The Botanical Garden
Cluj's Botanical Garden is said to be the largest in southeastern
Europe covering over 14 hectares (35 acres) and counting over 10.000 species of plants.
We visited on a hot summer day and we couldn't have found a more charming place in Cluj
to take shelter from the sun. A place of calm and beauty - and shade :) - amid the bustle
of the city. The hilly grounds covered with trees are the perfect spot for a walk and
judging by the number of people holding hands also the perfect spot for a romantic stroll.
The garden feature a Botanical Museum and herbarium, a rose garden and a small Japanese
garden. The greenhouses display tropical plants including huge Amazon waterlilies.
There is also a section devoted to desert plants. Romanian flora is well represented.
The garden was founded in 1920 by professor Alexandru Borza and it still is part of the
university's Botanical Institute.