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Hațeg is a town in Hunedoara County of Transylvania, Romania.
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Get in[edit]

By train

There are daily trains arriving and leaving Subcetate station from and to Bucharest,Timisoara and Cluj-Napoca.Subcetate station is 3 km away from Hațeg and you can take a bus from Subcetate to Hațeg.Check timetables of the trains here.

By car

You can arrive in Hațeg by car from Timisoara taking DN 6 to Caransebeș and then taking DN 66 from Caransebeș to Hațeg.

From Cluj-Napoca you can take E81 to Alba Iulia and then Sebeș,then you take E 68 to Orăștie and Simeria,and from Simeria you take E 79 to Hațeg.

If you want to come to Hațeg from Budapest you can take M 5(E 75) to Szeged and from there take E 68 to Arad,Deva and Simeria.From Simeria take E 79 to Hațeg.

From Bucharest you can take A 1(E 81) to Pitesti.From Pitesti take E 81 to Ramnicu Valcea,and E 79 to Tg.Jiu,Petroșani and Hațeg.

By bus

There are buses ariving at Hațeg station from Cluj-Napoca,Timisoara and Bucharest.Check timetabels here or contact Hațeg Bus Station at +40254772230.

Get around[edit]

Hațeg is a small town so you can walk around,but if you you want to visit the landmarks in Hațeg Country you can take a taxi from the Taxi Station located near I.C.Bratianu National College.

See[edit][add listing]

Buffalo in Hațeg
  • The European Buffalo Reservation (Rezervația de Zimbri Hațeg), Slivuț Forrest (situated 3 km from the center of the town). Zimbrul is a species of Buffalo found in Europe, it is the heaviest European land animal reaching up to 900 Kilograms and a height of 1.9m.  edit
  • Sântămărie Orlea Castle (Kendeffy Castle), Sântamărie Orlea (3 km from Hațeg). The Kendeffy family raised the stateliest noble mansion in the Hateg Country,probably on the site of an older residence in Sântamarie Orlea .It is a complex of buildings,a massive nobiliary residence,with a tower raised West of its Northern façade and with two other outhouses(the stables and the servants'house),lying Northwards,U-shaped.In the l8th century,a superb Latin inscription was laid above the entrance,testifying to the couple's love and featuring the coats of arms of the families who owned the building at the time.  edit
  • Sântămărie Orlea Church, Sântămărie Orlea. Parish church,built in the late 13th century.Its interior was painted around 1311,displaying some of the most beautiful frescoes in Southern Transylvania.In the 15th century,more frescoes of a clear Eastern origin were added to its altar.This interior mix makes the church in Sântamarie one of the most original medieval monuments in the whole of Transylvania,where the Catholic and the Orthodox denominations have coexisted in a surprising synthesis.At the moment,the church is one of the very few Protestant churches in the Hateg Country.  edit
Prislop Monastery
  • Prislop Monastery, Silvasu de Sus village (13 km from Hațeg), [1]. According to some local stories passed on by oral tradition, the monastery’s church may has been constructed by the apprentices of master-builder Nicodim in the 14th century. Recent researches have shown that the architectural plan and even the structure of the monument combine all the characteristic features of the religious architecture of that epoch. The monastery underwent major repairs in 1564, through the generosity of Princess Zamfira, the daughter of Moise Voivode, who ruled over Walachia between 1529 and 1530. After her father had fallen in the battle of Viisoara that had taken place in 1530, the princess took refuge in the province of Transylvania, where she settled down and got married. She was entombed in this monastery. In 1762, General Bukow set fire to the monastic establishment – causing serious damage to it. Over the succeeding centuries it was renovated many times. Although the monastery has been a focus for the spiritual life of the Romanians beyond the Carpathian Mountains and had a great historical significance, it was closed down as a result of the Governmental Ordinance no 410/1959, issued on the orders of the communist authorities. In 1973, a monk settles on the premises and tried to revive the monastic life of this place. In 1976, through the persevering efforts of the ever-memorable Father Arsenie Boca and of Mother Zamfira Constantinescu, the holy establishment was reopened and served as a convent.After 1990, conservation, consolidation and restoration activities have been carried out within the monastery. A theological school for training both young female resident monastic and lay young women has also been accommodated in the monastery. In June 1992, the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church decided to canonize Venerable Ioan of Prislop, who was one of the most outstanding representatives of the Romanian monasticism at the end of the 14th century. Antonie Plamadeala, Metropolitan of Ardeal, took religious vows and entered the monastic life in this very monastery. The holy establishment also shelters a monastic theological seminary.  edit
Densus Church
  • Densuş Church (St.Nicholas Church), Densuș village (To reach the Church of Densuș one must drive about 10 kilometers out of Hațeg town.), +40 (254) 775010, [2]. At Densuș exists a bizarre but very elegant church. It is very near from the former Roman Dacia capital - Colonia Ulpia Traiana Augusta Sarmizegetusa. This strange building from the Hateg County was the object of many controversies between scientists, eager to find its origins. Some had considered that the church was first a mausoleum for Roman general Longinus Maximus, killed by the Dacians; others that it was a temple for Mars god; Nicolae Iorga said that the monument dates from 14th century, and art historian Vatasescu in the last quarter of the 13th century. Many investigations were made. But the monument is still its mystery. It is assumed that the old church was modified along the centuries, especially at the end of the 13th. Built from river rocks, bricks with Roman inscriptions, funerary stones, canalizations, etc., taken from Ulpia Traiana, the Densus church has a bizarre aspect, being admired but also looked with astonishment. In the interior some fragments of painting are kept. The paintings from the upper naves and altar are signed by the artist Stefan (signature that can be seen till today) and are revealing the great artistic skills of the master. The features of the painting send us to those of the St. Nicolae Church from Curtea de Arges, built in the 14th century. The resemblance is telling us that a master from Vallachia was present here in Transylvania.  edit
The Roman Forum,Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa
  • Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa, Sarmizegetusa village,Sarmizegetusa Commune,Hunedoara County (20 km from Hațeg), [3]. Colonia Ulpia Traiana Augusta Dacica Sarmizegetusa - the capital of the Roman Dacia - rose at the bottom of Retezat Mountains, in the South-Western part of the Hateg region. The town was at 8 km from the pass between Banat and Transylvania, which old name was Tapae, today Iron Gates of Transylvania.The settlement date of the capital is not known exactly. An inscription discovered at the beginning of the 14th century, in the village Gradiste - Sarmizegetusa says: "On the command of the emperor Cesar Nerva Traianus Augustus, son of the devine Nerva, was settled the Dacian Colony by Decimus Terentius Scaurianus, its governor". The name of the governor shows that the settlement of the new town was done in the first years of the concerning of Dacia (after some opinions in 106-107, after others 108-110). The settlement of the colony was marked also by the emission of a coin (sestertius) at Rome, from the Senate order, dedicated to "the best ruler", Traian emperor. The choosing of the place of the town by Traian was not at random. The metropolis had some strategical and economical advantages. Retezat Mountains at the South and Poiana Ruscai Mountains at the North were natural barriers difficult to cross for the eventual invaders. The capital, who's territory territorium was from Tibiscum to Micia till the entrance in the Jiu pass, was developing in peace, defended by the Roman camps Tibiscum (today Jupa), Voislova, Micia (Vetel) and Bumbesti. By Ulpia Traian was crossing the imperial road from Danube and marked the link between the North of the province to Porolissum (Moigrad).The antic city had an area of 32 ha surrounded by walls. In the hearth of the city were to main roads (cardo maximus oriented North-South and decumanus maximus oriented East-West), at its crossing being the main public building - Forum. But the city was not only inside the walls. Outside the walls, on a great area, were the village, the craftsmen workshops (brick makers, glass blowers), the temples and other public or private buildins. Also outside the walls were the cemeteries of the city (sepulcreta) identified at East and also at the West. The population was around 25.000 - 30.000 people. The archaeologists have discovered and get out to light the constructions from old times of Ulpia Traiana, as many objects which are hosted in the museum from nearby.  edit
Colt Citadel
  • Colț Citadel, Suseni village,Râu de Mori commune (20 km south-west of Hațeg). The citadel was built in the 14th century,by the Cândea family.The citadel is situated on the territory of Suseni village,Râu de Mori commune,Hunedoara County,on the DJ 686 road,20 km away from Hațeg. Because of the appearance of the citadel and toponymy of the places, it is assumed that these would have inspired the novel "The Castle in the Carpathians" by Jules Verne.The citadel is in a state of increased degradation, being practically a ruin.  edit
Colț Church
  • Colț Church, Suseni Village,Râu de Mori commune,Hunedoara county (20 km from Hațeg on DJ 686 road), [4]. Colt Church is located in the Suseni village of the commune Râu de Mori in Hunedoara county.The church was built at the beginning of the fourteenth century, between 1310-1315 and stands out with two particular elements: first,the location of a tower over the shrine and second,the remains of mural painting inside.From the beggining Colț Church was an orthodox church.  edit
  • Gura Apei Dam, (40 km from Hațeg). Gura Apei Dam is built in the mountains about 40 km from Hateg, is the highest rockfill dam in Europe. Dam construction began in 1975.The dimensions of the dam are impressive: 168 meters high, 225 million cubic meters of water in the lake, the size of the entire dam surpasses three times that of the Keops pyramid.  edit
  • Retezat National Park
  • Hațeg Country Dinosaur Geopark, Sânpetru commune,Hunedoara County (20 km away from Hațeg). If you're into really old things you can visit the Dinosaur Geopark from the Haţeg County. Near Sânpetru commune, a few km away from the European road E79, surrounded by a beautiful landscape, were found remnants of herbivorous dinosaurs along with those of turtles and crocodillians dating back to the time when the region was an island in the Tethys Sea. Fossils were found in different regions of Haţeg County, but the Dinosaur Geopark remains the best places were worldwide scientists can study the unique dwarf dinosaurs of Transylvania. Some of the fossils found here belong to dinosaur species such as Magyarosaurus dacus (a titanosaurid sauropod), Rhabdodon priscus (an iguanodontid), Telmatosaurus transsylvanicus (a “duck-billed” dinosaur) or Struthiosaurus transylvanicus (an ankylosaur or “armored dinosaur”) and other reptiles such as Kallokibotion bajazidi turtles, Allodaposuchus precedens crocodillians or the flying Hatzegopterix thambema.  edit
  • Subcetate Fortress. Subcetate lies three km North-East of the highway between Sântamarie Orlea and the town of Hateg.Close to the entrance in Subcetate,on a height of 100 m difference of level,you can still see the ruins of the most important medieval fortress in Hateg.It was built in the late 13th century.Starting with the 15th century,it was the property of Cândea family of Râu de Mori,by the special grace of Prince Ioan of Hunedoara.Any role the fortress may have had was lost in the first half of the 16th century.  edit
  • Răchitova Fortress, Răchitova commune. It was erected according to a design similar to the one of Colț,but by another noble family,the Musinesti family.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Go skiing in Râușor. Situated 35 km from Hațeg,Râușor has a ski slope,only ski slope in Retezat Mountains and also recognized as one of the best from the west of the country, is equipped with lifts having a length of 1300 m and a level difference of 380 m.  edit


Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Billa, Piata Unirii nr. 2, +40354 130943, [5]. 8:00-22:00.  edit
  • Lidl, Str Tudor Vladimirescu nr. 12, [6]. 08:00 - 21:00.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Casa Veche, Str. Timisoarei Nr 6, +40354-414-851, [7].  edit
  • Club T.  edit
  • Pensiunea Cora, Str. Viilor no.39, +40744 226214.  edit
  • Pizzeria El Sombrero, Hațeg,T.Vladimirescu no.10, +40254777577.  edit
  • Go Food.  edit
  • Restaurant Rustic.  edit
  • Bucura Inn, Str.Viilor no.3, +40(254)709447.  edit
  • Casa Româneasca, Str. Progresului, Nr. 84, +40254 770760.  edit
  • Pensiunea Belvedere, Str. Progresului, Nr.59, +40722 230 391.  edit


Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Haos Club [8] Str.Tudor Vladimirescu bloc 30B
  • Club E.  edit
  • Club T.  edit
  • Bamboo Caffe, Hațeg,Str.Sarmizegetusa.  edit
  • Crama @ Casa Veche, Str. Timisoarei Nr 6, +40354-414-851, [9].  edit
  • Spirit Cafe, Str. Mihai Viteazu.  edit


Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotel Ferdinand, Str. Bisericilor nr. 2, 0728 198 261.  edit
  • Art Motel, Str.Tudor Vladimirescu bloc 30B, +40 254 772 344, [10]. artmotel@geraico.ro  edit
  • Casa Veche, Str. Timisoarei Nr 6, +40354-414-851, [11].  edit
  • Pensiunea Cora, Str. Viilor no.39, +40744 226214.  edit
  • Bucura Inn, Hațeg,Viilor no. 3, +40(254)709447.  edit
  • Pensiunea Belvedere, Str. Progresului nr. 59, +40722 230 391.  edit
  • Pensiunea Sarmis Cristal 3* (office@pensiuneasarmiscristal.ro), Str. Progresului Nr.57, +40754 030337, [12].  edit
  • Pensiunea Dealul Viilor 2*, Str. Viilor, nr. 44, +40254 772.300. Some rooms have private bathroom. Cable TV, access to a refrigerator, restaurant and terrace available. Doubles €70.  edit
  • Pensiunea Bunea Teodora, Str. Progresului, nr. 10, +40254 777.163. All rooms have bathroom. Kitchen, playground for children, covered terrace, barbecue and cable TV available. Doubles €80.  edit
  • Pensiunea Gheorghiță 2*, Str. Carpati nr. 11, +40254 777.255 (). All rooms have bathroom. Kitchen, cable TV and Internet available. Doubles 120 RON.  edit
  • Chez Pierre (csanadi_rodica2000@yahoo.com), Str. V. Alecsandri nr. 14, +40254 770.796. Rooms equipped with bathroom. Fully equipped kitchen, cable TV and children playground available. Fishing and hunting opportunities nearby. Doubles 75 RON.  edit


Contact[edit]

Phone[edit]

Hateg area code is 254 for Romtelecom and 354 for RDS.If you are calling from Romania you must dial 0254(0354) and if you are calling from abroad you must dial +40254(+40354).

Internet[edit]

There is one internet caffee in Hateg.Wi Fi is available at Haos Club and Club T.Many of the hotels have Internet access.

Get out[edit]

  • Retezat National Park
  • Deva,43 km from Hațeg.Deva is the capital of Hunedoara County with Deva Citadel an impressive medieval fortress,built in the 13th century and unfortunately, partially blown up in 1849.Located on a hill overlooking the city.
  • Hunedoara,20 km from Hațeg.The main attraction in Hunedoara is Corvinestilor Castle or Huniazilor Castle.The city has a zoo and near Hunedoara is Cincis Lake.
  • Orastie
  • Petrosani




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