Period: on request at any time of the year
Duration: 1 day (approximately 10 hours)
Objectives: Salt Turda, Turda Gorge, Rimetea Village, Rimetea Ethnographic Museum and Old Mill, Fortress of Coltesti, Aiud Fortress, Fortress of Alba-Iulia, Turda – The tomb of Mihai Viteazu
Guide: Romanian / English language
Transport: car / microbus / coach
Departure from Cluj-Napoca to Turda, where we will visit Turda Salt Mine.
Turda Salt Mine is today a true museum of salt mining history. The excellent condition of preserving the mining works and the equipment used to transport the salt, along with the care that has been carried out to prepare the salt mine to become a tourist attraction. The growing number of tourists arriving from the furthest geographic areas to visit the salt mine are a confirmation of the tourist, historical and therapeutic value.
We head to Cheile Turzii, where we will take a short stop to admire and photograph this natural reserve.
Turzii Gorges – a natural reserve with a unique landscape, one of the most popular attractions in the Apuseni Mountains. The gorges extend along the Haşdate Creek over a 3.5 km length, with tall and steep walls, towers, blocks, karst plateaus, and caves.
We will stop for a special Hungarian lunch in the village of Rimetea, also known as Torocko, thanks to the Hungarian community living here. With a history of more than 1000 years, the village of Rimetea is at the foot of the Trascau massif (1129 m) and was built by the German miners brought here for the iron extraction. The Germans have built the remarkable houses in the center of the village with a unique architecture that is now part of the European cultural heritage. Traditional costumes, specific wooden furniture painted in vivid colors, embroidery and objects of mining, metalworking and woodworking can still be seen today in the ethnographic museum of the village. Ferried and little known by tourists, the water mill in the Rimetea village, in the Apuseni Mountains, should not miss the list of objectives that must necessarily be visited in Transylvania.
The Coltesti fortress, also known as Cetatea Trascăului or Torockóvár (in Hungarian), is located to the west of the village of Colţeşti, Rîmetea commune. Although there are only portions of the enclosure walls and the two towers of the fortification, the fortress is extremely picturesque and is set on an isolated and steep calcareous cliff, offering a complete panorama over the entire northern area of the Trascau Mountains.
The Medieval Citadel of Aiud stretches over an area of over three thousand square meters and is one of the most important tourist attractions in the area. Located right in the center of Aiud, the Medieval Fortress was built in two stages, on the site of an ancient Roman settlement. In the first phase, in the fourteenth century, the Saxons in the area raised a fortified church, and in the second stage, around the seventeenth century, the settlement would have acquired a fortress look. The historic monument is more than 600 years old and is one of the best preserved urban fortresses in Transylvania.
Alba Carolina Fortress is the symbol and pride of Alba-Iulia and is also called the Bastion Fortress. It was built by the Austrians (as a symbol of the power of the Habsburg Empire) at the beginning of the 18th century, according to the plans of an Italian architect, Giovanni Morando Visconti. The fortress was originally a military center of Transylvania and an army depot. If at its origin the fortification had a defensive role against the Turks, today the city is an important historical point for Romania, offering tourists numerous sightseeing and documentation. It has seven bastions, and a unique star shape. Alba Carolina Fortress is considered one of the most impressive fortresses of its kind in Europe.
The tomb of Mihai Viteazul in Turda shelters the body of Prince Michael the Brave. Built in 1977, the monument has a height of 1601 cm and was designed by sculptor Marius Butunoiu. The pyramidal shape symbolizes the three principalities that the prince united during his reign in 1601.
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For a group of over 19 people, the rate is negotiable.
The rate includes: pickup from the hotel, car / minibus / coach;
Romanian / Hungarian / English / French speaker guide.
The rate does not include: entrances to the tourist attractions, Hungarian special lunch in Rimetea.