Admire the views from the top of this historic Sighişoara landmark and learn about local history in the museum housed inside.
The Clock Tower, one of Sighişoara’s main attractions, is known for its attractive tiled roof and distinctive two-plate clock. Pay the admission fee to visit the history museum inside the tower. It features a collection of furniture, ethnographic artifacts and medical instruments. Head to the top of the tower for fantastic views from its observation platform.
Originally constructed in the 14th century, the tower was once the main entrance to Sighişoara’s fortified city and housed the town council. During the 17th century, the building was renovated and its roof was later redesigned in the Baroque style in 1874. Notice the roof’s colorful tiles and the meteorological cock at the very top, which forecasts the weather.
The tower’s intricate two-plate clock features figures made from linden wood. Walk to the side of the building facing the citadel and look for a representation of Peace holding an olive branch, along with Justice bearing a set of scales and Law wielding a sword. Each morning an angel emerges to symbolize the beginning of the workday, while another angel comes out at night to mark the end of the day.
Continue to the side of the clock facing the lower city to see seven more wooden figurines. Each represents a pagan god corresponding to a different day of the week.
Climb to the top of the tower for superb views over the red-tiled houses and winding cobblestone streets of the city’s Old Town. Gaze into the distance toward the forests of the Tarnava Mare valley.
Buy a ticket to explore the History Museum inside the tower. Browse a display dedicated to Hermann Oberth, a prominent physicist and engineer born in Sibiu. Your ticket also grants admission to the Torture Room, located at the base of the Clock Tower.
Find the Clock Tower in the city’s Old Town. Reach it on foot from most of the city’s other attractions. The museums are open Tuesday to Sunday during the morning and afternoon.