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Oradea
Travel Guide

State Theatre showing interior views and a statue or sculpture

See elegant Viennese Secession, Baroque and art nouveau architecture in this understated city. 

Oradea lies along both shores of the Crişul Repede River within Romania’s western limits. Influenced by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, this wealthy city is filled with Secession-style buildings, characterized by ornate façades. Wander along the city’s main pedestrian road, admiring the buildings’ lavish designs. Find a spot on a café terrace overlooking the river.

Walk around the red-brick exterior of Oradea Citadel, which dates back to the 12th century. An important symbol of the city, the fortress has an unusual pentagonal design with corner bastions.

Head to Piaţa Unirii, one of Oradea’s main squares, to see the fascinating Moon Church. Designed in the 19th century, the church features a black-and-gold lunar mechanism that moves in accordance with the moon’s phases. Step inside to see numerous historic paintings by regional artists.

Also near Piaţa Unirii is the Black Eagle Palace, a striking 1907 art nouveau structure. Stroll through the shopping arcade that runs between the two main buildings of the palace and discover cafés, restaurants, bars and casinos under a shimmering stained-glass ceiling.

Don’t miss the Roman Catholic Basilica, Romania’s largest Baroque church. Watch one of the regular performances featuring the church’s gorgeous 18th-century organ. Just east of the cathedral are the many arches of the Baroque Corridor of Canons.

Walk down Strada Republicii, a pedestrianized shopping street lined with one of the city’s most remarkable collections of Secessionist buildings. Browse the goods for sale at interesting shops along the way or take a break and admire the views from the terrace of a charming café.

Attend a show at the city’s neoclassical State Theater, which features a variety of operas, dances, plays and puppet shows performed in Hungarian and Romanian. Built in 1900, the theater was designed by famed Austrian architects Fellner and Helmer.

Oradea International Airport, located 4 miles (6 kilometers) southwest of the city center, offers regular flights from Bucharest. Alternatively, take the fast train from Budapest or the overnight train from Braşov, Timisoara, Cluj-Napoca or Bucharest. Plan a pleasant trip to this architecturally rich city.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Oradea
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Oradea
4 out of 5
9 Aleea Strandului, Oradea
The price is £54 per night from 6 Jun to 6 Jun
Located in the heart of Oradea, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Aquapark Nymphaea and Cris Museum. Ady Endre Museum and Fortress of Oradea are ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (219 reviews)
Disappointed
"1. The water was brown. Every time I used the tap, I had to wait for the water to clean. And no, the reason is not the city (as the reception told me). Very dissapointed 2. The air conditions wasn't working, and the room had no window. It was extremely hot. The reception did nothing to help me."

Reviewed on 3 Nov 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Oradea
Continental Forum Oradea
Continental Forum Oradea
4 out of 5
Aleea Strandului 1, Oradea
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £40 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Located in the heart of Oradea, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cris Museum, Ady Endre Museum and Fortress of Oradea. State Theatre (Teatrul de Stat) ...
4/5Very Good! (115 reviews)
Excellent hotel and great location
"Great staff excellent seevice. I requested a surprise and they delivered perfectly!"

Reviewed on 9 Jul 2020

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Ramada by Wyndham Oradea
Ramada by Wyndham Oradea
4 out of 5
9, Calea Aradului Street, Oradea
The price is £56 per night from 1 Jun to 1 Jun
Located in the heart of Oradea, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vulturul Negru and Moon Church. Baroque Palace and Fortress of Oradea are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (114 reviews)
"Super nice spa /jacuzzi, and convenient location three tram stops from Piața Unirii"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2020

Ramada by Wyndham Oradea
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Zip Studio Central Apartament Luceafarul Oradea
Zip Studio Central Apartament Luceafarul Oradea
4A Calea Aradului, Oradea, Bihor County
Situated in Oradea, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Emanuel Baptist Church and Oradea Zoo. Primaria Oradea and Vulturul Negru are also ...
Zip Studio Central Apartament Luceafarul Oradea
Penthouse Apartament Nufărul Oradea
Penthouse Apartament Nufărul Oradea
3.5 out of 5
66 Strada Nufarului 43, Oradea
The price is £64 per night from 1 Jun to 1 Jun
Situated in Oradea, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Fortress of Oradea, The Human Intelligence Center of Excellence and University of Oradea. ...
Penthouse Apartament Nufărul Oradea
Downtown Fuchsl Palace
Downtown Fuchsl Palace
3.5 out of 5
13 Strada Independentei, Oradea
The price is £42 per night from 20 May to 20 May
Located in the heart of Oradea, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Vulturul Negru, Moon Church and Primaria Oradea. State Theatre (Teatrul ...
Downtown Fuchsl Palace
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