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Sibiu, Romania

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SIBIU ROMANIA Feb 17, 2017

Located about 282 km north-west of Bucharest, SIBIU is a city in Transylvania, Romania and is one of the most important cultural centers of Romania. The Cibin River, a tributary of the River Olt, runs through the city.

Sibiu is about 20 km from the Fagaras Mountains, 12 km from the Cibin Mountains and about 15 km from the Lotrului Mountains, so it is no surprise that the area is a popular winter holiday destination, with many ski resorts.

Sibiu consists of two distinct entities - Upper Town and the Lower Town. It also has three main squares - Grand Square - Piata Mare is the largest square of the city and has been the center since the 15th century. Lesser Square - Piata Mica - Huet Square.

Sibiu is also the site of this year's VT Euromeet 2013 and is being held the weekend of June 21, 22 & 23. Hans and I are very much looking forward to visiting this charming city and once again see old friends and make many new ones.


Without a doubt, the ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL - HOLY TRINITY is one of Sibiu's gems.Built in the style of a Byzantine Basilica, work began on the Cathedral - Catedrala Ortodoxa - in 1902 and was completed in 1904. On December 13, 1904, the four bells were placed in the two main spires ( 43 meters high - 45 meters when you include the crosses).

The exterior is in red and yellow brick. The main entrance is through a portico with three semicircular doors. The outside dome is decorated with round mosaics portraying Jesus and four Evangelists.

The interior is absolutely beautiful. The iconostasis and dome shows Christ flanked by angels.

The Cathedral is located on Strada Mitropoliei 35.

We actually had a wonderful view of the two spires, from our hotel room window.
Sunset view from our Hotel room
Orthodox Cathedral
Sibiu City Hall
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alectrevor alectrev…
297 reviews
Sibiu a lovely place. Aug 10, 2017
In Nov 2016 i arrived at Sibiu off the night train from Budapest.Sibiu was busy with Christmas Market so hotels were nearly full. At a hostal,that was full, a helpful man rang a hotel for me.Thats how i came to be at the Hotel Gallant. It is a 3 star establishment,reasonable price,room and breakfast 140 Lei [ £28 ].The hotel has a restuarant.In Sibiu most people can understand English. Sibiu is a lovely place ,in the Transylvania plateau in Central Romania, 3 squares make up the main town,with coloured buildings,old wall, and towers.There is a lower town ,accessed by steep streets or stairways, lower town a bit scruffy still worth a visit.I stayed 2 nights in Sibiu,then moved by train to Sighisora.
hotel Gallant
Ciy Wall
starship1 says:
Great photos! Looks like a very interesting town, and wow! what a great price for a 3-star hotel!
Posted on: Aug 10, 2017
Alec, great start about Sibiu here. Keep up the good work.
Posted on: Jan 18, 2017
mirabella581 mirabell…
12 reviews
Visit Sibiu-Romania Aug 19, 2013
This Saturday I visited Sibiu and I thought to share with you a fabulous location in Romania.

Sibiu (Romanian pronunciation: [siˈbiw], German: Hermannstadt, Hungarian: Nagyszeben) is a city in Transylvania, Romania,Located some 215 km (134 mi) north-west of Bucharest.

Sibiu is one of the most important cultural centres of Romania and, in tandem with the city of Luxembourg, it was designated a European Capital of Culture for the year 2007. 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.

The city administers the Păltiniş ski resort.

Sibiu has one of the most modern international airports in Romania, with direct connections to Germany, Austria, England and Spain as well as to other Romanian cities.

Direct flights from Sibiu:

Munich (Lufthansa, Tarom)

Vienna (Austrian Airlines)

Bucharest (Blue Air, Tarom)

Timişoara (Carpatair)

Stuttgart (Blue Air)

Sibiu is an important node in the European road network, being on two different European routes (E68 and E81). At a national level, Sibiu is located on three different main national roads, DN1, DN7 and DN14.

Several festivals are organised yearly in Sibiu, the most prestigious of them being the Theatre Festival, organized each spring at the end of May. Medieval Festival organized every year in August, reviving the medieval spirit of Transylvania. The Artmania Festival is held every Summer since 2006 and as of 2008 the Rockin' Transilvania Festival is also held in Sibiu. The oldest Jazz Festival in Romania is organized here, as well as the "Carl Filtsch" festival for young classical piano players, the "Astra Film" documentary film festival, the Transylvania calling Festival a Multi Cultural 6 day Open Air Music festival! 26–31 July 2007, a medieval arts festival and many more smaller cultural events.

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,Even though the museum officially opened in 1817, its art galleries welcomed visitors 27 years earlier (1790), three years prior to the opening of the Louvre.

ASTRA Open Air Museum -Located in the middle of a dense forest and surrounded by a beautiful lake, ASTRA features more than 300 buildings as well as watermills and windmills, gigantic presses

Astra Museum Sibiu for wine, fruit and oil, hydraulic forges and structures representing village architectural styles from many parts of Romania. (ASTRA is the second largest open-air museum in the world 250 acres)

And there are several museums that you can visit :"The History Museum ","Emil Sigerus Saxon Ethnographic Museum ","Museum of Hunting Weapons and Trophies ","Pharmacy Museum ","The Steam Engine Museum ".

The Bridge of Lies -

Podul Minciunilor

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. :)

The local food is really great and hotels also but I cant write about any hotel bcz usually I visit Sibiu just for one day is really near to my town.

I hope I've convinced you sharing with you a little of Sibiu

"The bridge of lies ":)
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spocklogic says:
Very good review - Well written and informative. I've not been to Romania, or eastern Europe for that matter, unless you include Turkey, but it is something I plan to do as I've covered most of Western Europe and would like to see the Eastern part.
Posted on: Aug 19, 2013

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