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***Sighișoara was built at the turn of the 13th century by a group of German settlers known as the Transylvanian Saxons, and just a century or so later had earned urban status and become a royal hub, playing a key strategic and commercial role in the region. It’s the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler. Fourteen defense towers once guarded the gates and walls of the Citadel, each of them manned and maintained by a city guild (blacksmiths, butchers, weavers, rope makers, leather tanners, tailors, and so on). Nine of these towers are still standing.

This is a very pretty spot and a pleasant area to walk around. Give yourself 2 hours.

*The Fortified Church of Biertan: Claimed to be one of the most splendid fortified churches in Transylvania – by people who have probably never visited it. Skip. There are many finer churches in the area.

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