Odorheiu Secuiesc or Székelyudvarhely (Romanian: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Hungarian: Székelyudvarhely, German: Oderhellen) is the second-largest city in Harghita County, Romania. In its short form, it is also known as Odorhei in Romanian and Udvarhely in Hungarian.
The city has a population of 36,948, of which 95.7% or 35,359 people are Hungarians, (Székelys) making it the city with the second-highest proportion (after Vlăhiţa) of Hungarians in Romania (based on the census of 2002).
The local population uses the Hungarian name of the town (Udvarhely) which roughly means „Court settlement” in English. The oldest surviving written record about the town is from 1333, when, in medieval Hungarian writing style, the town was called „Uduorhel”. Since 1615, when the Prince of Transylvania reaffirmed the rights of the town, the place has been referred to as Székelyudvarhely.
- Békéscsaba (1990.01.15.)
- Barcs (1991.01.23.)
- Subotica (1994.10.05.)
- Várkerület (district of Budapest) (1995.07.26.)
- Buda Highlands (district of Budapest)
- Vác (1997.04.24.)
- Dunajská Streda (1997.09.24.)
- Soroksár (district of Budapest) (1997.09.24)
- Tatabánya (1999.09.30.)
- Törökbálint (2000.03.28.)
- Tihany (2000.03.28)
- Cegléd (2001.06.01.)
We started our “fast” trip in a railway station in Sighisoara from where we took the train to Odorhei. The ticket price was cheap- 5.1 lei or 1.21 euros.
In 2 hours, while we were approaching to the town, we were listening to Romanian popular music in a nice 80s French train. It was so nice!
Well, for the beginning, you must know that in Odorhei there is not a normal railway station! You don’t have the possibility to ask someone for the trains or to buy a ticket because there doesn’t exist even a ticket office!
How we didn’t have too much time to stay in Odorhei, we had a “speedy” walk, always ready to discover something new 😛
The city seemed to be desolated-we saw few people on the street (it may be possible because of the winter holidays) and unfortunately, almost all the shops and restaurants were closed so that we had nothing to do in that city!
However, the center of Odorhei looks very nice for its size and the prices from there are very low (for example, for a coffee, in a very nice restaurant you have to pay only 2.8 lei = 0.6 euros).
Finally, the town seemed us to be nice and colorful because of the building’s dyes and the kind atmosphere we found there.