As Romanians and as private guides in Romania, we love Sibiu city and the surroundings in Sibiu county. A weekend is too short for what Sibiu County has to offer: from city breaks in the cities, rural breaks in the traditional villages, lots of fortified churches, abbeys, monasteries, the two spectacular Romanian roads – Transfăgărăşan and Transalpina, glacial lakes, the highest mountains in the country or ski slopes and many other beautiful places. A long tour in Sibiu county for at least a week is what we recommend.
How to get to Sibiu, Romania
Sibiu has an international airport with many European routes. Read more about flights to Sibiu on the airport’s website. After your arrival in Sibiu airport, we recommend spending at least 2-3 days in the city. Sibiu was the European Cultural Capital in 2007 and it deserves its name for sure.
City break in Sibiu
Sibiu is one of the most beautiful cities in Romania. With its colorful small streets, and the Germanic architecture in its old town, Sibiu is a very diverse and interesting city, with many cultural activities and touristic attractions. Around the city there are the remains of the medieval walls and towers, including the 13th-century Council Tower. The Small Square and the Big Square in the city center are full of life with many restaurants and pubs, live concerts and street art manifestations.
Astra village museum near Sibiu
Astra Village Museum is a great place for a day trip out of the city of Sibiu. The museum hosts original monuments representative for the values of the Romanian village. Houses from all regions of the country, interior decorations preserved in the original form, peasant industrial installations, traditional means of transportation are displayed here.
Transfagarasan is the famous mountain road that crosses Fagaras Mountains in Romania and it is a must see in Sibiu County. The drive itself is very scenic and breathtaking. Also, for the passionate hikers, there are plenty of hiking routes that start from Transfagarasan.
Cârța Cistercian Abbey
Cârţa is not a Saxon fortified church as it may seem, but a Cistercian Abbey. Between the years 1000 and 1300, the Cistercians conquered all of Europe and built more than 1400 abbeys, from Portugal to England, Germany, Hungary, and the most eastern was the one from Cârţa. The monastery here was founded in 1205-1206 by King Andrew II of Hungary and was abolished in 1474 by King Matei Corvin. There is not much left standing from the former monastery, but it is still impressive and a great photo spot.
Valea Viilor and Biertan – the most beautiful villages in Romania
Only a few people know that only two villages in Romania are entirely UNESCO heritage (not only their fortified churches): Biertan (from 1993) and Valea Viilor (since 1999). In addition, in 2012 Valea Viilor was included in the official guide of the most beautiful villages in Romania, published by the Association of The Most Beautiful Villages in Romania, and it is one of the 7 villages in Sibiu county that are part of the Regional ecomuseum network, due to the houses that kept their traditional look. In these villages, we can arrange for you to book accommodation in a traditional Romanian or saxon house.
Păltiniș Ski Resort
Păltiniș ski resort is only 30-40 minutes away from Sibiu city and it is a great place for winter sports for all types of enthusiasts. Also, from Paltinis, you can enjoy some easy hiking routes in Cibin Gorge and Cindrel Mountains.
Sibiu county has much more to offer and we could write tens of blog pages about it. But nothing can describe the real feel of the actual traveling in Sibiu. Book now a private guides tour in Romania starting from Sibiu!