Arad attractions

Museum in Arad

Archaeology & History Museum

Arad's modest history museum housed in the Palace of Culture is a good primer for anyone interested in the city's complex origins, including 150 years of Ottoman occupation until 1699. After that the city served as …
Synagogue in Arad

Neolog Synagogue

Arad's Neolog (Conservative) synagogue, built between 1827 and 1834, lies southwest of Piaţa Avram Iancu. It was closed to visitors at the time of research, but the Moorish-style exterior is worth a look. About 10,0…
Historic Building in Arad

Arad Town Hall

The U-shaped, neoclassical town hall is Arad’s most impressive building, with neoclassical and neo-Renaissance influences. The clock atop the 54m-high tower was brought from Switzerland in 1878.
Fortress in Arad

Arad Fortress

Arad’s star-shaped fortress was built on the orders of the Habsburg empress Maria Theresa between 1763 and 1783. It stands on the site of an old fortress built in 1551 by the Turks. It housed a military base until r…
Notable Building in Arad

Palace of Culture

This Eclectic-style building from 1913 houses the Archaeology & History Museum as well as the Philharmonic Orchestra. At the time of research it was undergoing a massive renovation.
Notable Building in Arad

Cenad Palace

This sumptuous neo-Renaissance building (1892) was designed by the Hungarian architect Miklós Ybl for the Arad-Cenad Railway Company.
Monument in Arad

Reconciliation Park

This monument park, three blocks west of Piaţa Avram Iancu, contains two notable statues. In the centre, the Liberty Monument was erected in 1890 to honour 13 Hungarian generals executed after the 1849 Hungarian upr…
Monument in Arad

Unknown Soldier Monument

This mammoth statue in the middle of the square dedicated to the Unknown Soldier remembers the struggle for Transylvania by German-Hungarian troops during WWII.
University in Arad

Aurel Vlaicu University

Public university founded in 1990 and named after Romanian engineer and aviation pioneer Aurel Vlaicu.