Sibiu is a city located in the heart of Transylvania, and it was founded by German settlers in the 12th century.
One of the best landmarks of the city is the Brukenthal Palace, home to a vast collection of rare arts and books. The city was named the European Capital of Culture in 2007, and if you plan on visiting Romania, you should definitely visit Sibiu.
The first human settlements in Sibiu area are dating from the Paleolithic period. The first mention of the town appears in a document issued in the twelfth century by Pope Celestine III. For Sibiu, the Medieval period meant economic development and the rise of merchant guilds.
ASTRA Museum: The visitors may explore the nearby villages, with well preserved medieval German fortresses. Also the breathtaking landscape. You can explore the places where the mountains touch the skies and the air is so fresh that nearly hurts those used with the everyday pollution of the modern cities.
CISNADIE (Heltau): Saxon market town with an attractive elongated town square dominated by a massive fortress church;
CISNADIOARA (Michelsberg): one of the prettiest villages in Romania. This small Saxon settlement has a steeply sloping square and is clustered around a steep, wooded hill topped by a small, Romanesque church. Local tradition states that any man wishing to marry a girl from the village had to prove his strength by carrying a huge rock from the river bed to the top the hill. There is also a museum here dedicated to the Saxon Transylvanians.
RASINARI: a pretty, shepherds village in the foothills of the Cindrel Mountains, reached by a curious roadside tram running through the Dumbrava Forest.
CRISTIAN (Grossau): picturesque Saxon village to the west of Sibiu, with an impressive fortress church overlooking the river.
SIBIEL: traditional Romanian shepherds village in the Cindrel foothills, known for its beliefs in witchcraft and an excellent museum of icons painted on glass.
SALISTE and TILISCA: traditional agricultural settlements known for their costumes and folk songs.
OCNA SIBIULUI (SALZBURG): small spa town offering salt baths and treatments, set amidst old salt workings, There is a very nice fin de siecle spa building which has been carefully restored for Sibiu 2007, and Saxon fortified church.
AVRIG: former Bruckenthal Palace/ manor with an interesting secret landscape garden.