Historical sights and landmarks around Arad city

Romanian Spoons, ©Kathy McGraw/Flickr

The very first records of Arad city can be dated back to the 11th century. The city has many important historical sights and landmarks which are worth visiting if you are a fan of Romanian culture. The city has been a major trading post in the 14th and 15th century during the time when the Turkish occupied the land of Romania. Later at the end of the 17th century Arad got under the rule of the Habsburg Monarchy and in the year of 1834 Francis I, emperor of Austria declared it a free royal town. Being under the rule of other nations for such a long time, Arad boasts with all kinds of different buildings and constructions in and around the town which were built by those who occupied it. Here are a few tips what you should see when you are in town.

Royal drinks

The Minis Maderat vineyard lays about 15 miles towards the east from the city. The vine produced on this land is an award winning beverage which won the biggest prize in a contest in London, 1862. The red vine of Minis has been transported all over Europe and overseas as well. During the 18th century in Vienna royals consumed the red vine of Cadarca, also produced in Minis Maderat. So if you are a fan of special wines visit Minis Maderat vineyard and try the finest wines in Romania.

Mini pot of wine, ©andé.luís/Flickr

Health center and spa at Lipova

Also towards the east from Arad you will find the charming town of Lipova. During the 17th century this was the place where the merchants from the country and other regions had their meeting point and traded their merchandise. The town is very famous for its mineral waters and treatment resort which has been established at the end of the 19th century. You can find the springs near town and enjoy a cup of the refreshing water which is rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate and sodium. The springs of Lipova are also recommended as a treatment to different diseases. If you need a little time of relaxation, visit Lipova.

Lipova bath, ©thenoizz/Flickr

Soimos Fortress

Passing Lipova you will find an amazing historical landmark, the ruins of Soimos Fortress. The fortress used to be a guard keeper which supervised the trading rout that lead from Crisana to Transylvania. In the end of the 18th century the construction got abandoned and now is a historical site visited by many tourists.

Well preserved Romanian traditions

For a traditional Romanian experience we recommend you visit Zarand Land, an ethnographic area where you will find several traditional villages. Here you can view and even buy traditionally handmade sheepskin coats, sleeveless jackets and pottery, all produced by the local peasants.

Romanian Spoons, ©Kathy McGraw/Flickr

Old traditions have been well preserved in this region and you can be part of it. You only need to set out from Arad and go about 50 miles towards the east.

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