You're Going to Love Sibiu
Historic and charming, Sibiu boasts a recently renovated old town and a thriving culture that is renowned throughout Romania.
The city was named the European Capital of Culture in 2007 and ever since, it's been buzzing with events that celebrate the Germanic, Hungarian, and Romanian heritage of Sibiu.
Whether you're looking to admire beautiful architecture or explore the countryside, Sibiu will have something for you to enjoy.
Top 5 Reasons to Visit Sibiu
1. Beautiful Old Town
Sibiu has one of the most picturesque old towns in all of Romania, with medieval charm galore.
2. Museums Under the Stars
Sibiu is home to many museums, including the national museum ASTRA, the largest open-air exhibition space in the whole of Europe.
Spooky though it may sound, the Transylvanian region is renowned for its stunning natural beauty.
4. Romanian Crafts
No town like Sibiu would be complete without its arts and crafts. Many shops sell unique handcrafted items typical of the nation's traditions.
5. Great Restaurants
Foodies will love the eats in Sibiu, which boasts both Romanian and international fare. Crama Sibiul Vechi and La Placinte both offer traditional food.
A popular activity in Sibiu
When to Visit Sibiu
Like much of Romania, Sibiu is pleasant in spring and fall and cold in winter. Summer temperatures can reach the 90s so it may be best to avoid the heat of August.
How to Get to Sibiu
Sibiu International Airport (SBZ) enjoys direct connections to many European cities such as Munich and Rome.
There are numerous trains daily between Bucharest (most take under six hours) and Brasov (three hours). Train schedules vary depending on the season.
Sibiu sits at the intersection of the A1 and the 14 and is easy to reach from other Romanian cities.
Buses stream in and out of the city throughout the day and night, headed to Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, and closer destinations. The trip from Bucharest takes around six hours and costs RON23.
Airlines serving Sibiu
Where to Stay in Sibiu
Numerous hotels and hostels can be found in the city. Cheap rooms can be found at Smart Hostel, while the Hotel Continental Forum has comfortable rooms in a very central location.
Popular Neighborhoods in Sibiu
Old Town - spectacularly renovated and filled with historic architecture, the city's old town has plenty of examples of Gothic buildings.
Terezian - named after Maria Theresa, Terezian is the city's second-oldest quarter and is filled with both residential and industrial structures.
Tiglari - this neighborhood on the outskirts of the city is a great place experience how the locals live.
Where to stay in popular areas of Sibiu
Most booked hotels in Sibiu
How to Get Around Sibiu
While the historic center is walkable, the city is extensive. Travelers hoping to reach the outskirts can make use of the Tursib bus service, which charges RON2 a ride.
Taxis abound in town and charge RON2 for pick-up and about RON4 for each additional mile.
Cars are easy to rent in Sibiu and the city and surrounding areas are easily navigable. Prices start around RON300.
The Cost of Living in Sibiu
The Old Town is the best place to shop if you're interested in local craftsmanship. There are also more traditional stores, where a dress will cost about RON125.
Groceries and Other
Grocers can be found throughout the city. A dozen eggs will run about RON7, as will a pound of chicken breast.
Where to Eat in Sibiu
Numerous restaurants serve locals and visitors. Laid-back Romanian options like Crama Sibiana come to about RON20 per person for a meal, while mid-range options such as La Dobrun will cost about 35.