Our most recommended things to do in Alba County

Cluj: Turda Salt Mine, Corvin Castle, Alba Carolina Tour

1. Cluj: Turda Salt Mine, Corvin Castle, Alba Carolina Tour

You will meet with our guide at the statue near the Romano-Catholic church in Union Square. First, we'll delve into the fascinating history of the Turda Salt Mine, one of the world's oldest and most unique salt mines. The mine has a rich history that dates back to the Roman Empire. Salt extraction from this mine began during the Roman occupation in 107 AD, and it continued to be a significant source of salt for the region for centuries. Step inside this remarkable underground world and marvel at the striking salt formations, massive halls, and impressive machinery. Learn about the mine's fascinating history and hear the stories of those who worked here centuries ago. Next, we'll make our way to the majestic Corvin Castle, one of Europe's most stunning castles. The castle was originally built by the nobleman Voicu of Hunedoara in the 14th century, but it was later expanded and transformed into a formidable fortress by his son, John Hunyadi. The castle played a significant role in defending the region against the Ottoman Empire, and it was a vital military stronghold for the Kingdom of Hungary. Step back in time as you wander through the castle's halls and courtyards, marvel at the intricate Gothic architecture, and learn about the castle's storied past. Marvel at its Gothic architecture, learn about its rich history and explore its numerous chambers, halls, and courtyards. Finally, we'll explore the grandeur of the Alba Carolina Fortress, a stunning example of Vauban-style military architecture. Discover the history of this impressive fortress and its role in Romania's past as we explore its many courtyards, ramparts, and bastions. In 1918, Alba Iulia played a pivotal role in the unification of Romania when the Great National Assembly, comprising over 1,200 delegates from all over the country, gathered in the city to declare the unification of Transylvania with Romania. This event is considered one of the most important moments in modern Romanian history and is celebrated every year on December 1st as Romania's National Day. You'll be amazed at the scale and detail of this magnificent structure. You will explore the massive walls, towers, and bastions. In the evening, you will return to Cluj-Napoca, and your day trip will come to an end.

From Sibiu: Alba lulia and Corvin's Castle Guided Day Trip

2. From Sibiu: Alba lulia and Corvin's Castle Guided Day Trip

We start our trip in the morning with travelling to Alba Iulia in a Walking tour you will find the history of the impressive fortress in Vauban style which was originally a Roman fort. In the old town visitors can stroll along the wide, tree-lined streets of the Habsburg citadel, one of the most impressive in Europe, to discover the historical, cultural and architectural places of interest of Alba Iulia: the Roman Catholic Cathedral – the oldest and most valuable monument of architecture in Transylvania., the Batthyaneum Library, the Orthodox Cathedral of the Reunification, the Babilon Building – housing the National Museum of Unification, the Union Hall, the Apor Palace, the Princely Palace, and the University of Alba Iulia. After the City tour, you will have some free time to explore and get some lunch. After lunchtime, we drive to the Corvin's Castle in Hunedoara, also known as Hunyadi Castle or Hunedoara Castle, which one of the most beautiful medieval castles in the world. In the evening we drive back to Sibiu.

From Cluj: Turda Salt Mine, Gorge, and Remetea Full-Day Trip

3. From Cluj: Turda Salt Mine, Gorge, and Remetea Full-Day Trip

Embark on an excursion from Cluj to visit three of Transylvania's notable sites. See an underground theme park that's nestled inside the Turda Salt Mine, go for a hike through the dramatic Turda Gorge, and encounter traditional rural life in a preserved Rimetea village. Start your experience with pickup and a short drive to the Turda Salt Mine. Take a guided tour and spend some time in its unique underground theme park. Try out the ferris wheel, play a round of minigolf, or ride a boat on its underground lake. Hop back in the vehicle and head for the Turda Gorge. Marvel at the 3-kilometer long canyon, with massive walls sculpted in weathered limestone. Hike through high cliffs with steep ridges, rock towers, caves, and lots of varieties of flora and fauna. Conclude your experience with a visit to Rimetea village. Enjoy strolling amongst traditional white houses with green windows. Get a feel for Transylvanian rural life in a preserved and beautiful location.

From Cluj-Napoca: Turda Salt Mines and Rimetea Day Trip

4. From Cluj-Napoca: Turda Salt Mines and Rimetea Day Trip

Depart from Cluj-Napoca and head to Turda, once the most important economic center of the region where salt, also known as “white gold,” has been extracted since the Roman age. Arrive for a guided tour at the Salina Turda salt mine and discover the history of salt mining in the town dating from the 17th century. Explore site, including the Terezia mine, Rudolf hall, and the Franz Josef Gallery.  Afterwards, spend the afternoon in the Transylvanian western mountains in the village of Rimetea. The chalk-white houses and the harmonious structure of the village have earned it several distinctions. Considered to be one of the most beautiful village in Transylvania, it received the Europa Nostra Award for its architectural preservation.  Next up, take a 1-hour hike to the ruins of the Coltesti Fortress for an impressive view of the valley below. In the evening, head back to Cluj-Napoca where you’ll be dropped off at the starting point of your tour.

Transylvania: 3 Day Tour from Bucharest

5. Transylvania: 3 Day Tour from Bucharest

This 3-day tour will reveal the most beautiful and fascinating sights in Transylvania and the nearby area. The trip first takes you to the region of the Olt Valley, where you will visit Cozia Monastery, built by Mircea the Elder. Here you will be able to view old manuscripts and prints, embroideries and other objects of worship. Next you will visit Sibiu, an amazing medieval city in Transylvania which was once one of the largest and wealthiest strongholds in Europe. Nowadays a city of art and culture, Sibiu has the power to fascinate you during your walking tour of the Old Center where you will see sites such as the Big Square, the Liars Bridge, the Brukenthal Palace and the Clock Tower. After Sibiu you will explore other two amazing cities, full of medieval charm and history: Alba Iulia and Sighisoara. Alba Iulia is like a journey to the past where you can visit the Alba Carolina fortress, Alba Iulia Museum, Catholic Cathedral of Alba Iulia, The Obelisk dedicated to Horea, Closca, and Crisan. Sighisoara is a unique well-preserved medieval citadel, part of the UNESCO World Heritage and still inhabited today. Landmarks you will have a chance to see there include the Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill and the Dracula’s House. This trip will also give you an opportunity to discover Brasov, a perfect mix of wonderful mountain scenery and medieval history with German influence. You will admire the best of Brasov in a walking tour, which includes the Main Square, the Old Council Hall, the Black Church and the medieval walls and defense towers. After Brasov, the trip continues revealing one of the most popular sight in Transylvania, namely Dracula’s Castle, the Sinaia Monastery and Pele's Castle, one of the most stunning castles in Europe and a masterpiece of architecture, which offers visitors a breathtaking mountain scenery. You will also see one of the oldest and most famous mountain resorts, known as 'The Pearl of the Carpathians', which once also used to be a summer residence of the Romanian royal family. The tour includes a 1-night stay in Alba Iulia in a double room and a 1-night stay in Brasov in double room with breakfasts included.

Alba-Lulia: Dusk Candlelight Tour

6. Alba-Lulia: Dusk Candlelight Tour

After meeting your guide in front of the Iancu de Hunedoara statue, your journey into the past will begin. Walking through the Third Gate, a new world will open in front of your eyes. You will soon progress onward to the Catholic Cathedral, which is believed to be the oldest functional church in Romania. The Episcopal Palace and Princes's Palace next door will complete this scenic setting. Walking towards the Third Gate you will admire the majestic statue of Mihai Viteazul, who is known for being the Romanian king who was the first to complete the unification of the Transylvania, Wallachia, and Moldavia regions. Finally, the Monetariei Wall and the Losenau and Custozza Monuments will add a bit of renaissance spice into an area that is already a breathtaking place. Your night will end with the Monastery and the Church of the Jesuits order and one of the most important Orthodox Cathedrals, the Cathedral of Coronation.

From Cluj-Napoca: Apuseni Mountains Hiking Guided Day Tour

7. From Cluj-Napoca: Apuseni Mountains Hiking Guided Day Tour

Go in search of rare wildflowers, wonderful mushrooms, endemic plants and experience the pristine nature of the Apuseni Mountains on this tour from Cluj. Travel into the mountains to the village of Posaga de Sus, where you’ll begin an alpine hike through beech forest to Scarita peak, which sits at an altitude of 1384 meters (4541 feet). Due to the altitude and difficulty of the hike, participants require a moderate fitness level for this tour. Tour suited to those interested in flora and fauna, hiking, and photography Go at your own pace and ask all the questions you want on this private tour. The trip starts at 8 o'clock in the morning with a pickup from your accommodation in CLuj-Napoca. We will travel a distance of 79 km in 1 h and 30 min until we reach Posaga de Sus. Our hike started at Posaga de Sus village, followed by an abrupt path through a beech forest, which led to an alpine zone with an exquisite sight to the calcareous, white cliffs. We passed by some abandoned wood hovels, than climbed to the ridge, reaching the highest peak (Scarita) The views up here are worth it! The Scarita-Belioara is a botanical reserve. This natural wonder is home to a diversity of rare plants. Some of them have survived from the cold glacial periods: There are rare fauna elements, such as butterflies, but also the golden eagle, the largest raptor bird recorded in Romania nests on the abrupt cliffs. From there we could easily identify the valley of the Aries river, the Trascaului Mountains at the south, and the Muntele Mare plateau. On the hiking, route will be full of wildflowers and fungi which we will identify :) On our return if we have time left we will visit a beautiful waterfall that is called Sipote and Dumesti village in a remote location. In the evening we will take you back to your accommodation in Cluj-Napoca.

From Brasov: Corvin Castle and Sibiu (Optional Sighisoara)

8. From Brasov: Corvin Castle and Sibiu (Optional Sighisoara)

Start with pickup from your hotel in Brasov by a professional guide. Begin your journey to Corvin Castle, enjoying the beautiful landscapes offered by the Transylvanian wilderness along the way.  Construction of the castle started in 1446, and has been continuously expanded and developed by various kings over the centuries. Built in a Renaissance-Gothic style, the castle is constructed on a rock overlooking the Zlaști River. See this large and imposing structure with tall towers, bastions, an inner courtyard, diversely coloured roofs, and myriads of windows and balconies adorned with stone carvings. Discover the fascinating history of the castle and its numerous royal figures, as your guide escorts you around the site. After some time exploring, travel next to Sibiu. Sibiu is a pedestrian-friendly city with two easily accessible levels: the Upper town, home to most of Sibiu's historic sights, and the Lower town, lined with colorful houses on cobblestone streets surrounded by imposing city walls and defense towers overlooking the river Cibin. Explore its unique mix of well-preserved architecture, medieval fortifications, monumental churches, of different faiths, boutique shops and narrow romantic streets.

From Bucharest: Transylvania Castles Private 4-Day Tour

9. From Bucharest: Transylvania Castles Private 4-Day Tour

Embark on an incredible adventure through Romania's Transylvania region with the Transylvania Castles Private Tour 4-Day from Bucharest! This comprehensive tour package takes you on a journey to some of the most awe-inspiring and historic landmarks of the region. The tour kicks off in Bucharest, the bustling capital city of Romania, before taking you to visit some of the most iconic attractions in the area, including the stunning Peles Castle and the legendary Bran Castle. You'll also have the chance to explore the beautiful Brasov, and the imposing Rupea Fortress. But that's not all – the tour also takes you to the charming Viscri village, the medieval citadel of Sighisoara, and the enchanting Biertan. You'll also have the opportunity to visit the imposing Alba Carolina and the stunning Corvin Castle, with its fascinating legends and tales. Throughout the tour, you'll be accompanied by a private expert guide, who will provide you with fascinating insights into the rich culture, history, and significance of each site. You'll also get to explore the beautiful city of Sibiu, known for its charming medieval architecture, and the serene Curtea de Arges Monastery. The tour package includes everything you need for a comfortable and stress-free experience, including accommodation, meals, transport, and more. With the Transylvania Castles Private Tour 4-Day from Bucharest, you'll have the chance to experience the best of Romania's Transylvania region in just four days, all while creating unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. So what are you waiting for? Book your adventure today! The tour plan: Day 1: Bucharest – Peles Castle – Bran Castle – Brasov Overnight in Brasov, breakfast included. Day 2: Brasov - Rupea fortress - Viscri village - Sighisoara citadel Overnight in Sighisoara, breakfast included. Day 3: Sighisoara - Biertan - Alba Carolina - Corvin Castle - Sibiel Overnight in Sibiel, 3 course dinner, homemade wine and traditional plum brandy, breakfast included. Day 4: Sibiel - Sibiu - Curtea de Arges monastery - Bucharest

From Bucharest: Private 6-Day Dracula Tour in Transylvania

10. From Bucharest: Private 6-Day Dracula Tour in Transylvania

Experience the historical and legendary places related to the man and the legend behind Dracula on this six-day guided tour. Visit Vlad the Impaler’s birthplace in the medieval citadel of Sighișoara, the imposing Hunyadi Castle, the ruins of Poenari Castle, Dracula Castle, and more. Day 1: Bucharest - Curtea de Argeș - Poenari Castle - Vidraru Dam - Transfagarasan Road - Capra Waterfall - Balea Glacier Lake - Sibiu - Sibiel See the Curtea de Arges Monastery and Poenari Castle from the outside. Drive to the Vidraru Dam and along Transfagarasan Road. Stop at Capra Waterfall and Balea Lake before heading to Sibiel Village. Enjoy a 3-course dinner at Ramona Pension. Savor the pension breakfast in the morning. Day 2: Sibiel - Hunyadi Castle - Alba Iulia - Sibiel Start your second day with a visit to Hunyadi Castle, or Corvins' Castle, and the star-shaped fortress, Alba Iulia Citadel. Hunyadi Castle is one of the largest castles in Europe and is considered one of the Seven Wonders of Romania. Return to Sibiel to enjoy dinner.  Day 3: Sibiel - Sibiu - Turda Salt Mine After breakfast, head to Sibiu’s old town to see the Big Square, Little Square, Bridge of Liars, Romano Catholic Cathedral, and the oldest house in town. Visit the Turda Salt mine, named one of the top 10 underground wonders in the world by National Geographic. Overnight in Turda town at Casa Ratiu. Day 4: Turda - Biertan Fortified Church - Sighisoara Enjoy breakfast and then visit the Fortified Church of Biertan, a UNESCO world heritage site. Visit Sighisoara’s medieval town, including the Clock Tower, the house where Vlad the Impaler was born, and the Church on the Hill. Overnight in Sighișoara. Day 5: Sighisoara - Prejmer Fortified Church - Bran Castle - Rasnov Fortress - Brasov After breakfast, discover the history of the Prejmer Fortified Church, Bran Castle, and Rasnov Fortress. Continue to Brasov and overnight at Casa Timar Pension. Day 6: Brasov - Peles Castle - Snagov Monastery - Bucharest Savor the pension breakfast before starting your final day with a visit to Peles Castle and Snagov Monastery. End your trip with a transfer to your hotel in Bucharest or the airport.

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based on 20 reviews

A wonderful tour for anyone that wants to know more about Transylvania’s history. Florin was a brilliant tour guide, very knowledgeable and friendly, who was more than happy to answer all of our questions about Romania. Florin also took us to a great lunch spot that made traditional Romanian meals - be careful of the garlic! Delicious but formidable, took a few days for me not to smell like garlic… but it was worth it! I highly recommend this tour.

The trip was extremely interesting and well-organized. Our guide Florin has impressive professional knowledge about the history of Europe, Romania and all places we visited, as well as about architecture, arts… Organization was very smooth, pre-trip communication sufficient and clear. Highly recommended!

Tudor was a great guide and I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to see some main attractions that Transylvania offers.

Very nice guide, a lot of knowledge. Highly recommended.