If you want to go back in time and catch a glimpse of what life was like in the Middle Ages, you absolutely have to visit the Sighisoara Citadel, Romania’s medieval town, and Count Dracula’s (actually, Vlad the Impaler) place of birth.
Built in 1280, the Sighisoara Citadel is not just one of the most visited tourist attractions in Romania, it is a living, breathing medieval fortress, since it has remained inhabited for over 700 years – which is quite rare.
In fact, after just a few steps on the cobblestone streets, past the gates and massive stone walls that reach as high as 14 meters, you will know you are in one the most well-preserved medieval towns in Europe.
For this reason, it is not surprising the Romanian citadel was included on the UNESCO World Heritage list of historical and cultural landmarks.
Wherever you turn, every building you lay your eyes upon is an open-air museum, bearing the marks of hundreds of years of history, with the love stories, battles, joys and suffering those who once lived here still echoing the streets.
Surrounded by a 930 m wall, the citadel once had 14 towers, each belonging to a different trade guild, of which only 9 have withstood the centuries: The Clock Tower, from where you can admire the town 64 meters from the ground, The Ropemakers’ Tower (Turnul Franghierilor), where the caretaker of the Evangelical cemetery now lives, The Butchers’ Tower (Turnul macelarilor), the Furriers’ Tower (Turnul Cojocarilor), The Tailors’ Tower (Turnul Croitorilor), The Tinsmiths’ Tower, The Tanners’ Tower (Turnul Tabacarilor), The Blacksmiths’ Tower (Turnul Fierarilor), the Locksmiths’ Tower (Turnul Lacatusilor), The Coopers’ Tower (Turnul Dogarilor), and The Cobblers’ Tower (Turnul Cizmarilor).
Walking along the town’s various alleys and streets, you can easily reach the first school in Sighisoara, founded in 1522, the “School on the Hill”, open since 1607 (unique for its 300-step staircase), and even the Church of the Dominican Monastery.
As you know, Vlad the Impaler was Bram Stoker’s inspiration for Dracula’s character and story, but other than that, he does not have much in common with the beloved Romanian ruler.
The house where Dracula was born is right next to the Clock Tower, currently a bar-restaurant where you can relax, have a drink and taste some delicious traditional Romanian foods.
If you are taking a tour of the Romanian fortresses, Sighisoara should be number one on your list due to its historical significance and renowned beauty, untouched by age or time.
We include Sighisoara Citadel in the program in multiple forms of booking tours to museums, monasteries or medieval villages, but this must only tell us when and how you have scheduled vacation just to you can suggest and overlap with various events that occur frequently, such as concerts, festivals, plays, fairs and exhibitions itinerant, seasonal discounts, etc..