Sibiu (Hermannstadt in German) was built in the 12th century by German settlers known as Transylvanian Saxons and it is one of the most important cultural centres of Romania. In year 2007 Sibiu was designated in tandem with the city of Luxembourg, a European Capital of Culture. Formerly the centre of the Transylvanian Saxons, the old city of Sibiu was ranked as "Europe's 8th most idyllic place to live" by Forbes Magazine.
Sibiu is a pedestrian-friendly city with two easily accessible levels: the Upper town (German: Unterstadt, Romanian : Orasul de sus), home to most of Sibiu's historic sights - with rather rustic architecture: typically two-storey houses with tall roofs and gates opening passages to inner courts, and the Lower town (German: Oberstadt, , Romanian: Oraşul de sus) lined with colorful houses on cobblestone streets and bounded by imposing city walls and defense towers overlooking the river Cibin.
EXPERIENCE in Sibiu:
• Theatre Festival the most prestigious event in Sibiu
• The Artmania Festival is held every Summer since 2006
• The Rockin' Transilvania Festival is held in Sibiu since 2008.
• The oldest Jazz Festival in Romania and one of the oldest in Europe
• Carl Filtsch festival for young classical piano players
• Transylvania calling Festival a Multi Cultural 6 day Open Air Music festival
• Sibiu Christmas market, rated as one of the best markets in Europe
EXPLORE the city of Sibiu:
• The Citadel of Sibiu was, in the Middle Ages, one of the best fortified in Europe and today remains very well preserved. Sibiu's original fortifications included 39 defensive towers, five bulwarks, four gates and five artillery batteries.
• The Grand Square (Piata Mare) is the largest square of the city and one of the largest ones in Transylvania. This place has been the center of the city since the 15th century and it was designated an arhitectural monumentby UNESCO. Here features some of the most impressive buildings in Sibiu.
• The Little Square (Piata Mica). Here you will find today, small shops, cafes and restaurants.
• Huet Square (Piata Huet) is the third pf the three main squares in Sibiu and is home to a mix of gothic buildings dominated by the Evangelical Cathedral (Biserica Evangelica).
• Liar's Bridge (Podul Mincinosilor) - the first bridge in Romania to have been cast in iron (1859).
• Council Tower (Turnul Sfantului) represents one of the city's symbols. Built in the 13th century, the tower has been successively rebuilt over the years. Throughout the centuries, the Council Tower served as a grain storehouse, a fire watchtower, a temporary prison and even as a museum of botany. On the top floor, there is an observation point that give us a panorama view over the historic town and the Fagaras Mountains beyond.
• The Stairs Passage (Pasajul Scarilor) is a 13th century architectural masterpiece, with twin staircases and archways, that connects the Upper Town to the Lower Town. Built in the 13th century, it is one of the most picturesque places in Sibiu. At one end of the passage stands the city's oldest building which now hosts the oldest restaurant in Romania, The Golden Barrel (Butoiul de Aur).
• Roman-Catholic Church (Biserica Romano-Catolica) a beautiful baroque structure with classical decorations. The completely renovated interior is magnificent with gold-laced walls and colorful ceiling frescoes. It was built between 1726 and 1738.
• Brukenthal Palace is one of the most important baroque monuments in Romania. Built by a Viennese architect between 1778 and 1785 as the main residence for the Governor of Transylvania Samuel von Brukenthal, now serves as a museum (National Brukenthal Museum) of art collections. The museum was opened in 1817 and it is the oldest museum in Romania and one of the first museums in Europe. The art collection includes paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck and Teniers, as well as works of German, Austrian and Romanian masters.
• ASTRA Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization (Muzeul in aer liber ASTRA) with over 300 buildings in an area of about one square kilometer, is the biggest open air museum in Europe. Not only does it have interesting and very picturesque exhibits but it also lies in a very beautiful area with a nice view of the mountains. The museum is located near Sibiu.
Dare to step into this wonderful medieval place, and one of Romania's most culturally lively cities, simply by booking one of our tours for the period of the festival or just send us your enquiry and we will configure a tailor made program, just for you and your friends.
Romania awaits you in Sibiu!