Oradea is one of the largest and most important cities in Transylvania, and having a high degree of administrative, economic and commercial importance. The city combines a good location and climate with romantic baroque architecture from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, with a lovely jumble of Romanian and Hungarian cultures. The city was passed back many times between Hungary and Romania, with both these cultures are apparent in the city giving it a special charm and pleasant mix of architecture.
Fans of Art Nouveau and Viennese and Hungarian Secession architecture dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries will be pleasantly surprised. Visitors with a sharp eye will see Secession’s signature lyric design elements and inlaid enamel-work on buildings up and down the main pedestrian walkway, Calea Republicii, and across the Crişul Repede river in Piaţa Unirii.