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Corvin Castle of Hunedoara

Corvin Castle of Hunedoara

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Withstanding the harsh passing of time and the fierce attacks of it’s enemies, this Gothic Renaissance structure, has been doing it’s duty as Transylvania’s protector since the XV century. The construction of the castle was commissioned by John Hunyadi (Iancu de Hunedoara in Romanian) when he was elected as the regent-governor of the Kingdom of Hungary. ‘You cannot be a great ruler without a proper castle’ and this was exactly what the Hunedoara area, belonging to the principality of Transylvania, was missing.

The castle is a large and imposing dwelling with tall towers, bastions, an inner courtyard with a deep fountain, multi-coloured roofs, and a myriad windows and balconies adorned with stone embroideries. The castle also features a double wall for enhanced fortification and is flanked by both rectangular and circular towers, an architectural innovation for the period’s Transylvanian architecture. Some of the towers (the Capistrano Tower, the Deserted Tower and the Drummers’ Tower) were used as prisons. The ‘Buzdugan’ Tower (Mace Tower) was solely built for defensive purposes and it had its exterior decorated with geometric motifs. The rectangular shaped towers have large openings to accommodate larger weapons.

 

The castle has 3 large areas: the Knight’s Hall, the Diet Hall and the circular stairway. The halls are rectangular in shape and decorated with marble. The Diet Hall was used for ceremonies or formal receptions whilst the Knight’s Hall was used for feasts. In 1456, John Hunyadi died and work on the castle has stagnated. Starting with 1458, his son Mathias Corvinas became the new king of Hungary and of course rolling prince of Transylvania. New commissions were being undergone to construct the Matia Wing of the castle.

In 1480, work was completely stopped on the castle and it was recognised as being one of the biggest and most impressive buildings in Eastern Europe.

The 16th century did not bring any improvements to the castle, but during the 17th century new additions were made, for aesthetic and military purposes. Aesthetically, the new Large Palace was built facing the town. A two level building, it hosted living chamber and a large living area. For military purposes, two new towers were constructed: the White Tower and the Artillery Tower. Also, the external yard was added, used for administration and storage.

 

Legends of the Castle

The Raven and the Ring – how it became the family crest

Legend says that John Hunyadi was the barticle-title-895976fb2e8f-333-198-1-85-jpgastard child of King Sigismund de Luxembourg with a beautiful Transylvanian commoner names Elizabeth. As the king loved her dearly and did not want to shame her or her family, he decided to marry her with one of his knights Voicu. The king gave Elizabeth a ring and asked for his son to wear it when he would be older. Years passed and 14 year old John received his ring, one day when he was washing his face in the river he took the ring of and put it next to him. A raven attracted by the shine of the stones, stole the ring from the grass. John quickly lifted his bow and arrow shutting the raven down and getting his beloved ring back.

When the king heard of this great story he decided that their family crest would be the Raven with a ring in his beak.

 

The Fountain

The fountain that can be found in the castle’s courtyard was dug by three turkish prisoners that John captured during a battle. They were promised freedom if they would dig a well so that the castle would have drinking water. The prisoners animated by the promise of freedom worked day and night for 15 years, digging in the hard rock to obtain water. The well was completed after John’s death and his wife decided not to honor the promise made to the three prisoners. They were so upset they carved on the inside shaft of the well: ‘Water you have but you don’t have a heart’.

 

Fun fact! One of the coolest places in the castle is the dungeon or torture chamber, where they have these very realistic prisoners. Be careful not to miss it as it is divided in two parts, when you enter the courtyard immediately to the left and to the right.

 

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Mondays: 12:00 – 17:00*
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TICKETS:

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Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec – 20 Lei
Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct – 25 lei
Mai, Jun, Jul, Aug – 30 Lei
http://diebrueder.ch/piskodral/205 Pupils– 5 Lei (based on student ID)
Student – 5 Lei (based on student ID)
Pensioners – 10 Lei (+65 years)
Photo fee – 5 Lei
Video fee – 15 Lei
Guide fee – 30 Lei Romanian, 50 lei Foreign language

Fees for organized groups:
Minimum 30 persons;
Adulti
Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec – 15 Lei
Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct – 20 lei
Mai, Jun, Jul, Aug – 25 Lei
Pensioners – 8 lei/pers.
– Pupils/students – 4 lei/pers.

Tourist Info Center Hunedoara
Tel/Fax +40.354.880.011
informareturisticahd@gmail.com

Getting there:

Address: Strada Castelului 1-3, Hunedoara 331141, Romania. See map HERE

Tel: +40 786 048 718

Email: contact@castelulcorvinilor.ro

Here you can find information about trains: http://www.cfrcalatori.ro/

Here you can find information about bus schedules: http://www.autogari.ro/

 

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Peles Castle

Peles Castle

A story of kings and queens living in their fairy-tale world opens up before your eyes upon arriving in the area of Peles Castle. It served as a royal summer residence to the kings of Romania starting late 19th century. Built by King Carol I of Romania, it was very modern for it’s time  – the first castle in Europe to have electricity and also central heating, central vacuum cleaning and an intricate architecture.

It is one of the most beautiful, interesting and fascinating castles in Europe and definitely Romania’s No 1. Located in the town of Sinaia, which is one of the best mountain resorts in Romania, this castle will not disappoint as it is worth visiting both on the exterior admiring the vivid mountain landscape, the grand statues that guard the gardens to the out-of-this-world interior where French, German, Austrian, Italian, Turkish and Moorish styles intermingle to create an unique design which will charm and impress you.

Peles Castle – Video:


Peles Castle – Practical Information:

VISITING HOURS:

LOW SEASON: October through May
Open: Wednesday 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM; Thursday through Sunday, from 09:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Closed: Monday and Tuesday

HIGH SEASON: June through September
Open: Tuesday 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM; Wednesday through Sunday, from 09:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Closed: Monday

*Please note that Peles Castle is closed during the whole month of November for restoration. Check the castle website for the exact dates closer to November.

TOURS & TICKETS:

Standard Tour (Ground floor tour; 45 min.)

Adults: 20 lei | Seniors (+65 yrs.): 10 lei | Pupils / Students: 5 lei

*Ticket office closes at 04:00 PM, last entrance for Standard Tour is 04:15 PM.

Extended Tour (Ground floor & First floor; 1h15min)

Adults: 50 lei | Seniors (+65 yrs.): 25 lei | Pupils / Students: 12.50 lei

*Ticket office closes at 04:00 PM, last entrance for Extended Tour is 03:15 PM.

Getting there:

Peles Castle (Castelul Peles) is located in the town and ski resort of Sinaia (44 kilometers from Brasov and 122 kilometers from Bucharest).

Address of  Peles Castle: Muzeul National Peles, Str. Pelesului, Nr. 2, 106100 Sinaia, Jud. Prahova.
Phone: 0040-244-310.918, Phone/Fax: 0040-244-312.416
Email: museum@peles.ro
Web: www.peles.ro

1.By Car:

You have to take European road E60 aka national road DN1 from Bucharest – Ploiesti – Comarnic – Sinaia.

2.By Train:

The average journey time between Bucharest and Sinaia is 1 hour and 56 minutes and the fastest journey time is 1 hour and 29 minutes. On an average weekday, there are are 16 trains trains per day travelling from Bucharest to Sinaia. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays. The first train from Bucharest to Sinaia departs at 05:53. The last train from Bucharest to Sinaia departs at 23:30. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services.

3. By Guided Tour from Bucharest (Licensed guide/driver & transportation)

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Bran Castle aka Dracula’s Castle

Bran Castle aka Dracula’s Castle

Bran Castle this famous and legendary site, that spikes our  interest every time we hear about it… Is it really as tremendous as it’s fame? Is Bran Castle worth visiting?

As a tour guide and tourist as well, I say ABSOLUTELY YES. I have been through every corner of this castle so many times I cannot even count, I have stopped and looked at it from afar and up close and it is simply astonishing. This castle has played so many roles, from medieval fortress to royal residence; it must have seen so many courageous battles and fearless knights, withstood many violent attacks and horrendous enemies.

You should not be expecting luxury as it was a defense fortress, you should not be expecting cobwebs and kitsch decorations. This castle has an impressive Gothic architecture that has been enhanced over the centuries, it has a beautiful location in a mountain pass and history that won’t disappoint.

 

Bran Castle – Photo Gallery

 

Bran Castle – Video Tour:

Bran Town & Castle: Practical Information

VISITING HOURS:

LOW SEASON (OCTOBER 1 – MARCH 31)

Monday: 12PM – 4PM
Tue–Sun: 9AM – 4PM
Last Admission: 4PM

HIGH SEASON (APRIL 1 – SEPTEMBER 30)

Monday: 12PM – 6PM
Tue–Sun: 9AM – 6PM
Last Admission: 6PM

ORTHODOX EASTER HOLIDAY 2016 (30 April – 03 May 2016)

30 April: 9AM – 6PM
1 May: 9AM – 6PM
2 May: 10AM – 6PM
3 May: 9AM – 6PM

TICKET PRICES FOR 2016

Adults: 35Lei (7.8€)
Seniors (65+): 25Lei (5.6€)
Students: 20Lei (4.5€)
Pupils: 7Lei (1.5€)
School groups (>20pax): 5Lei (1.1€)
Filming: included

FREE / REDUCED ADMISSION

Admission is free for disabled persons and for institutionalized persons. Seniors admission is valid for people over 65 years. Students and pupils require to display their StudentID.

 

Directions: 

Address: Str. General Traian Mosoiu, nr. 24, Bran, Romania | GPS coordinates: N 45.515178°, E 25.367044°

Bran Castle is sited at the entrance to the Rucar – Bran passage, on the road connecting Brasov to Campulung, overtowered by the peaks of the Bucegi and the Piatra Craiului Mountains. Bran is less than 30 km far from Brasov, when following the national route 73, which leaves Braşov by its West end, through the Bartolomeu district. The distance to Bucharest is of less than 200 km.

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Landscapes from Bran-Moeciu

Due to its lovely landscape and charming people, Bran-Moeciu is one of the most popular touristic areas in Brasov County and the ideal place to spend a great week-end or your holidays.

One can say that nature has been generous with this area because it is surrounded by the impressive silhouettes of the massifs Bucegi and Piatra Craiului, two of the most important elements in the Romanian mountainous touristic scenery. The landscape from this area is a harmonious mixture of different land forms (high mountains, plateaus, the curvy shapes carved by the rivers along their banks and the valleys that cross the land, shaped by the rich hydro-graphic network).

 

Getting there:

1. By Car:

BUCHAREST – BRAN (ROUTE DN1/E60 160KM, 2.5 HOURS DRIVING TIME)

From Bucharest, head north on DN1/E60, pass by Ploiesti, continue to follow DN1/E60, after Azuga turn left on DN73A, at Rasnov turn left onto DN73/E574, drive 10KMs and Bran Castle will be on the left.

BRASOV – BRAN (ROUTE DN73/E574 30KM, 35 MINS DRIVING TIME)

From Brasov, head northwest to Rasnov on DN73/E574, continue straight to Bran, castle will be on the left.

 

2. By Train:

BUCHAREST – BRASOV ( VIA ROMANIAN RAILWAYS (CFR), 170KM, 3.5 HOURS)

Train From:Bucharest Nord Gara A
Train To:Brasov
Duration: Approx 3hrs 25min
Frequency: Hourly
Line: (CFR) Intercity, Regional
Fare: Approx €10 (40Lei)
Schedules:www.infofer.ro

The access by train is possible only up to Brasov. From Brasov you can transfer to bus service or pick-up the taxi service. More details in the Bus/Taxi tabs.

3. By Bus

BRASOV – BRAN (ROUTE DN73/E574 30KM, 45 MINS TRIP TIME)

Bus terminal No. 2 Brasov, provides regular rides between Brasov and Bran – Moeciu and return trips, with departures at every 30min, and at every hour during weekends.

Duration: Approx 45min
Frequency: 30min week days, 1hr weekends
Fare: Approx €1.2 (5 Lei) /ride
Schedules: +4 0268-426-332 Location:N 45.663423°, E25.583103°

4. By Taxi

BUCHAREST – BRAN (ROUTE DN1/E60 160KM, 2.5 HOURS DRIVING TIME)

A ride to Bran Castle from Bucharest, takes about 2.5hrs drive. At Otopeni-Bucharest Airport there is a taxi station right in front of the international arrivals.

Telephone: 021-9494, 021-9444, 021-9477, 021-9488
Fare: Approx €80 (350 lei)/ride

BRASOV – BRAN (ROUTE DN73/E574 30KM, 35 MINS DRIVING TIME)

From Brasov to Bran, Bratax.ro provides taxi services in cars with A/C, English speaking taxi drivers, with a professional conduct and attitude.

Telephone: 0268-948 / +4 0268-315-555
Mobile: +4 0726-315-555
Fare: Approx 20€ (80 lei)/ride Schedules:www.bratax.ro

5. By Guided Tour from Bucharest (Licensed guide/driver & transportation)

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