Daniel Castle, Vârghiș
Opening TimesThe castle can be visited upon request. Please make an appointment before visiting the castle by phone.
Short history of the buildingThe castle’s oldest parts, originating from the 16th century, are the two rooms with thick walls, the chamber with the plane ceiling, as well as the living quarter featuring a coffered, vaulted ceiling. In the 17th century, the castle was extended westward with several rooms; this is also when the defensive strip stretching along the northern part of the castle was built, but this was later integrated into the castle’s main block. In 1949, the castle was nationalized and taken over by the National Agricultural Department. Restoration works took place between 1981 and 1984, after which the listed building became the headquarter of the Vargyas Local Council and, for a while, of the local police. The castle hosted the Local Council until 2005, when the descendants of the Daniel family regained the estate, and sold it to the Municipality of Esztergom (Hungary).
AccessVârghiș village is located at 62 km from Brașov, 57 km from Sfântu Gheorghe and at 9 km from Baraolt. If you are travelling by car from the direction of Brașov, you need to follow the E60 national road towards Sighișoara, and we recommend you to turn right at Măieruș towards Baraolt. From Baraolt you need to continue on county road nr. 131 towards Odorheiu Secuiesc, and after 3 km you will drive through Tălișoara village, and after another 3 km you arrive to Vârghiș. The castle is located in the center of the locality, next to the main road.
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ServicesIn the region there are several guest houses and hotels which offer accommodation: at only 3 km, there is the Daniel Castle Hotel in Tălișoara, which can host 16 persons. Moreover, at Micloșoara (17 km from Vârghiș), there are several guest houses administered by Count Kálnoky, and at Valea Zălanului there are the guest houses of Prince Charles, which can host 9 guests. Additionally, in Aita Medie (25 km from Vârghiș), there is the Black Stork Guest House, which offers accommodation for 6 guests.
Other things to visitIn the vicinity there are several fine monument buildings - Daniel Castle Hotel in Tălișoara, Kálnoky Castle and guest houses of Count Kálnoky in Micloșoara, Boda Manor House in Filia, the guest houses of Prince Charles in Valea Zălanului, the Memorial House of „Elek Benedek” the famous Transilvanian childrens’ story writer in Bățanii Mici, the Bethlen-Sükösd Castle in Racoș - are only the most important ones worth to visit. All these amazing monument buildings are located at around 20 km from Vârghiș in different direction. The region is well-known among tourists due to its natural sites as well, such as the Vârghiș Canyon and the Orbán Balázs Cave, which are located at about 15 km from Tălișoara. Moreover, there are several places where one can find mineral water springs, for example in Doboșeni, Tălișoara, Biborțeni, Bățanii Mici, Bodvai villages etc. Furthermore, local traditions are also quite famous: we recommend you to visit the traditional workshops of blacksmiths, furniture painters, bakers preparing traditional bread, weavers etc.