Satu Mare County: various culture, various tourism


The county is in north-westen Romania and its county seat is Satu Mare, with a population of 113,000.

According to the 2002 estimates, the county population is 367,000. Besides Romanians (215,000), Satu Mare features a significant ethnic minority of Hungarians (130,000) and a smaller percentage of German and Roma , completing the diverse culture of the county.

There are many sights worth visiting in the city, such as The Roman Catholic Cathedral, bearing the Classical Baroque features. The statue of Hám János Bishop is placed at the entrance of the cathedral.

Those who are interested in fine arts and history should not miss the Vecsei Palace, which functions today as an art museum. Inside the building one can see the Satu Mare Peace Monument . The city's oldest Protestant church is Láncos Templom(Chain Church). An exciting symbol is the Firefighter Tower, which offers a spectacular view of the city. The Dacia Hotel(former  Pannónia) is one of the most beautiful Art Nouveau buildings.

If they visit the surroundings of Carei, tourists can get accustomed to the Swabian culture , while in the town it is definitely worth visiting The Károlyi Castle and its park. Among the places which are relevant in terms of literature we could mention Érmindszent( at present Ady Endre), Ardud ( significant Petőfi memorials) and Sauca ( the birthplace of Kölcsey Ferenc).

After relaxing at the thermal baths, visitors can experience the diversity of the local gastronomy, a blend of Swabian, Romanian and Hungarian flavours. The meal begins with a shot of the local drink (palinka) , followed by wine produced in Ardud and Beltiug.

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