How to spend a day in Sighisoara, Romania

Located at a distance of 300 km from Bucharest, Sighisoara is a place where you can feel history on every lane of its Citadel. I think the first and foremost reason why travelers come to Sighisoara is its Citadel, inscribed into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, or maybe the fact that it is the birthplace of Dracula. How about you? Which reason could be yours?

Let’s first learn a bit about Sighisoara Citadel

The origins of Sighisoara city go back to Roman times. The current Sighisoara Citadel is located in the center of the city, and was built by Saxon settlers in the 13th century and was called Schäßburg then. The impressive defence system made it the most difficult to conquer of all the fortresses in Transylvania. 101sighisoara 1430005

In 1999 Citadel was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites as “outstanding testimony to the culture of the Transylvanian Saxons”, thanks to the quality and conservation of its extraordinary cultural heritage. Today Sighisoara is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns in Europe with narrow streets and charming houses.So how to spend a day in this colorful town? Here is my plan!

Climb the Clock Tower

The Clock Tower, 64 metres tall, one of the symbols of Sighisoara, guards the citadel entry. It is visible from any point of the city centre. The Clock Tower built in late 14th century offers an excellent view from the last floor balcony over the historical center and the whole town of Sighisoara. The main attraction of the tower is the clock with the Baroque lime wood statues with a height of 0.80 metres depicting the pagan gods impersonating the days of the week: Diana, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and the Sun. There is the History Museum inside the tower with thematic exhibitions in each room, starting from the ancient times. You can also see the mechanism of the clock and the figurines that have been announcing the exact hour every single day for the past hundreds of years. Not far from the Clock Tower there is the Church of the Dominican Monastery. First mentioned in historical sources at the end of 13th century as part of a Dominican monastic settlement, it became the Saxons' main Lutheran church in the middle of 16th century.10sighisoara romania 143021012 sighisoara romania 143002013sighisoara romania 143011214sighisoara cemetery 143022615 sighisoara romania 143022216 sighisoara romania 1430114

Wander in the streets of Citadel

A walk through the town's hilly streets with their original medieval architecture, a magical mix of winding cobbled alleys, steep stairways, secluded squares, towers, turrets and the carefully preserved citadel, is like stepping back in time. You can admire the historical buildings from the small squares in the Upper Town where most of the commercial activity took place in the past. From the City Square, you’re only a few meters away from medieval towers like the Tailors’ Tower or the Cobblers’ Tower. Practical tip: while Museum in Clocktower has its opening hours, Citadel is open 24/7 for you to enjoy. 20 sighisoara romania 143001420 sighisoara romania 143005727sighisoara romania 143002928sighisoara romania 143003129sighisoara romania 143006531sighisoara romania 1430047

Look for the emblematic Deer House

The Deer House owes its name to the two deer painted on the upper corner of the house. What you see is images of the two deer united by a single head. The house was built in the 17th century and it looks today very much the same as when it was built. An inscription on the wall tells us that it was renovated in 1691 by Michael Deli, the owner, after the fire of 1676.33 sighisoara romania 1430033

Try to find 9 standing towers of the Citadel

Nine towers still exist of the original 14, but most of them are closed for visitors. You can have fun trying to find all the towers that are still standing. The Clock Tower is easy. What about the other 8? The Tinsmiths' Tower (Turnul Cositorarilor), The Butchers' Tower (Turnul Măcelarilor), The Bootmakers' Tower, The Tailors' Tower (Turnul Croitorilor), The Furriers' Tower (Turnul Cojocarilor), The Ironsmiths' Tower (Turnul Fierarilor), The Tanners' Tower (Turnul Tăbăcarilor) and The Ropemakers' Tower (Turnul Frânghierilor), the only inhabited tower of the remaining nine.40 sighisoara romania 143013840sighisoara romania 143006841 sighisoara romania 143005942sighisoara romania 143003843sighisoara romania 143007444sighisoara romania 143005545sighisoara romania 143005646 sighisoara romania 1430063

Take the Scholars’ Stairs to the hilltop

The Scholars’ Stairs are a special attraction, built in the middle of the 17th century to protect school children during winter time. Similar to a tunnel, these wonderful stairs climb up to the hilltop, accessing the City Square with the School on the Hill, the Church on the Hill, the Rope Makers’ Tower and the Evangelical Cemetery. After the 175 steps, you’ll reach a peaceful part of medieval Sighisoara. Take your time to explore it.50 sighisoara romania 1430095

Visit Church of the Hill and old cemetery

The Hill Church is a valuable architectural monument in Sighisoara, an Evangelical church built in several stages between 14th and 16th centuries. It is the fourth biggest Gothic church in Transylvania with a 42-metre high bell tower. After a tour inside, admiring one of the most representative Gothic constructions in Transylvania, take a walk in the old Evangelical Cemetery. It is the Saxon Cemetery that contains many German tombstones hundreds of years old, of Saxons, from mayors, doctors, scientists to ordinary people. From the cemetery, you can go back down on a small paved street without taking the stairs again.60 sighisoara romania 143007961 sighisoara romania 143008264 sighisoara romania 143007365sighisoara cemetery 143007067 sighisoara romania 1430071

Notice signs of Dracula in Citadel

Sighisoara is the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), ruler of the province of Walachia from 1456 to 1462. The prince of Wallachia has inspired Bram Stoker's fictional creation, Count Dracula. In the 15th century, the city’s Romanian name of Sighisoara was first mentioned in a document by Prince Vlad Dracula, the ruler of the territory south from the Carpathians and the father of Vlad the Impaler who was born here.
Tip: While we know this for a fact, there is no actual historical proof of the house where Dracula was born, so don’t get fooled by the local ‘house of Dracula’ attraction. Or maybe it does not matter actually?71sighisoara dracula 143003475sighisoara dracula 143010476sighisoara dracula 1430100

Look for the Capitoline Wolf Statue on Oberth Square

Legend has it that Rome was founded by the twins Romulus and Remus who were suckled by a wolf as babies. So why can the copies of this statue be found in at least 25 cities of Romania, including Sighisoara? The Capitoline Wolf is used in Romania as a symbol of the Latin origin of its inhabitants. In 1921, the Italian state made a gift to Romania of five copies of the Capitoline Wolf. In major cities, there are replicas of the original statues given as gifts from Italy to underline Roman origin of Romanians.
Address: Piața Hermann Oberth in Lower town.77 sighisoara romania 1430154

Have a meal at the number 1 restaurant in Sighisoara

Yes, it is Joseph T. Restaurant & Wine Bar located in Central Park Hotel. It is a stylish traditional restaurant from the higher end of the price range. Wooden panels and the beautiful colors of stained glass add a special ambiance to the place. I very much liked the chandeliers. The food was delicious, the service was friendly and the selection of foods and drinks was impressive. So your money would be well spent and it’s still much cheaper than similar restaurants in Western Europe.
Address: Hermann Oberth Street 25 in Central Park Hotel.79 sighisoara romania 143000380 sighisoara romania 142098281 sighisoara romania 142098382 sighisoara romania 142099083 sighisoara romania 1420996

Stay at Taschler Haus Boutique Hotel

If you plan to stay overnight in Sighisoara, Taschler House can add a medieval feel to it even while you sleep. The hotel is located in a Saxon house in the city center, offering accommodation next to the citadel’s wall, only 150m away from the famous Clocktower. The house has 10 rooms. Each of them tells a different story, having the names inspired by Saxon craftsmen trades with specific symbols and decorations typical of that time.
Address: Piața Hermann Oberth 490 sighisoara romania 143014591 sighisoara romania 143000992 sighisoara romania 142093694 sighisoara romania 1420914Like it? Pin it!Sighisoara in Transylvania, Romania is a place where you can feel history on every lane of its Citadel. I think the first and foremost reason why travelers come to Sighisoara is its Citadel, inscribed into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, or maybe the fact that it is the birthplace of Dracula. How about you? Which reason could be yours? Anyway here is how to spend a day in this colorful town? #travel #visitRomania #sighisoara #travelblog #travelphotographyMake sure to include Sighisoara in your Romania road trip! What would be your reason to visit Sighisoara? Share in the comments section!

  • Published by Anita on June 8, 2018
  • Author: Anita Sane

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    travelling mostly solo for more than 15 years. She is a skilled travel planner who plans and executes her travels by herself. Anita wants to show you how to travel the world and open your mind to new experiences. Follow her on FacebookInstagramPinterestTwitter and Bloglovin.


    I was enchanted by the rich history and cultural heritage preserved within these ancient walls. From the iconic Clock Tower to the charming cafes lining the square, every corner told a story of centuries past.
    Sighisoara is such a beautiful town. I loved reading this, it reminded me of my visit, and your photos are fantastic!
    I just loved Sighisoara. Before going there, my image of Romania was very different, but after seeing Transylvania and those beautiful towns, I now really believe this country did not market itself enough :)
    Romania is on my list and definitely going there sometime. These will be kept for then. Very helpful
    I had no idea Romania was so colourful! I'd love to visit Eastern Europe - I think that is the up and coming place!
    Beautiful photos of Romania, It's on my list to visit for this year! :)

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