Sibiu and its surroundings are one of the most visited areas in Romania. The historic center is one of the most preserved historical locations in the country. Many of the walls and fortification systems are maintained in a very good condition. The historic center is in the process of being included in the UNESCO Heritage List. . In Sibiu there are museums that include collections of art, painting, decorative arts, anthropology, history, archeology, history of technology and natural sciences. The town is close to the Fagaras Mountains – an important hiking destination – and the resort of Păltiniş – a destination for winter sports. There are many fortified churches built by the Saxon settlers in the area.
The Tower of the Council of Sibiu
The Tower of the Council of Sibiu (German Hermannstädter Ratsturm) is a tower in Sibiu, under which is a gang to cross between the Great Square and the Small Square. It was built in the 13th century, on its ground floor, being the entrance gate to the city’s second belt fortification. Over time, he suffered several rebukes, which altered his original form. The tower of the Council is located in Piata Mica nr. 1.
The Second Embassy of the ensemble of the fortifications of the medieval city of Sibiu, which includes the Council Tower, the Tower of the Golden Scale and fragments of curtains built between 1224 and 1241, was included in the List of Historical Monuments in Sibiu County in 2004.
Over time, the tower has been given various uses. Thus it was used as a gate tower, grain storage, as a fireplace (fire observation point), as a prison and even for a while as a museum of natural sciences (in the middle of the 19th century) . At this moment, the tower is used for various exhibitions and as a point of view, from the upper level of the tower visitors can see the entire city of Sibiu and the peaks of the Fagaras Mountains.
The Stairs Passage of Sibiu
The Stairs Passage of Sibiu is a stone and brick passage linking the Upper Town with the Lower City. It was built in the 14th century and was part of the third fortification belt of the city.
The Third Embassy of the fortifications of the medieval city of Sibiu, which includes the Towers of Defense, the Towers’ Tower, the Potters Tower, the Archebuziers Tower, the Tower Tower and the curtains built between 1357-1366, was included on the List of Historical Monuments in the County Sibiu since 2004. Among the components of this building are the Stairs Passage near the Evangelical Church.
The passage underwent two restorations, the first in 1860 and the second in 2006, before Sibiu became European Capital of Culture.
The founder of this museum was Samuel von Brukenthal, the Habsburg governor of Transylvania, between 1778 and 1787. He began to acquire the first works for his collection from around 1754 in Vienna. By the testament, Baron Samuel von Brukenthal ordered the opening of the Palace as a
public museum, his gesture thus enlisting among the great enlighteners of the age. The palace became a public museum in 1817, known as the Brukenthal Museum, one of the first institutions of its kind in Europe. In 2015, the museum had over 400,000 visitors. The museum is headquartered in the Brukenthal Palace in Sibiu, on one side of the Great Market.
Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization “ASTRA” in Sibiu
Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization “ASTRA” in Sibiu is one of the largest outdoor museums in Romania. Situated at the exit from Sibiu to Raspinari-Paltinis, the museum contains works of traditional, pre-industrial folk civilization.
The museum stretches over 96 hectares, crossing 10 kilometers of alleys along 300 buildings. The inventory of the pieces contained in the museum amounts to 16,000 (many exhibited inside the buildings).
The museum is a faithful reconstruction of the Romanian village with everything it is supposed to: households, wind and water mills, churches, restaurants, means of transport or traditional objects, but also a lake of 6 ha, mirrored by the volcanic windmills.
The Bridge of Lies in Sibiu
Lügenbrücke Lying Bridge or Liegenbrücke is a metal bridge in the city of Sibiu, built in 1859 above the street of Ocnei connecting the Lower Town to the Upper Town. It is a pedestrian walkway linking the Little Square and Huet Square. It is the oldest iron bridge in service on the current territory of Romania.
It is said that this bridge was crossed especially by the young lovers who swore their love forever. The girls also vowed to be virgins, but after the wedding night the men would find that they actually lied. As a punishment, the girls were thrown off the bridge. Another legend says that if someone says a lie as they cross, the bridge shakes until it brings the liar with its feet on the ground.
Also about the Bridge of Lies in Sibiu it is said that it was an ordinary meeting place for young people who were studying at the Military Academy. They were meeting up with the girls here, but then they did not show up, letting the young wait for nothing.
Another legend says that the bridge was often crossed by merchants who used to deceive the locals. When such a merchant was caught, the locals threw the liar trader off the bridge.
Tourist resort, located in the Southern Carpathians, on the north-eastern slope of the Cindrel Mountains, 35 km away from Sibiu, of which it belongs, Păltinişul is the oldest and the tallest resort in Romania. The settlement, under Vf.Onceşti, that stretches in a coniferous forest, at an altitude of 1442 meters, was founded by the Carpathian Society of Transylvania at the end of the nineteenth century.
The resort was founded around 1894 by Carpatina Transilvana Society. In a local monastery of Romanian philosopher and writer Constantin Noica spent the last years of his life and he also founded the “Păltiniş School”. He is buried there by the church (Păltiniş Hermitage).
Paltinis resort is one of the favorite options for many tourists, passionate about winter sports or outdoor walks, spending a weekend in this location, among other things, from the Cindrel Iris Reserve to the famous glacial lakes. Once in Paltinis, tourists can ski during the winter season, explore nearby forested trails on specially designated routes, or admire the area’s unique natural surroundings. You can also take hikes to Poiana Oncesti, Oncesti Peak, Stana Gaujoara and Poiana Lupilor.