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About Sighisoara



This perfectly intact 16th century gem, with nine towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, its beauty rivaling the historic streets of Old Prague or Vienna for atmospheric magic.

One of the things, for which Sighisoara is well-known, beyond the Romanian border, is the fact that it is the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), ruler of the province of Walachia from 1456 to 1462, who inspired Bram Stoker's famous fictional creation, Count Dracula.

Count Dracula's house is not, however, the only major attraction in Sighisoara. The Church on the Hill with its 500-year-old frescoes, the 13th century Venetian House and the Church of the Dominican Monastery, known for its Transylvanian Renaissance carved altarpiece, baroque pulpit, Oriental carpets and 17th century organ, are just as popular among tourists.

Throughout its existence, Sighisoara played an important strategic and commercial role at the edges of Central Europe for several centuries. It became one of Transylvania's most important cities, being visited by artisans from throughout the Holy Roman Empire.

As years gone by, Sighisoara has witnessed and experienced plenty, suffering military occupation, fires, and plagues during the 17th and 18th centuries.

The city has preserved its history in an exemplary manor, being one of the few fortified towns which are still inhabited.

Being divided into two areas, the historical area, known as the Citadel, and the lower town area, sitting in the valley of Tarnava Mare river, Sighisoara offers its visitors a perfect blend of old and new, so authentic and real, like no other city has to offer, anywhere.

Among Sighisoara's most significant landmarks we find the Clock Tower, dating since the 2nd half of the 14th century, which had the role as the main gate into the citadel and which housed the town's council, The History Museum, which comprises the clock tower, and also features a torture chamber and a medieval arms exhibition, The Church on the Hill (Bergkirche), a beautiful Gothic church that dominates the hill at the southern end of the citadel, and the historical House With Stag, which today houses a modern pension, a cafe-restaurant with traditional dishes and a Romanian-German cultural center.