Last year I had the incredible opportunity to work in Romania for the summer and it has since become one of my favourite countries. Although I was working basically Sumday night to Saturday morning, we did get to see more of the country during the weekends. Our first weekend excursion was to a town called Sighisoara, a small fortifed town in the Transylvanian region of Romania.

With beautifully coloured buildings and cobbled streets, it’s not wonder the town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s a pretty touristy town, with lots of people visiting in the summer for day trip, but it really is worth the journey.

We had planned in museum visits and a lunch for later on but to be able to spend the majority of the day just walking around was great. Exploring the little side streets that wind around the citadel and somehow all lead back to the same place. The little Romanian stores that sell wood carvings and clothing in amongst all the Dracula nick nacks. For such a little town, you will never run out of things to do.

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History

Sighisoara dates back to 1191 when the then King of Hungary invited German craftsmen and merchants, knows as Transylvanian Saxons, to settle and defend the frontier of his realm. Through the years the town has had many names but in 1435 settled with Sighisoara by Vlad Dracul (Vlad the Impaler’s father) who had coins minted with the name of the town. To this day Sighisoara is considered the most beautiful and well-preserved inhabited citadel in Europe.

According to historian Radu Florescu, Vlad III, known as Vlad the Imapler, was born in Sighisoara where his father lived in a three-storey house from 1431-1435. You will find Vlad the Impaler and Dracula trinkets everywhere in Sighisoara. But hey, may as well cash in on their history.

The Views are Incredible

There are so many amazing viewpoints in Sighisoara. The top of The Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill. It is such a stunning town to look down on. To be able to look out over the orange rooftops and the amazing greenery that surrounds, it really is beautiful.

The town itself has about 3 main streets so you can easily see it all in a day with no rushing involved, which is helpful in Summer as it can get really crowded.

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The Must Do’s

The Clock Tower

As mentioned above, The Clock Tower offers some amazing panoranic views of Sighisoara. To get to the viewpoint, however, you need to walk through the History Museum which tells you all about Sighisoara with artefacts from it’s past.

The Torture Museum

The Tourture Museum is just a torture chamber. But it is intense. There is a guide who will talk your through all the different methods of torture and what crimes merit what torture. It’s pretty bleak but interesting.

The Church on the Hill (Biserica din Deal)

The walk up to the Church is this steep stairway passage which is actually very cool, and quite and intense work out! Once you are at the top you will see the church which is beautiful, gothic style building. Again, the views from up there are amazing.

Have you ever been to Sighisoara? What did you think?

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43 thoughts on “Why You Should Love Sighisoara, Romania”

  1. This post came up on my BL feed within seconds of seeing your Tweet! How’s that for timing?! Sighisoara looks so beautiful! I love how colourful the houses are. It’s not really the kind of look I think most people would associate with Romania, but I’m guessing Romania’s full of surprises.
    (Side note: My laptop’s in for repair and I can’t access my emails from my phone, but I promse I’ll reply to your email asap!)

  2. Love this post! Romania is definitely on my bucket list. The pictures remind me of a place out of a movie! I’m definitely going to save this for a future trips. Thanks for sharing!

  3. You know Romania was never high on the list but lately I have seen so many great photographs and posts about it that it now is!!! I love colourful cities and this city certainly seems to colourful – I could spend a day exploring those little streets and photographing the buildings. Just gorgeous.

  4. So, Romania has never really been on my bucket list, but these photos of the vibrant houses make it look amazing. I would also love to visit the torture museum and get a great view of the city from the clock tower. Thanks for a great post!

  5. Romania really appears to be becoming a very popular tourist destination. It’s no wonder, though, after looking at your wonderful pictures. The history, combined with the beauty of the building and cobblestone streets is pure magic.

  6. Still need to visit Romania, this looks very beautiful I love all the house colours, such a colourful town.
    I visited a torture museum in Ethiopia and wow, a real eye opener, would love to visit the one here too. Romania is now even higher on my list to visit.

  7. Before reading this blog I thought Transylvania and Sighisoara were creepy places!
    But these quiet streets, colorful houses and lush horizon greenery have changed my mind.
    I’d like to find out if there are hiking trails in the surrounding woods too!

  8. Great post Cheira,
    Love Sighisoara as well. My family and I spent a few nights inside the walled city (right next to the bike in one of the first pictures actually, opposite the green hotel) and even walked up to the graveyard at the top of the hill at midnight one day at my two boys request. We have explored Romania in depth over the last two years and absolutely love it. The people are amazing and so welcoming especially in the countryside and the north.
    Your post reminds me I need to revisit some of these towns down south again. (currently in Maramures in the north).
    Thanks for the read.
    James

  9. I so love the colors of the houses and the surrounding greens. My ideal small town setting. I am sure there’s a lot more of this in Romania but Sighisoara seems like a lovely place.

  10. I’m so happy to hear that you liked Romania, my country. It has indeed a lot to offer – lovely cities, beautiful landscapes, mountains, sea… And Sighisoara is a true gem! Gorgeous photos!

  11. Absolutely adorable town! I’m a huge fan of colorful building, so exciting I’ve found another place with so many colors. Looks very similar to Burano, Italy. Definitely want to visit this colorful town! 🙂

  12. I visited Romania in the early 1990s when things were very difficult in the country. It sticks in my mind a lot for the wrong reasons – but I did love Sighisoara and Transylvania! It would be interesting to return some day and see how the country has changed. #Farawayfiles

  13. We’ll be headed to Romania as part of our honeymoon road trip later in May and I really wanted to stop here but there’s not enough time, but we are going to stop in Timisoara! Will just have to go back! #FarawayFiles

  14. I’d love to visit Romania – although maybe not the torture museum as I am really sensitive to even the thought of pain. Having seen the struggles the country has gone through over the years, it’s great to see another side of what is surely a beautiful country. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

  15. This looks like exactly the type of place i love to visit, so i’ll definitely be adding it to my itinerary the next time i’m in that region. Thanks so much for the great insights into such an historic town!

  16. What a gorgeous place. I was here once, around fifteen years ago, and it really wasn’t too touristy at all back then. That said, I could feel already that it was an up-and-coming destination – a place this pretty isn’t going to stay off the tourist radar for long. Thanks for bringing back nice memories!! #FarawayFiles

  17. Something about Eastern Europe always calls me… it must be that 100% Lithuanian so I connect with all my brethren in that part of Europe. The Torture Museum sounds fascinating and definitely piqued my interest. The views remind me a little bit of Kaunas in Lithuania. Thank you for sharing. It’s definitely on my bucket list when I can no longer ski.

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