Street in Sighisoara medieval citadel in winter

Visiting Sighișoara in the winter

Published on December 6, 2020 by Zoltan Nyaradi

After visiting some old fortified churches in the area, like the one form the Transylvanian village of Mălâncrav, on our way back, I’ve decided to capture some photos of the Sighișoara medieval citadel as well.

The Clock Tower

The starting point of this photo shoot was at the Clock Tower because this buildings is one of the most important in Sighișoara. That day despite that outside was very cold, in the citadel I saw a lot of tourists wondering around and admiring the old buildings.

The Clock Tower from Sighișoara in the winter.
Tourists walking around in the citadel.

Dracula’s house and the Stag House

According to the legends, the building painted in yellow was the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler aka Dracula. If you take a closer look, you can even see in the background of the photo the Church on the Hill.

Not far from Dracula’s birthplace you will find another interesting building which is called the Stag House. The reason for its name is that you will find a stag head right on the corner of the building.

Dracula's birthplace.
Stag House in Sighișoara.

The Covered Stairway in the citadel

The covered stairway was built 1642 and it offered a safe climb to the Lutheran church and to the school especially in the winter season. The stairway is also know as the Scholar’s stairs.

The Covered Stairways in the medieval citadel.

Exploring the upper part of Sighișoara medieval citadel

Once you climb all the stairs of the old Covered Stairway you will end up in the upper part of the medieval citadel. Over there you will find the Church on the Hill which originally was a catholic church and after the 1547 Reform, the majority of the inhabitants of Sighișoara shifted to Lutheranism so after that, the Church on the Hill was turned into a Lutheran church. Near the church is the old Saxon cemetery and the Ropemaker’s tower.

The Church on the Hill and the old Saxon cemetery.
The Ropemaker’s tower

More photos about Sighișoara

If you would like to see more amazing hidden gems in the inhabited medieval citadel then I highly recommend to check out my other post about Sighișoara.