Location: Northwestern Romania (County: Maramures)
Size: 20 sq. miles (52 sq. kilometers)
Elevation: 729 ft. (228 m.)
First documented: 1329 AD
One of the most important mining centers of Romania, Baia Mare has a history of more than 2,000 years of gold, silver, and other nonferrous metals extraction. First mentioned in 1329, Baia Mare has preserved some its medieval past around the main town square, Piata Libertatii.
The oldest house here, dating from the 1440s, stands on the east side of the square, a lone remnant of a long-gone castle built by Transylvanian prince Iancu de Hunedoara for his wife Elisabeta.
The house, appropriately named Casa Elisabeta, is now an art exhibitions venue.
Towering above the square is the Gothic-style 120-foot-tall watchtower, Stephen's Tower (Turnul lui Stefan), spanning six centuries of history.
(Baia Mare - City Map)
Another square, Piata Izvoarelor, houses Baia Mare's main open-air food market.
Next to it stands the only remaining part of the town's 15th century medieval fortifications,
the Butchers' Tower (Turnul Macelarilor).
Address: Str. 1 Mai nr. 8
Telephone: 0262 213.964
Tue. – Sun.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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The Art Museum, located in a landmark building dating from 1784, holds a treasure trove of art depicting life in Maramures from the late 1800s to today. The permanent painting collection features works of artists from the Baia Mare School, as well as valuable Romanian and European contemporary art.
Address: Str. Monetarie 3
Telephone: 0262 211.924
Tue. – Sun: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Housed in the elegant 18th century Baroque Treasury building, the museum offers an introduction to the mining history of the region, especially to the most important one, gold mining.
Address: Str. Dealul Florilor 1
Telephone: 0262 276.895
Open: Tue. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (May - September);
Tue. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (October – April); Closed Mon.
Traditional Maramures wooden houses are on display.
Address: Blvd. Traian 8
Telephone: 0262 227.517
Open: Tue. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Here you will find sample of local rocks and crystals, including some wonderful crystal flowers.
Baia Mare makes an excellent starting point for the numerous cultural and natural attractions in the Maramures region, dominated by a landscape of mountains and rolling hills.
Gutai-Ignis natural reserve, the wooden churches in Surdesti and Plopis, Dan Les' potery workshop in Baia Sprie are within a 20 miles radius from Baia Mare.
The Gutai, Lapus, Tibles Maramures and Rodnei Mountains are cut by passes including the Huta, Gutai, Prislop, Setref and Botiza. Three large valleys cross the region: the Viseu, Iza and Mara.
The Rodnei Mountains National Park, a natural reserve filled with a rich diversity of flora and fauna, has been awarded biosphere status by UNESCO. Here, chamois leap between rocks, eagles' cries ring out overhead and as the snows recede in the spring, crocus and other flowers cut swaths of dazzling colors across the landscape.
Where: 40 miles northwest of Baia Mare
Nearest train station: Sighetu Marmatiei
Colorful, five-foot carved oak crosses, featuring portraits or scenes from the deceased's life, are inscribed with witty epitaphs that capture essential elements – both the good and the imperfections – of the villagers who rest here. Words and images were chosen by the sculptor as he saw fit at this unique cemetery located just 15 minutes outside of Sighetu Marmatiei.
The crosses also feature geometric designs in symbolic colors: yellow for fertility (the subject had many children), red for passion, green for life, black for early death. The townsfolks' ancestors considered death as a beginning, not the end. Therefore, the background is always blue, the color of hope and freedom.
Even without benefit of translation, visitors will appreciate the handiwork of sculptor Stan Ion Patras (1907-1977), who began carving these epitaphs in 1935. Patras' house in the village is now a fascinating museum. Vasile Stan, one of Patras' apprentices, continues the work of his master.
The Wooden Churches of Maramures are unique in shape and ornamentation and eight of them – in Barsana, Budesti, Desesti, Ieud, Plopis, Poienile Izei, Rogoz and Surdesti,– have been recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.
The characteristic high roofs and tall, narrow, pointed steeples are often collectively described as the Gothic Style of Maramures. The primary wood material used by the artisans was local oak, which has survived the elements with sturdy elegance until today. The interior walls of the churches were painted by local artists, with biblical scenes often juxtaposed against the familiar landscape of the village. Most of these houses of worship have stood proudly since the 17th and 18th centuries – some even longer. The oldest wooden church in Maramures is the Church on the Hill in Ieud, which dates from 1364.
To learn more about the Wooden Churches of Maramures please visit:
Baia Mare Tautii Magheraus International Airport (BAY)
Address: Str. Tautii Magheraus
Telephone: 0262 293.444
Baia Mare is served by weekly direct flights from/to Bucharest.
The airport is located about six miles west of the city center; free shuttle bus transfer is available.
Satu Mare (SUJ) - www.aeroportulsm.ro / 40 miles west of Baia Mare
Cluj Napoca (CLJ) - www.airportcluj.ro / 90 miles south
Suceava (SCV) - www.aeroportsuceava.ro / 170 miles east of Baia Mare
Driving route from Bucharest to Baia Mare via E60 – E576 - E58 – 1C:
Bucuresti – Sinaia – Brasov – Sighisoara – Cluj – Dej – Baia Mare
Driving route from Budapest to Baia Mare via E71 – E58 - 1C:
Budapest –Mateszalka – Satu Mare – Baia Mare
|Distance from Baia Mare to:|
|Prague (Czech Republic)||580|
Baia Mare train station
(Gara Baia Mare)
Address: Str. Garii 4
Telephone: 0262 220.995
Daily train service to Bucharest, Brasov, Cluj, Constanta (summer time only), Satu Mare, Sighisoara, and several other cities in Romania. There is no direct train service between Baia Mare and Suceava. To get to Suceava, you must change trains in Cluj or Dej.
To check train and bus schedules for domestic routes please visit our
Domestic Transportation section
Note: For departures from /to Bucharest, please select Bucuresti Nord.
SNCFR Ticket Office
(Agentia de Voiaj SNCFR)
Address: Str. Victoriei 57
Telephone: 0262 219.113
Baia Mare SNCFR ticket office offers train information and tickets for future travel.
Tickets for same-day travel can only be purchased at the train station.
Baia Mare Main Bus Station
(Autogara Baia Mare)
Address: Str. Garii 2
Telephone: 0262 221.777
Daily domestic bus service from/to:
Arad, Borsa, Carei, Negresti-Oas, Oradea, Salonta, Satu Mare, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Targu Lapus, Timisoara, Vama
A shuttle service from Baia Mare to Budapest (Hungary) Nepliget bus terminal
(with stops in Satu Mare and Budapest Airport)
is operated by Efi Travel / EFI Bus
For more information and reservations please E-mail EFI Travel or call (+4) 0745 600.796
|Taxi company||Phone #|
|Usi Taxi||262 949|
Post offices display a postal horn symbol and the word Posta.
Main Post Office
Address: Blvd. Traian 1 A
Telephone: 0262 250.364
Mon. – Fri.: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Telephoning Baia Mare from Abroad
International Access Code +40 (country code) + 262 or 362 (area code) + six-digit telephone number
Baia Mare — Useful Telephone Numbers
Baia Area Code (Prefix Baia Mare) — 0262 & 0362
General Emergency #: 112
(Ambulance ((Ambulanta)), Police (Politia), Fire Department (Pompierii)
Maramures County Archives - Baia Mare
(Directia Judeteana Maramures a Arhivelor Nationale)
Address: Bd. Bucuresti 26,
Baia Mare, postal code 430052
Telephone: 0262 437.948
Baia Mare City Hall (Primaria): 0262 211.001
Consumer Protection Agency
(Oficiul pentru Protectia Consumatorilor)
Address: Str. Dimitrie Cantemir 4B
Telephone: 0262 218.887