Romania 2017: The Small Streets of Cluj-Napoca

By Ruben
This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Romania 2017

ROMANIA – Having explored Cluj’s 19th century boulevards in the last post, I will now show you the old town, which dates back to a time when the city can’t have been much more than a village (according to Wikipedia, Cluj had about 10,000 inhabitants in 1787). It was in this area that the very nice hostel (Retro Hostel) I stayed in on the second night was situated. Waking up here the next morning felt like seeing Cluj in a different light, something which is only possible in the best of cities.

But, like in many places, the charm of Cluj’s old town is also its weakness, as it is rapidly becoming the “place to be”, and therefore becoming too expensive for locals. Various people I met in and around the hostel told me this was already the case in much of Cluj. As a result, it is in danger of becoming a bit one sided (which, strange as it may sound to a Romanian, is recognisable to people from Western Europe as well). It will nonetheless remain picturesque and charming (and pleasantly bustling), as you can see on these pictures.

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1. An archway on the western side of Piața Unirii takes us into the small streets of the old town
10. This picture of the city wall could almost have been taken in Jerusalem or North Africa

In my final post on Cluj-Napoca, I will show you the city as it was shown to me by a local.

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