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Hunedoara Castle

Explore this mysterious Gothic castle and discover the eerie stories connected to its long history.

Hunedoara Castle, also known as Corvin or Hunyadi Castle, is one of Romania’s finest medieval buildings. With its spiked roof and imposing towers, the castle is extremely photogenic and has been used as a setting for movies including Fright Night and Ghost Rider 2. Tour the castle’s rooms and halls and venture into its macabre torture chamber.

Initially constructed in the 14th or 15th century, the castle was rebuilt in the mid-1400s by Hungarian military leader Iancu de Hunedoara. His son, Matthias Corvinus, later built the castle’s Renaissance-style wing. Gabriel Bethlen made several Baroque additions in the 17th century. Approach the castle by crossing the narrow bridge stretching across its deep moat.

Head to Knights’ Hall, which features an interesting collection of waxworks and weaponry, as well as portraits of the Bethlen family and a bust of Iancu de Hunedoara. Examine the hall’s striking marble pillars. On the second pillar, find the Latin inscription reading “this work has been performed by the great and handsome Iancu de Hunedoara in God’s year 1452.”

Descend into the dungeon beneath Knights’ Hall, where the Prince of Wallachia, Vlad Tepes, was supposedly held captive for several months to 7 years. According to legend, Tepes became insane during this long imprisonment, resulting in the legendary cruelty that later made him the inspiration for the titular character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. In the torture hall, see mannequins positioned in medieval torture devices.

Enjoy picturesque views over the city from the castle’s artillery platform. Outside the castle is a bear pit, where prisoners were once fed to hungry bears. The deep courtyard well was dug by three Turkish prisoners over a 15-year imprisonment.

The castle is located in the city of Hunedoara. To get here, walk 1 mile (2 kilometers) southwest of the city’s bus station. If arriving by car, use the small parking lot in front of the castle. An admission fee is charged.

Check the official Corvin Castle website to time your visit to coincide with the castle’s medieval reenactments or opera nights. Experience a day of history and horror at this intriguing castle.


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MUNTENIEI 7A 0,0, Hunedoara, BUH
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Hunedoara, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Michael Klein Stadium and Emanuil Gojdu College of Economics. Hunedoara Castle is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) away.

    HOTEL RUSCA ¥3,341
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    Bulevardul Dacia no 10, Hunedoara, Hunedoara
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Hunedoara, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Michael Klein Stadium and Emanuil Gojdu College of Economics. Hunedoara Castle is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) away.

      Pensiunea President ¥7,271
      Pensiunea President

      Pensiunea President

      BLVD BALCESCU NICOLAE, NR 18A, Deva
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Emanoil Gojdu, this luxury hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Michael Klein Stadium, Emanuil Gojdu College of Economics, and Hunedoara Castle. Prislop Monastery is 24 mi (38.7 km) away. Deva Station is 28 minutes by foot.

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        Conacul Archia

        Conacul Archia

        Archia 92, Deva
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in a rural location, this family-friendly hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Emanuil Gojdu College of Economics, Hunedoara Castle, and Michael Klein Stadium. Prislop Monastery is 25 mi (40.2 km) away.

          Apartament Alina ¥4,372
          Apartament Alina

          Apartament Alina

          Aleea Pacii, Bl.A5, Deva, HD
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Emanoil Gojdu, this apartment building is within 12 mi (20 km) of Michael Klein Stadium, Emanuil Gojdu College of Economics, and Hunedoara Castle. Prislop Monastery is 24.2 mi (39 km) away. Deva Station is 15 minutes by foot.

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            Pensiunea Casiana

            Pensiunea Casiana

            Sat Ciulpaz Nr 31, Cerbal
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Set in Cerbăl, this family-friendly pension is within 12 mi (20 km) of Hunedoara Castle, Emanuil Gojdu College of Economics, and Michael Klein Stadium. Densus Church and Prislop Monastery are also within 32 mi (52 km).

              Sarmis
              Sarmis

              Sarmis

              7TH MARESAL AVERESCU STREET,, Deva, DVA
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Deva, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Michael Klein Stadium, Emanuil Gojdu College of Economics, and Hunedoara Castle. Prislop Monastery is 24.9 mi (40 km) away. Deva Station is 14 minutes by foot.

                Pensiunea Trident ¥2,618
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                Pensiunea Trident

                Str Horea nr 2, Hateg
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Hateg, this pension is within 12 mi (20 km) of Densus Church, Prislop Monastery, and Sarmizegetusa. Hunedoara Castle and Emanuil Gojdu College of Economics are also within 20 mi (32 km).