Sibiu – 2007 European Capital of Culture
You have to visit the heart of Transylvania, to discover one of the most beautiful cities in Romania! Sibiu, also known as „Villa Hermanni” was founded in the 13th century. After you visit Cluj-Napoca, the economic center of Transylvania, with its imposing St. Michael Church, you drive to Sibiu. Here lies the Brukenthal Palace, the first Art Museum in Romania. The Liar’s Bridge, the Council Tower, the Hall House, the Old City Hall and the Evangelical Church are some of the most important highlights of the city. In the area you discover the Saxon fortified churches, protected by the UNESCO, or the resort Paltinis, where you can see some breathtaking landscapes. Live the typical Romanian atmosphere and the old untouched traditions!
You meet your local guide at the Hungarian Romanian border. You drive to Oradea, a city influenced by the Art Nouveau style, where you visit the Moon Church. Your goal for today is Cluj-Napoca, an important cultural center of this region. Here you visit the gothic St. Michael Church.
Today you drive to Alba Iulia. You discover the star-shaped Vauban fortress, with its famous Orthodox and Catholic Churches. You have the chance to visit the Evangelical Church from Sebes, built by the Saxons. The highlight of the day is a visit in Sibiel. The Museum of Icons on Glass houses a huge collection of glass icons, painted by Romanian peasants. Two knights wearing traditional costumes pick you up to a peasant family. There you are welcomed with bread and salt. Further on, you enjoy a traditional meal with Romanian wines and schnapps.
Today you explore Sibiu, the 2007 European Capital of Culture. In the morning, you visit the wonderful old city center, with its medieval squares. You discover the Big and the Small Square, the Liar’s Bridge, the Evangelical Church and the Brukenthal Museum, the oldest museum in Romania. You drive to the Village Museum Astra, the largest open air museum in Romania. Dinner is served in a restaurant in the old city center.
Today you drive with the last tram in Sibiu to the idyllic city of Rasinari. You visit the Saxon fortified churches from the surroundings of Sibiu. First, you drive to Cisnadie, where you can see the fortified church and the local Textile Museum. On a hill near Cisnadie lies the fortified church from Cisnadioara. Another fortified church is located in Miercurea Sibiului, also a former Saxon city that used to be an important administrative center during the Middle Ages.
You drive towards the Southern Carpathians to Brasov, one of the most important Saxon cities in Transylvania. The main attraction is the Black Church, the largest gothic church in Eastern Europe. After a city tour in the old center you visit the Bran Castle, the castle of the famous count Dracula. The castle was constructed to protect the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, by the Saxons. Before driving back to Sibiu you can also visit the monastery in Certa, a former Cistercian abbey.
You have the chance to visit two of the best preserved medieval fortresses. You drive to Medias, where you visit the fortified St. Margaret Church. The trip continues to Sighisoara. The city is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. It is one of the very few inhabited medieval fortresses in Europe. You can visit the Clock Tower and the Church on the Hill. In the afternoon you stop in the village of Seuca to taste some of the best wines in Transylvania.
The fairytale Hunyadi Castle, once the residence of the Hungarian kings, is the star of this day. You will feel indeed in a fairytale when you admire the oriel, the towers and the balconies. The castle is like a gate to travel back in time. It is a place where legends turn to life. In the afternoon you have enough time to explore by your own the city of Sibiu.
At the Hungarian border you say “Goodbye!” to your guide and to Romania.
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