Traveling in Eastern Europe is affordable and offers incredible and unique experiences. Each country in this part of Europe has something to offer which sets it apart in the world.
For the past 15 years I’ve been doing quite a lot of traveling in Eastern Europe and I’ve fallen in love with Romania. Over the years I’ve discovered incredible hiking trails —and some of them are located just 10-20 km outside cities -, stunning castles and citadels, Medieval towns, beautifully painted monasteries and churches, cosmopolite cities, spas and fascinating cuisines.
One of the reasons to visit Romania is the medieval citadel of Sighisoara. Each year, the last weekend of July marks the Medieval Festival. You can see the medieval citadel taken back in time, with medieval arts and crafts shown on the cobble stone streets on the background of medieval music. Stop and listen to hear Romanian. You won’t! Because travelers from all over the world come here and the language most spoken is definitely English.
There are two easy ways to get to Sighisoara. You can book airfare to Bucharest and then take the train to Sighisoara. If you want to explore the country at your own pace, you can rent a car and drive there. Or you can fly into Budapest and then travel to Sighisoara by train, entering Romania from the western border.
Make sure to book accommodation in advance. The town is small and there are only several hostels (which can be booked online). During the high season (July & August), double private rooms in hostel cost about €30 per night. If you want to stay in dorms, the prices are much cheaper.
If you have several days for exploring this area, plan a day trip to one of the destinations near-by: Biertan Citadel, Brasov, Praid, or Sovata.
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