Sighisoara is located right in the central part of Romania, south-eastern part of Transylvania. This stunning medieval citadel lays among the Transylvanian Plateau, about 380m (1246ft) above the sea level. The highest point of the old citadel is the hill of the church which reaches 425m (1394ft). The new town is crossed by the river of Tarnava Mare.
As the second city of the Mures county, Sighisoara has a population of almost 28000 people (2011). Of this population, 76% is formed by Romanians, 18% is represented by Hungarians and 3.5% by Gypsies. The Germans, the founders of this great citadel of Sighisoara, represent today almost 2%.
The weather of Sighisoara records the coldest weather in January (-2.21°C / 28.02°F) and the hottest month in July (20.58°C / 69.04°F).
Because of its size Sighisoara does not have an airport although it is one of the main tourist attractions of Romania, a real landmark of Transylvania. Sighisoara is close to the next airports: Targu Mures, Sibiu, Cluj Napoca.
Sighisoara is connected to an important Romanian railway. It is easy to reach Sighisoar by train, not just from Romania but from other countries, too. Click on CFR for more details while for international trains click on DB Bahn.
Sighisoara is located on the European road E60, an important commercial road of the country which is in good conditions. It is 285km (177mi) far from Bucharest, 49km (30mi) from Targu Mures, 118km (73mi) from Brasov, 94km (58mi) from Sibiu and 165km (102mi) from Cluj Napoca.
Sighisoara offers a wide range of hotels, guest houses or even camping places as it is a major tourist destination of Romania.
By far the best accommodation places are those located in the old medieval citadel. Therefore my suggestion is to stay in a 3-star hotel located right in the old center than to book a 4-star hotel located in the new part of Sighisoara. Be aware that the hotels of the old medieval citadel are located in very old buildings, some of them 300 years old, and because of this they don’t have elevators but many times wooden staircases. It shouldn’t be a problem for most of the tourists as they don’t have more than 2-3 stories.
The main accommodation places located in the medieval citadel are Fronius Residence 5*, Casa cu Cerb 3*♥, Sighisoara Hotel 3*, Casa Wagner 3*, Casa Cositorarului 3* or Casa Legenda 3*. Outside the citadel there are several places like Korona Hotel 4*, Claudiu Hotel 3* – located in the old lower town or Transylvania Hotel 3*.
For camping sites you might try at Aquaris.
There are plenty options when it comes to enjoy a good meal while you are in Sighisoara, from exquisite restaurants to wine cellars and pizzerias.
After a long tour of Sighisoara you might find yourself ready for a good soup or a good wine. In the medieval citadel one of the best restaurants is The House with Stag ♥ (Casa cu Cerb). You could enjoy a good lunch/dinner in the cellar of the old building or right in the square of the citadel if the weather is good. The restaurant of the Sighisoara Hotel is also a good place to eat, either indoor or outdoor. A third option would be the restaurant of the Wagner Hotel. I recommend the famous Vlad Dracul Restaurant for a drink.
If the restaurants located in the old citadel are dedicated more to the tourists then the restaurants of the lower town are much familiar for the locals. It is here where you could hang out with the people of Sighisoara. Several restaurants, bars and coffeehouses are located in Herman Oberth Square of the lower town. Be aware, many of these restaurants located in the lower town might be smoky as the Romanians are known for smoking a lot.
If you would visit Romania without seeing Sighisoara then definitely you have a reason to come again for this amazing citadel, also known as the Tramsylvanian Pearl or as the Transylvanian Nuremberg. Sighisoara is a poem of the old medieval times, a place where the time seems to be frozen forever. Founded by the Germans about 800 years ago, the medieval citadel of Sighisoara has plenty sights to capture your attention, your mind and even your heart.
A tour of Sighisoara must start in the Citadel Square. It is here where you can be overwhelmed by the medieval atmosphere, by the stunning architecture of the buildings. The Citadel Square is surrounded by famous tourist landmarks such as the House with Stag, the House on the Rock or the Wagner House. The next important square is the Museum Square where one can see the Vlad Dracul House, the Weapon Museum, the Dominican Church or the famous Clock Tower ♥. Don’t miss the Clock Tower as it is an interesting museum dedicated to the crafts of Transylvania. Also, it offers an amazing panoramic view over the citadel and lower town.
Another major tourist sight is the Church on the Hill, the most visible landmark of the citadel as it is located at the highest altitude in the old center. On the way to this attraction you’ll climb the steps of the Covered Staircase.
A stroll on the cobblestone streets and alleys will give you the chance to admire some of the watching towers that still exist and a part of the medieval walls.
Despite that fact that it might sound a little bit spooky, a walking tour in the cemetery of the citadel is quite interesting.
And last but not the least, Sighisoara is a perfect destination for a photo tour. No matter of the season, day or night, this citadel is ideal for pictures. The blue hour shots are just magnificent.
Sighisoara could be one of the best bases for day-tours of Transylvania, especially it is surrounded by a wide range of tourist attraction, historical sites or natural wonders.
Just 30km (19mi) south-west of Sighisoara lays the Saxon town of Biertan ♥ famous for its UNESCO fortified church built in 1524. It is here where you can admire the great achievements of the people who took care of this town. Another UNESCO site can be found in Darjiu, 37km (23mi) east of Sighisoara. It is another German site.
A third UNESCO site can be found in Saschiz (21km/13mi), a beautiful former Saxon town famous for its fortified church, for its fortress perched on the hill and for its quaint streets and nice architecture. As the first capital of this area, before Sighisoara, Saschiz was an important Saxon center where the famous fortified church was built in 1493.
The fourth UNESCO site is located in Viscri where another fortified church can be admired. The town of Viscri ♥, 43km (27mi)south-east of Sighisoara, located in a remote area of Transylvania, is famous not just for its UNESCO site but also for being a stunning medieval village, a hidden jewelry of the once thriving Saxon community.
An interesting one-day tour to Sibiu can be done easily from Sighisoara. On the way to Sibiu you might stop in the village of Brateiu where you would be able to admire the beautiful hand-made copper-pots of the talented Gypsies. The medieval city of Medias can be another enjoying moment. It is here where you can admire the lining tower of the old Saint Margaret Church and the nice medieval citadel.
On the way to Sibiu you can take a short detour for a last UNESCO site located in Valea Viilor where you can admire the local fortified church. Once in Sibiu (102km/63mi), you can enjoy a stroll in the medieval citadel.
Should you be interested in the largest city of the Mures county, then you must visit Targu Mures where you can admire the famous Secession style, developed so well by the Hungarians. Don’t miss the Palace of Culture ♥ or the headquarter of the Prefecture.
The triangle ♥ formed by the cities of Sighisoara, Sibiu and Brasov represents a great opportunity for a driving tour. It is here where you can admire many medieval villages where the times seems frozen forever. Churches, old houses, fortresses, medieval castles, beautiful architecture, rich forests and friendly people can be found in this area. And all of them are just for you as it is not a famous tourist destination. For this driving tour you need a rented car or even better, a tour guide who would be able to show you all these hidden gems.
This tour is a perfect city break which gives you the chance of seeing Sighisoara. In just two days and one night you’ll be able to admire famous landmarks of Romania. The tours starts in Bucharest and passes through Sinaia, Bran, Brasov Sighisoara and Viscri. You’ll stay overnight in Sighisoara, right in the old medieval citadel.
Several major tourist destinations of Romania are part of this 3-day tour. The tour starts in Bucharest and will give you the chance of seeing 3 important medieval cities of Transylvania: Brasov, Sighisoara and Sibiu. Beside these places, you’ll be able to admire the Peles Castle and the Bran (Dracula) Castle. The amazing fortified church of Biertan is also included in this tour. You’ll stay overnight in Sighisoara and Sibiu.