Balkans: Romania: Sighisoara

The wonderful Transilvania area is home to this drop dead gorgeous town, a three hour train ride from Brasov.

Sighisoara is a walled fortress town dating from the 12th century. Skilled artisans from Germany were encouraged to relocate here and hence the town’s fine reputation for craftsmanship was established. It goes without saying that Sighisoara is UNESCO listed and with its brightly coloured medieval houses, a strong Saxon influence and birthplace of Dracula (Vlad the Impaler), it’s easy to see why it’s on the tourist trail.

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Sighisoara Square
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Vlad’s house is the yellow building. Today, it’s a restaurant and arts craft shop.
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13th century and still intact
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Cobbled roads lead to the Square

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Fabulous views from the Clock Tower
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You’ll never go short of food in this town – cute cafes are dotted everywhere
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We visited Teo’s Cellars to taste his fruit brandies and have some friendly conversation
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Holy Trinity Church
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The impressive interior of Holy Trinity Church
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A most interesting history museum houses pieces like this beautiful wardrobe from the 15th century
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Original timber work in the History Museum
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We had a very comfortable stay for 2 nights at Casa Richter

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Salads and Romanian reds went down a treat
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Traditional Romanian fare – cabbage rolls and polenta

Next stop: Sibiu

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