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. Transylvania is full of beautiful little towns, but our first weekend excursion was to a a small fortified town called Sighisoara.
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.
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.
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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