5 Things to do in Sighisoara: Romania’s Medieval City

Imagine walking through a medieval city that you only saw in your fairy tale books or in TV shows and movies. You have knights on horses, you have a market place that sells trinkets and fresh produce, you have wine cellars that turn into restaurants and inns. Well, imagine no more as this is exactly what will welcome you as you enter Sighisoara's citadel.

They even have a medieval festival in the summer where people dress up as knights and reenact the old Sighisoara. You can travel to Sighisoara from Romania's capital city of Bucharest by train or by car. Travel time is around five hours.

1. Cetatea Sighișoarei

Cetatea Sighișoarei, Foursquare.com

Cetatea Sighișoarei, Foursquare.com

Cetatea Sighișoarei, Foursquare.com

Cetatea Sighisoara or the Citadel of Sighisoara was built by the Saxon colonists in the 12th century. They called the place, Castrum Sex. It is a UNESCO world heritage site because of its 850-year-old historical value. Add the fact that this is where Vlad Tepes was born, who is believed to be Dracula. A place with this rich and preserved history deserves to be visited. The medieval festival that they celebrate is every July, which is summer time so it's best to visit this place during this time.

Name:
Cetatea Sighișoarei
Address:
Str. Anton Pann (Str. Morii), Sighișoara, Romania
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2. Pivnita lui Teo

Pivnita lui teo, or Teo's Cellar is not just your ordinary cellar. Personal service is the main reason why people flock to Teo's Cellar. The host is very hospitable and generous, he will let you taste his homemade alcohol. Aside from that, the wine cellar is also a restaurant so you can sit and enjoy your meals while being surrounded by fermenting wine.

Name:
Pivnita Lui Teo
Address:
str.Scolii nr. 14, Sighișoara, Romania
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3. Scara Școlarilor

Scara Școlarilor, Foursquare.com

Scara Școlarilor, Foursquare.com

In english, this means the scholar's staircase. The stairs is a means by which the students go up the hill for their school is located up the hill. Some say there's nothing special in these steps, but imagine yourself back in time when this was a great place to do some people watching. Plus its your way to see the church on top of the hill without having to trek all the way to the top.

Name:
Scara Școlarilor
Address:
Str. Scara Școlarilor, Sighișoara, Romania
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4. Turnul cu Ceas

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Turnul cu Ceas, Foursquare.com

Turnul cu Ceas, or the Tower with the Clock, is another great landmark in Sighisoara. There were nine towers around the citadel, and this one is the tallest with 64 meters in height. This tower was built in the 14th century. The clock tower is located in the south-east of the city.

Name:
Turnul cu Ceas
Address:
Cetatea Sighișoarei (Str. Cetătii), Sighișoara, Romania
HP:
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5. Biserica din Deal

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Biserica din Deal, Foursquare.com

Built somewhere around 1345 to 1525 is this evangelical church on the hill. It is the fourth largest Gothic church in Transylvania and has a bell tower. This is the church where the elected prince of Transylvania George I Rákóczi was given his title. To reach the church on top of the hill, you can take the Scholar's Stairs.

Name:
Biserica din Deal
Address:
Str. Scării, Sighișoara, Romania
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Conclusion

Aside from the places mentioned, there are a variety of arts and crafts stores, a couple of restaurants, and other historical monuments in the citadel. All you have to do is walk around and relive history.

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?