“Why do you want to go to Romania?”
I remember the embassy officer ask me this with her tilted head and pointed eyes when I was applying for my Romanian visa.
“I want to go to the medieval festival in Sighisoara”
Told her this with a smile on my face even though she raised her eyebrow a bit as she listened.
It was true though. Some months ago while I was busy clicking through the internet I landed somewhere that mentioned Sighisoara and the festival. I was excited! I’ve never been in a citadel and the idea that people are dressed up like in the olden times excited me even more. So I decided I’m gonna be there.
Sighisoara is found in Romania’s Transylvania and is the birth place of Vlad Tepes or Vlad the Impaler or simply Dracula. Don’t worry this place is far from creepy because if you still don’t know yet, Vlad is a human prince and not a vampire (I think).
Vlad aside Sighisoara is a nice place to see a medieval town. And every end of July there is a medieval festival.
It’s a 3-day weekend affair starting on the last Friday of July. Food, arts, music, and some fight shows are scattered inside the citadel walls.
If you miss the festival I still think the citadel is worth a visit. Maybe even better cause it’s more quiet.
To get to Sighisoara from Brasov just go to the train station and take the 2-hour minivan on the right side of the station. Tell the driver/conductor where you’re headed so you wouldn’t miss your stop. From there it’s about 5-10 minutes walk to the citadel.