romanian traditional dishes, alongside with the great Turda wine.

Sunday, 14th of May: Trip to Alba Iulia and Rimetea.

The real Transylvanian Capital & the splendid village of Rimetea
Date: Sunday, the 14th of Mai
Departure: 9 PM from Hotel City Plaza
Cost: 55 Euro/person
Services Included:
– English speaking guide
– Modern transportation with AC
– Entrance fees in Alba Iulia & Rimetea
– 3 course lunch in a traditional restaurant in Rimetea
– Welcome drink
Prior reservation is mandatory, latest on the 10th of Mai at congresorto2017@gmail.com
Today’s journey is about discovering two milestones in the Transylvanian history: Alba Iulia and Rimetea. Departing from Cluj at 9 A.M., we will drive approximately two hours to reach Alba Iulia. Founded by Roman colonists in the 2nd century AC, it was not only the main point of an important commercial route, used to bring gold from the mountains, but also the place where the gold was prepared for shipment to Rome.
The city had to have three temples, a forum and hundreds of administrative and private buildings; some of their ruins have been restored in the past years and can be visited today. Following the Hungarian conquest of the region, the city was rebuilt in the 10th century, becoming one of the religious centers of the country. The catholic cathedral, dating back to the 10th century, is the oldest church in the country and is a unique architectural treasure, combining Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance styles. Many rulers and bishops were buried here, among them, Johann Hunyadi, the prince of Transylvania and father of the Hungarian king Mathias Corvinus. As a sign of religious tolerance, just a couple of meters away, you can find the orthodox cathedral, built in the 1920s especially for the coronation of the Ferdinand and Maria, king and queen of Romania. The architecture is typical for the Romanian-orthodox churches. Among so many highlights, probably the biggest one is the Austrian Vauban citadel, built in the 18th century, almost unspoiled until today. At noon one can witness the changing of the Austrian guards, including a parade with old costumes and horses.
We will depart for the Mountains and after approximately one hour of driving, we will arrive in Rimetea. Here, we will be spoiled with delicious, homemade, traditional dishes, such as water buffalo cheese or the famous Rimetea-Gulyas.
After lunch, we will discover Rimetea. It was built by German and Hungarian miners in the 13th century and had, until the industrial revolution of the 19th century, a leading role in the Transylvanian economy. After that the village was almost deserted, leaving the beautiful houses, watermills and the whole village panorama unchanged. One can visit a small, but tidy local ethnographic museum, a watermill and many beautiful houses. The view is also superb.
In the evening we will return to Cluj.