Sighisoara is a small city to the northwest of Brasov, whose claim to fame is that it is the actual birthplace of Vlad Tepes, or the real Count Dracula. It takes about 2 hours to reach by bus through beautiful Romanian country side. The old medieval city is pretty small and could be explored in just a few hours, so on my second to last day I took off with my new friend Perry from Pittsburg to see what this little city had to offer. The town was really quaint and charming in a way that takes you back to a far away time and place. It is set up on a hill, like most medieval fortress towns, the roads were cobble-stoned, and the buildings still stood strong in their centuries old exposed stone and orange tiled roof style. With our tourist map in hand it was pretty easy to make our way around to all of the sights. Most were really beautiful... churches, bastions, a long covered stairwell, and an old grave yard. The only let down was the home of Vlad Tepes, which was turned into a resturant, and then one kitschy room draped in blood-red curtains with an empty coffin in the middle and a blinking vampire face like you might see hanging on someone's door on Halloween night. Disappointing.
Overall though, I was really happy with our trip to Sighisoara. If you are in the area it is definitely worth a peak.
The old town of Sighisoara on the hill top
Vlad Tepes bust
one of the many many bastions
The covered stairwell
the covered stairwell
The staghead building is one of the most well-preserved in the city