Our last full day in Romania and from photo spot scouting yesterday in Sibiu, half a day is enough so we decided to take a day trip to Corvin Castle, around 1.5 hours away. The castle opens at 9 AM so we left at 7:30 AM and got there just before it opens. We took the A1 motorway to get there and that is a truly "highway" instead of passing through the residential areas.
From looking at photos online, the castle gave me an impression of nesting within mountains and forests. When we got off the highway and then through an industrial looking town, according to Google Maps, the castle is only 5 minutes away; it didn't look right to me. Google Maps is leading us to turn into a road that has a sign that is closed so we keep going and then saw the castle, we just passed it. We turned back and saw a car coming out of that road so we drove in. There's no parking lot and looked like a dead-end street. We parked on the side like other cars do and then walk in through entrance gate. There it is... Corvin Castle!
The ticket office (a booth) is located on the right side before the bridge entrance and we purchased the ticket and they accept credit card, surprise surprise (unlike Peles Castle). Few more minutes before the castle open so we walk around and right across from the ticket booth is the Torture Exhibition but we are not interested in that
. We saw a tour group coming so we walked to the bridge entrance to be the first ones in line. The security guard said to scan the ticket, I was thinking but the castle is not open yet? He was kind enough to let us in before 9 AM!
Yay first ones in without any other visitors, how special is that? Our 24-70 mm lens was just wide enough to frame the whole castle and part of the bridge……Jason once again reminded me that we need to bring our wide-angle lens on the next trip!
The view looking out from a window in one of the towers….look how it ruined the fairytale atmosphere -.- There is an ugly concrete complex being built right next to the castle!
There’s not much to see inside the castle but it’s okay for the admission price. The exterior looked much more interesting so more photos with it!
After lunch, it was time to burn some calories. We went to Gothic Lutheran Cathedral to climb its tower. As the cathedral is closed for renovation, we walked around the whole perimeter of the cathedral and found the ticket office, it is just a room on the side of the cathedral. The lady inside is very nice and spoke good English. We purchased the ticket for a small admission fee of 8 Lei (~1.90 USD) and she pointed us to the entrance of the tower which is the other side of the cathedral.
The tower entrance is small and an old lady sitting there to check for the ticket. It’s not obvious as the cathedral is covered with construction fences but there’s a small entranceway that is not blocked that you can get in.