A medium-sized city in the centre of Romania, Targu Mures is in the Transylvania region, surrounded by dense forest. Despite its location, the city has a large Hungarian population, as evident in some of the bilingual road signs. As a result, Targu Mures is a little bit different from the typical Romanian city, seeing two different cultures combine to create something truly unique. In the city, you’re likely to find a number of buildings dating back several centuries, although there are a few modern buildings which contrast sharply with what you may expect to find in the centre. Meanwhile, Targu Mures is seen as a good place to go shopping, whether for traditional goods or designer clothing, setting it apart from much of the country.
As the roads are of variable quality in Targu Mures and the surrounding area, the safe option is to have a saloon car, as it has enough power to cope with minor bumps and cracks.
Driving in Targu Mures
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Important things to note
Some of the roads in the suburbs are in relatively poor condition, having faded road markings plus cracks or potholes which have yet to be treated.
The main routes to take out of the city are the 15 highway from east to west and the 13 southbound. The 15E goes north.
The A3 motorway, which is due to pass by Targu Mures, is presently under construction. Until then, traffic delays near the proposed route are likely.
Highlights & Hotspots
The most impressive building in Targu Mures is the Cultural Palace. Built in the Hungarian Art Nouveau style between 1911 and 1913, the Palace is home to a library, various works of art and, on occasion, a theatre.
Targu Mures Fortress, erected in the 17th century, is another remarkable landmark. From there, you can look out over the city and see how big a role it played in keeping Targu Mures and large swathes of Transylvania safe from foreign invasion.
If you want to indulge in some retail therapy, the best place to go is Trandafirilor Square. In the heart of Targu Mures, it’s close to the city’s main shopping mall as well as a number of independent stores selling numerous souvenirs.
The Reformed Fortress Church is the city’s oldest place of worship. Built over the course of over a century, it was finally completed in the mid-15th century. The church’s site is pretty big, containing a monastery and older chapel as well as the church itself.
Targu Mures International Airport is close to nine miles southwest of the city centre. With one main passenger terminal, it largely serves as a destination for domestic flights, although a number of European destinations such as London and Madrid are catered for.
The airport is conveniently located alongside the 15 highway. From there, to get to the city, you need to drive along the road in a north-easterly direction until you reach the city centre.