Sighisoara Travel Guide

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Sighisoara Highlights

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     Wonderfully preserved medieval town 

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     None that I can't think of 

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     Step back in time! 

Sighisoara Things to Do

  • Furrier's Tower

    A much simpler tower guards the citadel's north east corner, the Turnul Cojocarilor. Its plain faced walls, and four sided tower, stands opposite from the Butcher's tower across one of the citadel's main gates. The original medieval tower was burned down and this is its more modern (17th century) replacement.

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  • Tailor's Tower

    This is the main vehicular entrance to the citadel. Originally it was for horses and carts, but now the few cars that enter the citadel get in here. Like the other towers it's suffered some damage over the years, but in addition to being burned down, this one got blown up by the gunpowder that was once stored here. The current tower was finally...

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  • Tinsmith's Tower

    The Turnul Cositorarilor is one of the most outstanding of the citadel's original medieval towers. It guards the south east corner with a formidable array of murder holes. Its asymmetric design is reputedly unique: a square base, with a pentagonal tower, topped by an octagonal garret and a hexagonal roof.

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  • The Town Hall

    Sighisoara's Primaria is built on the demolished ruins of the ancient Monastery complex that the monastery church next door once formed a part of. The modern Town Hall was built at the end of the 19th century, and commands great views over the lower part of the town, underneath the citadel.

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  • School on the Hill

    How old this school is is a matter of conjecture. Transcripts found by the University of Vienna suggest that around 100 students from the School on the Hill followed University courses between 1402 and 1520. Official records date from 1522.By all accounts this was a top notch school and its syllabus included, over time, theology, philosophy,...

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  • Birthplace of Dracula

    It is generally accepted that Bram Stoker’s famous character, Dracula, was based on the historical figure Vlad Tepes (also called Vlad Dracula and Vlad the Impaler).Vlad was born in this well to do house in Sighisoara (pictures 1 and 2) in November or December 1431. His father, Vlad II (Vlad Dracul), claimed the Wallachian throne in 1436 by killing...

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Sighisoara Restaurants

  • Should Be Called Pizzarie Beggar

    The pizza was good, the waitress nice enough. But.There was a large family of beggars working the whole parking lot (pizzarie is among several shops and apartment buildings with a traffic light nearby). Grubby children- naked baby and young girls in only skirts- and a woman with a baby in the heat came by our table at least a dozen times. Another...

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  • This restaurant is a joke

    Service is fast and nice. Speaks english well. Interior looks well and is clean. The only problem is a food.I ordered ribbs with sweat souce and potatoes. Meat was gummy and difficult to eat. It didn't departed from bones and I had to eat it by hands. Unfortunately it was low quality cheap meat that consisted mostly of fat. Unable to eat I had to...

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  • Restaurant Rustic

    On our second evening in Sighisoara we went for dinner to Restaurant Rustic. It is specialised in traditional Romanian dishes, but other meals are available as well.The restauant is decorated in a dark wooden style. As we visited the place in low season, many tables were still available. A few locals were drinking, smoking and watching football on...

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Sighisoara Nightlife

  • Beer o'clock

    Beer in all eastern are extremely inexpensive....romania and bulgaria the most cheap countries and this stuff..a pint per 0.5 ?uro or less indeed !! and the quality is quite good but its so lighter ..in Catalonia i use to drink beers stonger than mostly in easternOn the second pic there is a menu where you can try to see the fees per cocktails and...

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  • Never forget this friends!!

    Henry Laden in the midst and Eddie my Vancouver friend in the right side!! We enjoy a lot that night having dinner in the citadel and drinking some cocktails in a pub quite fine with our precious romanian girl from the hostel staff

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Sighisoara Transportation

  • The night train to Transylvania

    We arrived in Sighisoara at 4 something am on a cold (nay freezing) late autumn day. The reason for my arrival at this ungodly hour was that I took the night train which connects Budapest with Bucharest – leaving the former at a very civilized 19.10 and arriving into the latter at an equally civilised 11.38 the following morning dropping people of...

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  • Going by train.

    Sighisoara is well connected to most other Romanian cities by train. The journey from Cluj-Napoca, for instance, takes about 3,5 h. The trains are of good standard and the tickets are very cheap, about 11 Euro from Cluj.

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  • Railway station.

    The railway station is situated in the northern part of town. The easiest way to get into centre is to follow the street you can see going between the red and green houses in the right end of the picture above. Take to the left at the crossing after ~250m and to the right passing the yard in front of the church. Cross the river and follow the...

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Sighisoara Shopping

  • Painted icons and woodcarvings

    Not far from the tower clock we accidentally stepped on this nice young artisan, selling small painted icons (made by his girlfriend) and woodcarvings mainly with Maramures motif. His woodcarving work was exceptional though prices were a bit high. I bought 5 small painted icons for 50euros and I was intending to buy an excellent decorative wooden...

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  • Food Markets

    Locals selling seasonal fruit and veg as well as sweet and savoury preserves set up on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the town's market. There are usually a few people around on other days too (though not so many during the winter). Nb. I know this is not 'PC' but be careful when buying from gypsies as some will try to rip you off. In autumn and...

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  • Souvenir hunting

    In the main square there were a couple of rows of souvenir stalls selling Dracula themed souvenirs, tshirts, toys and the usual tourist junk. My favorite was the wooden toy soldier that I thought looked like a cute gift for my nephews until I slid his head up and up popped his other head. Should have bought one for me ;-)Lining the square were...

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Sighisoara Local Customs

  • Drainage.

    This was special form of rain water drainage I saw close to the Shoemaker's Tower. It looks a little dangerous to me since there was very restricted light to be in this street in the evening or night, so people and animals could easily get hurt by taking a step too close to the edge or even down in the drainage.

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  • German language and customs

    Sighisoara was founded at around the 12th century by German craftsmen and merchants, also known as Transylvanian Saxons. Even up to the early 20th century, Germans were still the biggest ethnic population group. Nowadays only approximately 1,5 % Germans still live in the town.The German language as well as German customs are still quite common in...

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  • Romanian Beer

    Romania has a long tradition of beer brewing. The process was introduced by the Transylvanian Saxons some centuries ago. You still find many beers with German names, e.g. Bergenbier or Golden Brau.Among others, I tried Romania's "King of Beers" Ursus which has been brewed since 1878 in Cluj-Napoca. The brewery is nowadays owned by South African...

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Sighisoara Warnings and Dangers

  • Drainage.

    This was special form of rain water drainage I saw close to the Shoemaker's Tower. It looks a little dangerous to me since there was very restricted light to be in this street in the evening or night, so people and animals could easily get hurt by taking a step too close to the edge or even down in the drainage.

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  • Felt Safe

    I'd heard a story of dodgy people at the station, but I didn't experience any problems there, and the citadel and main town feel as safe as anywhere in Europe. The worst problem this town suffers from, compared to the rest of Transylvania, was the number of beggars. Still, only a few, and they just stuck out there hand as you passed - nothing...

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  • Renovation

    You might have noticed from some of my pictures that the streets looked strangely medieval, with no surface on most of them, not even cobblestones. Like much of Romania, the citadel was undergoing massive renovation. It still looked pretty rough when I was there (Brasov is all rebuilt) but soon it will be up to Western standards. Which is a shame,...

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Sighisoara Tourist Traps

  • Harmless town

    Any moment is nice to stroll indeed at night me neither friends nor found any trouble walking there indeed in the most touristic spots , pickpockets neither, nor bag snatchers... the town is so quiet and people really friendly..you will be so safe there

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  • Casa Legenda - The real Draculas!!

    Maybe someone will post some good experience about this place.I did not get to sleep there because after I booked a room very much in advance, the guy from reception cancelled my booking (no reason given) and forced me to get another room which did not match my needs !So, in the end I decided to go to private accomodation and I did not regret...

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  • Vlad Tepes' birthplace

    Hooray, this is the house in which Vlad tepes, a.k.a. Dracula was born. It indeed is not an ugly house, but because the Dracula legend (which is false actually) it is very popular with tourists now.

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Sighisoara What to Pack

  • Free city map

    During our time in Sighisoara we used a free map from the Tourist Information Centre. I actually had taken this map on a previous trip from the tourist information office in Brasov. However, I noticed that also the Touist Information Office in Sighisoara's citadel had the same map available.In Sighisoara we found a small tourist information...

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  • Travel Guides - Romania

    Like many other countries in Eastern Europe, Romania is a rapidly developing country. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to find a Tourist Information Office or just a free map, therefore an up to date guide book is highly recommended, especially for independent travellers.On all our trips to Romania we used the German travel guide Reise...

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Sighisoara Off The Beaten Path

  • 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...

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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...

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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.Directions: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...

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Sighisoara Favorites

  • How to find the objects

    I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.

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  • Citadel Towers

    Between the 14th and 16th century the craft guilds of Sighisoara erected 14 towers to protect the town. Nine of these are still standing, with the Clock Tower (Tumul cu Ceas) being the most impressive one (see my "Things to Do" tips). Other noteable towers include:The Cobblers' Tower (Turnul Cizmarilor), which houses a small observation tower. Its...

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  • Citadel Square

    Probably Sighisoara's nicest square is the cobbled Citadel Square (Piata Cetatii) in the very heart of the upper town. In mediveal times it was the spot of craft markets as well as public executions. Nowadays many of the colourful buildings are home to restaurants and cafes as well as hotels and guesthouses. Benches and trees invite for a rest on...

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Vlad Tepes.
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