Location: Romania, Europe
Length: 88 km
Time to arrive: 1h 40 min
Wide: 5 m standard 2 lines
Surface quality (out of 5): 4
Highest point: 1140 m
Operating times: all year
Romanian national road no DN13 (European E60)
Route: From Brasov to Sighisoara, Mures County
Heading from Brasov to Sighisoara you will have to take the DN13 / E60 main road which passes on the outskirts of Crit and through Saschiz. This is a straight line distance, mostly running on time and rarely overcrowded and so most of the time of the actual travel distance between Brasov and Sighisoara may be higher or vary due to curvature of the road. Brasov is located around 88 KM away from Sighisoara so if you travel at the consistent speed of 50 KM per hour you can reach Sighisoara in 1.78 hours. The E60 is the same with DN13, it is a “regular” road with a single lane per way, but it is very well maintained.
It is advisable though, before starting your trip, to visit some of the places in the Brasov area, because it is one of the largest and most cherished cities of the country. Surrounded on three sides by mountains, Brasov it’s a perfect place for a medieval settlement. The historic old town is bustling with festivals, cafes and shops which are all crazy busy and the outskirts are full with high-rise apartments as far as the eye could see.
Just 12km (7 miles) away from Brasov city you will find Romania’s most famous skiing resort, Poiana Brasov. It is referred to in ski directories all over the world.
Viscri, an obligatory stop between Brasov to Sighisoara
Continue driving through beautiful landscape shifting between charming villages and green meadows with flocks of sheep and you will encounter Viscri, not far (only 7 km) off the main route (E60) between Brasov and Sighisoara, a place that hosts one of the most spectacular fortified Saxon churches, being one of the six included in the UNESCO world heritage.
More than just to visit old houses and church or small coffee shop selling handicrafts, in here you can enjoy the true Saxon hospitality, traditional food and the true rural experience. Lined with trees and modest but well-maintained midcentury homes, the street curves past some of these cities center — and yes, horseback riding on side streets is permitted, so keep an eye out for riders. A few stretches of the road are covered in gravel, others in sand, but the road always remains wide enough, sweeping and fantastic to drive.
You can visit the fortified churches in Homorod, Fiser, Bunesti, Drauseni. Also you should see Rupea Ethnographic Museum, Borcoman Teacher Museum, house of Prince Charles, the Roman camp Hoghiz, Dopca Keys extinct volcano from Racos and secular oaks from Fiser.
As we previously mentioned the road is a bit rough—a combination of rough, broken pavement and gravel.Generally all these roads are vulnerable to moisture and likely to soften after a rain shower. Pools of stagnant water start developing on the surface, making the road unpredictable and slippery. Nevertheless, they all offer a unique driving experience.
Since there are few cars in Viscri, the locals probably don’t care that the road is not in the best shape, and the more difficult access means fewer visitors messing up the place! The nice rural road continues, the traffic is normal but there are cows and horse wagons in the road, so be careful!
Before reaching Sighisoara, you definitely have to stop in Saschiz (Keisd). It is a village dominated by the magnificent defensive bell tower which is almost identical to the clock tower in Sighisoara. The houses are perfectly lined up along both sides of the road. You will see elderly people hanging outside their houses, watching the slow village life as it is passing by.
Some roads to little villages are still dirt or gravel, or a combination of gravel and some pavement, so always expect to need more time than planned. Both due to the pleasant fact that there is so much to see along the way, but also the less fun fact that road conditions are not always the best, and you have to drive zigzag to escape the holes.
At this stage of our road trip most of the cities you’ll come across are relatively small and quiet with tidy streets and low-rise housing. The drive offers extraordinarily beautiful countryside, which is at times dramatic – and can even be described as fascinatingly remote.
In a short time you will reach Sighisoara, a city that still stands as one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this perfectly intact 16th century gem with nine towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches rivals the historic streets of Old Prague or Vienna for atmospheric magic.
It is also the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) the one who inspired Bram Stoker’s fictional creation, Count Dracula. His house is just one of the many attractions here. Others include the Church on the Hill with its 500-year-old frescoes, the 13th century Venetian House and the Church of the Dominican Monastery, known for its Transylvanian renaissance. So don’t miss the opportunity to visit them!
Winding through small traditional villages, this country road offers an enjoyable challenge for drivers, with some exceptional scenery as the payoff.