A cultural hub in Romania, Sibiu is blessed with art nouveau facades, brick-walled restaurants and pubs, multiple theatres and engaging national museums. The city’s Historic Center showcases a bohemian atmosphere and rich Saxon history, while the annual opera, theatre, rock and jazz festivals create a constant buzz.
Things to do in Sibiu
One of the most famous monuments in Sibiu, the Council Tower dates back to the 13th and 14th centuries and has a spiralling staircase up to an observation deck with city views. Don’t miss seeing the 14th-century C.A. Evangelical Church, which boasts four prominent corner towers and a seven-storey tower over 70 metres tall.
Discover more about Sibiu’s fascinating past at the ASTRA Museum of Folkloric Traditional Civilization, where you can see original monuments and artefacts from a centuries-old Romanian village, including thatched-roof huts and wine cellars. If you love admiring rare art, head to the Brukenthal National Museum, which houses the extensive Baron Samuel von Brukenthal collection of 800 priceless paintings.
Want to get up close with wildlife? Don’t miss seeing the cute and exotic animals at Zoo Sibiu, which was the first zoo in Romania and houses jaguars, white wolves, tigers, wild pigs, white buffalos and crocodiles. If you’re visiting during summer, hit the slopes at Păltiniş Resort, which boasts two peaks with groomed trails for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.
Time your Sibiu holiday for the annual Sibiu International Theatre Festival, where you can see theatrical performances by groups from over 70 countries. Alternatively, stick around for the Medieval Festival in August or the ARTmania Festival in summer, which has exclusive film screenings, visual art exhibits and workshops.
Getting around Sibiu
Sibiu is less than four kilometres from Sibiu International Airport and serviced by regular trains and long-distance buses. You can easily explore the city by using public buses, taxis or renting a car or bicycle.