The former Capital of Culture - Sibiu
The Central Square: on the left - Brukenthal National Museum; in the middle - the Town Hall; on the right - the Jesuit Church.(1726-1733).
The Small Square
A short history
Sibiu (in German, Hermannstadt) was, at its beginning, a Dacian town called Cedonia., which continued into Roman times. The Sibiu we know today was the result of a process beginning in the XI-th century, with the Hungarians gradually conquering this region. In the XII-th century, the Hungarian King Gheza the II-nd promised land to German settlers, who were from the Rhein region Saxonia Flandra, to protect the kingdom's borders. In 1191, Pope Celestine III confirms the existence of the Saxon Catholic Church in Sibiu. The city was an important centre of commerce and in the XIV-th century, craftsmen were divided into 19 guilds. Sibiu was one of the most important German settlements in Transylvania throughout the Medieval times, besides Brașov. In the XV-th century, the citadel of Sibiu resisted four major Ottoman attacks. In the XVII-th century, the Habsburg Empire defeated the Ottoman one, forming the Principality of Transylvania with the Capital in Sibiu. In the XVIII-th century, the city becomes for the Romanians of that time a very important cultural and Orthodox center. In the XIX-th century, the Romanian Orthodox Church was granted status in the Habsburg Empire and Sibiu became the Metropolitan seat. In 1918, Sibiu becomes part of Romania and the majority of people living there were of German origin. In 1950 started a process during which ethnic Germans emigrated to Germany and Austria. From the few remaining of ethnic Germans in the city, one of them became the President of Romania (Klaus Johannis, 2014 - 2019; 2019 until today).
Sibiu is located in the historical region of Transylvania and is one of its most important cities from a cultural, economical and educational perspective. The city is on the banks of the Cibin River and has a population of 147,000 inhabitants. Its nickname is the City with Eyes. From a cultural stand point, the city is well represented by the National Museum of Brukenthal, established in the XVIII-th century by Samuel von Brukenthal in his city palace. Today, the Museum is composed from the Art Gallery, the Brukenthal Library, the Museum of History, the Museum of Pharmacology, the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Arms and Hunting Trophies. The art collection comprises 1,200 works of art. Some of them belong to some of the most important artists in Europe, like Peter Paul Rubens. The Brukenthal Library comprises about 300,000 library units, including rare foreign books. The Astra National Museum Complex is a museum of traditional folk civilization. It is a huge open space of approximately 1 square km and is among the largest open space museum in Central Europe. It is composed of 300 households and other buildings. Sibiu is also the host of many national and international festivals like: the International Theatre Festival, Sibiu Jazz Festival, TIFF Sibiu, Astra Movie Festival. In the winter season, the Christmas Market in Sibiu is among the most visited in Romania. The cultural life in Sibiu is one of the most dynamic and important in Romania, as well as in Europe, which granted Sibiu, in 2007, the prestigious award of European Capital of Culture.
Brukenthal National Museum
The houses with eyes
Guided tours of the most important attractions in the area. The guide has a degree in History. The main language is English, but we can also offer guided tours in Italian.
Transportation in the city and surroundings will be made by us, with our mini van.
Transportation from airport to hotel and from hotel the airport, with a mini van (maximum of 8 people).
We take care of all the planning, ticket buying and itinerary for the whole trip.
We can take care of the hotel room bookings.
The price of the trip - our prices range from 25 euros/trip and up, depending on the itinerary agreed. The prices include transportation with a minivan 8+1, as well as all costs related to transportation (gasoline, parking charges, road taxes).
140 euros for a group of max. 8 people - hotel pick-up (with our minivan 8+1); transportation to and from Sibiu (the visit of the old city, Brukenthal Museum and History Museum); the trip + guided tour will be of about 10-12 hours.
140 euros for a group of max. 8 people - hotel pick-up (with our minivan 8+1); transportation to and from Astra open air Museum (village life) and the Zoo; the trip + guided tour will be of about 10-12 hours.
*The price does not include the entries fees and the hotel room.
**Our services are addressed to groups of a maximum of 8 people per trip.
***We only charge for the transportation services. All the other services mentioned above are free of charge.
What to visit in Sibiu
National Museum of Brukenthal
Museum of History
Museum of Pharmacology
Museum of Natural History
Museum of Arms and Hunting Trophies
The Big Square
The Small Square
Bridge of Lies
The houses with eyes
The Medieval fortification