Worth a Trip: History & Literature in Ciucea

West of Huedin, a medieval fortress and local literary history combine to make an interesting day trip. Twelve kilometres west of Huedin along the E60 is the turn-off to Bologa, where a time-worn citadel looms south of the village. A stocky, 14th-century watchtower is the most prominent feature of this once-great fortress. It's a pleasant uphill walk to the ruin, but watch your step if you walk inside the complex: it's unmaintained and overgrown.

Drive back north to the highway and continue northwest for 10km to Ciucea. It's a place of pilgrimage for Romanians and Hungarians alike, having been home to Romanian poet and politician Octavian Goga (1881–1938) and to Hungary’s most controversial 20th-century poet, Endre Ady (1877–1919). The Octavian Goga Memorial Museum pays tribute to both.