Just under 2 hours away from Brasov, Sighisoara surprises its visitors with beautifully maintained and refurbished medieval buildings and streets. Said to be among the most beautiful and also very well preserved medieval towns in Europe.
Truly lovely to walk around and think of the history behind the walls and pavement. It’s a small town in Transylvania, with a lot of charm and perfect for a day trip.
I really enjoyed seeing the tourist attention it gets. You can hear all sorts of languages while walking around, including groups of Japanese with their friendly smiles and enviable cameras.
Not surprisingly it’s also a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, due to its 16th century constructions like: 9 towers, cobbled stone streets, beautiful churches, etc.
Another fun fact is that it’s the place where Vlad Dracul was born (Vlad Tepes – Vlad the Impaler), who ruled for about 10 years in the 16th century. Vlad the Impaler was the source of inspiration for Bram Stoker’s book, Count Dracula.
This precious town was last on our road trip list and we were quite tired by the time we got there. So, here’s what we got to see:
- Sighisoara’s Citadel (Cetatea Sighisoarei) built in the 14th-16th c. with the purpose to protect the settlemnt from the Turkish attacks. It’s inside this place where many of the other attractions are: squares, towers, churches
- The Clock Tower (Turnul cu Ceas) erected in the 14th c. is the town’s principal attraction and used in the beginning as meeting place. It currently hosts the History Museum. From the top you have a great view of the city
- The Scholars Stairs (Scara Scolarilor) it’s a 2 minutes walk from the citadel’s square to the Church on a Hill. The 175 steps covered black stairs is more than a 2 minute job for the unfit 🙂 Its prime aim was to keep safe the kids going to the school on the hill and the Church on a Hill’s congregation.
- The Church on the Hill (Biserica din Deal)
- The Stag House (Casa cu Cerb) the name speaks for itself 🙂
- The Citadel Towers (Turnurile cetatii) part of the defense wall of the citadel. You will see them walking around.
I loved Sighisoara and it’s bohemian feel. I encourage you travelers if you go about visiting The Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle) just make the extra 2 hours to see this beautiful town.