The Sighişoara Citadel is one of the most beautiful citadels in Europe.
Sighişoara is situated on the Târnava Mare River, in the historic region of Transylvania. The city is know to Hungarians as “Segesvár” and to the Germans as “Schäßburg”.
I have been to many cities in my country, but I have to say that Sighişoara is one of the most beautiful cities of Romania. The Sighişoara Citadel is registered in the UNESCO world heritage.
The citadel was built in the 12th century. In the 15th – 16th century, Sighişoara became an important political, economical and cultural center. The defensive wall with a length of 930 m, 14 defense towers and 5 artilery bastions used to protect the city. There are still 9 towers and two bastions.
Sighişoara is also known as the birthplace of Vlad Ţepeş (Vlad the Impaler). Vlad Ţepeş, Prince of Wallachia, was born in 1431 in Sighişoara. His father was a member of the Order of the Dragon and Vlad Ţepeş was “son of Dracul” or “son of the Dragon”.
Vlad Ţepeş was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s famous novel “Dracula”, since Vlad Ţepeş has his “undead” vampire.
The main attraction of the Sighişoara Citadel is the 64 m high Clock Tower, which was built in the 13th century.
Things to see in Sighişoara:
- The Clock Tower
- The Church on the Hill (Bergkirche)
- The Monastery Church
- The Orthodox Cathedral
- The Taylors’ Tower
- The Rope Makers’ Tower
- The Shoemakers’ Tower
- The Vlad Dracul House
- The House with Stag
- The Covered Stairway
- The History Museum
- The Torture Room Museum
- The Collection of Medieval Arms
- The Statue of Vlad Ţepeş
- The Streets and Houses of the Citadel
You will definitely like the narrow cobbled streets and the pink, green, blue and ocher houses.
Each house is different and has something worth seeing.