The Huniad Castle (also known as the Corvin Castle), the greatest fortress in Romania, is an almost perfectly preserved Gothic castle. Founded in the 14th century, the Huniad Castle impresses through its imposing presence, which dominates the surroundings. In 1873, Jules Verne included it in his “Around the World in 80 Days” itinerary.
The castle represents not only a singular monument in Romania, but also one of the most attractive medieval buildings in the European spaces. The edifice presents diverse styles and innovations in the époque’s military and civil constructions, being representative for the architecture of that time’s south-eastern Europe. The additions, reconstructions and restorations of the castle from the 15th to the 20th centuries offer the visitors the chance to enjoy a unique mixture of architectural elements belonging to the Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-Gothic styles. The main improvements to the initial state of the castle were made especially by Johann Hunyadi (Iancu de Hunedoara) and his son, Matthias Corvinus (Matei Corvin), the greatest king of Hungary.
Iancu Corvin de Hunedoara was a brilliant military strategist, who became regent of Hungary and prince of Transylvania. He inherited the citadel from his father and transformed it into a Gothic fortified residence by building the exterior walls, guarded by 7 towers, the chapel and most of the actual castle. His son, Matei Corvin, subsequently developed the building and added the Renaissance elements.
After the restoration works in 1974, the castle was transformed into a museum. On the outside, it impresses through the long, narrow bridge that offers access inside, and the tall, sharp towers. Within the castle you will find galleries, vaults and spiral stairways leading to halls that do not preserve the original furniture, but accommodate displays of weaponry, frescoes and inscriptions. The chapel, one of the structures most representative for the 15th century, harmoniously combines elements from the Roman and late Gothic styles. You can also admire the Ne boisa and Capistrano towers, kept intact from Iancu’s times.
Monday: 09:00 – 15:00
01 Nov – 29 Feb: 09:00 – 16:00*
01 Mar – 30 Apr: 09:00 – 17:00*
01 Mai – 31 Aug: 09:00 – 18:00*
01 Sep – 31 Oct: 09:00 – 17:00*
*last entry is 30 minutes before closing time.
Adults – 10 lei
Students – 5 lei
Pensioners – 5 lei
Photo Tax – 5 lei
Video Tax – 10 lei
Guide Tax – 30 lei
How to get there:
Hunedoara is located at 125km west of Sibiu and 190km east of Timişoara.
By car: From Timişoara, take DN6 and DN68 national roads to Hunedoara.
From Sibiu, take E68 European road in the direction of Deva and then, when you get to Sântuhalm village, take DN68B national road to Hunedoara.
By train: The biggest railway junction close to Hunedoara is Simeria (18km north of Hunedoara) – there are many trains that link different cities in the country that stop here. From Simeria there are 7 trains/day to Hunedoara. Approximate travel time is 30min.
By bus: The best option is to go (by train) to Deva. There are regular bus and maxitaxi rides between Deva and Hunedoara, with daily departures every 10-15 minutes. Approximate travel time is 45min.