Like Oradea, Arad is yet another gateway to/from Hungary. The city is situated in one of Romania’s wine-making regions, on the banks of the Mures River, which loops around the city.
Arad was a major trading center during Turkish occupation between 1551 and 1687. The main attraction here is elegant late-19th-century architecture in the city center, but they also have a fine theatre community.
Arad’s tourist attractions like the citadel (interior closed to visitors), the town hall and the history and art museums will only fill half a day (at best), but idle strolling and an evening show are strongly recommended. The annual Underground Theatre Festival (in May) is growing in popularity.
Some old pictures of Arad can be found here.