Medieval, rural, Transylvanian – an authentic experience
$1000 per person
About this tour
Discover the magical mix between the charm of medieval Romania and the vibrant natural beauties. In this route, we visit the fortified church Viscri, the amazing Sighișoara fortress and also the Rupea Fortress.
We start the journey by traveling to Sighisoara’s Citadell. The only citadell populated from Europe. We enter into Sighisoara citadel trough the main gate located under the Clock Tower which is 64 m height, has four levels and is hosting the History Museum. But the main reason to visit it is the balcony from where you have an amazing 360 panorama. Few steps away is the Medieval Weapons Museum and the Torture Chamber that we will visit also.
Walking around the narrow streets we can admire, under the shadow of the old Clock Tower, the house where an unknown woman gave birth to a child, Vlad, who became famous later, all over the world, as Dracula.
These streets, which also ignores the straight line and the horizontal plane, hide and reveal, at each step in an elaborate, but urban natural scenery, medieval paintings that delight the eye and imagination.
Unmistakable charm and personality of the city were built in time, by harmonizing the successive deposits of history. Near the Museum Square is the Church of Dominican Monastery, dated 13th century, which still has the original baroc altar together with a splendid collection of oriental carpets from 16th and 17th centuries, rare sculptures and religios paintings.
Inside the Citadel Square, which was the place of trials and ruthless death sentences and executions, we enjoy the architecture of the buildings that House with Stag in particular stands out. Inside Sighisoara citadel, every year, in July, takes place the Medieval Sighisoara Festival, a good reason for people from all over the world to come and enjoy the party. For three days, minstrels, knights in armour, vampires, witches and princesses will enchant you in every corner with street animation shows, evening concerts, exhibition of medieval costumes and medieval dance.
Walking along the wall that surrounds Sighisoara citadel we can visit the five centuries old houses along with the towers built by various guilds of the citadel, from which the Shoemakers, Tailors and Tinmakers Guilds towers are the most impressive. We visit the Church from the Hill but not before climbing the 175 covered steps, built in 1642, in order to make an easier access for the children going to Joseph Haltrich high school. From this highest point of the citadel you have a wonderful view of the whole citadel. So don’t forget to bring your camera with you!
We go further in our trip and move to Viscri village, to visit the enchanting fortified church, one of the most interesting Saxon fortified churches (UNESCO World Heritage), visited by Prince Charles for five times.
The name of Viscri comes from the German Weisse Khirche, meaning white church. Unlike other Transylvanian fortified churches, Viscri was built around 1100 by the Szekler people and taken over by Saxon colonists in 1185. This explains why this unique gothic church displays a plain straight ceiling rather than a raditional vaulted one. In the 14th century, the eastern section was rebuilt and around 1525, the first fortification walls with towers were added. In the 18th century, Viscri church was endowed with a second defensive wall. Inside, you can admire a classic 19th century altar featuring Blessing of the Children, the masterpiece of painter J. Paukratz from Rupea. Inside Viscri church (which has no electricity- is lighted by using candles), opening a oak wood door( 700 years old) we will go up to the church tower to see beautiful, astonishing surroundings! Don’t forget your camera to capture the spectacular views.
Another issue that deserves attention is the Bacon Tower. Here, due to low temperature, were kept (guarded continuously) the bacon and ham supplies of all villagers, each peace being inscribed with its owner’s house number, to avoid any comfusion. Inside one of the towers is arranged an interesting small museum hich exhibits traditional costumes, tools and other personal items donated by the Saxons who had left Viscri village.
Hoping you have spent a special day with us, we return to Târgu Mures and drop-off at your location.