Orastie - historical center for all tastes
Perhaps nowhere else in Hunedoara county the historical significance is not so striking as in the city of Orastie. The ancient citadel of Orastie, the ethnographic museum and the monument churches from the 13th century or the Dacian fortresses from the mountains of Orastie, are some of the history-hungry tourist options. Also for tourists, Orastie has today the most diverse range of entertainmnt and relaxation, some of them unique in Romania, such as military training, airsoft and paintball, ride armor, open air military museum, ATV, buggy, golfcar, bicycle, segway, jeep offroad, cycling, archery, crossbow and BB gun, mini golf, mini football, handball and many other entertainment and leisure activities such as treasure hunt, trolley, kidspark, pool, outdoor cinema, games room, camp fire, fitness park, spa, Dacian village.
Orastie is one of the Transylvania cities with a great historical significance, both by its geographical location near the Dacian capital Sarmizegetusa, and by the important political and social role it played over time, especially during the Principality of Transylvania.
Access. Orastie is located in the east side of Hunedoara county, 27 km away from the county seat, the city of Deva. The municipality surface is 3862 ha, having the following geographical coordinates: 45° 47’ 30" north latitude and 23° 11' 30" east longitude, on the national road linking Deva to Sebes and Alba Iulia. Being located on a National Road, Orastie has access to the following roads: DN 7: Bucharest - Ramnicu Valcea - Sibiu - Sebes - Orastie - Deva - Arad - Nadlac, DJ 705: Orastie - Costesti, DC 40: Orastie - Pricaz, DC42: Orastie - Gelmar - Geoagiu.
Climate. From a climatological point of view Orastie is characterized by a continental temperate climate with average annual temperatures of + 9.8 degrees C, with extremes (+ -) in July and January, respectively.
The city of Orastie, first mentioned in 1224, is experiencing a rapid development over 780 years of existence and, despite frequent attacks of the Turkish armies and default destructions, becomes one of the seven Saxon seats that administrates Transylvania during the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It has three large communities, Romanian, Hungarian and Saxon, each with its own Christian confession and places of worship, but also recognizable elements of civil architecture.
Documentary evidence confirms the presence of local populations and indicates the Paleolithic as the time of the first settlements in the area (archaeological excavations at Turdas and Rompos plateau). "Orastie bronze warehouse", discovered in 1834 and located now in the Vienna Museum of Natural History, contains decorative items and weapons from the Bronze and Iron eras. Since the 19th century to the present, in the area were always found traces of Dacian and Dacian-Roman civilization, weapons, coins and pottery, especially in the Holumb hill. The Dacian fortress system located nearby Orastie creates the historical context for these discoveries. The first fortification with palisade and walls of clay appears in the 10th century.