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Hunyadi Castle

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One of the biggest castles in Europe and believed to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Strada Castelului 1-3, Hunedoara 331141, Romania
Adult:
20 Lei (January, February, November, December)
25 Lei (March, April, September, October)
30 Lei (May, June, July, August)

Children: 5 Lei
Students: 5 Lei

Hunyadi Castle or Corvin Castle is a structure located in Hunedoara in Romania. It was built in a Renaissance-Gothic style. It features a double wall utilized for protection purposes and imposing defense towers. It is considered one of the biggest castles in Europe.

 

The construction of the castle was begun by John Hundyadi for his father, the King of Hungary at the time.

 

Hunyadi is often said to have been the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. This is also the case of the famous Bran Castle in Romania. The reason for this is that Vlad III of Wallachia was held prisoner by John Hundary in the castle and they both later got an alliance even though John Hunyadi was the one who had ordered the execution of Vlad III’s father. However, Stoker never knew about the castle.

 

A legend is told about the 30 meter deep well in the castle yard. It is said that it was dug by twelve Turskish prisoners who were promised liberty if they found water. After fifteen years of work, the well was completed but they were never released.

Opening hours

Monday: 10:30 – 17:00

Rest of the week: 09:00 -17:00

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