"Sighişoara: "Dracula's" home town" Top 5 Page for this destination Sighisoara by iwys

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Sighişoara is a small, medieval town in the centre of Transylvania. It was the birth place of Vlad Ţepeş, the historical figure on whom Dracula was based.

But, there is much more to Sighişoara then its Dracula connection. It is also the prettiest town in Romania and little changed since medieval times.

The undoubted highlight is the massive clock tower, from which you can get spectacular views of the town. It is also conveniently right next to the house where Vlad Ţepeş was born.

Sighişoara has a population of just over 30,000 and you can see it comfortably in half a day, but it is definitely worth staying here for at least one night as the town boasts some of the nicest hotels and pensions in Romania and makes a great base from which to explore the surrounding Transylvanian villages, with their fortified Saxon churches.

It is five hours by train from Bucharest so you can't really do it as a day trip from the capital.

The Historic Centre of Sighişoara was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999 as "an outstanding example of a small fortified city in the border region between the Latin-oriented culture of central Europe and the Byzantine-Orthodox culture of south-eastern Europe."

  • Last visit to Sighisoara: Nov 2007
  • Intro Updated Dec 9, 2007
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Hello, Ian! You have made a lot of travel discoveries...Thanks for sharing! ><><><><

  • monica71's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    i am so glad you loved sighisoara! it is one of my favorite towns in romania. oh, and i always stay at casa cu cerb when i go there :)

  • antistar's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    I did promise to come back and rate your pages. Good job, and very helpful.

  • planxty's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Ian, to echo other comments here, this is a very well presented page with some excellent photos. It has been most helpful, well done. fergy.

  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Outstanding tour of Sighisoara! If your other pages are this good I know how I'll be spending my time on VT - just catching up with your wonderful travels.

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2008 at 10:05 PM

    Hmmm brings back such good memories ;-)

  • kikalena's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2007 at 10:59 AM

    Wonderful page!!! Beautiful pics of one of the most magical places in Europe. Thanks to your page I re-lived my Romanian trip:) Have a great stay in Romania!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2007 at 9:09 AM

    fantastic page Ian!

  • Dec 4, 2007 at 11:22 AM

    Fabulous page Ian... what an interesting place! Is this the same place where Vlad the Impaler came from?? :))


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