Sibiu

Sibiu

Things to do - general

“I rubbed my eyes in amazement,” wrote Walter Starkie of Sibiu in 1929. “The town where I found myself did not seem to be in Transylvania, for it had no Romanian or Hungarian characteristics: the narrow streets and old gabled houses made me think of Nuremberg.”

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Sibiu (Hermannstadt in German) was the largest and wealthiest of the seven walled citadels* built in the 12th century by German settlers known as Transylvanian Saxons. The riches amassed by its guilds paid for the construction of both impressive buildings and the fortifications required to protect them.

Sibiu’s Old Town retains the grandeur of its earlier days when rich and powerful guilds dominated regional trade. Like Sighisoara and Brasov, it has a distinctly Germanic feeling. Sections of the medieval wall still guard the historic area, where narrow streets pass steep-roofed 17th century buildings with gable overhangs before opening into vast, church-dominated squares such as Great Square and Little Square. The Great Square is the site of the Roman-Catholic Church and the Brukenthal Palace, where you will find one of Romania’s most important art collections. The square is linked to the Little Square by a passage beneath the Council Tower, which is worth visiting for the excellent views over the town. The third square, Huet Square, is dominated by the Evangelical Cathedral.

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The Astra Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization in Sibiu. ASTRA celebrates and presents the village lifestyle of Romanian civilization down to the wood planks of homes and stones of churches. Covering over 230 Acres of land, it’s the largest open air ethnographic museum in Europe. The museum is broken up into six sections, each dedicated to a “skill” important to Romanian life such as mining and clothing manufacturing.

Muzeal-ASTRA-waterwheel

This place really surprised me. About 30 minutes from the city center, on the outskirts of Sibiu. Traditional Romanian homesteads have been expertly preserved and recreated. Some were removed from their original locations and moved here

Most months have myriad things going on, from festivals (more festivals here than any other city in Romania), exhibitions, theatre and opera, as well as plenty of cafes to people-watch in the city’s three main squares. Sibiu has a bohemian yet stately ambience, which is perhaps what makes it so appealing; its back streets of wilting pea-green houses with their distinctive eyelid windows watching a cast of artists, visiting guildsmen and buskers bustle below them, just as they did back in the 18th century when the city really blossomed.

Sports and nature

Sports and nature Located in the middle of a dense forest and surrounded by a beautiful lake, ASTRA MUSEUM features more than 300 buildings as well as watermills and windmills, gigantic presses for wine, fruit and oil, hydraulic forges and structures representing village architectural styles from many parts of Romania.

There is a wonderful collection of wooden farmhouses, a cherhana (a traditional collecting and storage point for fish) and sheepfolds, as well as a wooden church and two traditional inns.

Sibiu makes an ideal base for the exploration of the nearby countryside and villages which display an interesting mixture of Saxon and Romanian traditions.

Some 25 miles east of Sibiu you will reach Transfagarasan Highway, the most beautiful road in the world according to BBC's Top Gear. It is the highest road in Romania reaching almost 2000 m above the sea level. It connects Muntenia and Transilvania, two historic parts of Romania.At its top you can find Lake Balea, a glaciar lake formed thousands of years ago.

Nightlife

Nightlife Sibiu is a vibrant city, full of surprises for its guests but most of all, a city of diversity.
This medieval city has a special charm: there are many ways of having fun, of meeting new people and great opportunities if you want to discover the other life of the city, the nightlife.
Moving from one bar to another will not only make you a bit dizzy but it will offer you the opportunity of comparing different bars, pubs and terraces, each with its own particular style: Time Out, Oldies Pub, Orphee Pub, Union Pub, Old friends Pub &more are only a few of the most known places in the center of Sibiu that can get you in the mood to party.

Culture and history

Culture & history First mentioned in 1411 as a grain market, the Great Square – the largest square in the city, has been throughout the centuries a quiet witness to the town’s lively merchant activity, assemblies and even public executions. Located in the heart of the old walled city, the square was designated an architectural monument by UNESCO and features some of the most impressive buildings in Sibiu. Facing west of the square is the stunning Brukenthal Palace (Palatul Brukental), built between 1778-1785 by a Viennese architect in a refined late-baroque style.

It is now the home of the Brukenthal Museum (Muzeul Brukenthal), the oldest and one of the finest art museums in the country. The palace was built by Baron Samuel von Brukenthal to serve as his official residence and house his collections of Romanian and Western art, 16th – 18th century religious sculptures and icons, stamps and coins, as well as an impressive library. Over the years, the collections have been enriched through acquisitions and donations.

Several steep streets and stairways lead from the upper to the lower town. One of them passes beneath the iron Bridge of Lies. Built in 1859 by Fredericus Hutte, this was the first wrought iron bridge in Romania. Legend has it that the name derived from the merchants' fiery disputes which flared up around it and the passionate but transitory vows of young lovers who often met here.

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