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Address: Calea Motilor, nr. 5A, Alba Iulia 510134, Romania
Phone Number:
40372586412
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*** Alba Iulia - Alba Carolina Citadel *** A town coated by the legendary...

*** Alba Iulia - Alba Carolina Citadel *** A town coated by the legendary halo of the great historical events that took place within its ancient walls, Alba Iulia has deeply got into the Romanian people's mind and soul. No other Transylvanian town has gathered so many crucial meanings and symbols. With thousands and thousands of years of human existence lying behind it, Alba Iulia represents the charming mirror in which all the ethnic groups of Transylvania can discover their vigor or their traditions of yore. The heart of Alba Iulia is Alba Carolina Citadel. Alba Carolina, the most representative bastion fortress in Romania and Southeast Europe, built upon the initiative of Emperor Charles the VIth of Habsburg, under the supervision of the French-born Austrian field marshal Eugene of Savoy, is wearing its royal robe. A royal citadel, residence of the bishopric, capital of autonomous principality, and a military garrison, Alba Iulia has been during all historical periods the main political, administrative, religious, cultural, and military centre of Transylvania. We invite you to visit The Other Capital of Romania.

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8 Hours Day Trip from Cluj-Napoca
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Private Tour: Corvin Castle and Alba Iulia from Sibiu

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Beautiful Citadel of Alba Iulia

There is no way you want to miss this if visiting Romania/ Alba Iulia. So much history and the place is absolutely gorgeous. And I must mention, perfectly clean. Words can't... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

There is a lit if Romanian histiry bound to this place and it is a good opportunity to learn it. There is also Roman history attached to it (and a small museum one can visit). There are a few sight points of Alba Iulia city. A drawback is that not all the buildings have been restored in a lot of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is no way you want to miss this if visiting Romania/ Alba Iulia. So much history and the place is absolutely gorgeous. And I must mention, perfectly clean. Words can't describe it, you'll have to see it to understand what I'm talking about. I am Romanian and no matter where you come from, I encourage everyone to visit Citadel... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visit the Alba Carolina Fortress often. Every time it feels like a new experience and I feel that every time I find something new there. All the history that they have there is so interesting! And the ceremony of the guard at the Road of the Three Fortresses is amazing! The Architectural Medieval Ensemble is also worth visiting. If... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

This place has come back to life due to extensive renovations. It is BEAUTIFUL. Loved walking under 301 years old gates beautifully renovated. Gate number III is especially beautiful. Love the statues in the middle of the main walkway. It is a picture-pretty place

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

My first time there and as a romanian leaving abroad i was particulary impressed! Extremly nice and clean, open for everybody 24h and the Cafés inside and the long walks you can take along and inside makes this place remarkable. I will definetly try the hotel next time i am there. PS: amazing Christmas market in the winter time!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

We had a wonderful time visiting this place. I would recommend to visit it during spring-autumn, when the weather is good, as it's worth walking around the place for a couple of hours. There are several sites to be visited inside the Citadel, so it's good to wear comfortable shoes. Inside the Citadel you can find several places where you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Was here on a very cold day of january but still couldn't resist hanging a couple hours around. There are many things to see, some parts were just restored. Inside there are souvenirs shops and places from where you can buy hot drinks and snacks. If you want to visit it you must book at last a couple of hours.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

A very well preserved citadel, as it should be considering its importance in Romanian history. The relatively small area is in great contrast to the town that surrounds it, one sadly only too full of ugly blocks. At least an hour can spent here,, longer if you linger in the many sites.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

One of the most beautiful places in Romania to visit. The birth place of modern Romania. You can visit the place were the Big Union took place. Roman archaeological sites. Beautiful architecture. A beautiful place filled with history. If you are lucky during the warmer season you can witness the change of guard. Be sure that is a place to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

The Citadel is of great historical importance for Romanians, Hungarians and Saxons. It’s beautifully refurbished, with attention to every detail, a perfect collaboration between the two major churches (Roman Catholic and Orthodox) and an example for every touristic attraction in the country. Inside the fortress are The Union Hall with the National Honour Gallery, The National History Museum of Unification,... More 

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