A short guide to the beautiful Oradea city

On the bank of Crisul Repede river, ©access.denied/Flickr

Oradea is one of the biggest cities of Romania, which lays in the western part of the country. On the list of Romanian cities ranked by size, Oradea is number ten. The city is also Bihor county’s and Crișana region’s chief town. Throughout Romanian history in the western part of the country Oradea had one of the most important centers of cultural, social and economic development.

The city is situated between the southern and western Carpatian Mountains which harmoniously divide and unify with the lowlands of Crișana. Its river called the Crișul Repede parts the city into nearly equal halves. The river is also the course that leads to Western and Central Europe. Oradea is located very close to the Hungarian border, about 10km far from a little town named Borș, that is the most often used crossing point along the western border.

Geographical facts of the beautiful city

Oradea stretches over 11,556 acres and lays 126 meters over sea level at the entrance of Criș valley and the lowland area also known as the joint region of the Apuseni Mountains and the expanded part of the Crișano-Banato lowlands. The city is a transition area from terrain hills to the lowlands of Pannonia.

Crisul Repede, ©Razvan Antonescu/ Flickr

What weather to expect in Oradea

The average temperature per year is 10.4˚C. In the summer, namely July the average is around 21˚C, while in January it is −1.4˚C. There is around 585.4 mm rainfall per year which is enough to maintain vegetation and the forests in the area. It rains mostly in the summer, especially in June, and the least in late fall and winter months.

Public transport

The public transport in Oradea is run by a municipal agency called the OTL (Oradea Local Transport) which consists of three tram lines (1R/1N, 2 and 3R/3N) and seventeen bus lines that are numbered from 10 up to 26. There is also an international bus that runs between Oradea and Biharkeresztes, Hungary.  Oradea has four railway stations: Oradea East, Oradea West, Central Oradea and Bihor Abbey (Episcopia Bihor). The International Airport of Oradea has flights to several major cities in Romania and to some cities in the northern region of Italy.

Railway station in Oradea, ©rachel_titiriga/Flickr

Developing economies

For a long time Oradea has been amongst the most prosperous cities in Romania. In 2012 Oradea had the greatest budget in the region of Transylvania, coming before its vicinal cities such as Arad and Cluj-Napoca. Some of the largest companies of Romania are situated in Oradea such as European Drinks, RCS-RDS and FrigoExpress.

On the bank of Crisul Repede river, ©access.denied/Flickr

Oradea the student hub

As it has been mentioned before Oradea has many cultural centers; however it also has many significant educational centers, among which can be enumerated the large and modern University of Oradea and the many private universities such as Agora University, founded in 2000, which is an academic and modern institution; Emanuel University, a Baptist educational center existing since 2002; and in the 2008 accredited Partium Christian University, that practices the century-old Transylvanian Hungarian tradition of university education. As of 1989 Partium University is the first accredited and independent Hungarian university in Transylvania.

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