"Deva, Hunedoara County, Romania." Deva by Connaughtranger

Deva Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 30 photos


Hallo Readers,

My name is Kevin, originaly born in Nottingham, England raised on the west coast of Ireland in Castlebar, County Mayo, I served over 21 years in the Irish Defence Forces including time with the United Nations in South Lebanon.

I am now married and living in Deva, Hunedoara, Romania.

My first visit to Romania was in 2000, at the time I was living in Kempten (Allgäu) Bavaria, I came on a holiday with a friend who lived in nearby Brad (famous for its Gold Museum) about 20km from Deva, it was in September and it was very hot.

The first thing that struck me was the friendliness and hospitaly offered by the locals, they had very little, but were willing to share all.
I found them down to earth and very honest. There is some negative press about Romanians, but dont believe all you read in the newspapers.

Deva is dominated by its Citidel, built on the old long extinct & extinguished cone of a volcano, over one thousand six hundred plant species exsist on this site (designated a National Park site) as well as a species of Sand-Adder, while its bite is posioness, you can visit many times without even seeing one, however care must be taken when visiting with very young children, it is not advisable to go putting your hands into any rocky outcrops.
Access to the citidel is by a funicular railway car which gives a panaromic view of the town, for those seeking a little light exercise its possible to take the circular winding track to the Citidel.
It is in ruins the result of an explosion in a powder magazine in the late 1800s but offers a fine view along the Mures river flood plains looking toward Simeria.
At the Citidel base, near the town park, is the Roman Museum, currently undergoing restoration, and which houses many remenents of Roman sculpture and carved stonework, in a nearby building is a small Natural history museum, nearby are Resturants and Bars.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice friendly people.
  • Cons:Drivers, especialy Taxi Drivers are noturiously bad for ignoring the basic rules of the road.
  • In a nutshell:Makes a good starting point for a Transylvanian holiday.
  • Intro Written Nov 12, 2006
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