Travel guide | December 1 in Alba Iulia


CELEBRATE Romania Day in Alba Iulia - the city where the Great Union took place on December 1, 1918! Alba Iulia is a city with a vast history, tourist attractions to measure and numerous more or less known attractions. So choose a visit to Alba Iulia to celebrate our origin as it should be! In this travel guide, you will find all the details you need for a short stay in Alba Iulia.

Where are you staying in Alba Iulia?

In Alba Iulia you will find accommodation for every taste and budget! Prices start from 120 lei per night, and for one night at a 3 or 4 star hotel you will pay approximately 200 lei. Depending on the accommodation facilities, the price of a 3-star hotel can be very similar to that of a 4-star hotel. Here are some more than decent options at reasonable prices:

  • Caroline Residence: this apartment for tourist purposes is located only 500 m from the center of Alba Iulia and has 2 bedrooms with double beds, 1 living room with an extendable sofa, private kitchen, balcony, TV and WiFi. In addition, the location offers free parking and pets are also accepted. The prices to rent the apartment start from 130 lei/night
  • Pension Element: this 4-star guesthouse is located 1.5 km from the center of Alba Iulia and offers double, twin and deluxe suite rooms in a modern setting. Each room has air conditioning, private bathroom, TV, WiFi and minibar. You can choose to serve the breakfast buffet for an additional cost. The cost for a double room starts from 195 lei/night
  • Hotel TransilvaniaA: the 4-star hotel is located approximately 1 km from the city center. You can opt for double, twin or suite rooms. Each room is equipped with TV, air conditioning and private bathroom, and the suite also has a SPA tub for deep relaxation. You can also opt for the hotel's SPA services, such as massage, cosmetics, hairstyling, manicure & pedicure and a fitness room. Prices for a double room start from 170 lei/night

You can find other offers directly on here, where you can filter the results according to your wishes and expectations related to accommodation in Alba Iulia.

Alba Iulia tourist attractions - What to visit?

Alba Carolina Fortress

The Bastionara Alba Carolina Citadel is the most famous tourist attraction and of historical importance in the entire Alba county. It was built in the 18th century on the Citadel Hill in Alba Iulia with the role of defense of the Habsburg Empire. It has 6 gates: gates I (main), II and III in the eastern area, and gates IV, V and VI in the western area.

Today, it is an attraction without which you cannot say you have visited Alba Iulia. Within the Citadel there are numerous museums, parks and important monuments, such as The obelisk of Horea, Closca and Crisan 20 m high. On Saturdays and Sundays, the Changing of the Guard takes place at 12:00 with free access for the public.

The obelisk of Horea, Closca and Crisan

National Museum of the Union

National Museum of the Union was founded in 1888, although the building was built in the middle of the 19th century and represents the largest edifice in the romantic style in Alba Iulia. Before it became a museum, the building housed officers of the Habsburg Empire, but today it presents visitors with over 200,000 valuable heritage objects: from prehistoric times to the times of the Dacians and Romans, the Middle Ages and up to the World Wars. The complete tour of the museum inside the Citadel lasts about 1 hour, and tickets start from 10 lei/adult. 

Union Hall

The Union Hall is also located within the Citadel, facing the National Museum of the Union. Access is free and you can admire a large ethnographic exhibition! Discover Romanian traditions and especially those specific to the area of the Apuseni Mountains. It is a truly unique experience that will enrich your vacation in Alba Iulia with new information!

Coronation Cathedral

The Coronation Cathedral from Alba Iulia today it is the Cathedral of the Orthodox Episcopate of Alba Iulia and its construction was completed in 1922. The coronation ceremony of King Ferdinand and Queen Maria took place here in 1922. Its Byzantine architecture is all the more beautified by 4 marble slabs that illustrates various religious and cultural events. The cathedral is also located in the Alba Carolina Citadel.

Apor Palace

The Apor Palace is among the most splendid buildings in Carolina Citadel and Alba Iulia. It was built in the 17th century and served as the residence of the Count of Steinville. The building has elements of baroque architecture and is decorated in Austrian style with military inspirations. Inside it, today there are departments of the "December 1, 1918" University, but it is worth admiring its imposing exterior decoration!

Where do you eat in Alba Iulia?

  • Villa Preciosa: taste Romanian and international dishes at this restaurant located in the Subcetatii area
  • Gavroche: try the international snacks or take a short break at Gavroche - restaurant and bar located west of the Cetate
  • At Maison De Caroline: a special decoration and Romanian, healthy or international dishes! The restaurant is located east of Subcetate

You can find other restaurants here, where you can filter them according to the dishes you want and more!

Alba Iulia is a truly special city that must be visited at least once by every Romanian, but not only! It also attracts many tourists from outside the country every year, and the tourist attractions are just one of the reasons. The locals are friendly, and the food is delicious! Visit Alba Iulie on December 1 and celebrate Romanian in the city where we united!

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