The thing about Sighisoara that stays with you is the vibrancy of the colors. All the buzz is in the central Citadel Square, where tourists rub shoulders with townsfolk.
Head first to the Clock Tower, which dominates the landscape and is the main attraction in the city center. The olive-tipped tower is the highest of the nine towers in the city. From the top, you can admire figures of gods in the clock dial that represent the days of the week — and the beautiful sight of red-tiled houses below. Inside the tower is a museum of Transylvanian crafts and a torture room.
Of course, for the most authentic experience, you’ll time your visit for the Sighisoara Medieval Festival in late July to see swordplay and archery, and take classes in pottery.
Visit the home of Vlad Dracul, the father of Vlad the Impaler — the historical figure who inspired the original Dracula novel. It is, some say, the city’s oldest stone building and now has a restaurant and museum with a fine display of medieval weapons.
From here, it’s a short walk to the Scholars’ Stairs. This dark wooden covered staircase was built in 1642. The roof keeps the snow off in winter. At the top is the Church on the Hill, originally a Catholic church that dates from the 14th century. The interior of this Gothic building is a delight, with a wonderful altarpiece.
Finally, Sighisoara is well-known for its arts and crafts, and you’re sure to find a nice souvenir. Wooden spoons, painted eggs, painted-glass icons — Sighisoara has it all! (T)