Tracking the Michelin stars of Cluj-Napoca
Sibiu is the only city in Romania rated three stars by Michelin Green Guide. The prestigious publication rates Cluj with a single star, semantically equivalent to the term “interesting”. In order to have comparison terms, three stars means “do visit/worth the trip” and two stars “worth a detour”.
However, there are some sights of Cluj rated above the city’s average, respectively with two stars and a few with one star, while most are only reviewed, with no star at all.
cluj.travel offers you a route on the track of Michelin stars from Cluj-Napoca, „seasoned” with quotes from the Green Guide about each “starred” monument. For more details about each monument, follow the indicated links.
Step 1 – Start with the Franciscan Church* in Piaţa Muzeului ( Museum Square) This sanctuary will delight fanciers of Baroque art. The statues of Virgin Mary and of Saints Jeremiah and Anton are the works of Johannes Nachtigall, who is also the author of the magnificent pulpit.
Step 2 – Follow Deleu and Matei Corvin streets, passing by the birthplace of the latter till you reach the Union Square. Cross the street and turn right to the Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania **. The highlight of the visit is undoubtedly the collection of costumes presented with the help of dummies. A must-see!
Step 3 – Return to Piaţa Unirii (Union Square) and visit St. Michael’s Church**. At the same time a symbol and heart of the city, this beautiful cathedral, in which Matthias Corvinus was baptized, was built between the middle of the fourteenth century and 1487. More details
Step 4 – Stay in Piaţa Unirii (Union Square) and visit the Banffy Palace* with the National Art Museum**
A German architect established in Sibiu, Johannes Eberhard Blaumann, was the one who raised this beautiful baroque palace, the private residence of Count György Bánffy. The palace houses an important collection of art that brings together the old Transylvanian museum, and collected works of an enlightened amateur , Virgil Cioflec.
Step 5 – Leave behind Piaţa Unirii (Union Square) and go on Universitaţii Street (University street) towards The Piarists Church* which allures both through its facade and its interior decor in Baroque style.
Step 6 – Go on Kogălniceanu street until you reach, beside Biserica Reformată (Reformed Church) and Bastionul Croitorilor (Tailors’ Bastion), in Piaţa Avram Iancu (Avram Iancu Square), where there is the Orthodox Cathedral of the Assumption*. The interior, richly decorated, is definetly worth seeing, especially the mosaic made beginning with 2001 from Murano glass after the drawings of the painter Virgil Morariu.
Step 7 – Following the route Cuza Vodă Street – Piaţa Mihai Viteazul (Mihai Viteazul Square), you’ll reach the main road bridge over Someş, framed by four monumental buildings. Pass the bridge, then turn left on the street Dragalina until you reach nearby Aleea Scărilor (the Alley of Stairs). Climb it to the top of Cetăţuia (Citadel Hill) to admire the view*.
The eighth sight ranked with a Michelin star, the National History Museum of Transylvania, cannot currently be visited, because it is under renovation. The National Ethnographic Park “Romulus Vuia”, from the Hoia area, is also rated with a star.