The Cluj-Napoca Botanical Garden, which is officially called “Alexandru Borza Cluj-Napoca University Botanic Garden” is one of the city’s most well known attractions. The gardens receives around 150,000 visitors annually and is at it’s most popular during the spring, as many flowers and plants are beginning to blossom.
It was founded in 1872 by Brassai Samuel, a famous Hungarian linguist and teacher, but later taken over in 1920’s by the local university and Alexandru Borza, who was a Romanian botanist.
The garden spans over 14 hectares of land in the centre of the city, with a number of specialised customisations and land configurations to allow the growth and development of plants from all over the world.
Although the gardens contain around 10,000 categories of plants, the gardens are grouped into several different sectors:
- Systematic (taxonomical)
- Greenhouse complex
- Special area for those with sign deficiencies
As stated on UBB Cluj’s website, “The herbarium of the Botanical Garden is the largest and most important in the country, due to its collection of 750,000 sheets of pressed plants, the existence of holotypes certifying for the first time the identity of a particular species, and the presence of personal herbaria belonging to botany leading figures such as: Baumgarten, Porcius, Borza. The Herbarium was an underpinning element in the development of the monumental work of 13 volumes – Romanian Flora, describing the botanical characteristics of all species of plants growing in the country.”
The location has a number of special attractions, with one of the most recognisable being the Japanese garden, complete with it’s own brook containing fish and even turtles, as well as Japanese styled structures, including a bridge, which is a perfect photo opportunity.
Another very recognisable attraction would be the large greenhouse, which consists of multiple sections:
- Palm Trees
- Australian Plants
- Succulent Plants
- Orchids / Ferns
- Address: Strada Republicii 42, Cluj-Napoca, 400015
- Telephone: +40 264 592 152
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: UBB Cluj
- Garden Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 8:00am – 8:00pm
- Greenhouse Opening Hours:
- Closed every first Monday of the month
- Oct 15 – Apr 7: 9:00am – 3:45pm
- Apr 8 – Oct 14: 9:00am – 5:45pm
Entrance fees displayed here were updated in Jan 2021. To verify prices, click here.
|1.||Admission* fee for adults||11.00 Lei|
|2.||Admission fee for children (over 5 years old), school students, students at other universities, retired persons and elderly persons)||5.00 Lei|
|3.||Admission fee for visitors during the days in which the greenhouses are closed (December 25, January 1, as well as the first day of every month)||7.00 Lei|
|4.||Admission fee during the time the greenhouses are closed, for adults||6.00 Lei|
|5.||Admission fee during the time the greenhouses are closed for children (over 5 years old), school students, students at other universities, retired persons and elderly persons)||4.00 Lei|
|6.||Yearly admission membership||280.00 Lei|
|7.||Admission membership per semester||180.00 Lei|
|8.||Admission membership for three months||90.00 Lei|
*Access is free for UBB students, employees, children under five and people with disabilities.