Citadel of Alba Iulia, Alba Iulia

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Must see · Historic Walking Area · Castle
Star-shaped Citadel of Alba Iulia showcases six monumental gates decorated in the early Baroque style and adorned with sculptures of ancient gods. Charles VI commissioned the building of the fortress, which was completed in 1735. The Italian architect laid out the fort as a seven-pointed star with bastions using the building system of Vauban, the leading military engineer of the 17th century. The citadel includes two palaces, a library, a university, a Romanian Orthodox church, and a medieval Catholic church. Try to time your visit to catch the ceremonial changing of the guards. Amenities include a few restaurants and cafes. Our Alba Iulia trip maker app makes visiting Citadel of Alba Iulia and other Alba Iulia attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Nice citadel, very clean and modern. In the night you can admire some beautiful lights on the walls. You can enjoy a juice or a pizza with the family and friends.  more »
  • Great promenade and very well preserved. A lot of amazing little streets and the statues and architecture are beautiful.  more »
  • This is my 3rd visit and I'm always impressed by the citadel. Love the idea that most of the points of interest have QR codes that are telling the story of the monument you have in view. I really...  more »
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  • I am so happy that on our road trip, we had the time to stop and visit Alba for a bit. You know.... Find some geocaches, visit the fortress... It was great! We were here early in the morning, so mostly everything was quiet and closed, but we enjoyed seeing it and walking around. It's lovely how the city is being preserved and used for tourism. Great job!
  • Was surprised by the remains of Romanian camp found in the middle of this fortress. Really interesting and worth the price. Also the workers at that camp are very nice: the woman let us in 20 minutes before closing time and gave us a full tour of the place.
  • A must see place if you live in Romania or just visiting it. With thousands and thousands of years of human existence lying behind it, Alba Iulia represents the charming mirror in which all the ethnic groups of Transylvania can discover their vigor or their traditions of yore. The heart of Alba Iulia is Alba Carolina Citadel. Alba Carolina, the most representative bastion fortress in Romania and Southeast Europe
  • This a wonderful fortress to visit and breathe the history of the city. There are some places that you need to pay to see, but most area is free to roam around. Also there is free WiFi and there are QR codes next to points of interest which will take you to pages where there is information related to the place you are next to. To visit the entire fortress you might need up to 8 hours to go through museums, the churches, inner streets and see the show how long time ago the army would change shifts and the gun would sound off at noon.
  • Great place to visit. If you happen to walk down in the moat, don’t step on the grass unless you don’t mind being harassed by the local police. They can’t do anything if you’re not a citizen but they will definitely try. Rent an electric scooter for at least an hour if you want to stop here and there. Just keep in mind that you cannot take them outside of the moat.

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