Corvin Castle, Hunedoara
Sarmizegetusa Regia, Hunedoara, Romania
Simeria Dendrological Park
Attractions in Hunedoara
Discover the region
Hunedoara has something to offer in any season. It would not be fair to talk about the ideal season to visit the places in Hunedoara or to venture on hiking or biking trails in the county. With the right equipment, you can explore the most beautiful places in Hunedoara anytime, whether you're here for hiking, biking, climbing, skiing or simply walking around, camera in hand.
Hunedoara, a heaven for outdoor fans
Mountain hikes to the glacial lakes and the charming ridges of Retezat and Parang Mountains are among the most popular outdoor activities in Hunedoara County. The Jiu Valley is the ideal place for long-distance hikes. The town of Petroșani is one of the gateways to the Parâng Mountains, while the neighboring towns of Vulcan or Uricani open numerous paths to the Retezat Mountains.
The Petroșani Basin is a hotspot for mountain bikers who can't wait to ride down the mountain trails. Known as the Jiu Valley MTB Trails, the network of downhill trails near Straja or Petroșani isn't for the faint of heart. With a little care, these trails also work for a trail running workout.
The bare rocky walls and the impressive landscapes of the Jiu Gorge or the Butii Gorges are a dream come true for any sports climber. Although the area is less popular for this activity, the adrenaline rush of discovering some still unconquered climbing crags attracts many adventurers.
Skiers coming to Straja and Parâng resorts in winter find here many accommodation options, slopes with beautiful views, modern facilities and less congestion than in the popular resorts in Prahova Valley.
Looking for options for easy walks in Hunedoara, maybe even somewhere you can also take your dog? Try further north, around Deva. In the Dendrological Park of Simeria or in the aristocratic gardens of Banpotoc you'll find just the right place for pleasant walks, perfect to relax and admire nature.
Day trip to the Dacian fortresses in Hunedoara
Strategically located in the heart of the mountains, visiting the Dacian fortresses is a must in Hunedoara. A few reasons for that: the trek to some of them is light or medium, and the energy of the places is quite high, some say.
To get an idea of the entire Dacian defense system, our recommendation is a complete tour of the ruins, which is possible only by car. You can start from Petroșani, on the following route: Bănița Dacian Fortress (ruins) - Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa (Hațeg Depression) - Piatra Roșie Fortress (Boșorod, unexcavated) - Costești Fortress - Blidaru Fortress - Fetele Albe Fortress (barely visible ruins) - Sarmizegetusa Regia.
Photo: Cosmin Ștefănescu, commons.wikimedia.com
Hunedoara as a heaven for landscape photographers - two extremes
Video: Mihaela și Muntele
Former mining towns Petroșani and Petrila are just the opposite.
Although not promoted, the city of Petroșani is trying to be reborn from its own ashes through tourism, after the closure of coal mines. Give it a try, especially since many mountain or MTB trails start from here, and also from here you have easy access to the areas with the most beautiful gorges in the Șureanu Mountains - Băniței and Butii.
The same can be said about the former mining town of Petrila. It has a valuable industrial heritage that looks spectacular if you know how to frame it.