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By plane

Oradea's closest large international airport is Budapest's Ferihegy, which serves flights from all corners of Europe. See above for information on train connections to Oradea. Cluj-Napoca is another option for most flights from elsewhere in Europe.

By train

Getting into Oradea is moderately easy, as from Romania as from Hungary. Most visitors arrive in by train, as Oradea is located at the western extremity of the Romanian train network. If you're travelling from Bucharest, there are two or three trains per day, one of which is a very comfortable yet fairly inexpensive night train, especially if you decide to travel in a refurbished first-class sleeper. Make sure that you take your tickets well in advance if you intend to travel by the first-class sleeper cars because the tickets sell out quickly.

By bus

Intercity bus and coach services running through Oradea are strongly on the increase, and most of the residents see them as a welcome departure from what they see are slow, uncomfortable trains. This is due to the fact that intercity coach travel is very much a novelty in a country where trains and aeroplanes have been the primary form of public transportation for decades. Even today, train is by far the recommended way, being much more comfortable and increasingly modern and luxurious.

Key places to visit
Episcopal palace, Ady Endre Museum, Muzeul Tarii Crisurilor


Places to Visit

Episcopal palace

The Episcopal palace of the city of Oradea in Bihor county, Romania dates to the Baroque times.It was founded in 1762 by the Baron Bishop Adam Patachich, as bishopric palace of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Magnovaradimum. Illustrious Viennese architect Franz Anton Hillebrandt, designer of many Austrian palaces and one of Europe's 18th century best, designed the palace and planned the city's posh side as Baroque quarter, while engineer A.J. Neumann was in charge of the palace's massive construction, complete with its 365 exterior windows resembling the days of the year and 120 large, extravagant rooms distributed on three floor plans.

Ady Endre Museum

“Ady Endre” Museum, dedicated to one of the greatest Hungarian poets, should be added to your “To Visit” list. Ady Endre was the son of a impoverished noble family and was born in Érmindszent, Szilágy county. This was part of Austria-Hungary in 1887 when Ady Endre was born. Now the village is called Ady Endre in Romanian and Adyfalva in Hungarian, located in the Satu Mare county. The museum was inaugurated on the 26th of May 1955 and it now has an impressive collection formed from volumes of Ady Endre's work, documents, periodical magazines, photos and more.
If you are living in one of the major capitals in Europe, you can go straight away to Oradea by train, or by plane. In case you are in Bucharest, the fastest way to get to Oradea is by plane, as the flight will take maximum an hour and a half. Oradea is also known for its numerous shoe factories and for the biggest baptist church in Eastern Europe. Speaking of religious monuments, there are more than 100 religious sites, including three sinagogues (Oradea had a large Jewish population before the Holocaust).

Muzeul Tarii Crisurilor

One of the main attractions of Oradea is Muzeul Tarii Crisurilor (this could be translated directly into English as “The Land of the Cris Rivers Museum”), which was inaugurated in January 1971, in the building of the Baroque Palace. The palace was built between 1750-1789 with the goal to be a replica of the Belvedere Palace in Vienna and you can see a whole year through its windows. How's that? The constructors made it with 365 windows, one for each day of the year. This museum is the largest one in Western Romania and you can see different exhibitions. You can visit the 100 years old Oradea Theather, built after a project of the Viennese company “Fellner and Helmer”, which built some other theaters in cities like Iasi or Timisoara. The building was started in 1899 and finished after one year, on 15th October 1900. At that time, it was the first building in Oradea to use electric power.

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