Just one hour and a half drive from Sibiu, Corvin Castle , also known as Hunyad Castle or Hunedoara Castle is one of the most important tourist attraction in southern
Transylvania. The fairy-tale Gothic castle, with its drawbridge over a rushing river, the pointed turrets and towering buttresses is maybe the best representation of the
archetypal Transylvanian castle. Erected in the 15th century, modified many times since then, it is the largest medieval building in Romania still standing.
With 42 rooms, two terraces, two bridges (of 55 and 30 meters), 7.000 square meters of built surface and a tower 72 meters high, it has an aura of an unbeatable fortress.
The Corvin Castle is the main attraction of the tour, but according to your interests we can fill the day with other stops in the area, listed below
The most popular attraction after the Castle is the imposing fortress of Alba Iulia , built in the 18th century, in the Vauban style, richly decorated with Baroque sculptures. Inside the walls, a history books reveals to the curious eye of tourists: the Roman ruins, the Gothic cathedral of the 11th century, the medieval royal palaces, and the colorful Orthodox Cathedral, built for King Ferdinand's and Queen Maria's crowning celebrations.
If time permits, on the way back to Sibiu we can visit the picturesque villages from Marginimea Sibiului, so we can get a short glance of the rural life of the southern part of Transylvania.
We will start from Sibiu in the morning (usually at 9 AM, but it can later if you're not a morning person), drive one and a half hour to reach the Corvin Castle. We will visit the Hunedoara Castle for
about one hour, and then we can have lunch at a restaurant near the castle, or, if you're not hungry, we will drive to Alba Iulia (1-hour drive). In Alba Iulia, we will have lunch (if we didn't have in Hunedoara)
and then we will have a walking tour of the impressive fortress. The walk will be also around an hour, and during this time, you will have time to search for souvenirs or to enjoy a coffee or a beer at one of the
pubs located inside the fortress. Then, we will head to Sibiu, where we will arrive after one hour. If time permits, one the way to Sibiu, we will have a short detour, and drive through the picturesque villages of Marginimea Sibiului.
Iancu (Ioan) de Hunedoara or John Corvin was one of the most distinguished military leaders in 15th century Europe. In a time when the Ottoman Empire was threatening European Christianity, Iancu de Hunedoara was the first military leader who
successfully stopped the Turks to advance further west. His greatest military achievement was the battle of Belgrade in 1456 when he and his armies defeated the conqueror of Constantinopole, the sultan Mehmet the 2nd.
Iancu of Hunedoara was born in Hunedoara county (hence is his name) in a small fortress where he later built his castle. The name Corvin comes from the Latin word for raven, "corvus", which was the main element on his coat of arms. His son, Matthias, who also contributed to the development of the Corvin Castle, became one of the greatest Hungarian kings. Iancu de Hunedoara, with 2 other members of Corvin family (his first son, Ladislau and his brother) were buried in Alba Iulia, in the Catholic Cathedral, and their tombstones can be seen during our day trip. Book this tour
1. Corvin Castle
2. Sarmisegetuza Regia
3. Sarmisegetuza Ulpia Traiana
4. Densus Church
5. Alba Iulia fortress
6. Marginimea Sibiului