As we’ve traveled in Transylvania, we’ve seen a lot of Dracula; we’ve seen Dracula’s castle (which isn’t) and Dracula’s actual castle (in ruins). Lately we spent some time in Sighisoara, Dracula’s birthplace.
The thing is, we didn’t come to Romania or Transylvania to tour Dracula’s high school or visit his favorite haberdasher. Dracula was a story made up by Bram Stoker. We just don’t really care that much about it. We didn’t go to the Dracula restaurant (not a lot of vegetarian options on the menu, surprisingly), nor did we see the room in which Dracula was born.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, Sighisoara is a beautiful little medieval town with a UNESCO World Heritage designated citadel in the center. Every direction you look is a scenic view.
There’s a long-ish covered staircase (built in 1642) leading up to a church on the top of the hill (Google maps calls it Church on the Hill).
The German cemetery right beside it is a nice place to stroll around, and the views are beautiful. Despite my earlier disclaimer about Dracula stuff, there is an element of spookiness about the place.
Where we stayed and ate
We stayed at the Casa Adalmo, a nice mid-range pensiune-type hotel with an outdoor kitchen for the guests. Unbeknownst to us when we booked, they have a trampoline! And a dog! And two cats and a kitten! Imagine how happy the kids were.
The one problem we had in Sighisoara (and many other places) was finding food. We often use an app called Happy Cow to find veg-friendly restaurants. In Sighisoara there’s one result, the restaurant in the Hotel Sighisoara. They have a page of vegetarian options, most of which can be served with no cheese, or a different sauce to make them vegan. We ate there twice and enjoyed everything but after two visits we had tried everything on the menu (there’s about four choices). The restaurant is a little upscale for us, so we weren’t so keen to spend the big bucks for a third time.
We tried a few other restaurants, with disappointing results. By the end of our stay we were eating at a local cafeteria down the road called the Four Seasons. The side dishes are vegetarian, maybe vegan if you don’t look too hard. Lunch cost us around $8 CAD for the whole family. Good value!