Sighișoara

The Clock Tower in the Citadel of Sighișoara

Sighișoara is located on the Tarnava River in Mures county, Romania. It is located in the historic region of Transylvania. German craftsmen and merchants, The Transylvanian Saxons, were invited here by the King of Hungary during the 12th century, to settle and defend the frontier. Central Sighișoara has preserved in an exemplary way the features of a small medieval fortified city and it has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Each year a Medieval Festival takes place in the old citadel in July. Sighișoara is a popular tourist destination due to its well preserved walled old town. The landmark of the city is The Clock Tower, a 64 meter high tower build in 1556. It is presently a Museum of History.

Get in

By train

Please see Romania Tourism's rail page for more details and schedules . Be aware that coming from Hungary into Romania you will cross a time zone and lose one hour. Adjust your watch or risk missing the stop.

Once you have arrived by train, you can get to the center just walking. Head straight from the train station exit towards the town and cross the river by the Orthodox cathedral, a prominent landmark. Head toward the churches on the hill to reach the medieval town center.

Get around

It's such a small town that you will have no problem in going around walking. If you need any suggestion there is a tourist information office inside the Café International and Family Center or the tourist information booth, both located in the main square Piata Cetatii; they will help you reach the fortified churches in the area. For more information see the Do section.

See

Clock Tower
Street in Old Town
Birth house of Vlad Țepeș Dracula
Bust of Vlad Țepeș
Street in Old Town

Inside the Citadel:

Outside the Citadel:

Do

Sighișoara Medieval Festival

Special events:


The town in itself is quite small, so one day to visit it is enough. In any case, you can consider staying more to visit the surroundings.

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Go next

  • The fortified church of Biertan has been nominated World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. It is about 30 km away from Sighișoara. There is no public transport going there, you can rent a car or ask somebody to plan the trip for you. Another choice is to go to Dumbraveni by train and continue hitchhiking. For more information, go to the Café International information office. Biertan is a small town that was built next to the church. There is nothing to see there but the church, though. On the way back you can consider stopping at Dumbraveni.
  • About 13km away due south is Apold with a fortified church. You can rent bikes and cycle here very easily or get an infrequent local bus. The church is locked and you'll need to request a key. Workers in the garden will let you in on request if there are any. The gate tower can be climbed for free for a great view over the village.
  • Saschiz is another UNESCO World Heritage site, with a fortified church and a fortress. It is 20 km away from Sighișoara.
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