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Introduction

Citadel's Tower in Sighisoara

Citadel's Tower in Sighisoara

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UNESCO World Heritage Listed Sighisoara is an amazingly preserved medieval walled town in Transylvania, Romania.

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Sights and Activities

Walking around the Historic Centre of Sighisoara is experience enough. All sites can be seen in a few hours, but absorbing the atmosphere (without the tourists which arrive by late morning) may lead you to stay longer. The main entrance to the old town is through a gate under a large clock tower with revolving figures from Saxon mythology. The tower contains an interesting History mueseum with artefacts relating to the history of the town and its various Medieval Guilds. Good views of the town can be seen from the top of the tower. There is also a very missable 'torture museum' beneath the tower (its one room with 3 unexciting exhibits). The house where the infamous Vlad Tepes ('Dracula') was born and lived until he was 5 is situated in the main square - and is now a good value restaurant. A Medieval German Church with a painted wooden altar and Lutheran graveyard stand on a hill to the South West of the central square and are reached by an old covered walkway built between the 14th and 17th centuries.

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Getting There

By Train

Trains from Cluj-Napoca and Brasov stop at Sighisoara. The train station is about 1.5 kilometres north of the old town.

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Getting Around

By Foot

Old Sighsoara can only be seen by foot: no public transport goes there.

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Eat

Casa Dracula on the main square serves reasonably good value food, some with a Dracula spin (look for the daily specials).

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Drink

Various cafes encircle the main square.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Aquaris CampingN. Titulescu 2-4Campsite76
Burg HostelStr. Bastionului 4-6Hostel80
Gia HostelLibertatii Street #41Hostel80
Nathan's Villa SighisoaraStr. Libertatii #8 SighisoaraHostel-
The Legend HouseSighisoara - Bastionului str. no. 8Hotel85

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes exist in most cities and towns. The number of internet cafes seems to be declining in bigger cities recently because of cheap availability of computers and the rising living standard here. Wifi is widely available in University areas, airports, public squares, parks, cafes, hotels and restaurants. Pay-as-you-go Wifi is also available in many venues. If uncertain, look for plazas near the Town Hall, large parks or other important buildings. Most (if not all) McDonald's restaurants and Starbucks in Romania have Wifi access and so do most 3-star (and higher) hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Romania's country code is +40. To dial to other countries from Romania, dial 00 and then the international number usually without the first 0.
Public phones work well and are available in all areas. You must purchase a phonecard from a kiosk to use them. When dialing within Romania, dial 0 + three digit area code + six digit telephone.

There are five networks - four GSM/3G (Orange Romania, Vodafone, Cosmote and DigiMobil) and one CDMA (Zapp). Orange and Vodafone have almost full national coverage (98-99% of the surface of the country), while the newly-merged Cosmote+Zapp are expanding quickly. Tariffs are average for the European Union (€0.08-0.30/min, €0.04 per SMS). Both pre-paid cards and subscriptions are available, and special options for discounted international calls exist with some pricing plans. Roaming is available but is, like in most of the EU, rather expensive. Pre-paid cards or recharge codes can be bought in almost every shop, either rural or urban.

On prepaid SIMs you can activate extra options ("extraopţiune") starting from €5 (+ 24% VAT) in total = RON27-32, with a validity period of 30 days, containing thousands (200 -3,000) of minutes and SMSs within the same network and up to 100 minutes outside the network, including most European Union fixed land-line networks and two or three mobile networks.

Post

Posta Romana is the national postal service of Romania. Postal services are generally very affordable, reliable and reasonably fast. Post boxes are red and can be found near the post offices, along the street or in main train stations. Post offices can be found in even the smallest towns and the opening hours are generally Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 6:00pm and Saturday 8:00am to 12:00, closed on Sunday. You can buy stamps here or at kiosks. Prices for international mail start at around €0.55 and takes at least 3-5 days to countries within Europe. It's slightly cheaper and faster for domestic mail to be send. Intercontinental post is slightly more expensive but takes much longer. For slightly more expensive but faster and more reliable services you can also try international courier companies like TNT, DHL, FedEx or UPS.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 46.237381
  • Longitude: 24.85416

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