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Overview of Bistriţa

Bistriţa is the capital of Bistriţa Năsăud County in northern Transylvania, Romania.


Bistriţa was founded in the early 13th century by German settlers and (due to its location on the main trading route with Moldavia) became one of Transylvania's major Medieval cities. Several interesting sites from that time survive in the city's old quarter. Some tourists are also attracted by the fact that the town was mentioned in Bram Stoker's novel Dracula.

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By train[edit]

Bistriţa is on a secondary railway and gets limited service: a few local trains, three commuter trains from Cluj (a three hours trip) and a night train from Bucharest (nine hours) via Brasov . Timetables can be found on the website of the railway operator CFR [1]

By car[edit]

Bistriţa is located on the DN17 road linking Transylvania with Southern Bucovina.

By bus[edit]

There are frequent buses from Cluj (two hours travel time), three-four buses from Suceava (four hours and half), Târgu Mureş (three hours) and one bus from Iaşi (seven hours). Some of their schedules are available on [2].

Get around[edit]

The relatively compact old quarter can be visited on foot. The rest of the city is covered by several minibus lines operated by Transmixt [3]. At this moment there's no bicycle rental shop in Bistriţa, which could be useful if you like to visit nearby places and you don't have a car available. A good alternative is minibuses or hitch hiking, which is common practice among locals.

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  • Turnul Dogarilor (Cooper's tower), strada Dogarilor nr. 18. One of the few remaining parts of Bistriţa's medieval fortifications, it now houses a dolls and masks museum  edit
  • Sugălete (Sugălete row), Piaţa Centrală. A group of thirteen connected homes built in the 14th-16th centuries  edit
  • Casa Ion Zidaru, Piaţa Centrală nr. 30. One of the best examples of late Gothic architecture in Transylvania  edit
  • Casa Argintarului (Silversmith's house), strada Dornei nr. 5. A beautiful 16th century Renaissance house  edit

Religious sites[edit]

  • Biserica Evanghelică (Evangelical church), Piaţa Centrală. First built in the second half of the 14th century, has one of the highest Gothic towers in Transylvania  edit
  • Biserica Intrarea Maicii Domnului în Biserică (Presentation of the Virgin Mary church), Piaţa Unirii. A former Catholic monastery built in the late 13th century, now an Orthodox church  edit
  • Sinagoga (The synagogue), strada General Grigore Bălan nr. 10. Built in 1856 by the once thriving Jewish community  edit


  • Muzeul judeţean Bistriţa Năsăud (Bistriţa Năsăud county museum), strada General Grigore Bălan 19 (From the central square walk on Pietonalul Liviu Rebreanu until you can see the cemetery on the right side. A little further you'll see the big building of Muzeul Judetean on your left, th entrance flanked by 2 sphinxes), 0263211063 (, fax: 0263230046), [4]. Tu-Su 10AM-6PM (summer), 9AM-5PM (winter). Has ethnography, art, archeology, historical and geology collections, but until July 2016 only archaeological and historical collection is open for visitors (check website for news) 4 LEI.  edit

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The historical centre is hemmed in by more recent building blocks, but is well preserved. It's great for a leisurely walk in summer. You can use a medieval pasaj, that connects the major streets in the centre, to make your own route. These narrow passages are pedestrian only and you can find hidden gems here, like cozy bars and restaurants.



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Unfortunately there's little room in the historical centre for outdoor drinking. Only in a small area next the Biserica Evanghelică called Pietonalul on Strada Liviu Rebreanu is reserved for pedestrians. Go for example to Viena Cafe, which has a nice vibe with tasty food and excellent coffee.

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Pensiunea Sheriff, DN17 nr. 252A (in Unirea suburb), +40263 228121. €14-€55.  edit
  • Pensiunea Miracolo, DN17 nr. 445 (in Unirea suburb), +40263 228048 (), [5]. €15-€28.  edit
  • Hotel Minerva, Strada Compozitorilor nr.2, +40263 234156 (), [6]. €21-€35.  edit


  • Hotel Diana, Calea Moldovei nr. 80, +40263 231960 (, fax: +40263 231961), [7]. checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12.00. €31-€53.  edit
  • Hotel Codrisor, Strada Codrişor nr. 28, +40263 233814 (, fax: +40263 236476), [8]. €27-€62.  edit
  • Hotel Bistrita, Piaţa Petru Rareş nr.2, +40263 231154 (, fax: +40263 231826), [9]. €36-€84.  edit
  • Hotel Coroana de Aur (The Golden Crown Hotel), Piaţa Petru Rareş nr.4, +40263 232470 (fax: +40263 232667), [10]. checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12.00. €31-€107.  edit



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