Top things to do in Alba Iulia

Top Choice Castle in Alba Iulia

Alba Carolina Citadel

Alba Carolina Citadel is the crowning attraction of Alba Iulia. Within this star-shaped citadel are museums, churches and the Unification Hall that sealed the union of Transylvania with Romania in 1918. Originally c…
Top Choice Romanian in Alba Iulia

Pub 13

If you want to face down a suit of armour while gnawing on steak, or swirl a fork through cheesy polenta beneath coats of arms slung across brick-lined walls, this medieval restaurant will delight. This is no cheap …
Cathedral in Alba Iulia

St Michael's Cathedral

Completed in 1291, this is Romania's most venerable Roman Catholic cathedral as well as the country's longest, at slightly over 89m. Royal tombs, including Queen Isabella and her son (the first prince of Transylvani…
Cathedral in Alba Iulia

Coronation Cathedral

Enter this incense-perfumed Orthodox cathedral, built in 1921–22, and gaze upwards at the soaring ceiling, gold decorations and lavish icons. The cathedral is designed in the shape of a Greek circumscribed cross. A …
European in Alba Iulia


Though it takes inspiration from French brasserie chic, Gavroche's satisfying menu spans burgers, curry and deep-fried cheese, alongside well-executed pasta dishes. Gourmet options include duck in sour-cherry sauce …
Live Performance in Alba Iulia

Changing of the Guard

It's worth timing a stroll inside the citadel for the daily changing of the guard ceremony, in which uniformed guards trot on horseback between the old gates, while solemn drumrolls and brass boom out.
Bar in Alba Iulia


This brick-walled pizzeria spills into a beer garden, where you can chill with a lager (8 lei) or bottle of wine (35 lei) and watch tourists mill around the citadel.
Parade in Alba Iulia

Festivalul Roman Apulum

Witness the grit, blood and guts of Roman gladiators at this springtime festival featuring historic reenactments and parades of costumed performers.
Museum in Alba Iulia

Muzeul Principia

Archaeologists unearthed the largest fort in Roman Dacia at this site, and you can admire the old walls and old hypocaust (heating system) within.
Church in Alba Iulia

Michael the Brave Church

Out-of-sight Michael the Brave Church, brought to Alba Iulia in 1992 from Maramureş, stands on the site of a former Metropolitan cathedral built by Mihai Viteazul in 1597 and destroyed by the Habsburgs in 1714.