See how the past shows into the present
Starting from the foot of the stairs leading to the Clock Tower is like stepping back into the medieval past, since this citadel, part of the UNESCO World Heritage, is the only still inhabited fortress in Europe.
From the imposing Clock Tower, now open to the public as a History Museum, we proceed between the Dracula House, the possible birthplace of Vlad III the Impaler, the Wallachian voivode nicknamed Dracula, and the Dominican Monastery, with Dracula's Bust in the front. This will lead to the Main Square, venue of the yearly Medieval Arts'Festival, held here every summer, with knights fighting, pricesses dancing and a special eerie atmosphere. One ascent through the Covered Staircase, more than 350 years old, opens the way to the Hilltop Church, remarkable late-Gothic masterpiece. The return through the cobbled narrow streets, by the Tinmakers' Bastion, back to Dracula House, now a fashionable restaurant, may prove a good idea for those who like their steak raw. . .
From the foot of the staircase to the Clock Tower, we may climb up the Tower, visitable as the History Museum, for a generous view of both the Old Town and the newer parts, then continue between the Dracula House and the Dominican Monastery, reaching the Main Square, where the Medieval Arts' Festival takes place and there's always something worth seeing going on. The ascent through the Covered Staircase leads to the Hilltop Church, a landmark worth the effort. The return by the Tinmakers' Bastion, then back to Dracula House, for a possible lunch, will bring us back to the Clock Tower, to watch the figurines every hour and to end our tour.
One possible variant is to drive to the Saxon Fortified Church of Viscri, German Deutschweisskirch, a favourite of Prince Charles of Great Britain, and an impressive reminder of old Saxon heritage of Transylvania
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: The Hermann Oberth Square, from where the Turnului (Tower) Street starts.
Other pick-up locations can be agreed on demand.
End location: The Hermann Oberth Square in Sighisoara.
Other drop-off variants can be agreed on demand.
If tourists wish to continue by car to the Saxon Fortified Church of Viscri, the end of the tour is in Brasov, the Council Square, or other, on demand.
Duration: 2 hours
The traffic on the national road Brasov- Sighisoara may affect the starting-time, mostly in the winter-season.
This is a walking tour.
For the extension to the Saxon Fortified Church of Viscri, there is availability for up to 4 persons, in a Renault-Symbol car, produced in 2011, with air-conditioning.
English-, German- or Romanian-guidance, as well as all taxes. No entrance-fees are included.
The extension to the Saxon Fortified Church of Viscri is included, provided that the tourists continue their way to Brasov. Returning to Sighisoara for drop-off for an additional cost.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 RON - The entrance-fees to the History Museum in the Clock Tower, and the Hilltop Church.
Entrance-fees to the Clock Tower and/ or the Hilltop Church, if requested , as well as any other personal expenses- food, drinks.
As a Romanian licensed national guide, there are limitations to guiding inside some museums, such as the Cotroceni Palace or the House of Parliament in Bucharest, or the Peles Castle in Sinaia, in the Prahova Valley.
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On May 13th and May 14th, we had the pleasure of being guided by Liviu on a driving and walking tour of Transylvania. Not only is he personable and knowledgeable, he went out of his way to accommodate the needs of our traveling family, including a 9 month old infant. Liviu's command of many languages, his insights, extensive knowledge of history, and enthusiasm for this region added to our enjoyment.