A breathtaking but bizarre salt mine reels visitors in to Turda, while the epic hiking terrain of Turda Gorge detains them a while longer. The town itself, featuring a pedestrianised square lined with Hapsburg facades, is a pleasant enough detour, though most people pop in on a day-trip from Cluj, 30km north.
Back in the days when salt was currency, Turda's salt-mining industry (dating back to the 13th century) made it a powerhouse. The main mine shut down in 1932, though it's a much-visited curiosity in its current form. Whether you're seeking amenities, hotels or food, life revolves around Turda’s central street, Str Republicii.