Sighisoara is a little Romanian fairy tale. The vibrant colors of this cozy Transylvanian town will win over your heart. Although you could leisurely spend a day there, a half-day in Sighisoara will do just fine, especially if you’re tight on time. I highly recommend a visit if you’re in the region! Also see my posts on other cities in Romania, like Bucharest, Braşov, Sibiu, y Timişoara, here!
8 Things to Do in a Half-Day in Sighisoara
#1. Stroll all the streets!
Street strolling may well be the best part of a half-day in Sighisoara. Since the town is small, you can easily cover all of it!
#2. Climb the Clock Tower
Climb the historic Clock Tower for great views of the town!
#3. Snap a pic in Piaţa Cetăţii
Piaţa Cetăţii is the central plaza of town – it’s also adorable!
#4. Check out where Vlad Țepeș (aka Vlad the Impaler and an inspo for Dracula) was born.
Sighisoara is the birthplace of Vlad Țepeș, a Wallachian prince in the Middle Ages whose notorious cruelty partly inspired Bram Stoker’s character Dracula. Even if you’re a big Dracula fan (like me), I don’t recommend going in. The place is pretty much a tourist trap, but the street by the house is picturesque and worth a photo opp.
#5. Walk along the citadel towers
Nine original citadel towers still stand in Sighisoara. The towers’ names – such as the Shoemakers’ Tower (Turnul Cizmarilor) and the Tailors’ Tower (Turnul Croitorilor) – come from various craft guilds that financed and defended them.
#6. Eat lunch in the garden at Hotel Sighisoara
#7. Ascend the Scholars’ Stairs to the Church on the Hill
The Scholars’ Stairs are a covered wooden staircase of 178 steps that lead up to a medieval Saxon church called the Church on the Hill. Beyond the church is a somber Saxon cemetery.
#8. Enjoy a coffee at Casa Cositorarului
Casa Cositorarului is quaint cafe, great for a pit stop, coffee, or snack. If the weather is good, sit outside; however, the inside is quite cozy as well!
Enjoy your half-day in Sighisoara!