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Fortress of Oradea

Don’t miss this historic citadel, one of Oradea’s most significant heritage sites and a symbol of the city.

The area now occupied by the Fortress of Oradea has been a defended position for nearly a millennium. Also known as Oradea Citadel or Cetatea Oradea, this spot is the key center for the city’s religious, military and administrative activities. Walk around the outside and admire its imposing red-brick exterior.

Believed to have been founded toward the end of the 11th century, the fortress played a vital role in the battles with the Austrians, Hungarians and Turks during the 16th and 17th centuries. The fortress was initially built in Roman-style architecture with a Gothic cathedral added later. It was expanded in the 18th century and redesigned in the Renaissance-Baroque style you see today. Notice how the fortress is shaped like a pentagon with five defense towers, an unusual design not often seen in Eastern Europe.

Imagine the happenings behind the thick walls of the fortress over many hundreds of years. In recent centuries the multiple buildings in the fortress have had a variety of functions ranging from regal to mundane. One structure served as a princely palace, another hosted a summer theater. During atheist communist rule, the church became a storage space, while another building held detained opponents of the communist regime.

After a long-term restoration project, the refurbished fortress will feature art galleries, dining venues focused on traditional food and several museums.

Stroll around the fortress’ grand exterior, reflecting on the significant events that have taken place here over the years. The fortress is surrounded by a wide moat, now home to a pleasant park dotted with small ponds. Wander around the park and check out its pretty flowers and plants.

The Fortress of Oradea is located within walking distance of Oradea’s old city center. Find it east of Piaţa Unirii and south of the Crişul Repede or Körös River. To get here, walk past Parcul 1 Decembrie and behind a set of concrete apartment blocks. Explore the origins of Oradea at this important historic site.


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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Oradea $63
Reviewed on Aug 30, 2018
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Oradea

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Oradea

9 Aleea Strandului, Oradea
     
    4.6 of 5
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    The nicest place we stayed in Oradea!Very clean and great service!

    Ramada Oradea $62
    Reviewed on Oct 1, 2018
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    Ramada Oradea

    Ramada Oradea

    9, Calea Aradului Street, Oradea
       
      4.6 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Very nice new property within 20 minutes of all attractions. Only weirdness was being denied access to parts of the hotel like gym and roof terrace because our room key seemed lower class or something.

      Continental Forum Oradea $44
      Reviewed on May 9, 2019
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      Continental Forum Oradea

      Continental Forum Oradea

      Aleea Strandului 1, Oradea
         
        4.0 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0

        It was my first time staying at the Continental Forum, though I went to school in Oradea. Actually, my old high-school is almost across from the hotel and that was one of the reasons I booked it - I wanted to have a view of it. I checked in late, sometime around midnight, but the lady at the front ...

        Highsky Oradea Apartment
        Highsky Oradea Apartment

        Highsky Oradea Apartment

        Oradea, BH
           
          0.0 out of 5.0

          Located in the heart of Oradea, this historic resort is within a 15-minute walk of The Human Intelligence Center of Excellence, Fortress of Oradea, and Moon Church. Vulturul Negru and Primaria Oradea are also within 1 mi (2 km). Biserica Emanuel Tram Stop is 25 minutes by foot.

          Silver Hotel Conference and Spa $57
          Reviewed on Nov 18, 2018
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          Silver Hotel Conference and Spa

          Silver Hotel Conference and Spa

          Louis Pasteur St, 102, Oradea
             
            4.1 of 5
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            SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER

            Oradea Central Studio With Amazing View
            Oradea Central Studio With Amazing View

            Oradea Central Studio With Amazing View

            Oradea, BH
               
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Oradea, this vacation home is steps from Primaria Oradea, Vulturul Negru, and State Theatre (Teatrul de Stat). Moon Church and Ady Endre Museum are also within 10 minutes. Biserica Emanuel Tram Stop is 13 minutes by foot and Oradea Station is 25 minutes.

              Hotel Nevis Wellness & SPA $61
              Reviewed on Sep 12, 2018
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              Hotel Nevis Wellness & SPA

              Hotel Nevis Wellness & SPA

              Lapusului street no. 2, Oradea, Bihor
                 
                4.4 of 5
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                Hotel was nice,rooms were really good,unfortunately I didn’t get use the leisure facilities but I had a lovely meal

                Modern 2 Bedroom Apartment by Kaufland & Lotus 2 Shopping Area in Oradea
                Modern 2 Bedroom Apartment by Kaufland & Lotus 2 Shopping Area in Oradea

                Modern 2 Bedroom Apartment by Kaufland & Lotus 2 Shopping Area in Oradea

                Oradea, BH
                   
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                  Located in the heart of Oradea, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Emanuel Baptist Church and Primaria Oradea. Moon Church and State Theatre (Teatrul de Stat) are also within 15 minutes. Biserica Emanuel Tram Stop is 7 minutes by foot and Oradea Station is 27 minutes.