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.
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 aggressive.
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, in some ways, because that rough edge gives it less of a chocolate box feeling.
Nothing to worry about, but be aware of your footwear for the next couple of years. Don't wear high heels, obviously, and bring something mud proof if you want to go walking about when it rains.
The only downside to this town are the tourist crowds. The tour buses unload here in the late morning and early afternoon, and the small size of the citadel makes it a struggle to get about in the tight central streets.
But it's only the central square, and the road that runs between it and the clock tower that is really badly affected. This isn't le Mont St. Michel. Get away from the main square, and get up before 9am, and it's a ghost town.
Street Urchins Plague the Train Station (Gara)
Sighisoara is a beautiful Medieval walled city and certainly worth a visit. However, it shares many of the same social and criminal issues of cities twice or three times its size. Such issues include petty theft and vagrancy.
Do be attentive at the train station, as the moment you step off of the train onto the platform, you will be bombarded by street urchins, and (as much as I loathe to use this word and to generalize an entire population and culture, you will see) "Gypsies" or the more politically correct, "Roma," begging for money, change and perhaps even food on occassion. Unfortunately, as well-traveled and heavily-touristed a city such as Sighisoara there are very few protocols for dealing with petty theft and there are no police officers or security on the platforms.
On occassion you shall see women carrying babies as a method of distraction as they (or their cohorts) dip into your pockets). My recommendation is to ensure that all of your pockets are zipped, locked (if possible) and make sure that you do not put any valuables in a place that is easily accessible*. Also, if they surround you do not hesitate to use your elbows, and hands to push them away. Romanians in general, do not share "western" conceptions regarding personal space.
*Remember if it's easy-accessible to you... it is to them as well. Just be vigilant and aware. I have seen this happen far too often to visitors and watch them flounder at the police station attempting to file a police report while trying (in vain) to communicate in Romanian.
Rains and Floods
Take care in Romania with the rains...are so heavy in fall ...sept and october... i was lucjy because on my two times there it has been rain before my arrival and after and Bucharest was so flooded two days before i get there !!!
see the weather forecast !!!
No playing of trumpets :-)
OK, I'm pretty sure this actually means you shouldn't use your car horn, this is the first time I've ever seen a sign like this one, Romanian drivers tend to be overly fond of using their horns. I wasn't in Romanian long enough to figure out the code they seemed to be using, sometimes they wanted someone to go, sometimes it meant stop, sometimes it meant hurry up. Do you have to learn the horn code before you pass drivers ed in Romania? That is assuming that they have driver's ed.....
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