I never want to leave.
That is exactly what I told myself the moment I stepped foot in Sighisoara.
My time in Romania so far has been better than expected. Old towns and beautiful plazas surrounded by old buildings has made Romania my favorite country in eastern Europe so far. And best of all, a country where unexpected can happen at any time.
How can it get better than this?
And then I came to visit Sighisoara.
The moment I entered Sighisoara the city had this calming effect on me. Even calmer than Timisoara and much prettier than Cluj, Sighisoara has this chilling attitude about it and it is easy to imagine spending a full week here only relaxing.
Just imagine narrow cobblestone streets surrounded by houses of every imaginable colour, and a church sitting on top of a hill overlooking the Old Town. I thought these places only existed in fairy tales until I stepped foot in Sighisoara.
Walking The Streets Of The Old Town
A stroll through the Old Town of Sighisoara kept me busy for so many hours looking at the old houses.
Sighisoara is a city which has maintained the houses and architectures of yesteryear. Every house, store, and restaurant is painted in a different color, which makes walking down the streets and alleyways an experience similar to stepping back in time.
Sighisoara is very small and can definitely be walked in a few hours. However its atmosphere make you (and will force you) to slow down, and will possibly result in you spending more time in the city than originally planned (I spent 4 nights here).
There are very few points of interest in Sighisoara, many of which can definitely be avoided (ahem “House of Dracula”), but there are two that definitely caught my attention and I loved spending my time there:
Views From the Clock Tower
The clock tower used to be the main entry point to the citadel and can be seen from pretty much everywhere inside the city.
The views of the clock tower from the outside are pretty, especially the clock and the figures besides it representing each day of the week.
However the views from the observation balconies on top are I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E.
From the top you can see every side of the city of Sighisoara and the views are simply mesmerizing. On one side the views down to the terracotta roofs of the city surrounded by the green mountains makes you imagine what the city might have looked back in time.
On the other side the views to the top of the Church on the Hill makes you appreciate how amazing the city of Sighisoara truly is.
When I was told that the cemetery was one of the “highlights” of the city, my first thought was, how cool can this be?
So from the main square I went up the 300 steps leading uphill (the same steps students used to take to go to school back in time) towards the Church on the Hill.
The church itself is not really interesting and I recommend to avoid paying the 8 Lei fee to get in.
But the cemetery!!!! Holy crap was I both surprised and amazing!!!
Once again Sighisoara was showing me a setting I only thought existed in movies, but this time not from a fairy tale but straight out of a horror movie.
The Sighisoara cemetery is set up on top of a hill overlooking once side of the city. The tombstones are laid out throughout the hill, giving the cemetery an eerie feel as you walk through it. The church in the background only adds up to the eeriness of this place.
Outside Of The Old Town
Some of the best views of the old town are from Plaza Hermann Oberth, a small park located just below the east side of the old town.
Another site I found to have great views of the city was on the bridge between the city and the Holy Trinity church.
Both areas have very nice views of the city from below and can easily be walked from one to the other.
To add to the mystic side of the city, Sighisoara is the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, who himself was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula.
Although there is not a lot of noise around it, there are still a few things to see if you’re interested.
The House of Dracula, or mainly “the room where Dracula was born” can be visited in Sighisoara, and it is located near the clock tower.
There is also a statue of Vlad near the museum which is weird to say the list, nice haircut!
If Romania is in your travel plans, make sure to check out Sighisoara!