Most people wouldn’t jump up with excitement when they talk about going to the park, but you’ve never been to Cluj yet have you? The Central Park in Cluj Napoca, along with the Botanical Gardens, is one of the main attractions for tourists during the day but .. hold on… yes… it’s one of the main attractions during the night too!
Now how would that be possible, it’s just a park right? Oh, you can’t even begin to imagine, so let me paint a little picture so you can feast your eyes and feed your delight.
The Central Park didn’t used to shine so bring a few years back, well given that it was close to 200 years old and no one paid too much attention to it, it was just used as a road to get to other places faster because there was little traffic around it. Oh now how that changed; the people of Cluj decided enough was enough and through various petitions and request, a project was finally started to take shape to remodel the entire park, including the buildings in it that used to be in pretty rough shape.
And after a couple of years of hard work and combined efforts , a new wonder was born from this diamond in the rough.
Summertime is the time of the year when it shines the brightest; It is now comprised of various smaller buildings, a number of paved roads, a new fountain and pavilion, a renovated casino building and a restaurant that’s just lake-side
The restaurant lakeside, oh and did I mention you can rent bots and race around the lake?
Visions of delight
And why is not just a park? Because all-in-all it has a restaurant, a summertime club, a lake with swanboats you can rent, perfect setting for picnics, a fountain and pavillion where you can relax with a good book or in the company of your friends or lover, a basketball court, a small area where you can do aerobic exercices, long and wide paved roads for running, cycling and rollerblading, and last but not least a really amazing tobbaco and tea house right in the middle of the park.
Qui Que Quint is a tea& tobbacco house that also features classic furniture that you can actually purchase, if you enjoyed your quality tea in the chill-out ambient they provide and something fancies your eyes don’t be ashamed to ask how much it costs you could actually walk out with a new tea-table or painting from there; oh to bad they sold the piano…
The best part about summertime in the Central Park is the abundance of day and night events!
The chinese festival where hundreds of bright lampions were released into the night sky
Ha-mac day in the Central Park during the Jazz in the Park festival
The Jazz in the park festival with over 3000 in attendance, great night great music! 
Transylvania international film festival (TIFF) Caravan with great classical films during the night in the Central Park
And of course, since the building of the Casion was restored to it’s former glory, what better way to celebrate this than by having a 24h Party!
So summertime is almost over but you didn’t make it in time to catch all this? Well, good news, the Park still offers the same amazing vibes all year round, who knows what’s going to happen eh? The people in Cluj are so amazingly innovative that there’s a high chance that something interesting will pop up when you least expect it
Meanwhile whether it’s summer, or not there’s still some great scenery for every mind to enjoy
And during wintertime don’t miss out on ice skating on the lake!
This is the Central Park. This is the side of Cluj that represents the heart of the city, the life and energy that is shared by all the people. This is the place that offers a getaway from all the busy city life, it’s a Little Paradise where people can escape any burden, stress or monotony and regain that peace of mind that all of us need after a long road or a hard day.