Sibiu[ 20] is a small Romanian capital in the south of Transylvania, 282 km from Bucharest. In 2006 the historic center of the old part of the village was restored and looks amazing. Sibiu, known in Germany as Sibiu and in Hungarian as Nagyszeben, has always been the center of the Romanian population. It is still the biggest Romanian municipality in Germany, and thanks to the initiative of the regional authorities, the Germanic flair of the region has been preserved.
Also Sibiu has a significant Hungarians minoritys, remains of Transylvania's past as part of the Hungarians Empire and later Austria-Hungary. Nevertheless, Sibiu is also very Romanian (95% of the Romanian inhabitants are ethnic) and succeeds in merging these three civilizations and smaller Romani, Slovak and Ukrainian groups into a beautiful and lively town.
Today Sibiu is one of Romania's capital cities for culture and culture, which attracts visitors with its beautiful mediaeval charms, outstanding view of the countryside, delicious cuisine and breathtaking park scenery. Today, Sibiu is also in an outstanding economic position and has a per head incomes above the Rumanian averages. A large part of the town was rebuilt as European Capital of Culture in 2007 and has profited from the resources made available.
Sibiu' s inhabitants are kind and most of the center is a walking area. A lot of the natives use their bicycles inside and outside the citys. It is well linked to Bucharest and Cluj Napoca. Sibiu is an ideal choice if you are not travelling to Sibiu from another Rumanian airport, as there are flights from many major locations in Europe, especially Germany and Italy, directly to Sibiu International Airport.
The Carpatair , the biggest airlines in Transylvania, provides flights to Munich, Bergamo and Treviso as well as three flights a day awe to Bologna, Verona, Rome and Stuttgart. LUFTHANSA  and TAROM, Romania's domestic airlines, fly five flights a week from Sibiu to Munich and five flights a week as well.
If you have enough cash, you can also fly to Bucharest three days a week, even if you can get there better by rail from Romania. Sibiu is a town of 170,000 inhabitants and seems to be quite large for the local inhabitants, even if most visitors do not have to dare to leave the easily accessible town centre.
Try to go as much as possible, because this is the only way to try Sibiu's more secluded jewels, hiding behind alleyways in the heart of the town, and sloping, paved streets that take you one giant leap back in time. Bicycle hire is also available in the Casa Luxembourg information center at Pia?a Mic?
Guided bicycle rides are available to discover the surroundings by bicycle, but the price is too high in comparison to other places. If you want to hire 15 LEI bicycles, you can do so in the open air hire shop hidden behind a car space at Pia?a Unirii. Perfect to go outside the town center Cisn?die or take in the nature reserve Dumbrava Sibiului.
When you need to travel outside the mediaeval boundaries of the town, the TurSib  mass transit company provides dependable service. This service can be useful if you live in a hotel, guesthouse or host family outside the center of the town or if you want to explore some of the beautiful towns around Sibiu to get to know the romanesian countryside and the breathtaking landscape of Transylvania.
You' ll find such agents all over the center of New Orleans. Sibiu' s Old Quarter The mediaeval Old Quarter is perhaps the major tourist destination of Sibiu, and it is indeed very nice. The majority of the old part of the old part of the village was erected by Germans and traders who came to Sibiu in the later Middle Ages.
There are two parts to the old town: the upper part, which is home to most of the city's historical monuments, and the lower part, which is home to many attractive houses and cobblestone cubes. Sibiu Citadel The Sibiu Citadel was one of the best fortresses in Europe in the Middle Ages and is still very well intact.
You should not miss the area' s spires and strongholds, but above all the beautiful stairway that links the lower part of the fortress with the high part. Butoiul de Aur (Golden Barrel), Romania's oldest eatery at the end of the stairs.
The Huet Square ( Pia?a Huet) houses a maze of Gothic structures and is ruled by the Protestant Church, one of the most attractive cathedrals in Sibiu. The ascent to the top of the steeple of the cathedral provides a view of the interior of the church but also of the town and the nearby hills and landscapes.
It is also home to the city's only all-German secondary modern education institution, Samuel von Brukenthal Gymnasium, which shows the city's proud cultural legacy. Indeed, Huet Square is the most prominent of all the places in this town, which is as much Romanian as it is Germans, and yet 100% Transylvanian.
Brukenthal Museum Called by many the second best in Romania (after the National Art Gallery in the Bucharest capital), Brukenthal is a must in Sibiu, with 1090 canvases. You will find pictures from Netherlands and Flanders colleges, Italy and of course from Germany, Austria and Romania.
"The ASTRA " Folk Civilization is part of the ASTRA National Musuem Complex and with more than 300 museums on an area of about one sq. km the largest open-air exhibition in Europe. It is situated about 3 km southwards of Sibiu with a good cycle track that connects it from the center through the Parcul Sub Arini.
Besides the beautiful historic and culture of Sibiu, the town has a beautiful landscaped area within easy reach of the town center on foot or by bicycle. You can reach Cisn?die from the Dumbrava Sibiului Nature Reserve on peaceful road. It is a good starting point to discover the mediaeval castles of Transylvania.
You can reach Medias by rail from Sibiu, but to see many in one go, you need your own transportation or try one of the guides of the city' s tourist offices. The Balea See, a beautiful glacial pond about 50 km southeast of Sibiu directly on the highway to Brasov.
Discover Sibiu and the area around Sibiu. The seaside town of Ocna Sibiului, for example, is about 15 kilometres from Sibiu. Guide bicycle rides around Sibiu. Accompanied or unmanned off-road routes in the area. Drive on the Transagarasan Strait, which traverses the Fagaras Hills with spectacular outlooks. It is only a few minutes on foot from the city center on Strada Mitropoliei 30.
In the old part of the city there are many gift stores. It' a giant edifice right next to the bridge and has all the tradtional trades you could wish for. The old part of the city has many eateries, cafés and snack bars where visitors and residents can not only taste good meals from the regional and foreign cuisines, but also good folk songs and a pleasant ambience.
In recent years, the Small Square (Piata Mica) has become the best excursion destination in Sibiu due to the large selection of eateries, cafés and bars, which also have their own terrace in this area. If you live in Sibiu, you should try the regional meal "Ciorb?", a pickled stew with a variety of meat balls and/or greengrocer.
Sibiu' s eating and drinking is of a higher quality than the corresponding Bucharest restaurants and cheaper by West Europeans, although the price is similar to that in Bucharest. Cellar gastronomic establishment with typical Rumanian dishes at sensible rates. Sibiul Crama Vechi (The Old Sibiu Restaurant), A. Papiu Ilarian nr. 3, Tel.
Cellar gastronomic establishment with typical Rumanian food at sensible rates. Cellar gastronomic establishment with typical Rumanian food at sensible rates. But there are some other places where you can savour Sibiu. Vienna Café is located behind the Cathedral Evanghelic? on Pia?a Albert Huet and provides a wonderful view over the town, directly above the Pasajul Sc?rilor.