The Deva Fortress in Transylvania

The Deva Fortress in Transylvania

The Deva Fortress can be found in the Transylvanian city of Deva. It’s one of the most important medieval fortifications from the Middle Ages from Transylvania and one of the most important tourist attractions in Hunedoara county.

As a fun fact, the fortress was built on the top of a former volcano.

The entrance into the citadel is free but keep in mind that you can visit it only between the visiting hours mentioned below:

  • From 1st of May to 30th of September – Everyday from 09:00 – 21:00.
  • From 1st of October to 30th of April – Everyday from 08:00 – 20:00.

Let’s explore the fortress!

Unfortunately the inclined lift for some reason didn’t work when we traveled to Deva. So our second option to reach the fortress was to drive up on some steep streets to a smaller parking lot on the Cetăţii street. This parking lot is actually very close to the main entrance into the Deva Fortress.

Deva fortress inclined lift which connects the city with the fortress.

After approximately 10 minutes, we arrived next main entrance. To our luck, we managed to find a parking place. Keep in mind that the parking lot is not that large.

The main entrance into the Deva fortress.

As you pass the main gate, on the right side you will find the wooden stairway which actually helps you to reach the upper levels of the citadel. These stairs can be considered as a shortcut as well.

Wooden stairway near the main entrance into the fortress.
Paved street near the defense walls.

The other option to reach the upper levels of the citadel is to walk on a paved road near the defense wall. Not far from the main gate you will come across Gate II. This gate has a rectangular plan and initially it was built out of local rock and bricks. From there you have the chance to admire the beautiful Mureș Valley and the surrounding mountains.

Gate 2.
The Mureș Valley including the A1 highway.

Continuing our walk towards the upper levels of the fortress, we arrived at the inclined lift station. From there the scenery is even more amazing. The entire city of Deva is visible. To be honest, it is a very beautiful vantage point over this charming Transylvanian city.

Deva cityscape
St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral between the flats in Deva.
The Deva fortress with the city in the background.
The upper part of the fortress.

After you cross this small wooden bridge and walk through the Caesar Gate, you basically reached the highest point of the Deva fortress. Over here you can only follow the path next to the defense walls. When we visited this place, the ruins located in the Enclosure III were not opened to the public.

The wooden bridge in front of the Caesar Gate.

After a long walk we finally reached the large Romanian flag which is visible from the city as well.

Large Romanian flag.
Old ruins in the upper part of the fortress.

From Enclosure III to Enclosure II you can take a shortcut using the semicircular ladder.

The semicircular ladder which connects the northern enclosure.

Things to do near Deva:

I would like to add below 3 important things to do near the city of Deva:

  • Explore the famous Corvin Castle which can be found in the city of Hunedoara. This city is only 17 km away from Deva.
  • You can explore the old Dacian ruins in Sarmizegetusa Regia.
  • Explore the beautiful Cinciș lake. This lake is very close to the city of Hunedoara. I highly recommend to visit this place as well.