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Alba Carolina Citadel

Stronghold · Transylvania · 249 m· open today
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  • Poarta I, Cetatea Alba Carolina, Alba Iulia
    / Poarta I, Cetatea Alba Carolina, Alba Iulia
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  • / Walls and moats defend the Alba Carolina Citadel
    Photo: Dan Lundberg, CC BY-SA, Flickr
  • / The Coronation Cathedral (Cathedral of the Holy Trinity)
    Photo: Dan Lundberg, CC BY-SA, Flickr
  • / Marcaj
    Photo: Adina Wasicsek, Digital Travel Guide S.R.L.
  • / Catedrala Sfântul Mihail
    Photo: Adina Wasicsek, Digital Travel Guide S.R.L.
  • / Cetatea Alba Carolina, Alba Iulia
    Photo: Kiki Vasilescu, CC BY-SA,
  • / Cetatea Alba Carolina, Alba Iulia
    Photo: Dumphasizer, CC BY-SA, Flickr
Alba Carolina Fortress is a fortress built at the beginning of the eighteenth century on the Citadel Hill, having the role of defending and consolidating the Habsburg power locally.

The largest fortress in Romania offers many interesting places to visit. The active tourist will pass under the Gate of the Fortress and will visit the two cathedrals, Horea's cell, the Union Museum and the Union Hall. There are three routes that can be followed during a one-day visit: Alba Carolina Fortress Gateway, Route of the Three Fortifications, Alba Carolina Fortress Bastion Route. For trips, a fee is charged (check the amount on the official site of the city).

We recommend that you arrive at the 3rd Gate before 12:00, when the guard is exchanged. During the weekend, cannons are fired on this occasion.

In beautiful weather (and if you keep your feet) do not miss a walk along the fortress's ditch (3.5 km). There is also the possibility to rent bicycles or electric trotters.

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Update: April 07, 2022


46.067842, 23.570395
46°04'04.2"N 23°34'13.4"E
34T 698785 5104797
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Alba Carolina Citadel

Cetatea Alba Carolina
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