Sighisoara, Timisoara, two cities you can’t confuse

 

Marie Damman
Marie Damman

On the way from Cluj-Napoca to Brasov, there is a small town called Sighisoara. That town is really pretty. The citadel has a nice view on the lower town, which includes a huge orthodox church. You can still feel the medieval atmosphere, with the stones paths, the high walls and the colorful townhouses. We missed only medieval people to finish the painting.

Somewhere, lost between the tourists, a troubadour walked up the stairs where a musician played guitar. We can join him though. The Café Medieval offers to rent traditional costumes. Actually, every year, the town run the time backward again, with a medieval festival at the end of July.

Nearby, on Piata Muzului, there are many pensiune (bed & breakfast), we tried the Burg hostel which was nice. The town still has a lot of German history. Signs are written in German. You can also find an Art souvenirs store, at the ground floor of Casa Baroca, to buy some traditional and colorful potteries. Sighisoara is such like a fairytale, where fairies and dragons could find their town in the real world.

Marie Damman
Marie Damman

Timisoara on the other hand, was totally different, even if the name can sound similar. Located at 3h40 from Sighisoara, this town was the first of Europe to have electricity on the street in 1884. But this, it doesn’t have anything to see. At this period of the year (April 2014), everything was under construction; every main square was refreshing. The city had the title of capital of the culture, for 2021. They started to get ready for this big event. It’s a shame that everything at once was under dust. All we could see was some archaeologists working in the squares. We could find a way to have fun in the city though. We found a nice hostel, Costel hostel. The place is run by youths, around 25 years old, boys and girls. They live in the basement with a dog. The place they made feel cozy, and the employees/owners/youths are nice and friendly. It is easy to grab a couple beers with them and to finish the night 4 hours later than expected. At the hostel you also have a kitchen, to cook whatever you feel like. It felt better to eat in a colorful kitchen than to grab a cup of coffee on Piata Unirii, along with the construction trucks.

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