Sibiu City Guide – Sibiu Travel Tips
Reasons to visit
Sibiu was chosen to be European Cultural Capital in 2007 – 2008, and every year since then the city exploded with events that happens every single weekend so come, there is always something happening.
As of 2018 Sibiu was chosen to be Musical Capital of Europe, with plenty of show’s happening as well as of 2019 Sibiu will start hosting Gastronomical events so if you want to try food here is the best place to do it from all Romania.
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It’s perfect to visit Sibiu in spring between March to May and in summer – autumn between April to November.
The summer can be sometimes very hot with temperatures reaching up to 40°C/104°F and in winter it can go down to -30°C/-22°F so please dress accordingly, because temperatures can vary a lot.
The best time to visit in our opinion is during summer start in April – May, it’s perfect for almost any activity but it depends on what your favorite activities are.
Sibiu Local Transport
Getting around city could be difficult but it’s not impossible. The easiest way to travel it’s by using the local bus system, as there is no metro in the city.
Almost every bus station is equipped with automated ticket selling machine in multiple languages so it’s easy for you to buy a ticket at a price of 2 Lei / 0.5 Cents but they do not sell passes.
In order to buy a ticket pass you need to find once of the kiosk clearly designated TURSIB, where you can buy 1 day pass for 5 Lei / 1 Euro or 7 day pass for 18 lei / 4 euro.
You can also pay directly into the bus if you have a contactless card for the same price, but take notice not all contactless cards will work so have a ticket with you before.
If you want to take the bus from Sibiu to travel somewhere else there are 3 bus stations in Sibiu, one is Located near the train station called Transmixt, one is located at Attlasib main station, and last one wich is called Q7 is located near the the stadium
The main language spoken is Romanian, but a lot of people do speak English as a second languange so don’t be afraid to ask for directions or people out for a beer.
In Sibiu the power sockets are european. This socket also works with plug C and with plug E if it has an additional pinhole, we suggest having a travel adapter if you are not from Europe.
Main currency is LEU. Though exchange centers are available at airports and most tourist attractions, the best way of exchanging currency is to withdraw from ATMs – which is both the fastest and cheapest method of doing so.
Must Try Food
In Romanian culture there are so many food items that you have to try, like Sarmale, Ciorba de burta, Iahnie de fasole, Ardei umpluți, Mici, Mamaliga and many many others that we will visit at the end of article.
But unfortunately, a lot of tourists mistake Romanian food with some of our country neighbors like Baclava, Gulas, Papanasi, Kurtos Kalacs, Langos and many others so please don’t be deceived before eating and do a little bit of research.
If you are looking for cheap but good Romanian food, you can find it in one of the 6 Super Mama restaurants, one being right in the city center or if you are into kebab, then you should go to Turkish Kebab where you will not be disappointed.
Or if you are looking for something more fancy but a bit more pricey you should try Hermania Restaurant , the food is excellent and location is just perfect.
And let’s not forget the super expensive place that serves Romanian food and with a lot of items on the menu then Dobrun is the location for you.
The first thing you will be thinking to try in Romania is the local strong drinks, although i advice you against it you will still try it.
As most of the authentic drinks can only be found in villages where is homemade, we suggest you take a trip to one of the villages and ask to buy and do not buy it from shops it’s not even close to the same thing.
Depending on what part of Romania you are, you can try different things to buy, here is a small list of drinks and where you can find them:
Afinată – Homemade drink made from blueberries with alcohol, found in almost entire Romania
Cireșată – Homemade drink made from fermented cherries with alcohol and sugar, found in almost entire Romania
Vișinată – Homemade drink made from cherries with alcohol, found in almost entire Romania
Zmeurată – Homemade drink made from raspberry with alcohol, found in almost entire Romania
Pălincă – It’s made from a mix of fermented fruits distilled in copper with usually 70% alcohol concentration but added water after to reduce it, usually found everywhere in Romania
Țuică – Same as Pălincă but totally different taste because it’s made of fermented plums
Rachiu – While the process of distilling it’s the same as Pălincă, it’s fermentation process is made from wine grapes with sugar
Socată – This is not an alcoholic drink, it’s a homemade juice made out fermented soc flowers commonly found everywhere during the end of spring with lemons and a lot of sugar
Vin(Wine) – Homemade wine is very common in almost every part of Romania, but the quality it’s not that good
If you are looking for an interesting drink in Sibiu, then we recommend heading to Atrium, it’s right near the Liars Bridge, but you can order some amazing drinks like Mexican Beer (Heineken + Tabaco + Tequila) or Mint Beer (Heineken + Mint Siroup) but also the amazing Blue Lemonade.
How to get there
From Europe is pretty easy to fly here. Plenty of low-cost airlines have flights here, so if you catch a promotion, a discount, just take it! A plane ticket with carry-on baggage could be really cheap, like 10 euro.
So, in our opinion it’s perfect for a city break here, perfect escape. You don’t need to carry too many things, just enjoy your time here. If you want to check the best fly tickets you can trust kiwi.com. Kiwi can help to find also best fly on your way home.
If you have more time to spend you can also take an international bus like Flixbus. Prices are pretty good and you don’t have limits on your baggage.
Of course, take more time to get here but is perfect if you want to visit different cities around like Venice, Rome, Florence and so on. You can also use ride-share apps like BlaBlaCar for a cheaper ride.
You can spend good time in cars with locals and they can suggest you different places to visit which could be more useful then guides.
Where to stay
Sibiu has multiple options of finding a cheap or expensive place to stay. As I said, could be expensive but you can fit also on a budget, one example is B13 hostel right in the hearth of the city with prices as low as 40 lei / 9 Euro / night,
It’s a huge city and must consider how much you will to walk, how close to the city center it is your place. If you like to hang out with a local you can book a room on www.airbnb.com and you can find a good price for your accommodation.
Also if you can stay with them for free using Couchsurfing app. You can use it also only if you want to meet with them.
Sibiu has only one airport and unfortunately there are only two ways to get into the city:
By Bus : There is only one bus that travels to the airport and towards the city, bus no 11, that runs every 20 minutes from 6:00 to 23:00, click here for full hour list
By Taxi : There is no Uber in Sibiu, so the only way to get a taxi is to get lucky that you have one at the airport or you need to call one to come pick you up. I highly recommend to not take one of the taxi at the airport and rather call for one because they will try to scam you. Here are some phone numbers you can call for a taxi : +40269949 / +40269924 / +40269953
If you are planning to get a taxi most of taxi drivers barely speak English but it’s not difficult understand each other.
During Summer there are so many events happening in the main square and on the road leading to the square, so make sure you visit during the weekends from Friday to Sunday. Here is a list of events that you can attend every year:
THE INTERNATIONAL THEATER FESTIVAL (TIFF) – Usually takes 10 days from 6th – June 15th with over 80.000 spectators day, 2500 artist and guests and over 65 places for performances
SUMMER CLASSICS – MUSIC DAYS – Between 22 – 28 June so for one week, in the main square and other selected venues you can attend all kind of music events from international guests and Romanian singers.
SIBIU FASHION DAYS – Between 13 – 14 July In addition to the collections of well-known designers and the presence of professional models, the spectators will have the chance to enjoy great concerts during the two event days
SIBIU FASHION WEEK – Between 17 – 22 July also known as Feeric Fashion Days is the most important fashion festival in the country and the only one held for six days in a row.
TIFF SIBIU – 20 – 24 June it’s the most important annual movie festival is 3 locations in Sibiu and 1 in Sighisoara, you can watch one of the multiple Romanian movies and meet with actors. The places where it takes place are : Piața Mare, Teatrul Gong, Cisnadioara Fortress and the ASTRA Open Air Museum
SIBIU CYCLING TOUR – Happening between 4 – 8 July it usually manages to gather 22 teams from Europe and Asia to take part in the most difficult road cycling race in South–Eastern Europe.
THE TRAVELLING CRAFTSMEN – Between June 29 to August 28 it’s a gathering from all travelling craftsmen from all over Europe that get to work alongside Romanian artisans to promote traditional crafts. In Sibiu you can find them near Stâlpul Calfelor where they display open workshops, photographs and presentations
RED BULL ROMANIACS – between 24 – 28 July an international Enduro rally so if you are into motorcycles and raw power then this event it’s for you.
ARTMANIA FESTIVAL – 27 – 28 July it’s all about Rock music, loud speakers and party going on all over the rock pubs and clubs in the city and big guests like Nightwish , Within Temptation, Tarja,My Dying Bride, Laguna Coil and many other big names but also Romanian rock bands.
“THE SONGS OF THE MOUNTAINS” FESTIVAL – 7-9 august, if you looking to see a parade of Romanian costumes and songs from all arround Sibiu but also nearby places, then this is the place to come.
MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL – 24 – 26 August, if you like sword fights, flamethrowers, maiden and many other things like knights tournaments, music concerts, circus shows, all having as a theme the medieval art, then come and enjoy.
THE POTTERS’ FAIR – 01 – 02 September, Master potters from all over the country and representatives of the most renowned pottery centers in Romania are present within this fair.
SIBIU OPERA FESTIVAL – 09 – 28 September, if you like opera then Filarmonica de Stat Sibiu, will gladly open their arms to invite you here.
CIBINFEST – 20 -23 September, it’s a Romanian copy of the infamous Oktoberfest , where you can buy all kinds of Romanian beer and taste the local food while enjoying the Bavarian music and style. The entire thing happening in an huge tent that covers the entire main square. You can learn more on their website CibinFest
SIBIU OPEN – Tennis event hold at the Tenis Club Pamira in September.
ASTRA FILM FESTIVAL – It’s the biggest film festival between 15 – 21 October where you can watch movies in open air for all genders.
SIBIU RALLY CHALLENGE – 16 -18 August, a unique event in Europe which will gather top pilots from national and international competitions
SIBIU JAZZ FESTIVAL – 21-24 May, Numerous Jazz concerts, jam sessions and workshops will take place during the seven days of the festival.
THE CHRISTMAS FAIR – November 20-December 26, no doubt the longest running and the most famous event. During the winter days this is the places where to find fairy tale houses that attracts tourist with homemade wine with cinnamon (a Romanian winter specific drink) alongside winter sweets and other goodies. A lot of festive lights to make it the perfect Christmas Market location with Santa Claus Village and the place to be at New Years midnight if you are in Sibiu.
But the list does not end here, in fact there are so many other events that happens in Sibiu every week, while most of them are not set in stone and do not repeat annually at an exact date, you can look them up when next event will be.
STREET FOOD FESTIVAL – From homemade Romanian food, to Indian, Chinese, Japanese and other European foods awaits you to come and delight you with their smells but also with good music and atmosphere. You can find more details on Street food festival
ROMA FESTIVAL – Roma or Gypsies have a set date on 8’th of April but we’ve seen this festival being held 3 to 5 times a year in Sibiu’s Main Square where you can enjoy custom Gypsies music and buy handmade items from hundreds of vendors.
ROMA FOOD FESTIVAL – Roma or Gypsies have a set date on 6’th of September but we’ve seen this festival being held 3 to 5 times a year in Sibiu’s Main Square where you can enjoy custom Gypsies music and eat a lot of interesting food.
HANDMADE FESTIVALS – While this is held a few times a year the most important one is held between 7 – 9 Decembrie, in small square under the name Artsy Handmade Fair.
Since there are so many other festivals i’ll try to make it faster so here we go : Beer Festival (3- 8 August), Apsara Festival (8-12 August), Holszstock Festival(17-19 August), FullMoon Festival(9-12 August), and the list can go on but i’ll let you discover them all when you arrive.
Now we are getting to our top. Sibiu it’s a small city so there won’t be any long lines to enter the places you want to visit so In other words, let’s start!
This is the most important place of the city, where all major events happens and where a lot of good restaurants are, also it’s usually the meeting point for every tourists to meet for the first time.
The road to Main Square it’s also filled during hot days with full of terraces with all kind of food and drinks, but take notice all of them must close by 23:00, so prepare your time ahead.
While you are here you can visit Turnul Sfatului build between 1221 and 1241, where you can go up for a fee of 2 lei / 0.5 cents to get a view over main square from above, also you can visit Romano-Catholic Church “Sfânta Treime” built in 1948 open between 9 – 19 everyday and last Național Brukenthal National Museum where you can enjoy old Romanian art but sometimes there is also a display of live Reptiles.
One of the most unique style bridge in Sibiu, build in 1859 completely from metal, it became very well known due to it’s many legends, but since then the bridge has suffered few changes lately even the complete remove of all locks.
While many legends are being told, there is only one that it’s the truth and that’s when young army lads went to war they sealed their love and marriage proposal with a lock on the bridge to ensure the brides that they will come back alive and well. But as we all know the war takes casualties therefore the name of Liars Bridge.
The best times to visit is during the summer when the bridge is full of flowers or during the winter then city lights take over and makes it a fairy tail photo spot.
Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary
Build in 1520 in Gothic style, it’s one of the famous and biggest churches in Sibiu, standing tall at 75m, it’s almost impossible to take a picture with it.
The church has a visiting fee of 2 lei but also a go up into the tower fee of 6 lei, but fair warning this is not for people with fear of height because to get up you have to walk some weird stairs with a view.
This park hides a lot of secret spots, but you should take it slow and enjoy the beauty of it while walking on the most beautiful street in Sibiu, so here are a few other things you might notice while you walk there:
The 4 Towers – Build around 1700 to help protect the city walls, although only 3 of them are still partially standing.
Sibiu Walk of Fame – Every year the walk of fame is updates with new artists that deserve it.
Thalia Philharmonic – Every day takes place new concerts and art operas that you must not miss if you like.
Museum of History – From real life size dinosaurs to unique types of rocks and ancient animals.
Pardon Cafe & Restaurant – The best place to eat seafood and barbecue but also much more
Sub Arini Park
By far the biggest park in Sibiu, over 22 hectares, it’s the perfect retreat for a walk, or run, or cycle or just take a picnic near the small river, but you can also find some amazing places to visit like the Music Pavilion, Play Football or Tennis and if you arrive here during the winter you must bring your sleigh and go down the hills.
During the summer there are plenty events that are hold here, from music to food festivals but even open air movie presentations each with their own unique flavour.
Sibiu zoo is one of the most well cleaned and maintained zoo I’ve seen in Europe and many other places, with a very small entrance free of only 4 lei / 1 euro a lot of locals come here just to take a stroll thought the forest zoo or take a stroll with the boat on the amazing lake.
You can visit the reptiles pavilion, the birds or take a more wild run with the tigers or bears that are hiding here but also many other animals that kids will love so come and enjoy it, it’s well worth it especially during the summer.
Dumbrava National Park
Do you like old style buildings, then here is the place to come to enjoy the entire history of Romania exactly like it was hundreds of years ago, from chariots to old style streets it’s a big maze that will take you to an entirely new world.
Hidden on the top of Gusterita Hill, it’s a sight you might not want to miss during the night, with a perfect view over the city and an amazing photo shot spot. To reach here you can take bus no 10 and then walk the rest of the way for about 20 minutes.
It’s a glacial lake situated at 2000 meters altitude in Făgăraș Mountains. It’s a perfect place to escape in the summer heat. If you are a hiking lover or not you can spend quality time by yourself, with friend or family.
The view is breathtaking and it’s perfect to spend a day in summer or winter. If you are a lover of winter sport you can come here for snowboarding, snowmobiling or tubbing. If you need to take a break you can visit the Hotel of Ice and have a hot drink or you can pray on Ice Church.
During summer Bâlea Lake it’s the perfect start for hiking routes to the highest peak in Romania, Negoiu and Moldoveanu Peaks, you have two choices to arrive here: cable car or Transfăgărășan which is open only in summer.
It’s one of the most famous roads in Romania named by Top Gear “the world’s best road”. It was built during Nicolae Ceaușescu’s communist regime. It’s considered one of the wonderful roads built with many difficulties and many human lives lost.
Because of his altitude (around 2000 meters), this road it’s open only during summer and it’s dangerous to drive here outside the season.
If you have motion sickness you must be prepared with some pills if you want to enjoy the marvellous landscapes, it’s the main road if you want to visit Bâlea Lake, Bâlea Waterfall, Vidraru Lake and Dam and more.
Bâlea Waterfall is the largest waterfall in the stairs from Romania. It’s situated over 1200 meters altitude and has 60 meters fall.
It’s something that you can’t miss if you are in your way to Bâlea Lake. Here you find plenty of choices to book a room, eat some traditional food or buy souvenirs.
Negoiu and Moldoveanu Peaks
These peaks are the highest peaks in Romania. Moldoveanu Peaks has 2.544 meters high and Negoiu has 2.535 meters. Perfect for hiking lovers, these hiking trails can be considered as difficulty medium/high because are long. Always you must be prepared for hiking properly and of course, we recommend to have a guide or someone who has experience in hiking.
Păltiniș it’s a mountain resort situated 35 km south-west from Sibiu. It’s a perfect escape from the city and it is situated at 1440 meters altitude.
It’s suitable for families, couples, winter sports lovers or for hiking. Also if you are looking for a place of silence there is a hermitage, very beautiful, peaceful and quiet. It’s also famous because is the place where philosopher Constantin Noica spent here his last days.
You can spend quality time every time, doesn’t matter the season. it’s perfect in winter or summer. Most tourists love to have a ride in chairlift which works most of the time. During summer, it’s perfect if you like hiking or climbing. we recommend Arka Park Adventure Park if you like outdoor climbing.
Salt Lakes from Ocna Sibiului
During summer if you want a daybreak, this is the perfect place. It’s situated 15 km from Sibiu. You can swim in salt lakes, you can stay on the beach or you can take a mud bath, good for skin, rheumatics or bones conditions. Also, you can find here places where you can treat some medical conditions.
Here you can find 12 lakes, salt pool for kids, freshwater pool, cold and warm showers, places to eat and drink.
All lakes have different salinity. Bottomless Lake is the most famous lake and it’s declared a monument of nature because of the phenomenon of heliothermia. Ocniţa Lake is the largest lake, the most prefer to swim. Brâncoveanu Lake is the saltiest lake from this place. The Mud Lake has a thick layer of mud good to treat some bones conditions. Black Lake it’s similar to Mud Lake.
Castle Clay Fairy Valley
If you want something unusual to visit this castle is a choice. It’s made entirely of clay and wood and looks like a castle from fairy tales. It was designed as a hotel but it not yet finished. But you can visit it for a 5 lei as entrance fee.
You can spend a good time here, eat something or drink and take some nice pictures. Spring or summer it’s perfect time to visit.
Brukenthal Summer Palace in Avrig
This assembly used to be the former summer residence of the Transylvanian governor Samuel von Brukenthal.
It was built in baroque style inspired by Vienna and has a huge and beautiful garden. During spring the gardens just revive, full of flowers and colour. It’s famous for the Tulip Trees, brought by the Baron of North America.
Also, you can take a nice picture of a romantic fountain, you can eat your lunch surrounded by flowers and beauty. The entrance is free and you pay only for the exhibitions.
Today most of the time this palace is used for public events or weeding and you also can book here rooms.
Situated outside of Sibiu county, and around 90 km from Sibiu city, Sighișoara’s citadel it was included in UNESCO World Heritage list because of the way his architectures it’s conserved.
Most of the buildings are dated in Middle Age and it’s consider as a walking museum. It’s easy to reach here, you can arrive by train or by car.
If you have the chance to visit this small but lovely city you have to see some famous touristic spots. One of them is The Clock Tower, the one that you can see it on post cards. Also you must not miss The Tailors Tower, The Scholars’ Stairs, The Stag House, The Venetian House, and more.
Perfect time for visit it’s in July during the medieval festival.