Discover Sibiu and Sighisoara in one day tour with a English speaking guide
This tour will take you right in heart of Transylvania, to Sighisoara, one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval citadels in Europe.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sighisoara is the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad the Impaler, the historical personage who inspired Bram Stoker's
fictional creation, Count Dracula. There is a house in the citadel
where Vlad Dracula supposedly was born, but there is no clear evidence about it. Anyway, this doesn't stop Dracula lovers to visit the house, nowadays transformed
into a restaurant.
But the real charm of Sighisoara lies in its medieval heritage. A walk to this enchanting citadel, rich in cobbled streets, steep stairways, secluded squares, towers or turrets will be like stepping back in time. Founded by the Saxon settlers in the 14th century, Sighisoara is one of the seven German towns in Transylvania.
Biertan, is a colourful Saxon village listed also on UNESCO site. Hidden in the Transylvanian hills, Biertan was for centuries the see of the Saxon Lutheran bishop in Transylvania.
The Gothic fortified church, erected in the 16th century, with its consecutive lines of walls and defence towers, gives the visitor the impression of a fairytale castle.
Inside the fortified church, we will find out how the local priest solved the married couple's crisis or where was the safest place in the whole village.
Medias is a hidden gem among the seven Saxon towns in Transylvania. Positioned between Sibiu and Sighisoara, Medias is really worth visiting: a lovely old town, with pastel-coloured houses, a flower ornamented main-square or imposing fortified church. The church has a rich collection of Turkish carpets and inside the visitor can admire the old paintings from the 15th century. Its tower has a visible tilting and a lot of stories associated with it.
Sibiu to Sighisoara distance is 100 kilometres, which will be covered in approximatively 1.5 hours. We will drive through the rolling hills of Transylvania and pass through numerous little villages. After Sighisoara, we will go to Bieran, which is just half an hour drive. Before returning to Sibiu, we will stop in Medias, for a walking tour in the old town. Then, after another hour drive, we will reach Sibiu in the afternoon.
There are a few optional visits we can add to our tour of Sighisoara from Sibiu:
Home-cooked meal: also, we can organise a visit to a peasant household, where our host can prepare for us a lunch made from local ingredients.
Weaver workshop: we can also visit a weaver in a pristine village hidden between Transylvanian hills, where we can witness the process of carpet making and learn more about the traditional motifs and symbols.
Fortified churches: we can also visit more fortified churches in the area, like Valea Viilor, Mosna or Alma Vii.
1. Sighisoara walking tour
2. Biertan Fortified Church
3. Medias walking tour
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