Sighisoara, the Outstanding Citadel of Saxon Transylvania

Sighisoara Clock TowerCurrently the only inhabited medieval fortress in South-East Europe, Sighisoara (Schäßburg in German, Schäsbrich in Transylvanian Saxon) will impress through its pastel-coloured buildings, stony lanes and medieval towers.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999, Sighisoara’s Historic Centre is a must-see in central Transylvania.

Fortified walls encircle Sighişoara’s old city with its once flourishing merchant houses, now harbouring cafes, hotels and craft shops.

And as in any fortification system there is one fortress that dominates the rest: the master-tower. In Sighișoara, this role is played by the Clock Tower, the main entry point to the citadel which dominates the center of the old town. Built in the 14th century and expanded 200 years later, the multicolored roof tiles of Sighişoara’s Clock Tower glitter in the sun.

The city played an important strategic and commercial role for several centuries with Sighișoara becoming one of the most important cities of Transylvania. The Wallachian voyvode Vlad Dracul (the third son of Mircea cel Bătrân and father of Vlad the Impaler (Dracula)), who lived in exile in the town, had coins minted in the city and issued the first document listing the city’s Romanian name, Sighișoara. Vlad the Impaler aka Dracula was born here.

With authentic medieval architecture (most of the 164 houses are considered historical monuments) and medieval atmosphere, Sighișoara is considered today to be the most beautiful and well-preserved inhabited citadel in Europe.

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