Baia Mare is the largest city in the Maramureş region. Quite possibly some of the friendliest people you will meet in Europe. Originally part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the city and surrounding area has a significant Hungarian population. Unlike many cities in Europe with a complicated history, however, the citizens of Baia Mare are quite happy to discuss in detail the history of the region and will entertain questions from visitors without becoming offended.
Maramures has its own sub-dialect of Romanian. Those who have learned some Romanian via an audio book prior to their trip or have spent any time in southern Romania may be confused with the pronunciation of specific words (e.g. "bine" is pronounced "bean-yeah"), however, Maramuresans tends to speak a bit slower than people in southern Romania and may be easier to understand to a foreigner trying to pick up the Romanian language.
The city has undergone a revival in the last years.
It is not very expensive and minimum charge will be 5 lei. You can get from one end of the city to the other side for roughly 12 lei. Stick with the company Galant; their drivers tend to be younger, which means the likelihood that the drivers speak English is much higher, which can be useful when trying to get around the city.
Phoenix Copper Smelter Smoke Stack. The third largest chimney in all of Europe and 9th largest in the whole world, the Phoenix Copper Smelter smoke stack is the unofficial landmark of Baia Mare. No longer in use today, but nevertheless an impressive engineering marvel.(47°39'17N,23°36'12E)edit
Baia Mare Mine Flowers Museum, Blvd. Traian 8. Here you will find sample of local rocks and crystals, including some wonderful crystal flowers.edit
Merry Cemetery of Sapanta. A fascinating collection of unique wooden headstones that immortalize details about the deceased.edit
Aroma, Independentei 4a, Baia Mare, ☎ +40 747 103 180, . 08.00-22.00. Italian food, great pastas and good pizza. Probably the best seafood option in Baia Mare as well. Great service. Bring cash as often times they will not accept cards. Vegetarian options as well, the penne with "leaf chickory, gorgonzola and nuts" is very good.$$. edit
Navy's, Strada Libertății Baia Mare 430321, ☎ +40 262 212 222, . A pub with Guinness on tap, live music sometimes. By far the best option if you are looking for a pub in Baia Mare.(47.659549,23.581912)edit