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Day-trip to Turda Salt Mine and Alba Carolina Fortress from Cluj-Napoca

  • See highlights of western Transylvania without renting a car
  • Visit the hexagonal Alba Carolina Fortress and tour ancient Alba Iulia
  • Explore the salt chambers and tunnels of the Turda Salt Mine
Day-trip to Turda Salt Mine and Alba Carolina Fortress from Cluj-Napoca
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Day-trip to Turda Salt Mine and Alba Carolina Fortress from Cluj-Napoca
Discover the legends behind the star-shaped Alba Carolina Fortress and descend into an underground salt mine and theme park on this combo tour from Cluj-Napoca. Learn about Alba Iulia’s ancient Roman history and stop for lunch in the storybook village of Rimetea before riding in a glass elevator into the depth of the Turda Salt Mine, where a ferris wheel, golf course, and lake are mingled with historic mining chambers.
What to Expect

In the morning, your tour guide will pick you up from the hotel and you will leave for Alba Iulia - a fortress-city located in the heart of Transylvania, that takes you back in time with its Roman vibe. Apulum, by its Latin name, was the largest Roman castrum, and it had a tremendous strategic importance. Over time, the city was marked by both German and Hungarian settlers, which transformed it into a hotspot of cultural diversity. The mixture of Baroque and Romanesque churches, Roman Citadels, and even a Babylonian building is bound to charm you.

The Alba Carolina Fortress is an impressive hexagram-shaped fortification surrounded by 12 kilometers of walls. The 6 entrances are decorated with impressive Baroque elements, unique in the European military architecture. The sensation of the past is backed up by the Austrian guards in their vintage clothes who protect the citadel. Initially, the fortification was built as a Roman fort, during the Middle Ages it was turned into a Fortress, and later it became a Vauban Citadel with bastions.

Our next destination is Rimetea, a fairy-tale village sheltered by the majestic Apuseni Mountains, dominated by a wild combination of white and green. Here, you will enjoy a delicious lunch.

We will then leave from Rimetea in order to reach Turda. Here, you will find a salt mine that was formed more than 13 million years ago, has been used for over 2,000 years, and has been turned into an underground theme park. Hundreds of meters of galleries open into a huge room carved in salt, with a height of 90 meters, in the middle of which you will find a lake. If you are in search of spectacular images to capture with your camera, this is the place to go. The glass elevator provides an astonishing overview of the mine, and you can even take a boat ride on the lake, play mini golf, tennis, or ride the Ferris wheel. All year long, the temperature is constant in between 10 and 12 degrees Celsius, and the air has proven therapeutic proprieties, especially for the respiratory system.

After touring the Turda Salt Mine, we will head back to Cluj.

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1 - 5 of 8 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Good but maybe overpriced entry fee

We went to this place after being told to so many times! It is pretty cool and interesting but can take an age to get around if it's busy! Worth visiting though! The souvenir shop inside is really well priced and outside the entrance are...More

Thank supernoodles2018
Reviewed 20 June 2018
Day trip from Cluj

Strongly recommend Rolandia for your days out - we had a few problems regarding numbers travelling, prior to departure, which Nicu adjusted and sorted out . The actual tour was fabulous - nothing was too much trouble for our guide losuf, who was very knowledgeable...More

1  Thank david l
Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile
Mandatory to visit

If you are in Cluj, you must go to see. Incredible this salt mine!! Its really near Cluj, just one bus to Turda.

Thank Ranbutan A
Reviewed 14 May 2018
Great experience - and wonderful tour guide!!

Roxana was an AMAZING tour guide! She knew everything about all of the places we went to, really personalized the stories behind the attractions, and was terrific to spend time with. She's smart, funny, and full of knowledge. If you can get a guide like...More

Thank Seth S
Reviewed 6 May 2018
Great day out

We were able to get to Turda Salt Mine earlier in the day, which allowed us to avoid the longest lines. We stopped at Alba Carolina, then visited the village of Rimetea. Our local guide was pofessional and well-versed in the story of each place...More

Thank Marty H
Nicu A, Owner at Rolandia Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Hello Marty, We're glad you had a great time on your day trip to Turda and Alba Carolina. Thank you for reviewing your experience. Kindest regards, The Rolandia team

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