The city of Sibiu was founded in the 12th century by the Saxon community, initially under the name of Hermanstadt. In 1919, the name of the city was officially changed to Sibiu. Sibiu is one of the most representative cities in Transylvania, located at 270 km from Bucharest, being an important cultural centre of the country and a good destination for a successful weekend.

If you come to Sibiu, you must not miss the following tourist objectives:

  • Small Square and Big Square located right in the centre of the city, where you can admire a series of buildings whose architecture was kept intact throughout time, where you can dine at one of the numerous restaurants and where a number of fairs take place, among which the famous Christmas Fair of Sibiu.

  • The Tower of the Council that makes the passage between the Small Square and the Big Square, was built in the 18th century and has seven storeys. Throughout time, the Tower of the Council was used as fire tower, grain storage, natural sciences museum and prison. Now, the Tower of the Council is used as exhibition area and to admire the entire panorama of Sibiu.

  • The Brukenthal Palace, the seat of the current Brukenthal Museum was built by baron Samuel von Brukenthal, to serve as official residence and seat for his collections. Now, the Brukenthal Museum hosts the European engraving collection, the European cultural collection, the applied art collection, the gallery of Romanian art and the Brukenthal Library.

  • The Lies Bridge was built in 1859, and has a length of 10.4 m connecting the Small Square to Huet Square. There is a legend referring to the Lies Bridge, saying that the bridge has magical powers and for every lie it hears, it starts shaking.

  • Huet Square, a small and stylish square, is the place where you can find the only mates’ house in Romania.

  • The Astra National Museum Complex is an assembly made up of several museum units, among them counting: The Universal Ethnography Museum, the Traditional Folk Civilization Museum, Saxon Folk Art and Culture Museum, Folk Art Galleries and many others.

  • The Leather Dressers’ Tower, Potters’ Tower, Harquebusiers’ Tower, Carpenters’ Tower.

  • The “Saint Mary” Protestant Church, one of the most impressive Gothic buildings in Transylvania, was built in the 14th century and is located in Huet Square.



10 Peculiarities about the Sibiu city


  1. The first book in Romanian, in Ardeal, was printed at Sibiu.

  2. The first calendar on the current territory of Romania appeared at Sibiu.

  3. The first newspaper in Transylvania was printed at Sibiu.

  4. Natural gas was discovered in the surroundings of Sibiu.

  5. The Brukhental Museum opened at Sibiu, the first museum in Romanian and in South-East Europe.

  6. The oldest lightening rod in South-East Europe was set up at Sibiu.

  7. The first Romanian book on medicine issued at Sibiu.

  8. The Lies Bridge in Sibiu was the first pig iron bridge in Romania.

  9. Sibiu is the first city in Transylvania to introduce an electric public transportation means without rails – the power bus-car, the ancestor of the trolley-bus.

  10. In 2007, Sibiu was appointed the European Cultural Capital, being the first city in South-East Europe to receive this title.