The residence city of Cluj county, located in the heart of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca, is one of the most important cities in Romania and one of the most developed. Cluj is also called Kolozsvar in Hungarian and Klausenburg in German, because of the influences Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Szekler minority settled here had. The city is the second largest and the most expensive city in Romania, according to a financial study.
The city benefits from an extraordinary financially dynamism. Here, companies have developed which are now among the highest in Romania and who are internationally appreciated like Farmec (cosmetics), Ursus (beer), Napolact (dairy), Jolidon (linen), Ardaf (insurance) or Banca Transilvania (financial and banking services). Among foreign investors, most from the United States, Hungary, Luxembourg and Italy, we can remind multinational companies like Office Depot, Emerson, Endava or Aegon.
Cluj has made performance particularly in IT and finance.
CULTURE AND EDUCATION
Cluj-Napoca is a multicultural city, with something for every cultural branch. Thus, in Cluj is present the largest university in Romania, Babes-Bolyai University (UBB) along with Technical University (UT), and one of the most prestigious medical schools in the country and Europe, “Iuliu Haţieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMF), University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (Veterinary Medicine), “Gheorghe Dima” Academy of Music and University of Art. Cluj is a rich cultural environment offering a series of events and cultural festivals of music, art and film, as well as the Opera Ball, TIFF or Electric Castle. Also, in Cluj you can attend theater, opera, ballet or music, film screenings, exhibitions and other similar events. Besides, in Cluj they have been established cultural institutions such as museums and the Paintbrush Factory.
If you are a tourist in Cluj, you can enjoy a rich history by visiting landmarks such as Tailors Bastion, St. Michael Church, Museum Square, Union Square, Franciscan Church, Matei Corvin House and Banffy Palace, and the nature by visiting the Botanical Gardens or Central Park. A superb view of Cluj can be seen from the Fortress, from Feleacului hill or from select locations in Cluj. If you want to venture in the surroundings you can visit the Banffy palace in Bonţida, Tarniţa Lake or Turda Salt Mine.
Besides, Cluj has a sporty side, in the city there are two football teams (CFR Cluj and U Cluj), but also a team of basketball and handball (University “U” Cluj).