Sunny days in Sighișoara
Updated: Aug 18, 2021
On Friday 7th August, we drove the 117km from Brașov to Sighișoara leaving at 12.45 and arriving just before 3pm. It was an easy drive, Tiger slept for most of it and was placated with biscuits right at the end when she woke up.
We had booked an Airbnb apartment for 2 nights which was about a 5 minute drive from Sighișoara itself, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval citadel and the birthplace of Vald the Impaler. We booked the apartment on Airbnb but you can also book on Booking.com where the deservedly have a 9.7 rating. It was lovely - and the absolute best part was the black out blinds on the windows. Tiger (and I) slept like logs there, she had the living room and I had the bedroom! You can stay in the Old Town but this was only £66 and was such brilliant value for money. The owner's wife met us in her car at the petrol station and I followed her to the apartment. It would otherwise possibly be a bit tricky to find as it is in a new development.
On our first day, we didn't do a whole lot, just had the afternoon nap, went to the enormous supermarket next door, and went to the playground around the back of the apartment building.
On Saturday 8th August, though we visited Sighișoara properly. Founded by Transylvanian Saxons, Sighișoara is one of the most beautiful and best preserved medieval towns in Europe. Its citadel was built in the 12th century and in the 14th and 15th centuries, Sighișoara's industrious burghers (citizens), craftsmen and tradesmen provided the funds for the construction of a strong defence system guarded by 14 towers and several bastions. Each tower was built, maintained and defended by a craft guild. The most striking is the 14th century Clock Tower, which controlled the main gate of the defensive wall.
It really is a truly beautiful place to visit and everything looks like a Dracula film set, from the dusty lower town, with its own umbrella street like in Bucharest, to the steep climb to the citadel itself. It was full of visitors (all in masks!) and everywhere people sat outside restaurants in the sun people watching. We visited in the late morning, and, after Tiger's afternoon nap, again in the evening. Fabulous!