Targu Mures Tourist Information Centre
Str. Enescu 2 (on the corner of the Palace of Culture building)
Telephone: (365) 404.934
Open: Mon. – Sat. 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Closed Sun
The Tourist Information Centre provides maps, brochures and information on accommodations, restaurants and transportation.
Targu Mures -- Hungarian heart of Transylvania
Until WWI, Transylvania was under the Astro-Hungarian empire, and much of central Transylvania is still home to ethnic Hungarians. Friendly and chock full of century-old Hapsburg-style buildings not seen elsewhere in the region, Targu Mures (or Marosvasarhely in Hungarian) is the biggest city of the Hungarian area, called Szekely Land. Wizz Air (www.wizzair.com), a budget airline in Europe, is starting service between Budapest and Targu Mures in July 2006, meaning that it may become a new gateway to Romania's most popular destinations in Transylvania.
Targu Mures itself has reason to stick around. Its central Piata Trandafirilor (Trandafirilor Square) is lined with streetside cafes and restaurants, churches and monuments. Looming to the north is a giant walled citadel, with a lovely 15th century church. Targu Mures' top attraction, no doubt, is at the south end of the square: the Culture Palace (Palatul Culturii), a flamboyant early 20th-century city hall with steepled roofs, a few museums, and a superb stained-glass hall you can visit.
Another popular place to see is the Teleki Library (tel 0265-261-857; Str Bolyai 17; admission 1.5 euro; open 10am-6pm Tue-Fri), a couple blocks east of the centre; the collection of 120,000 rare books dates from the 18th century.
Stop by the tourist information centre (tel 0365-404-934; Piata Trandafirilor; open 8am-8pm Tue-Thur, 8am-4pm Mon & Sat) at the ground floor of the Culture Palace. Staff love the town, speak English, offer free maps and all sorts of information on the area. Their website is www.cjmures.ro/turism.
Once in the centre, it's easy to walk around Targu Mures. The bus station is about 1.5km south of the centre (take bus 18), and the train station is 1km south (bus 5).
Targu Mures - Marosvasarhely
"The silent town..."
Targu Mures 's downtown is great, with a lot of interesting buildings, such as the Prefecture palace, the Palace of Culture ( which is built in a wonderful Magyar Secession style), or the former Greek-Catholic Cathedral, an architectural miniature copy of San Pietro . The main square , elongated and baroque , is wonderful. Too bad that the communists have buit so many blocks of flats in neighbouring areas...
But the main problem I found with Tg Mures was that of silence. People weren't at all so open and receptive too questions as in Cluj , Brasov or Bucharest, but looked towards me ( and other friends that visited this town) suspiciously... I approached them both in Romanian and Hungarian, but all the time they seemed scared too be asked something...
The Taxi drivers were a lot more cooperatively though...