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Here you can read a short story about the awesome town of Arad, located in the western part of Romania.
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That's why we, a group of young (and awesome!) guys, decided to do something for the city. In 2013, we started planning about making a Free Tours project in Arad. First, we started gathering in pubs do discuss about the concept of free tours, which already was popular worldwide, and after a few meetings we decided it was time to make a move. In June, the same year, we launched Arad Free tours, a project born from the city's need of touristic guides and from our will of sharing our love for the town and knowledge of its history.
Before starting to make tours, we had a small and lovely training on local history, basic architecture and communication skills. Also, we've stuffed our minds with fun facts about Arad, and now we are ready to welcome our visitors.
Since 2013 we had tours with hundreds of people from all over the world, from every continent (still, no one from Antarctica. Yet!) and we are still counting! All you have to do if you want a tour in Arad is to write us or call us and we'll be yours for two hous. As easy as that!
We need to know our past.
And how to look at our city.
Also being friendly means a lot!
All summed up equals this.
When talking about Arad, one of the main tourist attractions which should come in mind is the first electrified railroad in Romania and eastern Europe and “Sageata verde” (“The Green Arrow”), the train which served this line for almost a century. Unfortunately, not many people know this important feature of Arad, mainly because it is Read more about The Green Arrow and Arad’s Wine Road[…]
Hello! I am Mohammad Al-Omoush from Jordan. Since I arrived to Arad, I’ve had a very good time, even though I haven’t heard a lot of things about Romania before coming here. The people here are really nice and kind, smiling at you even if you are a stranger. I’m currently a volunteer in Arad Read more about Foreigners about Arad: Mohammad Al-Omoush from Jordan[…]
Arad Confectionery has a rich history, something known by very few people. This shows that Arad has excelled in all areas. The old guild of pastry cooks had around 17 master confectioners in the interwar period, including Konizdofler, Drifi, Suciu, Malka, Klementz, Ramniceanu, Orban and others. I wonder how many of you know that in Read more about The Arad Confectionery Museum – a unique museum in Romania[…]
Lajos Szantay, or better known as Ludovic Szantay, was born in Arad on 20th of February 1872 as son of Lajos and Theresa Szantay. He was an architect, builder and contractor who made a large number of buildings in Arad, most of them being built in Secession style Read more AboutLudovic Szantay – after a life dedicated to the City, he was left to die in poverty
As you know, in mid 2014, the Arad Free Tours team launched a challange for the Arad’s citizens and for the tourists who wisited the city. To be specific, we launched a survey in which they could vote ten of the mos representative monuments for our town. After several months in which you could vote Read more about Top10 Monuments of Arad – The end of the survey[…]
Mediafax is the biggest media company in Romania headquartered in Bucharest and founded in 1991. The one who asked us for this interview was the Mediafax correspondent in Arad, Marian Buga. They’re all young, some of them still studying and some of them not even living in Arad, but they are all kept together by Read more about “Volunteering for their city”. Mediafax article about our project[…]
*RCP = Romanian Communist Party The communism legitimized its power in the year 1946, by controling the elections. With this campaign, the communists sought to increase their popularity within the voting mass, thus ensuring their success. One of the communist’s main goals was to denigrate the political parties in the eye of the public opinion. Read more about Arad and the communism: the violence of the RPC sympathizers[…]
Martisor is a Romanian celebration at the beginning of spring, on March the 1st. According to the old calendar this date was also considered as the beginning of the new year. It also means life and continuity, that’s why it is symbolically correlated to women and fertility. This tradition is authentic in Romania and Moldova, Read more about The spring with „Martisoare”[…]
The 1st of December is a very important day for the Romanian nation. On December 1st, 1918, in Alba Iulia, delegations from around the country gathered to declare the Union of Transylvania with Romania. Although Alba Iulia is considered The city of the Great Unification, Arad played a very important role in achieving the union. Read more about Arad and the Great Union[…]
The house with the padlock, an important tourist site from the city of Arad, is located on the Tribunul Dobra Street, near the Neologue Synagogue. It was built by Joseph Winkler, a Viennese merchant back in 1815. This building served as the headquarters of the Guilds of Arad, organizations endowed with an old history on Read more about The Padlock House[…]