Sibiu is situated in the heart of the famous and beautiful historical province of Transylvania. It is a wonderful combination between history and the vibrant spirit of a modern European city. Today, Sibiu has a modern infrastructure, an international airport, it is a railway knot and it is well connected by road with the western border, with the capital of Romania and with the seaside. Therefore we are ready to receive our guests and offer a pleasant stay in our city.
The city has deep roots in its over 800 years of history, but it is strongly connected to the European present and values and all these result in a unique character for the city. Sibiu is a successful combination between its valuable built and cultural heritage and a European, cosmopolitan, young and dynamic city life.
It is a city of contrasts that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. The city and its surroundings offer the tourist not just sights to visit, but experiences to live and this makes a trip to Sibiu a very personalized and unforgettable one. Explore the historical center with its heritage buildings and unique atmosphere, visit our museums, admire the valuable and beautiful architecture of the historical churches, enjoy the outdoor and indoor events taking place all year round and take the time to explore the city surroundings. Sibiu has something to offer to every guest.
Sibiu was a European Capital of Culture in 2007 and, ever since, culture and tourism are development engines for the city, along with a solid and functional economic environment. After 2007 the city continued to develop its cultural calendar which attracted more and more tourists ready to enjoy hundreds of events taking place here every year. Sibiu became thus an acknowledged destination for cultural tourism. This is confirmed by the fact that Sibiu is the only city in Romania which was awarded 3 Michelin stars.
In 2019 the region of Sibiu is a European Region of Gastronomy. This program will bring forth the rich gastronomy of the region, a combination of history, multiethnicity and well-preserved traditions.
Top things to do
Explore the historical center
The historical center of Sibiu brings alive over eight centuries of history. The valuable built heritage, the wonderful buildings which once hosted our city’s great personalities, the three fortification belts with parts of towers and walls still preserved today, the narrow and cozy streets of the old town paved with river stones, the three central squares, the city’s museums and the majestic historical churches are concentrated here. Paying respect to centuries of history, the city center is at the same time dynamic and young, inviting locals and tourists to enjoy hundreds of outdoor cultural events every year, being a meeting place, a genuine stage for the cultural act, but also a pleasant setting for a delicious meal.
Visit the museums
Visit the Brukenthal Museum, the first museum to open in Eastern Europe, hosted by the former residence of Baron Samuel Brukenthal. Part of the same complex are the museums of contemporary art, history, natural sciences, hunting and pharmacy and the European and Romanian Art Galleries.
The ASTRA National Museum Complex includes the well-appreciated open-air Folkloric Civilization Museum, a fascinating collection of old traditional households in Romania spreading over 40 hectares of land in a beautiful natural landscape. Also, visit the Franz Binder Universal Ethnography Museum, the Emil Sigerius Saxon Ethnography Museum and the Folkloric Art Museum, all part of this complex.
Sibiu, a European Ecumenial location
Over centuries, the various ethnicities and cults found in Sibiu an open-minded community, thriving in the cultural and religious diversity. The city center hosts valuable historical churches among which: the Orthodox and Evangelic cathedrals, the Roman Catholic Church, a Greek Catholic Church, a Reformed Church and a Synagogue. The churches of the former orders of the Ursulines and Franciscans are interesting touristic objectives. We must also mention the fact that in 2007 Sibiu hosted the 3rd European Ecumenical Assembly.
Leisure time and activities
The city takes pride in its cultural institutions: the prized Radu Stanca National Theatre, Gong Theatre for Children and Youth, the Ballet Theatre, the State Philharmonics and the Cindrelul Junii Sibiului County Center for the Preservation and Promotion of Folkloric Culture offer high quality performances. The city is also famous and well appreciated for its outdoor events, the historical center being an open stage all year round. For a pleasant day with the family, take a walk through the Zoo or the city park, see the city by bike or go for a swim in the beautiful Public Baths, a historical building dating from 1904.
Explore the surroundings
Once you got a taste of Sibiu, stay a while longer with us to explore the surroundings. Take a trip to Cisnădioara to see the fortified church, a roman basilica set in a beautiful landscape. A trip of about 30 km will take you to Păltiniș, the oldest ski resort in the country and a well-known spa. At a distance of 16 km you can relax and enjoy the health benefits of the salt lakes in Ocna Sibiului resort. The most spectacular mountain road, Transfăgărășan, is only 50 km away and it leads to the most beautiful cascade and lake situated at an altitude of over 2000 meters. The surroundings of Sibiu are the natural stage for old traditions. Tourists can experience the shepherds’ way of life, the country life spirituality and the Saxon fortified churches, a solid witness to the multiethnicity of our region.