and the Confluence of Traditions
The "Babes-Bolyai" University of Cluj-Napoca is one of the biggest in Romania with over 40,000 students and over 100 departments. The University is a public educational institution aiming to promote the multiculturalism, to develop the knowledge and to sustain the European values. <see www.ubbcluj.ro>
The city of Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvár, Klausenburg, Claudiopolis) is situated, in the middle of Transylvania, being one of the biggest cities in Romania, with a population of more than 400,000. The history of the city witch begins in prehistory, continues in the Dacian period, becomes an important local center after the Roman conquest, enters under the Magyar princes authority, is colonized by the Saxons, becoming an important administrative, cultural and military center, takes part in almost all the modern Europe events and since 1918 enters under Romanian administration. Now it is an important industrial, cultural and business regional center. In Cluj you can visit historical places (monuments, churches, fortifications), history and art museums, theatres and cultural centres. <see www.cluj4all.com>
The city of Bistriţa (Beszterce, Bistritz, Nösen) is situated in the north-east of Transylvania, 120 km away from Cluj-Napoca. The town dates from 1264 and owes its existence to the German settlers. Now it has more than 80,000 inhabitants and is an industrial and cultural center. In Bistrita you can visit churches and medieval constructions, art and popular culture galleries. <see www.bn.ro>
Transportation towards Cluj-Napoca can be done by air (International Airport Cluj-Napoca [IATA:CLJ] is on the road to Bistrita), by train (there are straight trains from Bucharest and Budapest towards Cluj) or by car/bus (the European Roads E60 Budapest - Bucharest and E58 towards Bistrita pass through Cluj)
The weather in the Cluj - Bistrita zone is typical for the Central Europe, with average temperatures in May of 20°C during the day and 8°C during the night. Sometimes it rains, and the temperatures drop a few degrees.