A medium-sized city in the Transylvania region of Romania, Sibiu is a place which has become synonymous with the country’s German-speaking minority. When setting foot in Sibiu, you might mistake it for a typical Bavarian town, as much of the architecture is from the medieval era while some road signs are written in German. Today, people often come to Sibiu for its historic centre, which was renovated recently in line with its status as 2007’s European Capital of Culture. The city has since become one of Romania’s most popular destinations, while its idyllic location in southern Transylvania means that the gorgeous countryside is just a short drive away from the centre.
Purely for getting around the older parts of Sibiu, a small car is necessary for exploring all the main sights of the city. It would be easier to park in tight spaces as well.
Driving in Sibiu
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Important things to note
Most of the historic part of Sibiu is pedestrianized and, as a result, is strictly off-limits for all motorists.
Sibiu is well-connected to other major cities in Romania, principally Bucharest via the E81 and the A1 going to other parts of Transylvania.
In Sibiu, some of the road signs are written in German and Hungarian as well as Romanian. They’re all easy to understand though.
Highlights & Hotspots
In the Old Town, there are numerous landmarks of interest, the main one being the Citadel of Sibiu. Built in the middle ages, it has been well-preserved and attracts many people because of the soaring towers and bastions, not to mention the Stairs Passage, which connects the lower and upper parts.
Elsewhere in the older part of Sibiu, Huet Square is a great part of the city to see some gothic-era buildings. The Samuel von Brukenthal Gymnasium, a German-speaking school, is arguably the finest example of German influence on the city.
Just outside the city, the ASTRA Museum of Traditional Folk Civilisation is hugely popular with families. This open-air museum acts like a medieval village, housing over 300 buildings and various exciting hands-on exhibitions.
Also on the outskirts of Sibiu, there are the villages of Biertan and Valea Viilor, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The villages act as a reminder of how life was like in Transylvania several centuries ago.
Sibiu International Airport (Aeroportul Interna≈£ional Sibiu) is two miles west of the city centre. It serves a small number of destinations throughout Europe including London and Munich. It has one terminal, which was built a few years ago.
The airport is just off the ≈ûoseaua Alba Iulia E68, which goes eastwards into the centre of Sibiu. It‚Äôs also just a few miles away from the A1 motorway, which has access to Cluj-Napoca.