|Loaf of white bread||$0.68|
|Local draught beer||$1.54|
|Fitness club, monthly fee for 1 adult||$35.52|
|Taxi 1hour Waiting||$4.63|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in city centre||$326.20|
|Utilities (Electricity, Heating, ...) for medium apartment||$122.84|
|Local cheese (1kg)||$6.18|
Miercurea-Ciuc, the headquarters of Harghita County, is situated in the valley of the Olt River in the Székely Land region in eastern Transylvania. The city has emerged as a popular destination for tourists chiefly due to its historical attractions and excellent facilities for winter sports; with the onset of winter, a large number of tourists arrive, the many cheap flights to Miercurea-Ciuc making possible an extremely affordable holiday.
The city’s main street, Pet?fi Street, is where tourists can expect to find numerous restaurants serving a range of delicious Székely cuisine and trendy cafes perfect for the young crowd. The chief attraction of the city center is the Mikó Castle; originally built in the 17th century, it now houses the Csík Székely Museum that is a treasure trove of archaeological objects, art, old books and archival documents and much more. At the rear is the museum village that has some beautiful Csíki houses and traditional wooden gates. The Baroque Church of the Holy Cross and the Millennium Templom, a uniquely-designed church by Imre Makovecz, are close by. Beside the historic castle is the courthouse that was constructed in 1904 and in front of the castle is the City Hall that was originally built as the County Hall of the former Hungarian Csík County. The City center also houses a Romanian Orthodox church that is special due to its Neo-Byzantine characteristics.
At some distance to the city centre’s east lies ?umuleu Ciuc, a Franciscan monastery also known as Csíksomlyó; since 1567, it has been the destination of a pilgrimage known as "Pentecost Csíksomlyó Pilgrimage" that is held on the Saturday prior to Pentecost, a demonstration of the unity of Catholic Hungarian people residing in Transylvania; the event draws several hundred thousand people, many of who avail the cheap flights to Miercurea-Ciuc.
With winter temperatures often dipping below -30°C, Miercurea-Ciuc is perfect for winter sports. Vákár Lajosm?jégpálya, the city’s ice rink hosts every year the national ice hockey tournament; just adjacent to the indoor rink is the country’s sole long track speed skating rink. To really enjoy yourself in the cold weather, it is best to put up at one of the numerous hospitable hotels in Miercurea-Ciuc.