Located in Central Europe, Cluj-Napoca has been named the most welcoming city in Europe, according to a study conducted by the European Commission in 2013. It is the second largest city in Romania and its diverse historical and cultural background create a unique environment for its inhabitants, its tourists and for the over 80,000 students enrolled in its universities.
Foreigners have the best time in Cluj, according to a European Commission survey on 79 cities in the EU and countries like Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Turkey. Looking at the quality of life, the health system and transportation, the perception of foreigners visiting or living in Cluj (most of them from Germany, France and Italy) is that the university city in the heart of Transylvania is the most welcoming in Europe – outranking cities like Luxembourg, Krakow or Copenhagen.
The large student population creates a unique context for diverse experiences in various cultural centers and museums, chic cafes in the medieval center or bustling night clubs – one of them included in the prestigious DJ Mag’s Top 100 clubs in 2013, surpassing well-known clubs in Berlin, Paris or Ibiza. Cluj-Napoca annually hosts several music, theatre and film festivals, the most important of which is the Transylvania International Film Festival – the biggest film festival in Central and Eastern Europe.
Cluj-Napoca is also a city with a remarkable cultural value, recognized for its impact on contemporary art. In September 2013, The Huffington Post and The New York Times announced a new release under the Phaidon Press Publishing House (UK): Art Cities of the Future: 21st-Century Avant-Gardes, a book revealing ”the twelve global cities to watch for exciting contemporary art”. Among cities like Istanbul, São Paulo, Seoul and Vancouver, Cluj-Napoca is also included in this select ranking.
We look forward to meeting you in the heart of Transylvania!