The beautiful city of Sibiu, Romania

7 Reasons Why Sibiu Should Be On Your Travel Wish List

There are cities you only visit once and cities you would return to over and over again. Sibiu is a city that I have visited every year since 2011. Located in the heart of Romania, in Transylvania, this small city keeps drawing me back year after year. If you’ve ever been fascinated by Prague, Vienna, or German cities, then you will definitely fall in love with Sibiu. I’d like to tell you why you should add Sibiu to your travel wish list and maybe plan a visit in 2015.

It’s beautiful

Sometimes nice architecture is enough to make me love a city and Sibiu is no exception. I could spend hours wandering aimlessly on its streets and not get tired of the view. Plus, with each step, you are bound to find yet another historical building with its stories hidden behind the walls that stood there for centuries.

Its history

Speaking of history, Sibiu, or Hermannstadt as it’s known in German, was the most important ethnic German city in Transylvania and was once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and until recently, the majority of the population was still of the aforementioned ethnicity and nowadays there are about 2000 left, including Romania’s new president. In 2007, Sibiu was the European Capital of Culture, a rank that was given to Riga this year.

It’s fun for everyone

It’s impossible to go to Sibiu and not find something to do, there is a little bit for everyone. For the art lover, there’s the Brukenthal museum, the first one opened in Romania. For the music fan, there are concerts even for the pickiest person, from metal (the awesome Artmania Festival) to classical at the State Philharmonic. For families with kids there are a lot of different museums with fun exhibitions, such as the Natural History Museum. For the shopaholic there are many shops with attractive prices. If you are into skiing, there is a ski resort at PΔƒltiniΘ™, 30 km from the city, which could make a fun day trip.

Its delicious food

Romanian food is delicious and that is a fact, I don’t think anyone has left Romania without enjoying our tasty dishes. In Sibiu I dare you to go to any restaurant and not be satisfied with your meal. All the restaurants serve authentic Romanian food, my personal favorite however is Sibiul Vechi, where a reservation is needed because it’s always full of people – this should tell you something about how good the food is. La Turn is the go-to restaurant when I can’t find a table at Sibiul Vechi because sometimes you’re hungry and you don’t feel like waiting, am I right? πŸ˜‰ They have exquisite food and it’s right in the city center. If you want to warm up and chat over coffee, Cafe Wien is an excellent choice, their selection is impressive. But if it’s summer, you’ll want to cool down with an ice tea so I wholeheartedly recommend Haller Cafe, a place where I spent many summer mornings.

It’s affordable

Like I said before, Romania is an affordable country for travelers, but if you don’t want to take my word for it (it’s not like I live here, you know? πŸ˜› ), at least listen to Lonely Planet. In Sibiu, the prices at a hostel can start from as little as €10 per night, depending on the season. You wouldn’t need public transportation because you can walk from one place to another and all the main sights are either free or will make you look for some change in your pocket. The most “expensive” one is the Brukenthal museum where it costs around €5 (20 lei) full price, or €1.2 (5 lei) if you are a student. So you’ll be left with a lot to splurge on the yummy food. πŸ˜‰

Its connections

Being in the center of the country, it’s well connected by road or by train to many other cities that the visitors love, such as the delightful BraΘ™ov or the charming SighiΘ™oara, to name a few. Also, 30 km from the city you can drive on “the most beautiful road in the world”, according to the folks at Top Gear, the TransfΔƒgΔƒrΔƒΘ™an, where you will admire stunning landscapes.

It’s beautiful

I know I said it twice, but it really IS beautiful! It wouldn’t be my favorite city in Romania if it weren’t. πŸ˜‰

If you are interested in visiting the city of Sibiu, you can book a room at nice hotels right in the city center with Destinia, or you can get a flight+hotel package. Feeling like seeing cities nearby or driving on the most beautiful road in the world? No problem, Destinia offers car rentals as well. You can book everything you want on a single site AND you can pay with PayPal or Bitcoins, how awesome is that?

Would you like to visit Sibiu?

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  • going there this weekend for the Christmas market! Nice photos πŸ˜‰

    • I loved the Christmas market! It emptied my wallet, but it was fun, haha! πŸ˜€

      • It did? Oh, boy. I thought I would just look around, but maybe I should prepare my wallet as well πŸ™‚

  • Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes. I’ll go.

    • Yessssss, my plan is working!

  • When I saw today in the morning that you posted about Sibiu I was dying to read it!!
    SOLD! It is for sure on my bucketlist and now I really hate you – of course not – because I might change my travel plans next year to visit Romania πŸ˜€ lets see!!!
    It is exactly the kind of city I love visiting here in Europe! And don’t worry, you can say as many times you want that it is beautiful, because it really is!! Your photos are just breathtaking and I trust you that the food is delicious, another reason for me to visit Sibiu πŸ˜€
    I am so sharing this post!!

    • Yay, it’s awesome that you’re considering coming to Romania! Wizz Air has direct flights to Sibiu from Dortmund, but I don’t think that would be convenient for you. I have Munich on my bucket list and from what I’ve seen in pictures online, there are a few similarities between the two. πŸ˜‰ (though Munich is huge compared to Sibiu!)

      • Yes I really am considering it! I don’t know if I will manage next year, but the year after for sure!
        Yesterday I went to the airport and saw a flight coming from Sibiu, haha I had to think of you πŸ˜€ Im sure there are direct flights from Munich, just didnt pay attention which company πŸ˜€ but maybe I will even go by car! I love driving through Europe, and the good thing is that Enzzo can come too πŸ˜€ but lets see what hubby things hahaha

  • Having been there in a long while, but it looks even better since my last trip there!

    • You should visit again, it looks so much better nowadays!

  • Loved this post. Beautiful photos, as always – and it looks like a gorgeous, historic, picturesque place to visit. And the food! Great to know about places like this. Thanks, Vlad!

    • Thanks! You should see it in summer, it’s so beautiful! πŸ™‚

  • Love that steep-roofed house in the right corner of the Sighisoara photo. That alone convinced me.

    • I have a whole post about Sighisoara now, check it out! πŸ˜‰

  • Wow! I’ve never thought about going to Romania before but with photos as beautiful as yours, i’ll have to add it to my list! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks for the compliment, I’m glad that I could make you interested in seeing my country! πŸ™‚

  • galanda23

    Lovely city. I visited it recently and I was as taken by it as you. Hope more people will find out about the hidden treasures of Romania. There is so much to discover and explore in this country that was overlooked for so many decades. Great pictures, like always.

    • Thank you, Anda! I’m planning to see some new and old cities from Romania next year, hopefully people will want to find out about them as well. πŸ™‚

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  • Glad I made you interested! πŸ˜€

  • Tim

    I have a good friend from Romania who has told me so many great things about the country but now that you talk about its affordability I am thinking it may make for a great change of pace from SE Asia or Africa destinations. Love the photos and while I am the subject thanks also for the post on photo composition; much appreciated.

    • Thank you for the comment, Tim! I’m sore you would love Romania. I’ve talked about its affordability in a previous post, you can read it here if you haven’t already. πŸ™‚

  • Kim

    Romania is still on my list of places to visit. I hope to make it there in the next couple of years.

    • I hope you can make it too, I am sure you are going to have a good time!

  • I would love to visit Sibiu just to photograph the architecture – I love the colors and the shape and design of the rooftops!! And don’t get me started on the food – it looks delicious!

    • That’s my favorite thing about it too – photographing the architecture, especially on a nice summer day.

  • I must admit I know very little about Romania and I hadn’t considered it for a short gateway, but after seeing the pictures and reading your post, I think it could make a great weekend trip πŸ™‚ i like the towns where you can reach most of things by walking and I also loved Prague.

    • Well then I bet you would love Sibiu. It’s perfect for a weekend trip, since it’s a small city and you could see everything in a day or two.

  • i’m the same as Shere. I didn’t know much about Romania. Still don’t, actually, but would love to visit Sibiu now!

    • I’ll have to post more about Romania (and Sibiu) then! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Omg it’s so pretty and LOOK AT THAT FOOD!! πŸ™‚ You’ve convinced me…I need to go here.

    • Woohoo, my plan is working! I mean….I’m happy that you’d like to visit Sibiu! πŸ˜€

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  • John Pilkington

    Reading this again as preparation. Only 4 days to go!

    • I hope you’ll love Sibiu as much as I do πŸ˜€

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  • Paula Morgan

    You have almost convinced me to go! My brother lives in Bratislava and I visit every few years, each time we venture to surrounding countries for a few short trips. Looks like Romania would be a good place to add to my list

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