Sighisoara travel guide

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You're Going to Love Sighisoara

This pastel-painted medieval jewel is Transylvania's tourist highlight, with its walls, UNESCO-protected old town, and craft stores. And it's also a magnet for horror fans, thanks to its associations with Vlad Tepes (better known as Vlad the Impaler).

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Sighisoara

1. The UNESCO-Protected Old Town

Sighisoara's citadel dates back to the 12th century and is a magical complex of churches, lanes, and winding stone staircases. It's also home to the fascinating Weapon Museum.

2. Get to Know the Model for Count Dracula

Vlad the Impaler ruled Transylvania for 20 years in the 15th century and defended his nation against the Turks. Later on, he became associated with the Dracula myth. See where he was born - the Vlad Dracul House in the citadel.

3. Attend the City's Fantastic Medieval Festival

The Middle Ages live on at Sighisoara's Medieval Festival. Held in July, the event sees live music, craft workshops, and plenty of chances to eat and drink.

4. Natural Beauty Is a Walk Away

Sighisoara is surrounded by beautiful hills and forests. Some of the most attractive can be found on the Breite Plateau, just an hour's walk from the citadel.

5. Visit Nearby Saxon Villages

Sighisoara is close to some incredible historical attractions. Chief among them is Biertan, a ridiculously picturesque hilltop village that is over 1,000 years old.

Where to Eat in Sighisoara

If you want really good food in Sighisoara, head to the restaurant in the Hotel Central Park, which spans the globe, or dine in the Casa Vlad Dracul - which has been turned into an excellent eatery, serving hearty Romanian, German, and French fare. Expect meals to cost around RON40-50.

When to visit Sighisoara

Sighisoara in September
Estimated hotel price
C$ 34
1 night at 3-star hotel
Sighisoara in September
Estimated hotel price
C$ 34
1 night at 3-star hotel

Summer is the best time to visit, with festivals aplenty and fine weather for hiking, but spring and fall are also sublimely beautiful (and not too chilly).

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How to Get to Sighisoara

Plane

Targu Mures (TGM) is the closest airport, around 30 miles to the north. Taxis from the airport cost around RON100. Buses take just over an hour and cost as little as RON5.

Train

Trains run from Bucharest and Vienna. From the capital, the journey takes 4 hours 30 minutes and costs about RON50.

Car

From Bucharest, take the A3 to Brasov, then the E60 to Sighisoara. If you are coming from Timisoara, take the A1.

Bus

MementoBus and Fany provide bus connections to Bucharest, at a cost of RON65.

Airports near Sighisoara

Airlines serving Sighisoara

Lufthansa
Good (1,071 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (2,329 reviews)
KLM
Good (264 reviews)
Air France
Good (271 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (944 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (155 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (331 reviews)
Ryanair
Good (1,026 reviews)
LOT
Good (215 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (26 reviews)
Aegean Airlines
Excellent (88 reviews)
Wizz Air
Good (214 reviews)
TAROM
Good (16 reviews)
Blue Air
Good (26 reviews)
Wizz Air UK
Okay (20 reviews)
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Where to stay in Sighisoara

A couple of the finest hotels in Sighisoara include the Hotel Central Park and the Casa Georgius Krauss.

Popular neighbourhoods in Sighisoara

Cetatea Sighisoara - the medieval citadel actually dates back to Roman times and has largely survived intact. It's a wonderful place to wander around.

Orasul de Jos - Sighisoara's "lower town" is now its commercial and accommodation hub. Check out great eateries like La Perla and the 17th-century architecture around Piata Hermann Oberth.

Strada Nicolae Titulescu - running north to the station, Strada Nicolae Titulescu is home to plenty of restaurants and some of the city's best nightlife.

Where to stay in popular areas of Sighisoara

Most booked hotels in Sighisoara

Hotel Bulevard Sighisoara
Excellent (9.4, Excellent reviews)
C$ 75+
Hotel Korona
Excellent (9.2, Excellent reviews)
C$ 67+
Hotel Villa Franca
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 54+
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How to Get Around Sighisoara

Public Transportation

There are local buses to outlying neighborhoods, but for most purposes walking will do just fine.

Taxi

Expect taxis to cost around RON1.75 for the meter drop, followed by RON2.50 per mile.

Car

Local car rental choices include Rent a Car Sighisoara, where you can find packages for RON60 per day.

The Cost of Living in Sighisoara

Shopping Streets

As you walk around town, you'll find artists selling paintings and no shortage of craft stores. However, the best place to look is Piata Cetati at the heart of the citadel.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets include Profi and Kaufland, where 12 eggs will come to around RON7.