Sibiu Day Trip to Corvin (Hunyadi) Castle & Alba Iulia CitadelWith: Adela 16
What you need to know about this Corvin (Hunyadi) Castle tour:
- This is a private guided day trip starting from Sibiu. Duration 8-10 hours
- Included: transport by car (total of 300 km), guidance and entrance fee at the Corvin Castle.
- You will visit the well-preserved Gothic Corvin Castle, considered one of the best preserved medieval castles in Europe.
- We'll also visit Alba Iulia Citadel, the "birthplace" of the Romanian state in 1918!
- If time allows, we can also visit Sarmizegetusa Ulpia Traiana archeological site OR the Deva Fortress (extra fee on next page)
Meal not included but we can stop along the way for lunch, I know a couple of good local places.
Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
Moments to expect during the Corvin (Hunyadi) Castle tour:
A Gothic - Renaissance 500 year old castle with an impressive history
Starting our trip from Sibiu we will travel in the countryside to Corvini Castle, also known as Hunyadi Castle. We will learn about its agitated history, visit its courtyard, old towers and interior rooms. We'll learn about the romantic legend surrounding the raven that represents the owner family seal.
The Alba Iulia 5-star fortified citadel and its major landmarks
We continue our trip to the city of Alba Iulia which hosts a beautifully restored 300 year old fortified citadel, built by the Habsburgs on Dacian and Roman (our ancestors) settlements. This is where the Great Romanian Union of 1918 took place - so you can imagine its historical importance. We will visit some major landmarks and enjoy the splendid walking area. Great photo opportunities by the way!
We might also have the chance to witness the changing of the guards.
Changing of the guards in Alba Iulia Citadel
If there's a fortification there must be guards nearby! During the summer, every day at noon, a wonderful and ritualistic moment takes place: changing the guards. An old tradition that goes back into historical times and atmosphere. It's a "must" during our visit!
Extra visit: Samizegetusa Ulpia Traiana or Deva Fortress
Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa was the political, administrative and religious center of Roman Dacia in the 2nd and 3rd centuries, after these lands were conquered by the Roman Empire. Today the archeological site known as Sarmisegetusza Ulpia Traiana consists of ruins of a well-preserved forum, amphitheater, and remnants of several temples.
[tour can be extended to include this attraction]
Densus Stone Church
The church of San Nicola, the oldest church in Romania and in the South-East of Europe. The church looks like a bizarre structure, composed of Dacian, Roman, Gothic and Orthodox elements.
- Starting point: Sibiu
- Nearest airport: Sibiu or Cluj Napoca
- Nearest train station: Sibiu Train Station
- Landscape: Countryside and urban
Reviews from travellers
I can highly recommend this tour with Adela. Adela is extremely knowledgeable and I learnt a lot about the importance of Alba Iulia. Corvin Castle is a must see to visit. Romanian Friend is a brilliant service and I will definitely use it again when I return to Romania.
Adela is a professional and friendly tour guide. I enjoy her services very much!
We booked the tour last minute and was not sure someone could be arranged so quickly, but Romanian Friend found us an excellent guide! Adela's colleague, Csaba was very professional and he made sure we had a good time. He picked us up on time and we spent 8 hours with him touring the Corvin Castle and Alba Iulia Citadel. He was very knowledgeable and was willing to answer any of our questions about Romania (not just the tour sites). He also engaged my niece who is 15 by asking her fun questions. He took the time to tell us about each site and to ensure we had a good time. Booking this tour was very easy and the response time from Romanian Friend website was very quick - thank you!
Adela was a wonderful guide! She was punctual and was waiting at my hotel lobby before the scheduled time. She is friendly, knowledgeable and very professional throughout the tour. She gave a detailed tour of Corvin Castle and during our ride she also answered a lot of my questions about Romanian history. I enjoyed my trip very much and highly recommend her! Also thanks to Romanian Friend for helping me plan my trip, answering my questions and connecting me with such a great guide!
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