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Top Choice Cemetery in Săpânţa

Merry Cemetery

Săpânţa village boasts the unique 'Merry Cemetery', famous for the colourfully painted wooden crosses that adorn the tombstones in the village's graveyard. Shown in art exhibitions across Europe, the crosses attract…
Memorial in Sighetu Marmaţiei

Memorial Museum to the Victims of Communism & to the Resistance

A prison for political prisoners right up to 1974 has reopened as the Memorial Museum to the Victims of Communism and to the Resistance. Photographs and objects with short descriptions are displayed in more than 50 …
Monastery in Bârsana

Bârsana Monastery

This enormous all-wooden Orthodox monastic complex counts some 10 massive buildings atop a steep hill, including a beautiful church built in 1993, and is a popular Maramureş pilgrimage site. Check out the small muse…
Historic Building in Sighetu Marmaţiei

Elie Wiesel Memorial House

The late Jewish writer and 1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel (1928–2016) was born in and later deported from this house on the corner of Str Dragoş Vodă and Str Tudor Vladimirescu. The museum traces Wiesel's…
Romanian in Baia Mare

Butoiașu' cu Bere

One of the most fun places to eat in town, this rustic eatery with its stone walls, exposed wooden beams and encyclopedic 'newspaper' menu is the place to sample Romanian cuisine for the first time. There's an energ…
French in Baia Mare

Michael Pascale

This stylish but casual French-owned bistro has helped pull the Baia Mare dining scene into the 21st century. On the walls, fabulous prints from dynamic American artist Mike Lana. On the table, the likes of chilled …
Cafe in Baia Mare

Pressco

No one but no one takes their coffee more seriously than these guys, who roast their own organic Ethiopian and Colombian beans in-house and create their delightfully bitter brews on a rare La Marzocco espresso machi…
Seafood in Mara Valley

Păstrăvăria Alex Happy Fish

This local institution just off Hwy 18 in the picturesque village of Mara serves fresher-than-fresh trout pulled straight out of the lake. It's spread over a large, leafy and hilly tract of land, with ponds, waterfa…
Church in Poienile Izei

Poienile Izei Church

This wooden church from the early 17th century has some of the most dramatic (and best preserved) frescoes of hell you are ever likely to encounter. Look to the left upon entry for eerie depictions of infernal torme…
Italian in Baia Mare

Lumiere

This rather chichi Italian restaurant with the French name and lovely terrace with decked floors offers the finest dining directly on Piaţa Libertăţii. Excellent soups, bruschetta (10 to 15 lei), pasta (16 to 45 lei…