Visiting the city you will easily notice why it was elected The Cultural European Capital of 2007. With an eight century old history the city culture is greatly influenced by the German and Hungarian communities, the two largest local minorities. Slovaks and Ukrainians are also rich in numbers adding up to the cultural bouquet of the city.
Some of the most important tourist attractions in Sibiu are:
The Brukenthal National Museum
Getting close to its three centuries anniversary, the Brukenthal National Museum was open on the 25th of February 1817 and it is the first museum in Romania.
It contains galleries of European, Romanian and Contemporary Art. The Brukenthal Library counts for around 280.000 volumes. The complex also contains museums of History, Natural History, History of Pharmacy and Arms and Hunting Trophies.
The Council Tower
Built in the 13th century it was used as cereal deposit, fire observation point, temporary arrest point and even as a natural sciences museum in the 13th century.
Its name comes from the fact that it used to protect the entrance of the old City Council. Today the building is seven stories high and it’s one of the most famous sites in Sibiu. If you have your camera with you, some great photos can be taken with the Old City.
The Astra Village Museum
Visiting the Astra Village Museum is an incredible journey in Romanian traditional universe. Imagine a 96 ha park that replicates the site and spirit of the Romanian traditional villages.
You will to see houses of Romanian shepherds and fishermen, mills, churches as they used to be in different parts of the country. The Museum is located at 4 km outside Sibiu and is an invaluable piece of Romanian culture and identity.