Welcome to Arad, dear visitor! Anyone could say ”Welcome!”, but when one is in Arad one is truly, deeply, madly welcome, so... WELCOME to ARAD!
Dear nowadays pilgrim, Arad is here, on the shores of river Mures embracing new and old, modern and obsolete, light and dark, high and low, noise and silence, drama and ordinary. Do not deny the town of Arad a tour to encompass all its deeply facisnating aspects, starting with the medieval Vauban-Tenaille citadel placed near the centre and close to the flowing river. As you leave the walls of the citadel heading to the centre of the town, impressive XIXth century edifices come out placing in front of your kind eyes. Yes, you have finally reached the one of the most delightful avenues in Arad, i.e. art, education & law avenue. Down Dragalina Avenue one can slowly, but eagerly stroll from the first Pedagogical school in Transylvania – bearing now the name of its founder – Dimitrie Țichindeal, passing by several old and awe-inspiring buildings, some of which are well-known, traditional highschools nowadays. Education goes hand in hand with art, and the people of Arad appreciate art and history that is why The Palace of Culture houses the best concert hall in Europe – The Philharmonic where Listz had concerts and you can still see his concert piano, The History Museum displaying local findings and past moments and The Natural Science Museum.
Now you are in the heart of Arad – The City Hall - an impressive white heart built between 1872 – 1874. The City Hall Tower Clock was brought from Switzerland and it is still working. A wide, large boulevard crosses the entire town, lofty architecture reminds the citizens and the visitors the long-forgotten, glittering period between the two World Wars, its atmosphere when the bourgeoisie used to walk down the fancy ”corso” heading to a concert at The Philharmonic or a play in the first stone theater in the country.
In Arad every street has a story to tell, a striking image to give away and people who bring it to life, so do not hesitate to explore lost little streets, lost and somehow ruined abodes. They will fill your heart and soul with an eerie but warm feeling and compassion for a new-found friend – my Arad, my hometown.