Alba Iulia Travel Guide

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  • Alba Iulia
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Alba Iulia Highlights

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    LoriPori says…

     A wonderful experience - an amazing citadel 

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     Very small 

  • In a nutshell
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     Great Romanian Town-http://www.apulum.ro/index-en.htm 

Alba Iulia Things to Do

  • Alba Carolina Fortress

    Alba Carolina Fortress is one of the biggest fortresses in Eastern Europe. It was built at the request of Charles VI and was completely finished in 1735. When walking up to the citadel, you can see a nice view of the countryside. Inside there is a very old medieval Catholic church, two palaces, the Batthyaneum Library, some ruins, Alba Iulia...

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  • Orthodox Cathedral of the Reunification

    This is a very beautiful cathedral near the citadel in Alba Iulia. The gardens are nice and the inside is decorated beautifully. Although compared to the other cathedrals it's not very old (it was built in the early 1920s), it is historically significant. It is a symbol of when Transylvania was once again joined to Romania.

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  • Roman Catholic Cathedral

    This cathedral was built sometime in the 13th century and is a huge structure. This is another historical site in Alba Iulia and contains the tombs of two of the region's royals. A lot of importance is placed on this building not just because of its age, but also its architectural style. It’s very beautiful and is a must-visit in Alba Iulia.

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  • Hiking

    Because the area is great for biking, you can do a lot of trips around Alba iulia, using your bike. There are not bike rental shops but you can bring your own if you intend to stay more.You can also hike and have nice trips around Alba Iulia

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  • The route of the three strongholds

    The route of the three strongholds its a really old/nice place you have to visit. Be careful when you take pics (even if you pay the fee). Earlier today one of the guards told me I can take as many pics i want but i might get sued if i post them on the internet because the Fortress is protected by © copyright and it's also a ® registered trademark...

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  • Saint Michael Catholic church

    In the middle of history of Transylvania, this church hides the most important moments of history of Transylvania

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  • Historical Site plus Beautiful Nature

    In the city itself there is not so much to do from my experience of being there for a week. It has a castle area with several monuments. However, the surrounding area is beautiful if you want to explore the small villages and towns nearby or enjoy nature by going for a hike.

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  • Sfantul Mihail - Roman Catholic...

    The Roman Catholic Cathedral is worth a visit. Its architecture has elements of both Romanesque and Gothic styles. There are some ancient frescoes in the north aisle, and some very handsome statuary and tombs in the south aisle. There is also a one-manual and pedal positive organ in the gallery.Be certain to visit the impressive Romanian Orthodox...

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  • The catholic cathedral

    A strangely loopsided building. It used to have two towers but one was blown off completely though i can't remember why or how it came about. But it gives a rather odd feeling at least i had it when i looked at it first. Since the other tower has been demoslished so effectively or maybe they've just sorn the remnands down, it almost looks like this...

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  • Look closely at the wooden church

    And see the amasing craftmanship of the people that build it. It is an old church but it still is in good shape. And i loved looking at the walls just to see how neatly the beams matched and build up the wall. It kept me fascinated

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  • The newly discovered fresco's

    Not so long ago these fresco's have been discovered in the catholic cathedral. They're not in the best condition but it is a surprise to find them at all.

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  • The wooden church

    Just outside the citadel you can find an old wooden church.Somehow i thought at first that it wouldn't be used anymore because of the cathedrals inside the citadel. But last time i was there a wooden sort of instrument was used around the church and also in the bell-tower after which the bell sounded for the service. So i was quite mistaken. What i...

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Alba Iulia Restaurants

  • Probably the best restaurant in...

    This restaurant: just wow!! It's definitely worth visit Alba Iulia just for the amazing citadel but if you do, it would be such a pity not to try the food in Delacroix. The description on wikitravel says this restaurant was opened by chef Mihai Toader, finalist in the well-known TV show Masterchef. We ate there in January 2014: incredible! Totally...

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  • MEDIEVAL RESTAURANT

    Monday, June 24, 2013Part of our VT Bus Tour to Alba Iulia was to have lunch together. We ate at the Medieval Restaurant PUB13. It was like a large cavern, with wooden tables. We all sat at one long table.First came out a bowl of bean soup which was delicious.The Platters of food were huge. One platter had baked potato wedges, french fries,...

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  • Best food in the city, decent prices!

    The restaurant is placed in a great location, near the Fortress, right next to the First Gate ('Poarta a-Ia a Cetăţii').The atmosphere is cosy, and the owner - who is also the cook - specialized in Italian dishes while being in Italy. You can get here various seafood plates, grilled fish, great pasta but also international dished such as...

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  • Delicious Italian Cuisine

    This is a fine place to enjoy Italian specialities in a most attractive setting. The pizza and pasta selections were delicious, and the service was excellent! One may be seated indoors, or outdoors on the patio.

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  • Almost the best pizzas in town!

    Their menu has one of the greatest variety of pizzas and pastas in town. The prices range from 2,5 $ to 6 $ for a large pizza. A large selection of wines, beers and non-alcoholic drinks is also available. The ambiance is nice, nothing exceptional though. The seafood pizza, the spaghetti carbonara and the lasagna. Also tParma ham with cantaloup -...

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  • A moustached owner with pizza in his...

    The place's nice and clean, it has a non-smoker section (which is a very rare thing in Romania). Pizzas are made & baked in front of you, in an open owen, usually by the owner himself- a guy with a biiiiiiig moustache :). The food selection is very large but for the fancier foods (like pasta con languste or risotto con funghi porcini) it's better...

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Alba Iulia Nightlife

  • Summer Nights

    Because the Fortress is so big and people are willing to have fun all the time, during summer there are some places that you can have fun outdoors with live music and dancing. There are several places where you can go during the weekend, have a few drinks, listen to some local singers and dance until morning. Last year was great, because the summer...

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  • Clubs

    Here you can have a great night with great music and dancing.In Alegria you can have electric music or Retro Music on Thursday, In Pub13 a combination between eating and dancing, it is a restaurant that offers food drink and entertainment. Great location, in the old Austrian cellar, in the Fortress walls. You can dress as you feel comfortable to...

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  • You think you can't find a good cocktail...

    The drink are good, the place is one of the best clubs in town actually, they've got a large selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails. Also try the fruit salad.

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Alba Iulia Transportation

  • Easy Access by Bus or Train from...

    Easy to travel to from Budapest by train or by a mini bus which can be found at the Nepliget bus station. Mini bus is the cheapest option and may be quicker too. Only remember to set your clock ahead by an hour when you cross into Romania.

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  • Getting to Alba Iulia

    If you want to visit Alba Iulia you can come using different transportation methods: by train, or by bus. I would recommend coming to Alba Iulia by bus. One of the best company's is DACOS ( http://www.dacos.com.ro ).

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  • Buses

    Buses come to Alba Iulia mainly from Sibiu, Bucuresti, Timisoara or Cluj. They are comfy, cost as much as an accelerate ticket and get you much faster here. Try to find one from Dacos or Transmixt (part of the Atlassib company) I only had good experiences with both of them.Buses around Alba - take route number 3 or 4 if you want to ride around the...

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Alba Iulia Warnings and Dangers

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    by Mique Written Jul 2, 2005

    Take care and don't make fun of Mihael Viteazul's horse. I had a now funny story but then not so nice experience and i haven't been the only one. member Dunemaire told me an old school experience from her when we passed the horse and i laughed. And yes, i'll eventually will write the travelogue with the story. Then we told the story to some friends of mine. They were mildly amused so only missed their train and came back 2 hours later then they planned. She told the story recently to another guy. he thought it funny too. And yes, he too came back a lot later then he wanted too. The story has something to do with the dact that the horse is anatomical correct..

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Alba Iulia Off The Beaten Path

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    by Mique Written Jul 2, 2005

    Some parts of the citadel are really old. And sometimes you can find clear evidence of it. In one of the houses in the citadel you can find embedded in the wall the part of an old window. But it has sagged down a lot. The new window has build partially over it byut most of the old window frame has been preserved.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

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Alba Iulia Sports & Outdoors

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    by ancabelascu Written Aug 17, 2011

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    Finally Alba Iulia has a place where to use the bikes. The South and the North places between the walls of the fortress are quite good for biking in the city. The tourists ca rent the bike with 5 lei-1,2 Euros and they can see all the fortress by bike, can stop and have a drink and take pictures.

    Equipment: The bikes can be rented from 2 places-the first terrace in the park and on the alley in the fortress from where tourists can also take some souvenirs.

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Alba Iulia Favorites

  • GATES OF ALBA CAROLINA

    The Vauban Bastionary fortress is outstanding both for its decorative elements and for the beauty of its GATES. The fortress has six gates, which are richly adorned and decorated with statues and reliefs. MINTING FACTORY GATE - Entry to the fortifications is made through the Minting Factory Gate. The minting factory worked from the first half of...

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  • BASTIONS - BASTIONUL SASILOR

    The perimeter of the outside walls is about 12 kilometers. The fortification has seven BASTIONS - BASTIONUL SASILOR - Eugene of Savoia - St. Stefan - The Trinity - St. Michael - St. Carol - St. Capistrano - St. Elisabeth - making it into a star-shaped Vauban-style fortress. The walls are made of bricks, quarry stones and in some cases, Roman ruins.

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  • THE PRISON

    In the past, THE PRISON was used by the Austrian authorities to imprison those who had broken the law. Those who were tortured during interrogation were also brought here.Also the leaders of the Peasants' Revolution of 1748 - 1785 were jailed, tried and executed here.The Prison was part of our "Route of the Three Fortifications" tour. Pictured here...

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