Arad is the capital city of the Arad County of the NW Romanian Region of Crişana. Its territory is mainly in Crişana but also partly spills into the northern region of its southern bordered region of Banat. Arad is the 3rd largest city in the Western part of Romania, and the 12th largest city overall. It boasts a population of 160k. The ethnic makeup of the city consists of 85% Romanians, 10% Hungarians, 1.71% Romani, 0.84% Germans and 1.22% other nationalities. The top religions in the city are Romanian Orthodox (72.7%), Roman Catholic (12.1%), Baptist (4.5%), and Pentecostal (4.4%). The climate of Arad is continental, it has warm to hot summers, and cool, damp winters.
Attractions in Arad
The Fortified Town of Arad
An 18th century fortification system built in Arad.
The Administrative Palace of Arad
The Town Hall of the City.
The Ioan Slavici Classical Theatre
18th century classical theatre.
Neuman Family Palace
The Cenad Palace
The Bohuș Palace
The Szanty Palace
The Cultural Palace
The Palace of Culture
The county of Arad is 2,994 sq. miles (3.6% of the Romanian territory) and has a population of 430,629. The ethnic composition of the area is 84% Romanian, 9% Hungarian, and 4% Roma. Arad County has 1 municipality, 9 towns and 68 communes with approximately 180 villages. The capital city of the Arad County is the city of Arad, from which the county also derives its name from.
Vărădia de Mureș
Crișana is the xx,xxx sq. mile north western region of Romania. It is the region that encompasses over 95% of the border of Romania and Hungary. The population of the Crișana region is roughly 1 million and 6 thousand*1, with 201,547 of those people living in the region’s capital city of Oradea.
The region is named after the Cris River which is a river that is formed of three separate rivers that originate in the Apuseni Mountains of Transylvania and flow west before meeting and merging in Hungary. Crișana is bounded by the Apuseni Mountains to its east, the Someș River to the North, the Mureș River to the south, and the Tisza River to its West. The two predominant counties in this region are the counties of Arad and Bihor.
*1 – I couldn’t find a definitive source for the population of Crișana as a whole, so I added the total population of the 2 main counties (Arad, Bihor) that embody over 95% of the region. The number I got is very close to accurate but not an exact number since a small (relative) part of southern Arad spills into the Banat region, and very small parts of Sălaj, Satu Mare, Maramureș, and Hunedoara counties spill into Crișana.