Alexandru Borza Botanic Gardens


These wonderfully relaxing gardens comprise rockeries, neoclassical statues peeping from tangles of rose, and a Japanese-style garden with a crimson bridge spanning a turtle pond. At the heart of the gardens, find the Botanical Museum (Muzeul Botanic), exhibiting vegetal curios from bottled fruits to fern fossils.

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Nearby Cluj-Napoca attractions

1. Museum of Zoology


An encyclopedic collection of bottled, jarred and taxidermied specimens from butterflies to waterfowl.

2. Hungarian Cemetery

0.44 MILES

Founded in the 16th century, this stately cemetery is a memorable place to stroll among elegant tombs and mausoleums of Transylvanian poets and composers,…

3. Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania

0.59 MILES

On the upper floor of a renovated neo-Gothic building, dating to the 16th century, find well-tended exhibitions on Romanian peasant life throughout the…

4. Statue of Matthias Corvinus

0.63 MILES

Hogging the limelight in front of St Michael’s Church is a bulky 1902 statue of horseback Matthias Corvinus, the famous 15th-century Hungarian king.

5. St Michael's Church

0.65 MILES

The showpiece of Piaţa Unirii is 14th- and 15th-century St Michael’s, the second-biggest Gothic church in Romania (after Braşov’s Black Church). Its neo…

6. Hungarian Reformed Church

0.66 MILES

Commissioned by the king of Hungary, Matthias Corvinus, in 1486, this church took more than 20 years to complete. Its interior seems spare at first glance…

7. Tailor's Tower

0.71 MILES

Rotating exhibitions of local art within this stone tower can be somewhat threadbare. But it’s still worth wandering inside this pointy-roofed former…

8. Statue of Baba Novac

0.71 MILES

A statue of Serbian revolutionary Baba Novac, who plotted against the Ottomans, stands outside the 15th-century Tailor's Tower.