A medieval fortress, a city - Sighișoara

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The clock tower (XIVth century, one of the 9 defensive towers still standing) - view from the Central Square.

A short history

The region of Sighișoara (in Latin, Saxoburgum, in German, Schäßburg) was inhabited by the Dacians in the V-th century B.C. They built a citadel named Sandava. After the Roman conquest, the region was the site of military units belonging to the Legion XIII Gemina, as demonstrated by some archeological findings.

The Sighișoara we know today was the result of a process beginning in the XI-th century, with the Hungarians gradually conquering this region. In the XII-th century, the Hungarian King Gheza the II-nd promised land to German settlers, who were from the Rhein region Saxonia Flandra, to protect the kingdom's borders.

The first documented settlement is from 1280, with the name of Catrum Sex. The name Sighișoara appears on a document from 1431 which was issued by Vlad Dracul.

Sighișoara is one of the 7 fortified citadels built in Transylvania by the Saxons. Throughout the centuries, it suffered from fires, plagues, revolutions. In 1918, the city becomes part of Romania.

Sighișoara nowadays

 

Sighișoara is located in the historical region of Transylvania, on the banks of the Târnava Mare River, in the Mureș County. It is a small city with a population of 28,000 people.

Sighișoara is a UNESCO heritage site. The fortified city is among the few in Europe that are still inhabitated from the Medieval times. The old city is sourrounded by 9 still standing defensive towers. The most famous one is the Clock Tower. Each tower was meant to be an independent fortress, working together for the defence of the city.

The city has become a popular touristic destination. Every year in June, Sighișoara is host to a major Medieval Festival, organized around a theme, which allows touristis to travel back to the Medieval times. Apart from this event, the citadel hosts also other important festivals: Sighișoara Film Festival (September), Sighișoara Blues Festival (February), The Museums Night in Sighișoara (May) etc.

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Tinsmiths' Tower - XIVth century

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The Church on the Hill - XIIIth century

We offer

  • Guided tours of the most important attractions in the area. The guide has a degree in History. The main language is English, but we can also offer guided tours in Italian.

  • Transportation in the city and surroundings will be made by us, with our mini van.

  • Transportation from airport to hotel and from hotel the airport, with a mini van (maximum of 8 people).

  • We take care of all the planning, ticket buying and itinerary for the whole trip.

  • We can take care of the hotel room bookings.

The price of the trip - our prices range from 25 euros/trip and up, depending on the itinerary agreed. The prices include transportation with a minivan 8+1, as well as all costs related to transportation (gasoline, parking charges, road taxes).  

  • 140 euros for a group of max. 8 people - hotel pick-up (with our minivan 8+1); transportation to and from Sighișoara; the trip + guided tour will be of about 10-12 hours.

  • 190 euros for a group of max. 8 people - hotel pick-up (with our minivan 8+1); transportation to Sighișoara and the visit to 2 of the most beautiful fortified churches in Transylvania, near Sighișoara (Biertan and Saschiz); the trip + guided tour will be of about 11-13 hours.

*The price does not include the entries fees and the hotel room. 

**Our services are addressed to groups of a maximum of 8 people per trip.

***We only charge for the transportation services. All the other services mentioned above are free of charge.

You can call us:

+40 743346970

What to visit in Sighișoara

The Clock Tower (former City Hall)

The birth place of Vlad Țepeș

The narrow medieval streets

The scholars stairway

The Church on the hill and the German cemetery (XIII-th century)

Visit the Guild Tower 

The Tinsmiths' Tower (XIVth century)

The Orthodox Cathedra

The "Saint Joseph" Roman-Catholic Church

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The Holy Trinity Church

Medieval street view
Medieval street view

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XIX-th century Roman-Catholic Church
XIX-th century Roman-Catholic Church

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View inside the Citadel of one of the squares
View inside the Citadel of one of the squares

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Medieval street view
Medieval street view

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Write to us at:
mocanuluctrans@gmail.com