The old town of Sibiu which alongside Luxembourg was the European Cultural Capital in 2007, is one of the 7 fortified citadels(“Siebenburgen”) built by the German Saxons – a medieval city dating since 1191. It’s 4 belts of fortifications can still be seen today and within them, narrow streets surrounded by Gothic houses lead towards the “Upper Town” to the baroque buildings bordering the famous squares where most of the landmarks and monuments are.
The Old Town Tour (2-3hours):
The Evangelical Church and Huet Square – the very heart of Sibiu’s beginnings
The Little Square connected to the Huet’s Square through the famous Liers’ Bridge
The Big Square with its many landmarks: the Brukenthal Museum, the Blue House, the Town Hall, the Romano-Catholic Church, the Haller House.
Cetăţii street with its former towers, walls and bastions.
The panoramic view over the city from the Evangelical Church Tower with it’s 73 meters, making it the second highest in Transylvania and sharing a funny story about why it didn’t get to be the highest as it was planned.
Passages and narrow streets, gothic architecture of the lower town as a contrast to the upper town’s baroque buildings: the Goldsmith Square, the Stairs Passage, the Centumviri Street.
If you have more time we invite you to visit the traditional market in Sibiu – with fruit, vegetables, meat and cheese coming directly from the local producers. A walk or cycling through the Sub Arini Park – one of the oldest parks in Romania founded in 1856 will bring us to the Open Air Museum, the biggest ethnography museum in Romania, located in the Dumbrava Forest, on the bank of a lake.
At the present the Sub Arini park stretches over 22 hectares on which you can find 68 tree species, among which 30 are exotic species. The park is created over the former lakes providing water for the city fortification defense system.