Sighisoara is a small town in Transylvania, central Romania.
It has an ancient medieval radiation and its streets are in the biggest part narrow and cobbled and much more convenient for pedestrians than for cars.
Indeed, here people move mainly on foot.
This is not very difficult for a 35 thousand city where the places are rarely separated by more than 2 kilometers.
Since the city is located into a hilly-mountain area, its different parts seem quite scattered and like the sleeves they squeeze between the high hills and low mountains in the area.
Often narrow and winding streets begin to creep up the hills, making the small town very picturesque and charming.
In the old buildings there are many cafes and restaurants, which in high season are usually filled with visitors.
The city has a temperate continental climate.
Summers are hot, winters cold and transitional seasons have moderate temperatures.
The best season for tourism is the summer from May to September, when daytime temperatures do not fall below 20°C.
Hottest months are July and August – about 26-27°C. But these are averages.
The actual temperatures are often much higher and can sometimes reach even 40°C.
This usually happens in the second half of July.
Winter is cold and snowy.
Here in January thermometers rarely appear above 0°C.
Normally, the lake which is located near the town freezes and sometimes even young people from the area go skating there.
Spring and autumn are variables.
Late spring and early autumn are relatively warm and some days reminiscent of summer until early spring and late autumn are almost winter, though not quite as cold as it is real winter.
Sights to See in Sighisoara
Old part of Sighisoara is really very beautiful and is part of UNESCO world heritage.
Besides its beautiful historic architecture and medieval spirit, Sighisoara attracts the crowds of visitors and with another thing – this is the city where was born and lived Vlad Dracula Tepes, better known worldwide as Count Dracula.
He was born here on the 7th of December, 1431st.
Later became known as an extremely subtle and fierce ruler.
But do not stay with the wrong impression – Vlad Dracula has not walked through the narrow streets of Sighisoara to drink with its vampire teeth the blood of late walkers.
The history is quite different and basically consists in the fact that Vlad Tepes liked to impale on stake live people who in some way have endangered his throne.
This and some other facts actually show that reality is sometimes more raw and fiction, because impaling on the stake is not less scary than drinking blood.
Today his house is a major tourist attraction.
Another interesting landmark of Sighisoara is the Clock Tower.
With its pointed roof, it is easily recognizable and visible from afar.
Do not miss also the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and the Church of the hill, which is a great example of Gothic architecture in Romania.
Museum of weapons is not to be missed.
It shows a rich collection of various weapons and is housed on the first floor of the house of Vlad Tepes.
Population and Economy
This small town, as incredible as it sounds is quite cosmopolitan.
Here except Romanians live and many Germans, Hungarians, Gypsies and others.
The main livelihood of local people is tourism, but here similar to other small towns in Romania population decreases as it is oriented towards the larger urban centers and other European Union countries looking for work and education.
While in the area of Sighisoara has higher education institutions in the city itself has neither a university and this affects the choice of young people who are much easier to decide to seek their luck elsewhere.
Important industry for local people is agriculture.
No small part of the population of Sighisoara is engaged in agriculture.