Ancient churches, a walled town center, thousands of years of history… you just don’t find that in the United States.
Sighisoara is a small city in the Transylvania region of Romania, with a history dating back to the 1100s. Back then, the Hungarian king was begging Saxons to move to this part of the world in order to help defend his borders. German craftsmen and artisans took him up on it, and what resulted is today a fairy-tale-like fortified city in the heart of Romania.
It’s no wonder this whole place is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
With cobbled streets, colorful buildings, and a pedestrian-friendly Old Town, it’s difficult not to fall in love with Sighisoara. Yes, it’s a touristy place. And yes, it can feel a bit crowded in the summer. But it’s still well worth a visit.
3 things to love about Sighisoara
1. The colorful streets
Sighisoara is INCREDIBLY colorful. It’s like a box of tropical-colored crayons just exploded all over the town, with bright oranges and yellows and pinks standing out on every street
2. The views
Climbing up the Clock Tower is an absolute must! It will cost you next to nothing, and the views are beautiful. Parts of this building date back to the 14th century, and I’m sure you can understand why it was built — as a lookout point over the city walls.
3. The historical connections
Along with being an old Saxon city, Sighisoara also has another claim to fame: being the birthplace of Vlad III (also known as Vlad Tepes, Vlad the Impaler, and Vlad Dracula). Vlad’s father was ruler of nearby Wallachia, but was in exile in Transylvania when Vlad was born. Vlad’s birthplace is still there, marked with a placard and now home to a very kitschy restaurant called “Casa Dracula.”