Câlnic Peasant Fortress


The fortress is located in Câlnic village in Alba County.

If you find the gate closed, go to the parsonage situated at 50 m away where you will find the person in charge with the key.

Opening hours: Summer - every day from 09:00-19:00; Winter- every day from 10:00 -17:00.
Entrance fee: Yes


The Câlnic (Kelling) fortress, located between Sibiu and Sebeş, was initially the residence of a noble Transylvanian family.

Built in the 13th century in the Romanesque style and defined by the donjon, the fortress was bought and transformed later by the free Saxons community from Câlnic. The massive fortifications were added in the first half of the 16th century, while in the courtyard a chapel was erected.

Inside the donjon you can admire a small exhibition of costumes and Saxon items, and if you go all the way up, a beautiful view over the village will unfold in front of your eyes.

The Câlnic fortress is now used as a cultural centre, many exhibitions, documentary or art films are organized in the citadel; while in the chapel, various conferences and concerts of classical music are being held.

Did you know?

The peasant fortress of Câlnic is the only Transylvanian monument in the UNESCO World Heritage List which was not built around a church.

Conservation facts

In the 19th  century, the citadel was in decay, but the restoration works done from 1961 to 1964 contributed to its cultural and historical reaffirming.

Since 1995 the fortress is under the care of Ars Transsilvaniae România Association, which has given it a cultural function.

Due to its good preservation, in 1999 the fortress was included in UNESCO World Heritage List and even today it still has a welcoming look.