Arad is located in Western Romania in the lower Mureş River valley close to the Hungarian border. The town traces its history back to the 11th century, it developed as a major trading post during the Turkish occupation, between 1551 and 1699. After 1699, the city was ruled by the Habsburg Monarchy and in 1834 Arad was declared a “free royal town” by Emperor Francis I of Austria. It is a city of impressive buildings and architecture, with many of the main sights located along the principal thoroughfare, the broad, tree-lined, Bulevardul Revolutiei with trams running through it. These include the impressive white City Hall Palace (1875), the Palace of Culture (1911-1916), the neo-gothic and secessionist-style Red Church (1906), the large, domed Roman Catholic Church (1902-1904), and the neo-classical State Theatre (1874). We loved the food at Curtea Veche Restaurant (Mushroom soup – 18 ROL, Pork Chop – 36 ROL, Mashed potatoes – 9 ROL, Pork ribs – 49 ROL, Mineral water – 14 ROL / 0,75 l). For a drink, we tried Sahara Café (Mojito – 16,90 ROL) and deserted Irish Pub (Ursus Retro Beer – 7 ROL / 0,5 l). The next day, after lunch, we left for annual service, here are some costs – Romania vignette – 7 days / 3 EUR, Diesel 6,24 ROL / l; Hungary vignette – category D2 – 10 days / 7270 HUF, AdBlue – 279 HUF / l; Slovakia vignette – 10 days / 10 EUR.

Parking location – Arad: 46.169682N 21.326597E