In Sighisoara, the fortification system of the upper town is still largely intact, making it one of the few inhabited citadels in Europe. Upon arrival, you will enjoy a guided walk through the Old Town (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and visit the History Museum inside the 800-year-old clock tower. From the top, enjoy a magnificent view of the Old Town and Arms Museum, then ascend the covered wooden staircase, built in the 1600s, to the Church on the Hill, a beautiful example of 14th-century Gothic architecture.
Continue on to the Biertan fortified church (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The Saxons used this style of architecture extensively in Transylvanian villages in the 13th and 15th centuries to protect themselves against invasions. These churches are known as “peasant fortified churches” because they were constructed and maintained by locals. The Biertan church was the last to be built according to this pattern in the early 16th century. For the next 200 years, it served as the seat of the Transylvanian Archbishop, thus becoming one of the most important churches in the region.
Before noon, depart for Viscri, a traditional Transylvanian village filled with colorful old houses — the perfect stop for travelers wishing to truly escape the beaten track and experience Transylvania’s incomparable rural charm.
Upon arrival in Viscri, explore the famous 12th-century Gothic fortified church in the village (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Lunch will be served at the lovely B&B where you’ll be spending the night and then, during the afternoon, step back in time to discover a very special, rare and diverse range of traditional crafts passed down through the generations. Watch a village blacksmith famous for his iron chandeliers work at his forge, then enjoy a horse-cart drive to the outskirts of the village, where you will meet brick-makers living close to the forest in the old way.
The afternoon is yours to spend as you wish. For the adventurous, a longer horse-cart ride can be arranged, allowing you to meet shepherds living in the hills overlooking the village, and perhaps even tasting some of their freshly-made cheese.