"Dracula's True Birthplace" Top 5 Page for this destination Sighisoara by antistar

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Sighisoara really is the birthplace of Dracula, which probably accounts for the number of Goths visiting. He was only here for a few years, but the tight, cobbled streets of this medieval Transylvanian citadel are fantastically evocative all the same.

It's hard not to be impressed by the citadel - it's an awe inspiring sight as you approach from the train. A small hill juts out of the ground, and on its crest is built a towering medieval fortress city that dates back to the middle ages. Closer up the views can be blocked by some truly ugly buildings, the legacy of communism and ill considered modern planning, but inside the walls the beauty is inescapable.

The town was originally settled by Germans, by request of the then King of Hungary. Today there are almost no Germans left, and only about a fifth of the population is Hungarian, but their legacy is everywhere to be seen. From the architectural style of the buildings, to the German names dominating the citadel's graveyard, to the town's famous sons, like Hermann Oberth, one of the father's of modern rocketry.

But one famous son who hinted at the future of Sighisoara and Transylvania was Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. His father, a Vlachian Prince, lived in exile in the city, minting his own coins and giving the city its official name in Romanian for the first time: Sighisoara. Its original Hungarian name is Segesvár, and calling it anything else can elicit complaints from nationalist Hungarians.

Today Sighisoara is a very popular tourist destination, perhaps too popular for some. The citadel remains largely untouched by progress, and it seems like almost every building is protected by UNESCO. The town would be a definite highlight of any trip to Romania.

  • Last visit to Sighisoara: Aug 2009
  • Intro Updated Jan 22, 2012
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Tim, fantastic page about Sighisoara here. At the beginning of April we spent 3 days in the town and really enjoyed it a lot. Like you, we also visited Pizzeria Perla and the International Cafe, due to reommendations here on VT.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Hello, Tim! I see you have made a great trip to this famous place... Pleasant memories!~

  • xaver's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2010 at 6:14 AM

    Nice, I had the same problem with mosquitos in Timisoara. I agree with you, it's great when you get the feeling of being backi in the past.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    This is a lovely town and the clock tower a good anchor to see the skyline. Great job of pictures and comments. YOu may enjoy seeing the trip I took to Utah and Arizona parks and the desert landscape in US.

  • Kaspian's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    Very cool page! Cheers, Ed.


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