Corvin Castle, Transylvania, Romania (with Map & Photos)

In the heart of Transylvania, in the Romanian city of Hunedoara, one of the largest castles in Europe appears to jut out from a rocky promontory with nothing but a thin bridge that allows access.

We are talking about Corvin Castle, which looks like something out of a fairy tale.

Corvin Castle Romania
Corvin Castle Romania

Built in the mid-15th century, Corvin Castle was the work of the Hungarian military leader Juan Hunyadi, who built the structure on the remains of a tower erected by Charles I. During Hunyadi's life, the castle remained in royal state, but after his death, the fortress rapidly fell into decline.

  • Corvin Castle is widely known also as Hunyad Castle.

The castle is divided into three large areas: the Hall of the Knights, the dining room, and the circular stairs. In turn, these areas are surrounded by circular and rectangular towers, which were used for both defense and prison purposes. The castle prison is said to have featured a pit filled with bears, where prisoners were dumped after serving their sentences.

Corvin Castle Romania
Corvin Castle Romania

Once Juan Hunyadi died in the year 1456, the rapid castle fell into disrepair and it was not until the 17th century that there was an interest in restoring this medieval fortress. When restoration work began, workers redesigned the castle to reflect what they considered a Gothic castle, which explains much of its current appearance.

Corvin Castle Romania
Corvin Castle Romania

A number of legends are associated with the castle, the most prominent of which is Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) as the protagonist. Dracula is said to have spent about seven years in the dungeons of Corvin Castle, a sojourn that resulted in his eventual insanity. However, this does not appear to be true, at least not in the details, but tourists are still told the story as if it were true. And while it is unlikely to have any truth, Corvin Castle appears to be the kind of place where Dracula may have been locked up.

Corvin Castle Map