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.
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 
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 autogari.ro .
Muzeul judeţean Bistriţa Năsăud (Bistriţa Năsăud county museum), strada General Grigore Bălan nr. 19. Tu-Su 10AM-6PM (summer), 9AM-5PM (winter). Has ethnography, art, archeology, historical and geology collectionsedit