Visiting Corvin Castle, Romania

Visiting Corvin Castle

Romania is known for having many beautiful castles throughout Transylvania and one of its most elegant and stunning is Corvin Castle. Also going by the name Hunyad Castle, Corvin Castle is found in the small city of Hunedoara, west of the country’s centre. What makes visiting Corvin Castle so fascinating is that it genuinely looks like the kind of castle you imagine in fairy tales and fantasy sagas.

 

History

Originally started by John Hunyadi – a voivode or regional governor of Transylvania – in 1446, the castle’s construction halted after his death in 1456. Built over another fortification on land presented to his father by the King of Hungary, it was designed in a Gothic-Renaissance style. Some years later, work continued and was completed in 1480. In the 17th century, substantial modifications were made to the castle including to the council hall and chapel. What stands today is the result of many waves of restoration undertaken during the 20th century, each with its own approach and aesthetic.

Corvin Castle

Whether historical fact or not, it is often claimed that Vlad the Impaler was held prisoner here by John Hunyadi for an indeterminate length of time.

 

Main Sights

Visiting Corvin Castle isn’t an overly complicated experience. To be honest, it is hard to get past that first look you get when approaching the castle.

Corvin First View

I found myself walking back and forth across the front of the castle, trying to capture it from all different angles. The impressive wooden bridge that leads up to the castle’s main gate, over a small river really is quite neat in its own right.

Corvin Bridge

The main courtyard, with its very unconventional shape, two tiered terrace and elegant staircase.

Corvin Courtyard, Visiting Corvin Castle

The council hall, with its big stone columns and banners hanging.

Council Hall

The Arabic Inscription which has a particularly interesting story that relates to the castle’s well. Dug by 3 Turkish prisoners, they were promised freedom upon completion by John Hunyadi. However, when he died and the well was completed, John’s wife Elisabeth reneged on the promise and sentenced them to death. As a final wish, they asked to make an inscription stating “You may have water, but you have no soul”, what I think to be a fantastic remark. There is an inscription found, but the information board is unclear on whether it does say that or another remark that “The one who dug here is Hassan, prisoner to the giaours in the fortress next to the church”.

Arabic Inscription, Visiting Corvin Castle

Where to Stay

When planning on visiting Corvin Castle, you have a few options available to you. The first and most obvious is to stay in Hunedoara itself, which has a small variety of accommodation on offer. This was my approach and for my stay I chose the aparthotel Vila HD. With a kitchen and big supermarket close by, I was able to cook for myself. The downside to staying in Hunedoara is that there really isn’t anything else to see there.

Another alternative is the nearby city of Deva, which has more accommodation options and sights on offer. A small shuttle bus runs every 15 minutes between Deva and Hunedoara train stations costing just 6.5 RON, making Deva quite viable. Further afield is the city of Alba Iulia, but transport will likely become more complicated.

For transport information, see www.autogari.ro for bus and train times.

 

Entry Information

The entry fee for adults is 30 RON and to take photos is an additional 5 RON, a common occurrence at Romanian tourist attractions. This entrance fee grants visitors unguided access to the castle.

Castle opening hours are 9am – 7.45pm Tuesday – Sunday and 10.30am – 7.45pm Mondays.

The castle surprisingly lacks a website, so your best bet is to Google “Corvin Castle” for any other information.

 


Have you visited Corvin Castle? What was your experience like? Please share in the comments below.

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Possibly the most magical gothic castle in the Transylvania region of Romania, Corvin Castle, also known as Hunyadi Castle, is a visual splendour in the small town of Hunedoara

9 Comment

  1. Elena says:

    Great post, great castle and great information you shared with us. I will recommend to visit Rhodes Greece and the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes if you like castles!

    1. David says:

      Thanks Elena. I’d love to visit Rhodes, I’ll keep this in mind. I do love castles!

  2. I love a good castle, and this one is a beauty! What an entrance, I LOVE that bridge and the turrets?! Amazing! Beautiful photos, and thanks for providing the detail to enable us to visit!

    1. David says:

      Yes, that bridge is something special, isn’t it? Glad you enjoyed the article Angie. Hope you get to return to Romania one day.

  3. Caroline says:

    Great post. I love old castles like this, so steeped in history.

    1. David says:

      Thank you Caroline. If you like castles, then I definitely recommend visiting Romania – Corvin castle is not the only nice one there.

  4. How did I miss this before!? Good read to prep for our honeymoon! Have you got a post for Peles Castle or Bran Castle? We’ll be going to those too!

    1. David says:

      It’s an oldie haha. I did write about Peles and Bran here 🙂 http://www.travelsewhere.net/day-trips-brasov/

      1. Oh yes, I have that pinned already too! 🙂 Good, I’m not missing anything!

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