Satu Mare tourist guide

Very short round of objectives in Satu Mare

About Satu Mare

Satu Mare is the county seat municipality of Satu Mare County. The city is crossed by the river Somes. In Hungarian it is called Szatmár, in German Sathmar, in Hebrew סאטמאר, pronounced Satmar. Average altitude 126 meters. Satu Mare is located 10 km from the border with Hungary and 40 km from the border with Ukraine. The city is closer to Budapest, 350 km, than to the capital of Romania, Bucharest, which is 700 km away. Satu Mare covers 150 square kilometers and has about 100,000 inhabitants. About 50% of the inhabitants are Romanians, and 35% Hungarians. From a confessional point of view, 40% are Orthodox, 20% Reformed, 20% Roman Catholic.

We park in the center somewhere around the Central Park, in Piata Libertatii, all the main objectives of Satmar are within a radius of only 1 km. A tourist information center can be found at no. 21, with welcoming staff, who offered me many study materials about the city, county, traditions. Good for them!

Route Map

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1. The Synagogue

The address is Decebal street no. 6.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Jewish community in Satu Mare was numerous, so that there were 3 synagogues and 25 houses of prayer. Today there is only a synagogue, made in the Moorish style. Nearby is the Great Temple. It was built in the years 1889 – 1892 in the Moorish style and today it is included in the list of historical monuments.

We pass by Mihai Eminescu College.

Synagogue Ensemble



2. The Greek Catholic Church

The address is 1 Decembrie 1918 street no. 4.

There are several Greek-Catholic churches in Satu Mare. We are heading towards the Greek-Catholic Church of Saints Archangels Michael and Gabriel. The architecture is traditional Romanian. In the basement of the church there is a collection of old books, icons and art objects.

Church of St. Arch Michael and Gabriel

Greek Catholic Church

3. The Roman Catholic Cathedral

The address is Piața Libertății, no. 24.

On the same 1 Decembrie Street, towards the center, is the Roman-Catholic Episcopate and, at the corner, right next to the Central Park, we reach the Roman-Catholic Cathedral. The cathedral is named after the “Ascension of God” and was built in the 18th century in neoclassical style. It is a historical monument.

Roman Catholic Cathedral

Roman Catholic Cathedral

4. The Northern Theater

It is located at Horea Street, no. 3-5.

On a street, which also leads to that central circle, is the Northern Theater, perhaps the most interesting building in the city, although I really liked the exterior of the churches. The theater building, with one floor, was built in the 19th century in neoclassical style. The Northern Theater hosts a section in Romanian and one in Hungarian. It has a capacity of about 400 seats.

The website of the theater is

Northern Theatre

Northern Theatre

5. The Firemen’s Towerr

It is at Pasajul Ștefan Ruha.

We follow a “U” and enter the pedestrian passage mentioned above, where the Firemen’s Tower stands out. The tower is 45 meters high. It can be visited, with access to the platform of the circular balcony possible. It offers a beautiful panorama of the Old Center. It was built in 1904 on the initiative of Bishop Gyula Meszlényi, architect Dittler Ferenc.

Firemen's Tower

6. Reformed Church with Chains

It is at Jean Calvin Square, no. 8.

Now we follow a small “L” to pose the Reformed Church with Chains. It is the oldest reformed church in the city. It was built in the 18th century and is also a historical monument. Its name derives from its surrounding with posts joined with wrought iron chains.

The website of the church is

Reformed Church with Chains

7. Central Park

We close the loop in the Central Park, in the middle of which is the statue of Vasile Lucaciu. The park, small by the way, is located in Piaţa Libertății.

Central Park

statue of Vasile Lucaciu


Satu Mare is not a touristic city. The only more interesting sights are the Northern Theater and the Firemen’s Tower. I would have expected there to be at least a museum on the tourist circuit of the orch.

All the best!