TRANSYLVANIA BY TRAIN: Exploring the narrow streets of Sighisoara

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We took the train from Sibiu to Sighisoara in the middle of the day. This was a smaller train with no booked seats, and although it was really hot it seemed like everyone wanted to keep their windows shut.

Again we travelled across Romanian countryside, stopping at little villages along the way.

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After dropping our bags at the hotel, we went exploring the old Citadel. Sighisoara is a Unesco Heritage Site, and as soon as you cross the Old Clock Tower Gate, you can see why.

The Citadel is really unique. There are lots of defence towers and other historical sights, and the buildings are all painted in different colours. It was unlike anything I’d seen before, even as compared to other places in Transylvania.

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This is also where Vlad, the Impaler, was born and lived until he was 4. You can still visit his birthplace, currently a hotel and restaurant.

We stopped for a late lunch at Casa Wagner, a nice al fresco place in a square up the hill. Lunch for two including drinks and tip cost 80 lei (£14). We also went for a quick drink at Perla, one of the many places around Hermann Oberth Square.

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We had a whole day to explore Sighisoara, so in the morning we went around all the little cobbled streets in the Citadel. We went up the Clock Tower, where you can get amazing views of the city centre.

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We had lunch at Restaurant Casa Vlad Dracul, the alleged birthplace of Vlad, the Impaler. This is a massive tourist hotspot, but I guess you can’t always say you’ve had a drink at Dracula’s house – so we gave it a go. You can also visit Vlad’s house in the same place – I gave it a miss but my boyfriend went in and said it was ridiculously cheesy.

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We spent the rest of our time exploring some more of the the little streets and bastions around the Citadel. We then headed to Jo’s Pub, a local pizzeria at Hermann Oberth Square, before heading off to the train station.

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HOW TO DO IT:

  • Go: We took the train from Sibiu, which took about 3h. There aren’t many direct trains but you can change at Medias or Copta Mica. Our train was really hot but otherwise the trip went as planned.
  • Stay: We stayed at Pensiunea Joker, a very nice place a few minutes from the Citadel. Our accommodation on this trip was a bit hit and miss, so it was good to find a nice place to relax. A double bedroom cost a ridiculous 100 lei (£18) per night – what a bargain!

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