Sighisoara is a beautifully preserved medieval town set in rolling countryside. The city walls encircle cobbled streets lined with 16th century burghers’ houses and churches. The well-preserved medieval citadel dominates the New Town from its rocky massif, where the slopes support a jumble of ancient leaning houses.

The citadel is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The most representative building is the gigantic Old Clock Tower, which dates back to the 13th century. Each day a different wooden figure emerges from the belfry on the stroke of midnight, and a drummer strikes every hour. The interior of the Gothic Saxon Church of the Dominican Monastery has stark whitewashed walls, hung with colorful carpets, similar to those in Braşov’s Black Church.