Day trip to Targu Mures
In April 2012 our long weekend trip through Transylvania started with one night in Targu Mures from where we headed off for two nights two Sighisoara. As the distance between these two towns is only 35 km, Targu Mures can also conveniently be visited on a day trip from Sighisoara.
For more details about the bus connections between the two towns please also read my transportation tips.
Many of Targu Mures main attractions are located along the central Roses Square (Piata Trandafirilor). The Culture Palace was built at the beginning of the 20th century and it is the most impressive building of the Transylvanian Secession.
The history of the Roman Catholic St. John the Baptist Church dates back to the middle of the 18th century, when it was built by the Jesuits in Baroque style.
The construction of the Romanian Orthodox Ascension of the Lord Cathedral was finished in 1934. In front of the cathedral the Avram Iancu 's equestrian statue can be found.
The oldest Romanian Orthodox church in town is the wooden St. Michael Church, which was built between 1793 and 1794. It is located in the street Str. Saguna, about 1 km south east of the city centre.
Inside the citadel the reformed Fortress Church can be found. The first construction phase took place in the middle of the 14th century. The church was part of the former Franciscan convent.
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Evangelical Hill Cemetery
Many Germans, the so called Transylvanian Saxons, are buried in the Evangelical Hill Cemetery (Evangelischer Bergfriedhof). The Transylvanian Saxons settled in this part of Romania from the 12 century onwards and are nowadays a minority in Transsylvania.
The gravestones in the cemetery have German inscriptions and many date back to the 19th and 20th century. Even the sign at the entrance to the cemetery is at first in German and then Romanian language.
The main entrance to the cemetery is located just across the Church on the Hill. It leads down alongside the hill.
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Soviet War Memorial and Cemetery
The Soviet War Memorial commemorates the Red Army soldiers who died during the liberation of Sighisoara from the Nazis in 1944. Almost all graves carry the inscription "Unknown Hero" in cyrillic letters.
The Soviet War Memorial and Cemetery is located in a small park at the southern end of the street Str. Garii (Station Street). The Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral stands in close vicinity of the memorial.
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see the fortified churches in the area
When we were in Sighisoara in july 2007 we tried to go to the saxon villages in the area. We found out it's hard to find any transportation or guides going there. In the end the people from the Cultural Heritage Information Centre told us about a small company, organising daytrips to several villages in the area. We phoned them, and they picked us up with a big Romanian 4 wheeldrive. On a great 7 hours tour the Dutch guides surprised us with their knowledge of the area. We visited several forgotten fortified churches and Biertan, went to a farm and had a picknick far away in the hills. It's simply surprising how beautiful and interesting the countryside and the villages a little out of Sighisoara are! We had a great day, and I advice you guys to see this area as well! The company is called eyetours, check it out!
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At the back of the Church on the Hill is the German Cemetery, the entrance to which was locked when I was there, so I could only peer through the railings at it. The local tourist brochure describes it as being " A peaceful, magical place, marked by the history of the Saxon community." The cemetery guardian lives in the nearby Ropemakers' Tower, so I guess you could knock on his door and get him to unlock the gate if you were very keen to see it.
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If you have a car, head to the country
From Sighisoara we drove north-west through mountains and farm lands. We were going to try to visit some ice caves but due to the late afternoon and a long hike ahead, we opted just to drive some of the old mountain roads. On one dirt road, during our ~40km exploration, we passed by several small farms and workers. Some were operating old sawmills, cutting timbers brought in by horse cart from the mountains around them.
We even picked up a guy and a lady walking along the muddy road. They were a little hesitant to get in, but were happy for a ride. Mothers may warn their kids not to pick up strange hitchhikers, particularly when you are in the mountains miles from where your screams can be heard. But for some reason, even though this guy had a two-handed axe and a chainsaw, his slacks, vest, tie, beret cap and smile seemed to give a different vibe. After a ride that would have taken them hours to walk, as gesture of good faith, they offered to tip for the taxi service, but how could you in possibly think to accept?
Closer to the hostel
In the other side of the river where the hostel are located you can see other style of houses more flats than typical houses but its all melted
Just crossing the footbridge there is this street and besides the Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, built in Byzantine style in 1937
Covered wooden stairway
the upper town as i said before is split in two levels, on the top there is the high school and the church and the other is the main squares restaurants and so on
Well the way to join both levels is by the "Covered Wooden Stairway" amazing at first sight, It was built in the 17th century and was meant to facilitate and protect the school-children?s and the believers? climb to school and respectively to church. Originally the stairs had 300 steps, but after 1849, their number was reduced to 175 only.
in this pic a poor cat so so grubby !!
canyon and the mountain
Wherever you are (hostel staff or hotel ) ask for the canyon ..in Nathans Villa know very well about it and the lake stroll besides so romantic btw !!
ask how get there it worth to stroll and watch this spectacular sight
Lower town streets
There are a lot of charming streets around the downtown really nice to walk with no danger or harm ..people is so quiet and kind and its so relaxing to stroll beholding the normal life in Sghisoara...actually its so easy to feel soaked by their relaxed and peaceful life !!
On the summit after a steep street and step beneat a wooden shelter passinh by a high school and a small church there is a graveyard where are buried mostly german people ... we didnt understand why there was just german names ..if anyone knows about it ..let me know it sending me an email thanks
Pestera Ursilor (aka Bear Cave)
The night was spent in a hotel that would be more suited to be a dorm at a summer camp. But it shared the parking lot at the end of a long less-travel road which was for Pestera Ursilor (aka Bear Cave). This was accidentally found by strip mining. It is named after the bear because inside were many skeletal remains of the 15000 year old extinct Cave Bear.
From Sighisoara, it would be ~3 hours drive North West. I didnt find a town name closer to post this too.
Biertan, a less-visited but equally attractive small town with a medieval fortified church is easily reached by bus or cab from Sighisoara. Buses are infrequent but regular, check times on the day at the bus station. A cab there and back shouldn't come to more than about 20 euros.
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Up at the top of the citadel behind the Church on the Hill is the German Cemetery with gravestones dotting the rolling landscape and a rather vicious looking and very appropriate German Shepard guarding the place.
Romulus & Remus
This was the 3rd statue we saw in Romania of a she-wolf nursing the twins Romulus & Remus. I'll let you guess which twin killed the other and went on to name the city they had built, Rome, after himself.
The statue in Bucharest was a gift from Rome, I assume the one we saw here is just a copy.
Located in the lower town
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