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SIGISOARA | SCHÄSSBURG
Narrow streets, old thick-walled houses, little windows and massive wooden gates, shady yards, mysterious dark tunnels, wooden floor stairs, towers and bulwarks; this is Sighisoara in just a few words.
A UNESCO heritage town, the citadel of Sighişoara is amazing. As you climb the stairs up on the hill, you have the feeling that the time-machine really exists! And if you imagine that the streets are empty you could really believe that you are back in time.
The medieval atmosphere welcomes you everywhere, it's an imagination exercise. The cobbled streets join you along the fortified walls till the covered stairs. 175 steps must be climbed to reach above the citadel, on the hill. There is the Evangelical Church (Europa Nostra Award for Restoration) and the old Saxon graveyard - such a mythic place.
The fortress was built by the Saxon colonists in the 13th century; the community here developed quickly and guilds were formed. The guilds built walls and towers. That’s why, today, all of these towers bear the name of a guild.
As we arrive in the citadel, we shall be fascinated by the old Clock Tower. It is the tower with a drummer boy, with figurines, with symbols, with a golden globe on its top and with a rooster that predicts the weather - it never fails.
We reach then the Shoemakers’ Tower, the Rope-men Tower, the Furriers’ Tower, the Tin-men Tower, the Venetian House, the Stag House, churches and bastions.
But Sighişoara is famous for something else…Who hasn’t heard of Vlad Tepeş or Dracula? It is said that he was born in Sighişoara. Many and mysterious are the legends linked to the frightening Dracula, but all of these are more enjoyable up, in the fortress or even on the alleys of the graveyard…
It will be the perfect place to discover who Dracula really was… the legends say that he was a vampire, history says that he was a courageous prince, for Saxons he was a demon, for Romanians he was a hero. But who was Vlad the Impaler and why did he become one of the most famous characters in the history of Romania? A guided tour in Sighişoara will provide you all the answers…