Alba Iulia fortress & Corvin Castle
€ 85per person
Check out a star-shaped brick fortress. Learn about military architecture, the Romanian Royal family and the ancient Romans. Follow the footsteps of knights and mistresses inside a Gothic castle. Immersed into medieval Transylvanian legends.
Start / End
all year long
Estimated return time
Alba Iulia fortress; Corvin Castle in Hunedoara
Car transfer duration
5h - 5h30min (2 ways)
possibility of traffic jams
In medieval times, Transylvania got to be inhabited by a German speaking population originating from Western Europe, now known with the generic term ‘Saxons’. Spreading all over the realm, they became at one point the majority population, mainly in southern Transylvania. Yet, there still were micro-regions with a different population majority, such as eastern Transylvania (Szekler population) and Hateg area (Romanian population).
While in Saxon inhabited lands fortifications were spreading very fast due to the Mongol and Turkish peril, it was just normal that the other parts of the region know the same process. The castle in nowadays Hunedoara went through similar changes, becoming the biggest fortified castle in Transylvania.
The resolution of this guided day tour from Cluj is to charm you both with the Vauban 18th century architecture in Alba Iulia and with the fairy-tale beauty of the castle in Hunedoara.
Cluj - Alba Iulia - Hunedoara - Cluj
Departure from Cluj at 8:30. Your day will begin with the visit of Alba Iulia start-shaped fortress. Here you will get the chance to hear stories about the mighty Romans, the Hungarian kings and queens, the Austrian Imperial family, the Vauban military architecture, the medieval cathedral construction and, last but not least, the union of Transylvania with Romania.
Lunch in a restaurant. Continue for Hateg region.
In Hunedoara you will discover the Corvin Castle (also known as Hunyad Castle) which, as it’s name already says it, belonged to the Hunyad family, one of the most famous family member being King Mathia the Just. Here, you’ll have the chance to hear lots of legends and stories about the royal family, it’s origin, medieval fighting techniques and other interesting information.
Back to Cluj in late afternoon.