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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 …
Beer Hall in Arad

Euphoria Biergarten

This place is a fully fledged restaurant with sandwiches and mains such as fish 'n' chips, pljeskavica (spicy grilled meat patties) and pizza (18 to 26 lei) served in the pub, the dining room and in the lovely back …
Italian in Arad

Picasso Restaurant

Overseen by a Roman and subtitled the 'Italian Food Academy', this hotel restaurant in a charming circular corner room with hard-wood floors and cheery yellow walls just has to be the real McCoy. Try the spaghetti v…
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…
Romanian in Arad

Perla Mureşului

The popular riverside 'Pearl of the Mureș' is an excellent (if somewhat frayed) choice on a warm summer's evening, with a cool breeze and fleeting glimpses of the Mureș River opposite. The traditional Romanian food …
Italian in Arad

Don Restaurant

This very stylish neighbourhood eatery done up in brick and wood serves some excellent (and quite authentic) dishes, including an excellent zuppa di pesce (fish soup). There's also a fairly good choice of vegetarian…
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.
Romanian in Arad

Restaurant Ratio

Location, location, location… This flower-bedecked, chalet-like eatery perched atop a hill on the left bank of the Mureș just over the footbridge has decent Romanian dishes and grills. But it's all about the views a…