Baia Mare is all consuming, a city of contrasts and a city that can teach a visitor a lot about life in modern and pre-modern Romania. Meaning big mine, Baia Mare is a Romanian regional center of population and commerce. It is an urban area with a bridge to the rural life of Maramures.
Baia Mare is also a cultural center, with a lot for visitors to see and do. If visiting on business, one can spend a few hours during the day, learning about the heritage of Maramures, by visiting a number of well appointed cultural museums and heritage sites.
By night, there are a number of fine restaurants spotting an European flavor as well as some hopping night spots featuring everything from jazz to rock and roll. Museums and cultural sites are unpretentious, without the glamour of 21st century museum design. The main displays are uninterrupted by glitz, so that the viewer is face to face with the main artifacts of the museums.