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What to visit in Arad

Planning a road trip, a vacation or a city break can become a challenge if you don’t know what you could visit. If you are packing to travel to Arad, then you must keep at hand our list of main attractions in Arad. You should definitely visit them, take a selfie and send it to us as proof 🙂

Architectural attractions in Arad

With a history going back to the 11th century, Arad is one of the largest cities in Crisana, a historic-geographic region of Romania. With a small ruined fortress located in the middle of the Town, Arad is a large centre of cultures and traditions.

Some people enjoy visiting a city for its architecture. Sometimes, the most interesting details can be seen in places you wouldn’t expect. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting attractions in Arad.

Bohus Palace

bohus palace arad

The Bohus Palace is located in the centre of the town in a place known as Piata Libertatii.  The palace was built for the Bohus noble family in 1910. Even though the building is no longer in a good condition, this represents a part of Arad’s history.

Cenad Palace

cenad palace arad

Located on Bulevardul Revolutiei, the Cenad Palace has a history dating back to 1892. Its decorations consist in rich eclectic and neoclassic ornaments, with classic and renaissance elements. The God of Commerce Mercury also has a representation on the building’s frontispiece.

Closca Street

If you’re the type of person who enjoys getting lost on mysterious and beautiful streets, then this is for you. Closca Street is populated with interesting houses and walls, with many architectural styles which date back from different periods. The bad thing about it is that the buildings have not been optimised or restored in the past years, leading to serious degradation.

closca street arad

Actually, we found out about this street only after we visited Arad. We were working on this current article and we were “visiting” Arad using Google Maps. We found this apparently hidden street and we decided to take a look, which is why these images have been taken from Google Maps. However, next time we’re in town we’ll definitely visit it!

Cultural Palace

Built between 1911 and 1913, the Cultural Palace of Arad is one of the most interesting architectural attractions in Arad since it presents a combination between renaissance, gothic, Corinthian and neoclassic elements. Currently, the Cultural Palace is home to the County Museum and the State Philharmonic. Its concert hall hosted many popular composers, such as Richard Strauss, George Enescu, Bela Bartok and many others.

cultural palace arad

Ioan Slavici Classic Theatre

The Classic Theatre “Ioan Slavici” was built in 1872-1874 in the city centre, based on a neoclassic style with a bas-relief on its front. The name “Ioan Slavici” is in memory of a very well-known Romanian writer, who was born in Arad. This was built as a second theatre in Arad, since the first one was too small to hold shows. Back then, the people of Arad were very interested in cultural shows and events, which is why the baron Banhidy Bela requested to build a new and larger one. It is currently one of the most amazing cultural places in Arad, with popular theatre plays throughout time.

ioan slavici classic theatre arad

Judiciary Palace

Host of the Arad Court and Tribunal, the Judiciary Palace is located in the park on the right side of Mures river. It was built in 1892 based on the eclectic style, with two front Doric columns. The Festive Room is oriented towards the Eminescu Park, with large neo-baroque decorated windows. The side oriented towards Mures is decorated with Italian renaissance ornaments.

judiciary palace arad

National Bank Palace

One of the most popular architectural attractions in Arad, the National Bank Palace is located as well on Bulevardul Revolutiei, built on Jozsef Hubert’s plans in 1909. Its front was designed to resemble the Greek temples. Its four columns have a bee nest located in their peak, which represents the National Bank institution. Its sideways are decorated with renaissance elements.

national bank palace arad

Neumann Palace

Considered to be a masterpiece of the eclectic style, the Neumann Palace is located at the intersection between B. Revolutiei and Horia Street, face to face with the Arad Town Hall. This two-storey building has access on three different streets, with interior stairs decorated with iron ornaments. The façade of the building also contains the heraldry of Neumann family.

neumann palace arad

Szantay Palace

Currently the home of shops and workshops, the Szantay Palace housed luxurious apartments in its two stories since its construction dating back to 1905. Its Secession architecture shows metallic ornaments and gates, with elegant sculptures which support the second floor’s balconies. All of its facades contain beautiful details and ornaments that make it among the most beautiful architectural attractions in Arad.

szantay palace arad

The Fortified Town

The ruins of Arad Fortress can be visited on the left side of Mures river. Its design was of a six-pointed star with three underground pillboxes. The entrance gate and the main buildings are built in Baroque style. It is built on the former border between the Ottoman and the Habsburg Empires, being handed over to the Romanian Army in 1919. The fortress is also host to a mixed battalion between Hungarian and Romanian armies, which has been operational since 1999.

fortified town arad

Administrative Palace

As well a masterpiece of the eclectic style, the Administrative Palace is a symbol of Arad, located in the heart of the city. The palace was built in 1872-1876 but opened only in 1877, once the Festive Hall finishing was done. It is located in the Revolution Square, with a monument dedicated to the revolution heroes in 1989. Today it is home to Arad Town Hall, known as one of the greatest architectural attractions in Arad. The four wooden doors are designed and named as the four seasons, a creation of Sever Frențiu’s theme “Time”.

administrative palace arad

 

History

With a history going back to the 11th century, Arad is one of the largest cities in Crisana, a historic-geographic region of Romania. With a small ruined fortress located in the middle of the Town, Arad is a large centre of cultures and traditions. If you’re planning a visit, here’s a list with a few of the historical attractions in Arad.

The High Teacher Training School

The high Teacher Training school (Preparandia Romana) is the first school of Romanian language teachers from Ardeal. It was founded in Arad in the year 1812 by order from Emperor Francis the 1st. When the school was first opened, there were 78 students and the classes were held by 4 teachers. Now the school is a museum.

high teacher training school arad

The House with Cannon Balls

Also known as “Beller House” it is a late Baroque style with elements which represents the Swabian middle class members. The house is also known as “House with Cannon Balls” because within its walls there are 17 cannon balls of different sizes which were fired during the bombing of 1848 – 1849.

house with cannon balls arad

The House with the Padlock

This house was built in the year 1815 by Joseph Winkler, a Viennese merchant. This house raised much interest from locals. In a corner of the building there was a tree trunk enclosed by a metal bar secured by a lock. The legend was that anyone who would manage to open the lock would get the house. However, no one managed to open the lock as there was no mechanism.

house with padlock arad

The Old Custom House

It was built in 1907 and it was purposed to serve as a customs point for goods which entered the markets in Arad.

old custom house arad

The Old Theatre

It is one of the oldest theatres in the south east of Europe. It was built between 1817 and 1818 by Jakob Hirschl, a Viennese which lived in Arad as a salesman. In 1907 the first cinema in town was established and it remained open until the ‘80s. The building was closed for the reason that the state of the building was unsafe.

old theatre arad

Water Tower

Also known as “Turnul de Apa” in Romanian. When construction was completed, it was the tallest building in the city. The tower was meant to supply water the city with water, and it did it until 1956. Today, the Water Tower is a museum of water themed exhibitions.

water tower arad

Monuments

With a history going back to the 11th century, Arad is one of the largest cities in Crisana, a historic-geographic region of Romania. With a small ruined fortress located in the middle of the Town, Arad is a large centre of cultures and traditions. If you’re planning a visit, here’s a list with a few of the monument attractions in Arad.

Bust of Moise Nicoara

Moise Nicoara was born on 30th of November 1784 and passed away on 10th of October 1861. During his life he was a teacher, translator, writer and a Romanian patriot, fighting for the rights of Romanians from Banat and Crisana regions of Romania.

moise nicoara monument arad

Bust of Vasile Goldis

Born on 12th of November 1862 and died on 10th of February 1934. During his life he was a teacher, a publisher and a political person. Vasile Goldis spent all of his time helping others and for this he received the prize of member of honour of the Romanian Academy.

vasile godis monument arad

Martyrs’ Cross

The Martyrs’ Cross of union from 1918-1919 is a monument which can be found in the Eminescu park in Arad. It was built on 17th of May 1936 in memory of those killed during the communist Hungarian attack from the west of Romania.

martyrs' cross arad

Reconciliation Park

After defeating the revolution from 1948 – 1949, the 13 Generals that were guilty of murder, were sentenced to death on 6th of October 1849. 41 years later on 6th October 1890 the Statue of Liberty was built in their memory. However, the Statue was removed from the park until 2004 after many discussions. Today you can see Avram Iancu and other revolutionaries gazing upon the surroundings.            

reconciliation park arad

The Arch of Triumph

The Arch of Triumph can be found in the Reconciliation Park. It was designed and built by the sculptor Ioan Bolborea and it symbolises the three Romanian Countries. Under the Arch you can see the Revolutionists from Bucharest and on the Arch you can see the heads of the movements during 1848 from Transilvania, Moldova and the Romanian Country.

arch of triumph arad

The Monument of the Holy Trinity

The monument was built over one hundred years ago with money gathered from the locals. The monument was a token of gratitude, thanking God for eliminating the plague that killed many during 1737-1738. The monument was removed in 1957 by the communist authorities because it didn’t fit with the architectural ambience of the City. In 1993 the monument was placed back to its place after many civic and religious associations have asked for it.

holy trinity monument arad

The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty was designed and built by the sculptor Groggy Zala from Budapest. It was officially finished and placed in the Reconciliation Park on 6th of October 1890. The main composition of the statue represents liberty. On the top of the Statue sits Avram Iancu and at the base of it you can see the 13 martyr generals.

statue of liberty arad

The Statue of St. Ioan Nepomuk

The statue was unveiled in the year 1729 in Arad. It is sitting in the current place since 1870. The statue was built by an unknown artist from Vienna, Austria. Today, it can be found on the Episcopiei street and before this, it was placed near the Mures river because St. Ioan Nepomuk was considered the protector of water and forests.

statue of ioan nepomuk arad

Recreation

With a history going back to the 11th century, Arad is one of the largest cities in Crisana, a historic-geographic region of Romania. With a small ruined fortress located in the middle of the Town, Arad is a large centre of cultures and traditions. If you’re planning a visit, here’s a list with a few of the recreational attractions in Arad.

Ghioroc Lake

The lake is just 22 Km away from Arad and is a place for some quiet time. Here you can either fish or have a refreshing swim. The lake is large enough to find a place just for you. However, if you aren’t bothered by a crowd, the lake features a beach as well.

ghioroc lake arad

Măltăreț Lake

The lake is just outside of Arad and it’s the perfect escape from the City. Here you will feel as if you are miles away from civilization. If you fancy the lake that much you can stay overnight, at one of the two lake side cabins.

maltaret lake arad

Minis-Maderat Vineyard

The Minis Maderat Vineyard looks like a movie set. If you want to take some great photos to show to your friends or taste some great wine, this is the perfect place!

minis maderat vineyard arad

Moneasa resort

The resort might be a bit further than others, 110km away, but it’s the kind of place that’s beautiful no matter the season. The resort lies in the same locality with the same name.

moneasa resort arad

Mures Floodplain Natural Park

The Mures Floodplain Natural Park is spread across a massive 17,455 acres of land. It follows the Mures River and it hosts over 200 birds which mostly are protected worldwide.

mures floodplain natural park arad

Mureș Isle

The Mures Isle formed naturally about two centuries ago. It is the perfect getaway from the loud City of Arad. The vegetation here is abundant due to its location. The Isle is filled with tiny houses, cabins and vacation houses.

mures isle arad

Neptun Swimming Pool

The Neptun Swimming Pool is the second largest in Europe. If you like water, here you will find lots of it. Here you can find anything you want, from a water slide to a cabin to spend the night at.

neptun swimming pool arad

The Ceala Forest

The Ceala Forest is just 6 Km south of Arad. The special thing about this forest is that it looks untouched by man. The reason for this is that it’s protected by the authorities.

ceala forest arad

The Vladimirescu Forest

The Vladimirescu Forest is situated just next to the Vladimirescu locality. At just 7 km from the east side of Arad it server as the perfect place for some quiet.

vladimirescu forest arad

To conclude with…

The city of Arad and its surroundings offer many attractions that you could visit during your stay. The attractions presented above can fit in a weekend, but we would definitely recommend spending more time in Arad, just to ensure that you can take benefit of everything this wonderful city has to offer. Also, even if you are not a religious person, make sure to check in the churches as well, since this city offers a large diversity of religious facilities as well. Our favorite one is the one located near the Classic Theatre, do you think you can identify it?

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