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Corvins’ Castle – one of the seven wonders of Romania

Corvins' Castle, Romania
Described by some as one of the seven wonders of Romania, Corvins' Castle is one of the largest castles in Europe, and the legends that surround this castle, with Vlad Dracula, the Hunyady family, the fountain, and the raven makes this castle be mysterious and magical.
Other NamesHunyadi Castle or Hunedoara Castle
Visiting HoursSummer Season:
April 1 – October 30
Tuesday – Sunday 9:00 – 20:00
Monday 12:00 – 20:00
Winter Season
November 1 – March 31
Open every day: 9:00 – 17:00
Always check the official website for the exact information regarding the Visiting Hours and Ticket Price.
Ticket PriceFull Price 35 LEI / 8 E
Photo Tax 5 LEI
Video Tax 15 LEI
Romania Guide: 35 LEI
English / French / Hungarian Guide: 65 LEI
The ticket includes: Corvin Castle Museum, Guild House, Protohistory exhibition
Location InfoThe parking lot is 500 meters away from the entrance to the castle. In the parking lot, there are souvenirs shops.
There is a walking path before entering the castle that is 500 meters long.
The path is a cobblestone street.
Before entering the castle there is a wooden walking bridge.
Just before the bridge, there is the ticket point.
In front of the castle, there are souvenirs and food shops.
Also in front of the castle, there is two museums and an exhibition:
History Archeology and Ethnography Museum Hunedoara
Guild House Museum
Torture Exhibition
AccessibleFrom the parking, you can reach the entrance to the castle and the interior yard with a baby stroller or a wheelchair.
The castle interior is not accessible to be visited with a baby stroller or a wheelchair.
The baby stroller can be maneuverable over few steps on the rooms from the ground floor of the castle.
LocationCurtea Corvineștilor 1-3, Hunedoara 331141, Romania, Europe

Why is Corvins’ Castle famous?

Some say that this Castle is one of the seven wonders of Romania.

Corvins’ Castle impresses with its presence, which dominates the city of Hunedoara.

Corvins' Castle, Romania

It is one of the largest castles in Europe.

Corvins’ Castle construction began on the orders of Voivode of Transylvania John Hunyadi ((Latin: Ioannes Corvinus, Hungarian: Hunyadi János, Romanian: Iancu or Ioan de Hunedoara).

The family name, Hunyadi, comes from the Latin “Corvus”, which means “Crow”, a bird that symbolizes in the Middle Ages wisdom and longevity.

Tourists are told that it was the place where Vlad the Impaler (Dracula), Prince of Wallachia, was held prisoner by John Hunyadi.

The Fountain

A point of interest in the Corvins’ Castle is the fountain, dug in the space between the old and the new curtain.

According to the legend, this fountain was dug by 3 Turkish prisoners to whom liberty was promised if they reached the water. After 15 years they completed the well, but their captors did not keep their promise. It is said that the inscription on a wall of the well means “you have water, but not soul”. 

The Raven symbol

On the coat of arms of the Corvin family is inscribed a raven holding a gold ring in its beak. The attribution of this family symbol has a legend. It is said that John of Hunedoara was the illegitimate son of Sigismund of Luxembourg, king of Hungary, with a beautiful woman from the Land of Hateg, named Elizabeth. In order to protect her from dishonesty, the king arranges for her to marry one of his heroes, Voicu. The king also gives her a ring as a gift for the unborn child, in order to be recognized when he grows up.

During a trip made by Voicu’s family, stopping for lunch, the ring is forgotten on a rock. A raven, attracted by the sparkle of the ring, stole it trying to fly with it. The child Ioan de Hunedoara takes a bow and an arrow and hits the raven, recovering the ring. When he grows up and reaches the royal court, he tells this story, and the king, impressed by this story, decides that the symbol of the Hunedoara family is the raven with a gold ring in its beak.