With two hotels brought into existence purely to mirror locations in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, in Bistriţa and Piatra Fântânele, northern Transylvania is the place for lovers of Gothic fiction to sleep in style. But the broadest range of lodgings, from eco-friendly hostels to boutique hotels, is in Cluj-Napoca. Around Huedin and the Apuseni Mountains, expect no-fuss family-run guesthouses and hiking huts.


Intimate bistros, trendy vegetarian cafes and white-tablecloth service form Cluj-Napoca’s extensive menu, while Bistriţa has good options and a pleasant cafe culture. Beyond here, restaurants are thinner on the ground and tend to be tied to guesthouses.

Drinking & Nightlife

Cluj-Napoca might just have the most friendly and spirited nightlife in Romania, with an excellent choice of bars and clubs. Beyond here, aside from a small cafe-bar scene in Bistriţa, night owls are literally owls.