Sibiu is one of the most beautiful and appreciated cities in Romania, being also the residence of the county with the same name. Transylvania can boast another city that attracts tourists from all over the world, Sibiu having international renown, thanks to its economic evolution in recent years, but also to the cultural events organized here successfully over time. Not for nothing was the Cultural Capital of Europe, along with the city of Luxembourg, in 2007, where he hosted festivals, concerts and other forms of artistic events. You have to make a tour in Romania and discover these marvels.
Only 37 km away from P?ltini? resort and about 75 km from the Balea glacial lake, Sibiu is an excellent place to spend a few days, whether it is a weekend, a city break or a whole holiday, in all the four seasons. If you are thinking of coming to the land where Saxon settlers have settled for many years now, it is good to have a list of the main attractions of the city. So, you'll be able to see as many of the superb Hermannstadt as possible.
Here's how the list of places you visited in Sibiu could show. 1. Tower of the Council We start with the city center, a place that turns into a fever during the winter holidays. Situated between the two squares of the city, Little Square and the Great Square, the Tower of the Council watches over Sibiu since 1324, when the first documentary mention of Sibiu City Hall took place. Originally the gate defense function in the second fortification of the city, the Council Tower partially collapsed in 1585 due to a powerful earthquake. The edifice is refurbished three years later, with the help of citizens, who put their hand in hand and manage to restore the tower in a record time.
The current shape of the Council Tower is due to reconstruction works between 1824 and 1826, but the goal is to be repaired shortly. Access to the inside of the tower, from which you can admire a large part of the city of Sibiu, is made through a 141-degree spiral staircase. You can visit every day until 20:00.
We can say without any doubt that this is the symbol of Sibiu, and you will be convinced of this when you get to personally admire it. 2. The Brukenthal Museum Baron Samuel von Brukenthal, the former Governor of the Grand Principality of Transylvania between 1777 and 1787, built a palace in Sibiu that bears his name and houses more than 800 paintings and other art objects in the 13 museum halls.
The 1st and 2nd floors of the Brukenthal Palace host the most important European art galleries in Romania. Besides paintings, the museum also owns a collection of decorative art, which contains unique pieces such as altars, sculptures, secular or cult silverware, glassware, oriental rugs and furniture. There you will also be able to admire an impressive library with over 16,000 volumes, to which collections such as the chapel library have been added over the years.
Today, the book collection has over 280,000 volumes. 3. Evangelical Church On one of the most impressive Gothic buildings in Transylvania you will find it all in Sibiu. The Evangelical Church is dominated by a seven-level tower where it can climb using the 192 steps that lead to four smaller towers, a sign that the city had the right to be sentenced to death. The impressive building has the second oldest clock in Romania, dating back to 1881. The legend says that the Saxon Saxons went to the Bistrita before they built this church to inspire them. They measured the height of the tower of Bistrita with a rope, and then they went out to be afraid. The Sibiu Saxons were drunk and the craftsmen from Bistrita secretly cut some of the rope. This was the highest church in Bistrita in all Transylvania, measuring 75 meters. 4. Bridge of Lies Also in the center of Sibiu, surrounded by superb buildings, you will encounter another symbol of the city, known throughout the country. This is the Bridge of Lies, built in 1859 instead of a wooden bridge. The Bridge of Lies is the first suspended bridge in Romania, which originally had the name of the Cove Bridge, because no piles were used for its construction. The actual name was received from the fact that in German, the word “lying down" was the name of the word “lie" (lugenmarchen). Of course, locals also have a legend for one of the city's attractions, namely that if someone says a lie while on this bridge, they risk falling into the hole with him. The Bridge of Lies is loaded with neo-gothic vegetal or geometric motifs, and is the preferred promenade of most tourists walking down the Siberian countryside. 5. Fortification system As soon as you enter Sibiu, you will notice that the city had a serious fortification system as evidence that it has survived to this day. The first wall ever built for defense surrounded the Romanic church, where it was later built the Holy Mary Gothic Parish Church around the current Huet Square. Stone was the main material used in the construction of the immense and lasting walls, which are still preserved in the place today called the Tower of Stairs. The fortification was extended to the current Small Market, with a wall of St. Jacob Chapel, which was demolished in the meantime, to the Tower of the Council. From the original system there are ten defense towers, the Stairs Passage, the Soldisch Bastion, the Haller Bastion and a section that departs from the Stairs Tower. 6. The zoo in Sibiu Sibians have always been trend-opener, so in 1929 they opened the first zoo in Romania in the Dumbrava forest. The idea left an engineer named Szekely, who noticed that there was a lot of fox around the Sadu dam, the place he was repairing at the time. As you enter the 15-hectare zoo, you will be able to admire an old oak for over six centuries, but also a specially designed jaguar site that goes over the main access road. The place has a lot of animal species, from wild cats, like lashes, to native animals donated to the garden by hunters in the area, as is the case with wild boar, carpathian deer, eagle, wolves or of several species of birds. In total, you will be able to admire over 200 animals and birds of 52 species. You can find the zoo on Calea Dumbr?vii street no. 142. 7. Transfagarasan If you get through Sibiu, it would be a pity not to climb Transf?g?r??an, one of the most spectacular roads in the world, which they have been dead to try their cars and those from Top Gear in the UK. The road has a total length of 152 kilometers and crosses, in spectacular serpentines, the Fagaras Mountains, connecting Muntenia to Transylvania. Spread across the Arge? and Sibiu counties, Transf?g?r??an counts a lot of tourist attractions worth going to your list of beautiful places visited by you. Vidra Lake and Dam, Capra River Valley, Capra Waterfall, Natural Reserves The Gale Alpin Balea and the Fagaras Mountains, as well as the glacial lake and Balea waterfall, are preferred by all those who admire the landscapes of Transf?g?r??anul. The road was built on the order of Nicolae Ceausescu, who initially wanted to open a one-way access to take over the woods of F?g?ra? forests. Subsequently, the plans have been modified, and today the road has a strip of meaning and a portion of the marsh. You will travel to over 2,000 meters altitude, where temperatures are much lower, compared to other areas of the country, so be careful to take thick clothes on you. Being much colder, the snow falls earlier than in the cities, so Transfagarasan is open only a few months a year, from June to November. Before heading off, we recommend that you check whether the famous road is open to public traffic. Sibiu and its surroundings are gorgeous at any time of the year, and locals are delighted to be helpful with any information you need to get to know their lands better. With their sweet accent and much patience, the Transylvanians will serve you with their chosen dishes, with which they have become famous throughout the country, prepared mainly by smoking. On the side of the road leading to Sibiu you can taste and buy cheese or smoked cheese, sausages, rinds or other pork products, but bakery and seasonal fruits picked up by those who live in those places. It is worth spending a few days in one of the most beautiful cities with which Romania can enjoy and for which thousands of tourists make their way through our country every year! Visit Romania and take a tour in Romania . .