Official language: Romanian
Time zone: UTC+3 (summer), UTC+2 (winter)
Currency: Leu (RON)
Satu Mare is situated just 20 minutes’ drive from the Hungarian border. Because of this proximity and the shared past, almost 40 percent of the city’s inhabitants declare Hungarian nationality.
The most convenient way to get around the city is by bus. 23 lines are operating here with a total route of nearly 200 km. You can easily get to the farthest reaches of Satu Mare.
Satu Mare is a hometown for the majority of the World and Olympics champions in fencing. The local tradition of this discipline dates back to 1885.
It’s a Romanian city on the border with Hungary. The fusion of two cultures creates a fantastic mixture. The earliest evidence of settlement in the area dates back to the Stone and Bronze Age.
If you want to stay in an extraordinary place for a night, book a room at the Dacia Hotel, operating since 1902. The three-story building attracts with its Art Nouveau style and open-work floral motifs. Some of the exterior ornaments are made of enameled ceramic. After spending a night at the amazing hotel filled with history, head to nearby Piaţa Libertăţii (Liberty Square). In the heart of it, you’ll find a small park with benches and a fountain. Local residents of Satu Mare love hanging out here. You may see them discussing or playing chess.
The old town has much to offer to tourists and inhabitants, such as unforgettable walks among the beautiful tenements and unique buildings. Start the tour with a visit to Palatul administrativ (the Administrative Palace). With a height of 97 meters, it’s the tallest structure in Transylvania. The tower provides a panoramic view of the entire city. Also, buildings on the Hungarian side of the border are visible from here. Construction began in 1972 and was completed 12 years later.
You may also find interesting to visit one of the city’s oldest churches – Biserica cu lanţuri. It was built at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries but many elements of its construction originate in the first half of the 17th century. The church is enclosed by pillars connected by forged chains, hence the name “The Chains Church.” The original oak furniture has been preserved in the church to our times.
The local cuisine is a combination of Romanian and Hungarian flavors. You can get here, e.g., grilled meat with cabbage served in bread, veal soup, garlic sausage, and Hungarian stew. The best choice would be No Pardon Pub on Strada Corvinilor. We especially recommend the roasted duck with cherries and fried duck liver with baked apples.