It was not a coincident, that we visited the town of Sighioara in Transylvania region. We actually put this on our TOP priority list. Not only that Sighisoara is one of the most picturesque towns in Romania, it is also a birth place of Vlad Tepes, the world famous count – Dracula.
We reached Sighisoara late in the afternoon and were lucky enough to find a place in one and only camping place in the heart of the town. Once again it showed, how good is to have a bed in the car, as there was no place for pitching a tent.
A curious traveler has lots of things to do and see in Sighisoara and you can spend not only hours, but days, exploring it. The city center has a relaxed vibe with full of local bars, coffee shops and restaurants. Even though the old town is packed with tourists you can still find a place to unwind, relax and observe the happenings in the colorful old streets.
What to do and see in Sighisoara?
- Meet the Count Dracula – I know, it is hard to believe, but it is true. You can meet count Dracula and you can even shake hands with him! Isn’t it funny, how stories make tourism? I think Romania can be extremely happy to have a story of Vlad Tepes – Count Dracula. He is world known and his story is probably one of the best sellers. The yellow house can be seen from far away and inside you can find a typical Romanian restaurant, serving traditional food. To our surprise, the Count Dracula has only one or lets say two small rooms for himself. Even these two are there more to cheer you up than actually teach you something about this powerful man. In the middle of the room stands a coffin, where »Count Dracula« is lying. When you step towards him, he lifts himself up in the sitting position and that’s it. Ok, you can also shake hands with him – I did not – not that I would not like to shake hands with The Count Dracula himself, I was just too shocked about the whole thing, and it skipped my mind. Well, if nothing else, you get a very powerful proof, that good stories sell well!
- Visit the Clock Tower and its history museum – I love the fact, when I can see a visited place from the above, so getting up to the top of the Clock tower was a must thing to do for me. During your climb up, look at the city museum and get to know the history of Sighisoara, once a Saxon town and now, a town under UNESCO protected heritage.
- Travel through time and see the torture chamber – If you like the dark side of history, visiting the torture chamber is something for you for sure. The main and most popular devilish implement you can find here is a simple leather, where people were stretched over and being roasted alive. Jajcks… People sure had lots of imagination back than…
- Walk up to the hill on Scholar’s Stars – There are exactly 175 wooden stairs to walk on. When walking on this beautifully restored staircase, have in mind it is still original and was built in 1642. When reaching the top, you can take a look at the Saxon church, cemetery, old primary school and few towers, dated back in time of the citadel.
- Find peace and quiet in the Lutheran church – There are many different churches in Sighisoara, so if you like this kind of architecture, you will enjoy here a lot. Walk inside and be wowed on the interior.
Even if you don’t enjoy seeing all the attractions that Sighiosoara is offering you generously, you can still use your time and just wonder around the cobbled streets. We liked it here a lot and if we had more time, we would definitely stay a day or two more, than first planned.
Aquarius camping: 50 LEI (11,36 EUR)/night
The Clock tower: 12 LEI (2,73 EUR)/pp + 30 LEI (6,82 EUR)/photo
The Count Dracula room: 5 LEI (1,37 EUR)/pp
Aquarius camping: N46°13.374′ / E024°47.789′