Hockey, Hungarian cafe culture and a local beer are Miercurea Ciuc’s three main passions. Despite this appealing trio, it’s a rather benign town. Not that you'd dream of saying so to its face: for Miercurea Ciuc (Csíkszereda in Hungarian) is an earnest, family-friendly place, eager to please but too sleepy to detain you beyond a day. Dally long enough to dip into its Hungarian cafes and the castle, but then press on to Târgu Mureş or Braşov.