Sibiu - The Cultural Capital of Europe

Sibiu - The Famous and Exquisite Cultural Capital of Europe

Attracting visitors from all over the world, Sibiu, the European cultural capital, is indeed a site to visit. Leaf through this article to know some of the best places to visit in this city.
Sibiu stands for one of the most beautiful and important Romanian cities, located in the middle of Romania in Transylvania. It is easily reachable by car, if you go there from Bucharest, at a distance of 315 km, passing through Brasov. One can also consider going from Budapest which is a 430 km ride. It's also accessible by train and plane.
It has a history of 800 years. The present-day setting of this city has been attested by Pope Celestine the 3rd. It has always been a city of craftsmen, who developed an intensive trade with Hungary, Poland, and with the southern Romanian province called Valachia.
Sibiu's German name is Hermannstadt (firstly mentioned in 1366). From the very beginning, it represented a center for the German minority in Romania. Nowadays, it is known as the city of art and culture.
There are many touristic attractions in Sibiu. One of them is Piata Mare (The Grand Square), which was initially mentioned as a cereal market in a document dating back to 1411. Throughout the history, this place has been used for public functions and meetings. It is one of the biggest squares in Transylvania, and its southern part is considered an architectural monument.
Piata Mica (The Small Square) is the second most important historical place in Sibiu and is surrounded by some of the most interesting medieval buildings. Here you can see numerous attractive and charming places, such as The Bridge of Liars, built in 1859 and officially named Liegende Brucke, the first Romanian metal bridge. It links the old city to the new one. Casa Hermes, Turnul Sfatului (The Tower of Counselling), The House of Arts, etc., are also part of this square.
The Huet Square is dominated by the Evangelical Cathedral and is surrounded by historical buildings in the Gothic style. Here we can admire: The Tower of the Stairs, one of the oldest buildings in Sibiu; Brukenthal High-School, the oldest school in Romania; the statue of the Teutsch Bishop.
The Brukenthal National Museum is one of the most important baroque monuments in Romania. The palace was the official residence of the baron Samuel von Brukenthal, governor of Transylvania. Upon finishing the construction, the baron deposited his art collection here.
In 2007 Sibiu and Luxembourg have been declared cultural capitals of Europe. It is the most important cultural event in the history of the city and a great number of tourists were expected to arrive both from the country and from abroad. Indeed, there have been many events, including Prodigy and Scorpions concerts, where plenty of young people came from all over the country.
The city of Sibiu, together with its beautiful surroundings, stand for some of the most visited regions in Romania. Here we can find some of the best kept medieval fortifications and buildings in the country. The center of the old city started the process of obtaining the title of UNESCO objective ever since 2004. There are many important museums here, with 12 institutions which keep art collections, paintings, and exhibit decorative arts, archaeological, anthropological, historical, technological, and natural sciences objects.
The city is close to The Fagaras Mountains which is a very popular destination for hiking. This zone is close to Paltinis, a very popular holiday destination, famous for its fortified churches.
There are many accommodation possibilities in Sibiu, and many hotel reservations can be made online. At any rate, it is a city worth visiting, even if only for its special charm and artful places. For those who are fond of architecture, there are many places that may arouse their interest. It undoubtedly is one of the most beautiful cities in Romania, having a lovely landscape, being surrounded by beautiful peaks, and not to mention its friendly people and tasteful food.
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