A guide to exploring one of Transylvania’s most popular travel destinations. Hunedoara is the place where Vlad Tepes ( commonly known as Dracula) was imprisoned for a few years, it hosts ancient treasures from Roman and Dacian times and it is a great place for family holidays. Check it out!
Map of the touristic attractions in Hunedoara
Transport: train or car. Since the most important touristic attractions are quite far from each other the best means of transport is by car
When to go: it is a popular destination for all year round. Though, I would recommend to go there in Spring or Summer, for the warm weather. This is because some of the nicest activities to do around here are outdoors.
What to do:
1. Visit Corvin Castle. Other names: Hunyadi Castle or Hunedoara Castle.
It was built in the 14th century but it was modified in time, until the 19th century. It combines the gothic and renaissance architectural style . It served as fortress and residence and it is now opened to the public.
November to February the castle is opened from: 9:00 until 16:00
March to April: opened from 9:00 until 17:00
May to August it is opened from: 9:00 until 18:00
September to Octomber it is opened from: 9:00 until 17:00.
Children and students (only when showing the student card)get disscount: 5 RON
Seniors: 10 RON ( when showing pension card/ticket)
Adults: 20 RON (November – February), 25 RON (March, April, September, October), 30 RON (May – August).
2. Visit Prislop Monastery, one of the most important religious settlements, it is almost seven centuries old. At the monastery there is a miracle working fountain. People come here to pray, to drink the water, to visit St Arsenie Boca’s grave and to see the beautiful monastery.
3. Horse Riding- we went horse riding with a friendly instructor at Conacul Archia (Archia Manor) in Deva, a city in Hunedoara County.. They also offer pony riding for the little ones.
4. Fortress of Deva, built on top of a volcanic hill. It is easy to get there with the electric cabin which takes tourists up to the fortress. You can admire the ruins of this roman fortress and you get a really good view of the city from up there.
4. The Museum of Roman and Dacian Civilization.
5. Magna Curia Castle/ Bethlen Castle. Its construction was started in 1582 and finished in 1621. Because of that, it is influenced by two architectural styles: Renaissance and Baroque.
6. Deva’s old city centre, where you can see a statue of Trajan and enjoy the lively atmosphere when you dine on a busy summer night and one of the restaurants from around here.
7. Admire the Orthodox and Catholic churches
8. Visit Simeria Arboretum
9. Visit Retezat Buffalo Reserve
10. If you are an experienced driver you can also go on a road trip on Transalpina, a spectacular road built through the mountains
11. Visit Sarmizegetusa Regia, the capital of the Ancient city Dacia, which was on the territory of modern Romania.
12. Visit Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa, the capital city of Dacia after it was conquered by the Romans.
Accomodation: We stayed at Conacul Archia (Archia Manor) and we enjoyed the good taste in decorations, each room has a different theme, the pool, the silence and the good service.
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