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The fact that we have preserved our traditions and we still celebrate holidays like our moms and grannies did when they were young, is what makes the Romanian Christmas special. The cutting of the pig when our whole family goes at the relatives in the countryside and helps cutting the pig (poor piggy- don’t worry, you always make for a DELICIOUS meal) and preparing all the awesome types of pork dishes (carnati, caltabosi, jumari, sorici, toba, etc…). The Christmas Eve when we  listen to and sing Romanian old christmas songs (colinde), we enjoy the warm atmosphere of our whole family having dinner together, everyone cooks the meals that our ancestors were cooking years ago, and enjoys the romanian wines and tuica (some sort of really strong brandy)- yes, our grandfathers used to trick us into drinking that when we were really young, all these elements make the traditional Christmas rituals some of the most beautiful moments of the year.

This year we want you to be part of our biiiig biiiiig family and to celebrate with us, by taking part in all these celebrations. So this is what we propose:

On the 16th, our good friends from the restaurant Casa Ardeleana have invited us to participate with them at the ritual of the cutting of the pig. They will bring the pig, the chef to cook the meat, the drinks, you only have to bring your friends and a very good mood and join us on the 16th of December at 19:00!

On the 18th, join us for a traditional Christmas party in the hostel with the big Transylvania Hostel family (We’re a lot, believe me; And we’re fun!) with a traditional, home made dinner, Romanian Christmas songs sung by our friends, present swapping (this year’s theme is “Nostalgia- presents we used to receive when we were young”) and of course, the best party EVER!!! 
18 December, 2010
Iuliu Maniu, 26 The fun starts at 18:00!
Bring your friends and a dish or drink to share with the crowd and a present to swap!

Valentine’s Day?! What’s that? Pink, hearts and consumerism, a sickly sweet and kitsch atmosphere, a day when all people, couples- or not get closer to wanting to commit suicide than in any other days of the year. We humbly propose a healthier and less stressful alternative to that, a weekend to celebrate not  expensive gifts and overly used love declarations, but romance in its purest form: the classic, the medieval, the beauty. A weekend dedicated to Shakespeare, to theatre, to music and culture, magic, and splendor- a weekend of true traditions.

Join us from the 12th until the 14th of February and we will enchant you with magical potions, theatre plays, musical moments and beauty.



Participation:  15 lei


Halloween Special Squedual :



18:00 – Pumpkin carving Contest

20:00 – Movie time: “Dracula”

22:00 – Announcing the Contest winners

22:15 – Halloween Party & Games


12:00 – History lesson: The face behind “Dracula”

13:00 – Sightseeing: Cemetery visit for a unique view of an old Romanian tradition (“Luminatie”)

18:00 – After party (Can you still drink with us?)


Vampires? Zombies? Witches? We’ve got’ em all! Join us on the night of the Halloween for the party of your nightmares!  Drink with us a glass of Blood (Bloody Mary that is…), learn with us the hypnotic dance of the vampires and discover the frightening surprises that the Transylvania vampires have prepared for you in this special night. May you have a frightful Halloween, everyone!


Cluj Napoca (pronunciation in Romanian: /’kluʒ na’poka/; German: Klausenburg; Hungarian : Kolozsvár; Latin : Napoca, Castrum Clus, Claudiopolis; Yiddish : קלויזנבורג, Kloiznburg), until 1974 Cluj, is the fourth largest city in Romania and the seat of Cluj County  in north-western Transylvania. Geographically, it is roughly equally distant from Bucharest (323 km / 201 mi), Budapest (354 km / 220 mi) and Belgrade  (327 km / 203 mi). The city lies in the valley of the Somesul Mic River and is the capital of the historical province of Transylvania.

As of January 1, 2009, 306,474 inhabitants live within the city limits, a decrease from the figure recorded at the 2002 census. The Cluj-Napoca metropolitan area has a population of 379,705 people, while the population of the peri-urban area (Romanian: zona periurbană) exceeds 400,000 residents. The new metropolitan government of Cluj-Napoca became operational in December 2008. Lastly, according to the 2007 data provided by the County Population Register Service, the total population of the city is as high as 392,276 people. However, this number does not include the floating population of students and other non-residents—an average of over 20 thousand people each year during 2004-2007, according to the same source.

The city spreads out from St.Michael’s Church in Unirii Square, built in the 14th century and named after the Archangel Michael, the patron saint of Cluj-Napoca. The boundaries of the municipality contain an area of 179.52 square kilometres (69.31 sq mi). An analysis undertaken by the real estate agency Profesional Casa indicates that, because of infrastructure development, communes such as Feleacu, Vâlcele, Mărtineşti, Jucu and Baciu will eventually become neighbourhoods of the city, thereby enlarging its area.

Cluj-Napoca experienced a decade of decline during the 1990s, its international reputation suffering from the policies of its mayor of the time, Gheorghe Funar. His acts of ethnic provocation against the Hungarian minority did much to deter investors; however, the situation changed dramatically after his ouster, with the city entering a period of rapid growth in terms of economics and demographics—the city’s population is projected, according to Sorin Apostu, a manager at City Hall, to more than double by the late 2010s .Today, the city is one of the most important academic, cultural, industrial and business centres in Romania. Among other institutions, it hosts the largest university in the country, Babes-Boylai University, with its famous botanical garden; nationally renowned cultural institutions; as well as the largest Romanian-owned commercial bank. Monocle magazine identified Cluj-Napoca as one of the top five places worldwide that are due their turn in the international spotlight during 2008. According to the American magazine InformationWeek, Cluj-Napoca is quickly becoming Romania’s technopolis.


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Are you looking for a nice, well equipped, friendly but cheap hostel in Cluj-Napoca? You have found it! Transylvania Hostel is the perfect place for your stay in Cluj!

Our hostel is located in the absolute centre of the city, has newly renovated rooms with 2, 4, 6 or 8 beds and high class showers in a beautiful building and many helpful features such as free Internet, a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, common room with Home Cinema and widescreen TV and a beautiful remote garden to make your stay in Cluj simply great.

All the big highlights of Cluj are within a stone’s throw of the hostel: restaurants, clubs museums, churches, the Opera house and the main square. And even though the hostel is located so centrally, you can relax in our beautiful garden and enjoy our quiet terrace and quiet comfy and cool rooms at night.

Our friendly, English-speaking staff will be pleased to welcome you in Cluj and help you with any questions you might have – they are Cluj-Experts! Book your cheap hostel in Cluj now and enjoy the great comfort of Hostel Transylvania in Cluj.