This is the major museum to go to for Dacian and Roman history in Romania. There are of course bigger museums in Bucharest as is expected, but this area was the centre of the Dacian kingdoms and the Roman provincial administration so there are some very good exhibits here. From Deva you can easily get to the Roman capital city of Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa and the Dacian capital of Sarmizegetusa Regia (in the Orastie Mountains) and other Roman and Dacian sites of interest. The museum also administrates the smaller site museum at Ulpia as well as several interesting historic buildings in the area such as Hunedoara castle and the Deva citadel. The museum has pamphlets in English, French, German, Romanian (and maybe other languages) about some major sites. Some of the pamphets and maps are available for free on the museum website. There is a natural science museum next to the history museum which has displays about geology, dinosaurs & local wildlife. Deva is located along one of the major train / road routes from Budapest (and western Europe) to Bucharest (and onwards to the Black Sea or Bulgaria) so Deva is a convenient place to stop off and check out for the day. Since the train station, citadel and museum are very close to each other (if you don't consider altitude) you can easily see both attractions and then head back to the train station or take a 30 minute bus ride to Hundeoara to see the castle there as well. And then continue on your journey.
The main reason to visit Deva is to see its citadel. The walk up is a bit difficult to find. I had to ask several times in order to find the stairs that lead to the path up the hill. The way up isn't a very difficult one and makes for a nice walk. When you arrive in front of the citadel you'll have a great vew of the surroundings. And Deva right in front a few meters lower :-)
There is nothing preventing one from entering the citadel apparently. And there is no entrance fee to pay either. I didn't go in because of the very unsave looking 'stairs'.
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One must pay particular care when traveling by train in Romania, there are a lot of old antiquated trains and carriages in use, while slowly undergoing an upgrade, the use of old rolling stock affords quite cheap travel for the poorer citizens.
However particular attention must be given to the fact that it is not uncommon for trains to travel with the outside doors OPEN even at high speeds, so if traveling with young children extra attention must be taken.
As of this year (2006) a policy of NO SMOKING in Romanian trains has been introduced, this also means no smoking in the toilets or passage ways of carraiges. After one warning persistent offenders can be arrested by the police.
Standards of trains vary, some are "stop at every station" along the way, others stop at main stations and there are also Intercity and trans-European trains. Make sure you have the correct tickets for your train, on most you get a carriage and set number.
Stops are not announced, and care should be taken you can see the name of the station you are entering, lots of upgrading is taking place in the major cities but rural stations can be very rural with regards toilets and such. (always carry your own toilet paper and wipes).
While traveling throughout Romania you will be accosted regularly by beggers, both from the Roma / Gypsy people and Romanian street people.
I am not being a Rascist here but the Roma or Gypsy have a full time job begging.
Points to note: Children from Gypsy familys are taken into towns and villages to beg all day long, I know of family gangs who travel into Deva everyday just to beg. They are very persistent and any requests for money should be meet with a firm "NU!" that means No in Romanian, if they persist try calling "A J I T O R" that means help, most Romanians are very annoyed and embarresed that a torist should be accosted by beggers and will usualy shout at them to leave you in peace or the police will come.
Mains locations the beggers can be found; On trains, train stations, outside supermarkets, bus stations, outside Churches. Cripples and maimed are often left by the family to beg outside shops and churches for the day, often displaying the stumps of limbs for sympathy.
Also remember that, the dirty looking child begging for money and acting out a charade miming hunger, wants the money to give to the parents, adult family members can be seen beating the younger ones if they dont perform well, also beware that many of them are accomplished pickpockets.
The second class of beggers are Street children & Alcoholics, street children are children who were turned out of the State sponsered Orphanages when funding ran out, after the collapse of the communist regime, and they still are underfunded today, many are young teenagers, lots of them have been sexually abused since moving to live on the streets and there is a high incidence of solvent abuse. They tend to haunt the outside of some of the larger train stations, Again if approched for money firmly repond with NU! till they realise they will get nothing and leave, if persistent you may call out "A J I T O R" for help, most train stations have a Police office.
It might be something for the very surefooted but i passed on seeing the citadel closer when i saw these stairs. I tried a few steps though but quickely turned around. When i was there it wasn't like there were a lot of people and i didn't feel like falling somehwere and just lying there till someone would come along and find me...