Targu Mures

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Introduction

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Targu Mures lies in the central north of Romania, in the Székely Land, an ethno-cultural region in eastern Transylvania. The city has about 150,000 inhabitants. Famous for its Art Nouveau buildings, Târgu Mureș is the cultural and economical centre of the Székely Land. First mentioned as Forum Siculorum in a document dating to 1300, market rights were bestowed in 1482. Both the Romanian name Târgu Mureș and Hungarian Marosvásárhely mean "market (place) on the river Mureș/Maros". The town prospered especially during the late-19th and early-20th century, the population quadrupled between 1869 and 1966.

Before World War I, Marosvásárhely belonged to the Kindom of Hungary and 90 percent of inhabitants were ethnic Hungarians and Hungarian-speaking Jews. Since 1919, when the town was awarded to Romania, the share of ethnic Romanians grew steadily, but Magyars (ethnic Hungarians) still were the majority population until the 1990s. Nowadays, ethnic Romanians make up just over half of the population, with 45 percent Magyars and more than 2 percent Romanies. There is a religious diversity as well: 47 % profess Romanian Orthodoxy, 30 % belong to the Reformed (Protestant) Church, 13.5 % are Roman Catholic, 2.6 % each are Eastern Catholic or Unitarian.

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Neighbourhoods

  • Town Center
  • Dâmbul Pietros
  • Unirii
  • Rovinari
  • Aleea Carpați
  • Budai Nagy Antal
  • Gară
  • Livezeni
  • Livezeni
  • 22 Decembrie 1989 (7 Noiembrie)
  • Tudor Vladimirescu
  • Răsăritului
  • Mureșeni
  • Substejăriș
  • Cornișa
  • Valea Rece

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Sights and Activities

The Palace of Culture - Built between 1911 and 1913, it is one of the most representative buildings in the city. It is located in the centre of the city, next to the town hall. The building houses the County Library, the County Museum, and the Philharmonic.
Ascension of the Lord Cathedral - it was completed in 1934 by the Archpriest Stefan Rusu. Although it is commonly referred to as a cathedral, it is in fact a church.
Fortress Church - it is also known as the Big Church and it is the oldest one in Targu Mures. It is located in the fortress in the centre of the city. The first mention regarding this church was in 1332.
Status Quo Synagogue - it was built in 1900, during the Austro-Hungarian period. It is located in the center of the city, at it is a cultural center for the Jewish community in the Transilvanian region.
Annunciation Church (also known as "little cathedral"; Biserica Buna Vestire). Romanian Greek Catholic cathedral, built 1926–1936 in a Neoclassical style, modelled after St Peter's Basilica in Rome.
Teleki Library (Biblioteca Teleki-Bolyai). Historic library and museum, established by Hungarian Sámuel Teleki, chancellor of Transylvania, in 1802. The Baroque building houses over 200,000 volumes, including many rarities, constituting one of the richest cultural collections in Transylvania.
Saint John the Baptist Church (Biserica Sfântul Ioan Botezătorul). Baroque Roman Catholic church, completed in 1764 during the Habsburg rule.

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Weather

The weather in Targu Mures is warm and dry during the summers and the winters are cold. In the cold season (December - February) the temperatures are below 0 °C and during the summer (June - August) the average temperature is 19 °C.

The lowest temperature ever recorded in Targu Mures was -32.8 °C in 1942 and 1963, while the highest was 39 °C in 1936.

The average temperatures by month
January - 0.6 °C
February - 3.6 °C
March - 9.9 °C
April - 16.0 °C
May - 21.0 °C
June - 23.7 °C
July - 25.2 °C
August - 25.2
September - 21.7 °C
October - 16.0 °C
November - 8.4 °C
December - 2.4 °C

Year average
14.5 °C

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Getting There

By Plane

Targu Mures International Airport (TGM) has flights to/from Bucharest, Budapest, Billund, Copenhagen and London.

By Train

There are two train stations in Targu Mures. The main one, that connects Targu Mures to the other major cities, is called Gara de Nord (The Northern Train Station).

By Car

Targu Mures is situated on a European road, E60. This main road connects the capital (Bucharest) to the European road system in the West, allowing visitors to get to Targu Mures from almost any part of the country.

By Bus

There are frequent buses to/from Brasov (3 hours), passing through Sighișoara and Cluj-Napoca (2½ hours). These have their terminus at 3 Bega street, in the south of the city. Most other intercity buses start/arrive at Autogara.

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Getting Around

By Taxi

Rate for most companies is 2.64 lei per km. The cab drivers can speak Romanian and usually Hungarian. Many are also fluent in English.

By Public Transport

A bus is by far the cheapest option to get around. As of September 2019, a one-journey ticket costs 2 lei and a day ticket 5 lei. The route is posted on the front window of the bus.

By Bike

At the football stadium, you can rent a bike for free for two hours, but you have to sign a contract in Romanian and submit your photo ID.

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Eat

Tempo, Strada Morii nr. 27. A restaurant with a vast array of dishes and specialties. A lot of character, and a Hungarian musical band every night.
La Teo Restaurant, Alexandru Papiu Ilarian nr. 1 (next the Medieval Fortress), ☏ +40 265 212244. 11:00-00:00. International dishes and local food. Great coffee, winebar, and house made cakes and deserts. Run by a friendly owner, Teo.
Shusha, Str. Horea, nr. 21 (Very close to city center.), ☏ +40 742 581 307. M-Th 08:30-22:00, F 08:30-00:00, Sa 18:00-00:00. A small very friendly fast food place. They have the tastiest burgers in town and probably the best in the region.
Pizza Sole, Str. Chinezu nr. 1 (north of the center). Very tasty Italian food.

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Drink

The Back Stage, Piata Trandafirilor nr. 53, ☏ +40 722 274149. A quiet place with good music and pleasant service. Live music on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Dublin Irish Pub, Strada Mihai Viteazul nr. 31, ☏ +40 757 570777. An Irish-themed pub that serves Guinness and many other drinks! There is a decent menu of Irish and other dishes. A little on the expensive side.
Piaf, Strada Bolyai nr. 10. Nice and cozy bar close to the main plaza.
Sörpatika, Strada Plutelor. Near the Mureș river, close to Weekend aquapark.

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Sleep

Hostel Mures, Strada Victor Babeș nr. 11, ☏ +40 744643528. HI hostel.
Hotel Concordia, Piața Teatrului nr. 5-6. A swanky luxury hotel in the center of town with a beautiful view of the churches. €90.
Hotel Continental, Piața Trandafirilor nr. 45 (a five-minute walk from the center of town). Decent rooms popular with tour groups. €30.

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Learn

There are several universities in Targu Mures, one of the most renowned is the University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Science, and Technology (UMFST), founded in 1945. Along with the University of Arts, founded in 1946, Sapientia University (a private university for Hungarian speaking students, founded in 2001) and Dimitrie Cantemir University, account for over 10.000 students.

When it comes to high schools, the most important ones are Alexandru Papiu Ilarian National College, Unirea National College, and Bolyai Farkas Elmeleti Liceum (a Hungarian speaking highschool). There is also an arts high school called Liceul de Arta ("School of Arts"), founded in 1949. This school focuses on various arts such as music and graphic arts and is one of the best ones in the county. Besides traditional studies, children can also study various musical instruments (violin, piano, harp, trumpet, percussion instruments, and more) and take practical graphic arts classes.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes exist in most cities and towns. The number of internet cafes seems to be declining in bigger cities recently because of cheap availability of computers and the rising living standard here. Wifi is widely available in University areas, airports, public squares, parks, cafes, hotels and restaurants. Pay-as-you-go Wifi is also available in many venues. If uncertain, look for plazas near the Town Hall, large parks or other important buildings. Most (if not all) McDonald's restaurants and Starbucks in Romania have Wifi access and so do most 3-star (and higher) hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Romania's country code is +40. To dial to other countries from Romania, dial 00 and then the international number usually without the first 0.
Public phones work well and are available in all areas. You must purchase a phonecard from a kiosk to use them. When dialing within Romania, dial 0 + three digit area code + six digit telephone.

There are five networks - four GSM/3G (Orange Romania, Vodafone, Cosmote and DigiMobil) and one CDMA (Zapp). Orange and Vodafone have almost full national coverage (98-99% of the surface of the country), while the newly-merged Cosmote+Zapp are expanding quickly. Tariffs are average for the European Union (€0.08-0.30/min, €0.04 per SMS). Both pre-paid cards and subscriptions are available, and special options for discounted international calls exist with some pricing plans. Roaming is available but is, like in most of the EU, rather expensive. Pre-paid cards or recharge codes can be bought in almost every shop, either rural or urban.

On prepaid SIMs you can activate extra options ("extraopţiune") starting from €5 (+ 24% VAT) in total = RON27-32, with a validity period of 30 days, containing thousands (200 -3,000) of minutes and SMSs within the same network and up to 100 minutes outside the network, including most European Union fixed land-line networks and two or three mobile networks.

Post

Posta Romana is the national postal service of Romania. Postal services are generally very affordable, reliable and reasonably fast. Post boxes are red and can be found near the post offices, along the street or in main train stations. Post offices can be found in even the smallest towns and the opening hours are generally Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 6:00pm and Saturday 8:00am to 12:00, closed on Sunday. You can buy stamps here or at kiosks. Prices for international mail start at around €0.55 and takes at least 3-5 days to countries within Europe. It's slightly cheaper and faster for domestic mail to be send. Intercontinental post is slightly more expensive but takes much longer. For slightly more expensive but faster and more reliable services you can also try international courier companies like TNT, DHL, FedEx or UPS.

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