Oradea International Airport is a public-use minor international airport serving the city of Oradea in Romania. The airport is located five kilometres or 3.1 miles southwest of the city in Bihor County in north-western Romani, near one of the main road and rail border crossings to Hungary. It is also situated near the European route E60 and the Transylvania motorway (pending completion by the end of 2015). This government-operated airport resides at an elevation of 465 feet or 142 metres above mean sea level, and has an asphalt-surfaced runway designated 01/19, measuring 6,890 feet or 2,100 metres long. However, as of March 2015, flights to and from Oradea International Airport were suspended due to reconstruction works, and are expected to resume by the end of 2015.
Oradea is the capital city of Bihor County and Crisana region in Romania. Situated between the hills that separate and unify harmoniously with Crisana, and also located on the banks of Crisul Repede River, the town serves as a gateway to Central and Western Europe. It is also among the significant hubs of economic, social, cultural development in western Romania. Oradea experiences a temperate continental climate.
What to see & do
Much of Oradea’s characteristics throughout history are still retained until today. In the historic centre of the city, tourists can marvel at its great historical, cultural, architectural, and urban planning heritage value. The historic centre includes settlements nuclei, architectural relics, and monuments dating back to the 16th to 20th centuries. The wonderful city centre is also worth a visit, as well as the popular Baile Felix health spas just outside the city, which can be accessed by bus. Within Oradea, there is the Baroque Palace or the Muzeul Ţării Crişurilor, which is a Baroque museum featuring 365 famous windows and that has a collection of many fossils of dinosaurs and birds from the bauxite mines at Cornet-Brusturi. The biggest Baroque cathedral in Romania can also be found in Oradea, which is Catedrala Baroca. Cetatea Oradea, or Oradea’s Fotress, is also worth a visit. It is a fortification that is pentagonal in shape, with walls of rock on some parts and wood towers at the gate and the corners. Another unique establishment that serves as an attraction in the city is the Biserica cu Luna, a church with an astronomical clock that depicts the phases of the moon. Pasajul Vulturul Negru, or the Black Eagle Palace, is a shopping galleria where tourists and shoppers can see a famous stained glass eagle in the ceiling. Ady Endre Museum, meanwhile, is a museum dedicated to one of the greatest Hungarian poets. Teatrul de State, or the State Theatre, is situated in the heart of Oradea; while Str. Republicii is one of the most picturesque streets of Transylvania, featuring many Art Nouveau establishments. Other notable points of interest within Oradea also include about a hundred religious sites of different denominations, including three synagogues, and the Emmanuel Baptist Church – the biggest Baptist church in Eastern Europe.
How to get around within Oradea
Public transport in Oradea is operated by the municipal agency OTL. The system is made up of three tram lines (1R, 1N, 2, 3R, and 3N) and 17 local buses (numbered 10 to 26), with an international suburban bus to Biharkeresztes in Hungary. The city is also served by four train stations (Central, West, East, and Episcopia Bihor).
How to get there
Oradea International Airport receives flights from Bucharest, operated by TAROM. However, the airport is currently undergoing reconstruction and has suspended all flights, which are expected to resume by the end of 2015. The closest international airport to the city is Cluj Avram Iancu International Airport in Cluj-Napoca. It receives flights from all corners of Europe.
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