Sibiu is probably the city I loved the most in Romania and it is definitely a place you cannot miss if you are planning a trip to this beautiful country. Here you can taste the real Transylvanian culture, between beautiful old buildings and cobbled streets.
In 2008, Forbes declared Sibiu as Europe’s 8th most idyllic place to live and I am sure you will totally understand why if you have the chance to visit it.
In this post you can find a list of 10 beautiful things to do in Sibiu.
1. Start the visit
in Piata Mare
Piata Mare means big square and it is the main square of the city, so it’s the best place to start your visit.
In this square, I found the best Christmas market I’ve seen so far (my aim is to visit as many Christmas markets as possible so I will definitely change this line when I will find a better market). So, if you like Christmas markets as much as I so, please don’t miss this city if you happen to be in Romania at Christmas.
2. Climb the Council Tower
I love observing cities from the top! So I could’t help but climbing the council tower in Sibiu to enjoy the pink sunset over the city. What a view, right?
The tower can be visited daily between 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. for the small price of 2 RON.
On the Sibiu turism website you can find more info about this famous monument of Sibiu.
3. Stop in Piata Mica
After descending the Council Tower steps, you arrive in Piata Mica, which means small square. Here, there is another small market at Christmas, where you can buy local crafts or delicious food.
4. Cross the Bridge of Lies
The Bridge of Lies is probably the most famous tourist attraction in Sibiu.
The most famous legend associated with this bridge says that the bridge has ears and can tell when someone standing on it is being untruthful. The bridge creaks at every lie, and it will eventually collapse because of a big lie.
5. Walk through Strada Nicolae Balcescu
Lined with restaurants, bars, shops, small bakeries, Strada Nicolae Balcescu is one of the most beautiful streets in Sibiu.
In the morning I loved to buy the delicious Romanian pretzels from the small bakery shops along the street. Here you can also find the most lively places to spend t
6. Relax at Citadel Park
The Citadel Park is a very nice place to relax while walking along the old defensive walls of Sibiu. Some of the old guild towers are still visible and well preserved.
7. Visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral
The Orthodox Holy Trinity Cathedral is a place you have to visit when you are in Sibiu. The red and yellow striped building stands out between the smaller and colourful houses of the city.
This cathedral is the second largest orthodox church in Romania, right after the one in Suceava. The highly decorated interior is just stunning.
8. Stroll around the Lower Town
The Lower Town is the oldest area of Sibiu, the place where the peasants used to live. Today, this is a wonderful place to get lost between the medieval buildings painted in all shades of the colour wheel.
9. Observe the famous houses with eyes
Have you noticed something unusual in the photos of the houses of Sibiu? They stare at you through their oddly shaped windows which look like eyes. These windows were built between the 15th and 19th centuries to cool down the attics of the houses.
Despite their practical purpose, it is said that these windows were built to make people feel constantly watched and force them to behave accordingly.
10. One day-trips
Sibiu can also be the best base to explore other beautiful destinations in Transylvania.
The closest attraction is Alba Iulia, one of the most important urban centres of Romania, where the Union of Transylvania with Romania was declared on December 1918. Alba Iulia seven-point star shape citadel is quite impressive. It is delimited by seven bastions and it is accessible from six monumental gates.
I could visit this city just for a couple of hours at night, but I was very impressed by the structure of the citadel which includes important historical landmarks such as the Saint Michael’s Cathedral.
At a short distance from Alba Iulia there is one of the most stunning castles in Romania and maybe in Europe, the Corvin Castle. This is one of the largest castles in Europe and its majesty can be admired by looking at it from the opposite side of the massive moat, which can be crossed using a long footbridge.
You can find all the info you need to visit this castle on my post about castles in Transylvania.
Another landmark well worth a visit is the Fortress of Deva. The entrance is free and the view from the top is breathtaking! You can see for miles around, with the stunning backdrop of the Carpathian mountains.
To reach the top of the fortress you have to climb a lot of stairs but during summer (May 1 – Sep 30) you can get to the top of the hill using a cable car.
Here you can find more info about prices and opening time of the cable car.
From Sibiu you can also easily reach Brasov, but the journey takes about 2 hours by car and more than 3 hours by train, so I wouldn’t recommend this as day-trip. However, if you want to know more about Brasov, here you can find a post about this amazing city.
How to get to Sibiu
Sibiu is well connected with the rest of Europe thanks to the close airport. Take the bus No. 11 (which runs until around 23:15) to get to the city centre (Piata Unirii) in about 15 minutes. Tickets cost 1.50 lei and can be bought from the kiosk or vending machine next to the stop.
Here you can find more info about the local public transportation in Sibiu.
Unfortunately, Sibiu is not served by any InterCity trains, and just two daily InterRegio trains connect Sibiu with the Bucharest. The “quickest” train takes about 5 and a half hours.
You can buy the train tickets on the CFR Calatori website.
If you prefer the bus, try the buses operated by MementoBUS.