"Sighisoara-an UNESCO World Heritage site" Sighisoara by Dabs

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Sighisoara is one of the wonderfully preserved medieval Saxon towns you will find while visiting Transylvania and the one that we liked the best. The citadel, or old town, is built up on a hillside, surrounded by the city walls with 9 of the original 14 towers built by the various guilds of craftsmen. The highest point features a church which seemed to be the centerpoint of all of the Saxon towns that we visited. A 1/2 day was adequate time to see the sights, have a walk through town and grab a bite to eat.

Dracula tourists are also drawn to Sighisoara since it is the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler aka Vlad Dracula. Unlike nearby Bran Castle which has been substituted as Dracula's Castle since the real one is in ruins (a true spark of capitalism there!), Sighisoara seems to have a real link to the real life Dracula. I get the sense that Romanians don't like the connection of Bram Stoker's fictional bloodsucker to their Impaler, despite his brutal and bloody methods he seems to be somewhat of a hero.

For those of you not familiar with impaling, I understand that the goal was to keep someone alive as long as possible after having inserted a spike through their anus (ouch!), the exit point being somewhere around the head or shoulders. The spikes were then erected and placed so that everyone knows who's boss.

I'm not sure of the literal translation of the sign found on the Dracul house but I'm pretty sure it says something close to this is Dracul's (Dracula's father) house and he lived here from 1431-1435

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  • Pros:Wonderfully preserved medieval town
  • Cons:none that I can think of
  • Last visit to Sighisoara: May 2005
  • Intro Updated Jun 9, 2005
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Although we have explored many places in Transsylvania, we unfortunately missed Sighisoara. These "No trumpet playing please!" signs are quite usual in Romania. Fabulous page here.

  • antistar's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    That restaurant tip proved spot on. The Perla had very good pizza and very good value for money. A tough find in Sighisoara. Thanks for the info :).

  • mikelisaanna's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2005 at 4:15 PM

    Sighisoara looks interesting. Another place to add to the list!

  • DPando's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2005 at 4:05 AM

    im eager to go there...its an amazing place..!! thanks mate

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2005 at 5:18 PM

    fantastic page!

  • yooperprof's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2005 at 10:39 AM

    Transylvania is a place I want to get to soon. That medieval clock tower reminds me of Prague.

  • dlandt's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2005 at 8:28 AM

    A 5 already!! Well done. The Saxon towns were called the Siebenburgen.

  • Haali's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2005 at 8:59 PM

    Nice and Informative Page, welldone!

  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2005 at 5:07 PM

    Fantastic page! Really makes me want to visit Romania again!

  • robertop's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2005 at 8:40 AM

    Great pages and tips on the impressive medieval town of Sighisoara;you could be now good guides yourselves for visitors of this town Adrian


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