Izvoru Crisului Reformed-Calvinist Church

The Reformed – Calvinist Church from Izvoru Crișului, located in an area full of history of Cluj County, was documented in the 14th century. It is part of an impressive group of churches in the Land of Calata, an area that represents the cradle of centuries-old folk traditions.

The church is built of stone and is surrounded by a wall dating from the 14th century. Here we find important elements of architecture, which by their beauty keep alive the history of these places. The bell tower, the polychrome painted coffered ceiling, the pipe organ, the fabrics with specific motifs, all illustrate the traditions and customs of the community.

In the patrimony of the church there is a Turkish carpet of inestimable value, donated to the church in 1754 by a local. This rug was given to him by Prince György Rakóczi II as a token of gratitude  after a battle, for his help in treating the prince’s wounds.

Grandma’s House Museum

The story of this museum begins with the passion of a student from Cluj, who out of love for the traditions and the Romanian clothing managed to fulfill his dream of keeping alive the memory of his grandparents, by keeping the old objects inherited from them.

The “Grandma’s House” museum was initially opened in the student’s grandmother’s house, but, being in an area difficult to access for visitors and with the support of the authorities, the objects were moved to a space in the center of Răcătău village, Măguri Răcătău commune. Those who arrive here can admire authentic objects, collected with a lot of effort and involvement: plates, towels, kerchiefs, national costumes, bags, traditional objects used for weaving, decorative pillows with traditional motifs and many other objects that illustrate the old days.

“When I first opened the museum to the general public, I felt a sense of joy and fulfillment, knowing that something beautiful had come out of my hands, a small museum that would delight and alleviate the childhood longing of many visitors.” – Tudor Mihai

Visiting the Museum is possible on weekends, as follows:

Saturday: 10:00 to 17:00

Sunday: 13:00 to 18:00

The Gilău Mountains

  • Tarnița left slope (blue stripe marking, duration 5 – 7 hours, length 14 km, medium difficulty level);

  • Crow’s stone circuit (yellow dot marking, duration 2-3 hours, length 4 km, low difficulty level);

  • Lucaci’s stone circuit (red dot marking, duration 4 – 5 hours, length 10.5 km, medium difficulty level);

  • Mărișel (Rusești) – Someșului Clad Gorge – Dâlboaca – Mărișel (Rusești) (double red dot marking, duration 2-3 hours, length 6 km, low difficulty level);

  • Mărișel (Church) Circuit – Belvedere – Trei Pâraie – Mărișel (Church) (yellow dot marking, duration ~ 2 hours, length 5 km, low difficulty level);

Făgetul Clujului – Feleac

  • Peana Peak – Micești Houses (yellow stripe marking, duration 30 minutes, length 2 km, low difficulty level);

  • Mănăștur – Râtul Popii – Râtul Penii – Peana Peak (blue cross marking, duration ~ 3 hours, length 8.5 km, low difficulty level);

  • Ioan Spring – Peana Peak (red cross marking, duration ~ 2 hours, length 5.3 km, low difficulty level);

  • Ioan Spring – Belvedere – Râtul Penii (red triangle marking, duration ~ 2 hours, length 5.2 km, low difficulty level);

  • Camping Făget – Bilașcu Fountain – Peana Peak (blue stripe marking, duration ~ 2 hours, length 6.5 km, low difficulty level);

  • Mănăștur – The Head of the Hill (yellow stripe marking, duration 30 minutes, length 2 km, low difficulty level);

Trascăului Mountains

  • Cluj – Napoca – Tureni (red band marking, duration 7 – 8 hours, length 23 km, high difficulty level)

  • Tureni – Turzii Gorges – Moldovenești (red band marking, duration 8 – 9 hours, length 21 km, high difficulty level);

  • Moldovenești – Colții Trascăului (red band marking, duration 4 – 5 hours, length 10 km, low difficulty level);

  • Buru Hut – Colții Corbului – Gura Jigăului (blue band marking, duration 1.30 – 2 hours, length 3 km, low difficulty level);

  • Turzii Gorges – Arineilor Stream – Cornești (yellow band marking, duration 3 – 4 hours, length 9 km, low difficulty level);

  • Turda – Domnilor Road – Turzii Gorges – Petreștii de Jos (yellow band marking, duration 3:30 – 4:30 hours, length 11 km, low difficulty level);

  • Tureni Gorges Circuit (blue dot marking, duration 2 – 3 hours, length 5 km, low difficulty level);

  • Borzești Gorges Circuit (red dot marking, duration 1 – 1.30 hours, length 2 km, low difficulty level);

  • Turzii Gorges Circuit (red dot marking, duration 4 – 5 hours, length 8 km, medium difficulty level);

  • Tureni – Tureni Gorges – Izvorul Romanilor – Vapa – Turzii Gorge (blue triangle marking, duration 3 – 5 hours, length 9 km, low / medium difficulty level);

  • Turzii Gorges – Ciuma Goală – Ciucaș Waterfall – Cornești (yellow triangle marking, duration 3 – 4 hours, length 8 km, low difficulty level);

  • Turzii Gorges – Gura Jigăului – Borzești Gorges – Buru Hut (red triangle marking, duration 4 – 5 hours, length 10 km, low difficulty level).

The Vlădeasa massif

  • Vlădeasa Rescue Base – Weather Station – Vlădeasa Peak – White Stones – Petrieni Hill – Vlădeasa Rescue Base (red dot marking, duration 5 hours, length 13 km, medium difficulty level)

  • Vlădeasa Rescue Base – Vlădeasa Ridge – Plaiului Peak – Prislopu Hill – Poiana Mica Peak – Zarnii Valley – Floroiu Lake (Drăgan) – Drăgan Dam (blue triangle marking, duration 5 hours, length 15 km, medium difficulty level)

  • Drăganului Valley – Tranişu – Mincii Hill – Bănişorului Stone – Teşiturilor Peak – Stânişoara Hill – Vlădeasa Rescue Base (blue cross marking, duration 6 hours, length 12 km, medium difficulty level)

  • Răchiţele Valley – Cuciulat Peak – Firii Valley – Doda Pilii – Doda Pilii Rescue Base (yellow cross marking, duration 3 hours, length 7 km, low difficulty level)

  • Răchiţele Mountain Rescue Point – Stanciului Valley – Ponorul from Seacă Valley – Vlădeasa Hut – Frăsinenilor Church – Cetăţii Valley – Lespezi Peak – Răchiţele Mountain Rescue Point (blue dot marking, duration 12 hours, length 32 km, high difficulty level)

  • Negreni – Păltiniș Peak – Bucea – Negreni (red dot marking, duration 6 hours, length 19 km, medium difficulty level)

  • Negreni – Merișorului Peak – Măgura Mare Peak – Bucea – Negreni (blue dot marking, duration 12 hours, length 26 km, medium difficulty level)

  • Negreni – Comului Peak (yellow triangle marking, duration 3-4 hours, length 6 km, easy difficulty level)

  • Negreni – Păltiniș Peak (red triangle marking, duration 3 hours, length 3 km, easy difficulty level)
  • Doda Pilii Mountain Rescue Base – Molhașuri – Someșul Cald Valley – Doda Pilii Mountain Rescue Base (yellow dot marking, duration 1 hour, low difficulty level)

  • Alunului Cave – Alunul Mic Valley – Onceasa Glade (blue cross marking, duration 3 hours, length 3 km, low difficulty level)

  • Bride’s Veil Waterfall – Șușman Cave – Bride’s Veil Waterfall (blue cross marking, duration 1-2 hours, medium difficulty level)

  • Lespezi Glade – Lespezi Peak – Lespezi Small Cave – Stanciului Valley (red cross marking, duration 1 – 2 hours, medium difficulty level)

  • Dry Valley – White Stones Ridge – Stânișoara Glade – Dry Valley (yellow dot marking, duration 2-3 hours, medium difficulty level)

  • Water cave from Firii Valley – Humpleu Cave – Șura Mare Cave – Apple Glade – Vârtop Glade – Glacier from Vârtop – Cotul Firii (yellow triangle marking, duration 6 hours, high difficulty level)

Arkhai Sculpture Park

Arkhai Sculpture Park was built by sculptor Ernő Bartha, a nationally and internationally recognized artist. Its construction began in 2008 and has been in continuous development ever since. The park is unique due to the monumental size hay sculptures it hosts. The works and the remodeling of the land were made in 3 years, with stones brought from Leghia and Vişta and rocks from Valea Ierii.

The first construction was the stone fence which does not divide, but defines, showing that here begins another world, different from the life we live in.

The Bacchus Sanctuary (50 m²) is located on the right side of the park, on the facade is a sculpture, carved in 2012, after a relic of Bacchus from the Roman Age, found in Dobrogea. The central figure is Bacchus, then, in the upper right side is the Thracian Horseman, and in the lower part is the Fruit Pan. On the left are the nymphs, dancing. In front of the cellar is the summer pavilion (60 m²) and a traditional beehive oven.

Also, we can find a 100-year-old oak house, brought from Maramureș, which has a traditional beehive oven inside.

The park officially opened its doors in 2014, and has hosted ever since numerous events, such as: concerts, outdoor movie screenings, creative camps and workshops, programs for children and youth (horseback riding, textile workshops, ceramics, theater, etc.).

Visiting this open-air museum is possible only by making an appointment in advance.

 

Address: Main Street, no. 442, Vlaha

E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]

Phone: (004) 0751 – 016.692; (004) 0722 – 230.407

Web: www.arkhaisculpturepark.ro

Science Factory – Museum of Illusions, Turda

The Museum of Science and Optical Illusions is the latest project of the Pluto Astronomical Association, following the same educational line that can be found at the Mobile Planetarium or the Museum of Mobile Illusions.

Being a permanent location with a generous space of 700sqm, the volunteers of the Pluto Astronomical Association managed to build the only maze of mirrors in Transylvania, the longest Vortex tunnel, a huge Ames room, an UpSideDown room, teaching holograms, a virtual sand box and many other exhibits that combine science and optical illusions. The guides are supported by the well-known “astronomical storytellers” from the Mobile Planetarium, Dan Coltea and Adi Filpisan shows.

At the same time, there are live experiments that complete the school curriculum, being a real support for students, teachers and parents.

The location of the museum is an unconventional one, the former Turda Brewery, currently a historical monument. In the arrangement of the museum, an attempt was made to preserve and enhance the building, the resulting space being one in which the brick together with wood and metal helps build an authentic industrial atmosphere, but at the same time full of warmth and hospitality.

Address: Unirii Square, no. 17, Turda

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (004) 0740 – 365.699

Web:  Muzeul Iluziilor

Schedule: Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 – 20:00. Access is by appointment.

The Monumental Ensemble from Tăușeni

The idea of creating this concept started in 1994, with the launch of a project competition for Contemporary Art. The ensemble “Signs to the sky for rain and rainbow” today, was created over the years, starting from the arrangement of the space destined for the monumental complex, to the placement of the component “signs” in their final form.

Located on a hill in the native village of the author Alexandru Chira, the monumental ensemble originally entitled “Installation for remembrance, for suggesting rain and rainbow”, delights our eyes with 18 subassemblies. To find out the meaning of each subset, to enter the author’s mind and understand the idea of creating each work, you can access the link www.alexandruchira.ro/ansamblul-monumental.

If we made you curious, do not hesitate to visit the open-air museum, where you can admire all the exhibits that are part of this project. It is located in the village of Tăușeni, Bonțida commune, about 40 km from Cluj – Napoca. The entrance is free, and when climbing, visitors will be greeted by an exhortation from the author: “Remember, climbing this hill bring with you a cup or a cup of spring water, empty it into the Fountain of the Mirror. The water of the spring will meet the water of heaven and together – the depths of the earth and the sky – will give birth to the ladder of the rainbow, of the last ascension ”…;

Muzeon – Jewish History Museum, Cluj-Napoca

Muzeon is an innovative and interactive museum that tells the story of the Jewish community in Cluj, Romania. As you get there, you will realize that you are not stepping into a traditional museum, but into a space focused on the experience of personal, real, lived life stories, rather than on exhibits. During your visit to the museum, you will be able to listen to the personal story of a person who lived in the past century, as if he were there, next to you and who will accompany you throughout the experience.

The stories you will hear have been reconstructed on the basis of the archived materials and performed by professional actors. You can listen to the stories in three languages: Romanian, English or Hungarian. In addition to the audio guide, which animates the experience, the museum has numerous interactive exhibits and Virtual Reality glasses. You will learn a lot about Jewish customs and traditions, about the impact of the Jewish community on local culture and how important historical events (told in chronological order) were felt and experienced by the three guides.

Not recommended for people under 12 years old.

The audio tour lasts about 35 minutes.

 

Address: Virgil Fulicea Street, no. 3, Cluj – Napoca

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: (004) 0364 – 100.472

Web: www.muzeon.ro

Schedule: Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00. (Last entrance 17:30)