Sibiu

Sibiu is a city in Transylvania, central Romania. It’s known for Germanic architecture in its old town, the legacy of 12th-century Saxon settlers. Around the city are the remains of medieval walls and towers, including the 13th-century Council Tower. In the upper town, Brukenthal Palace now houses the Brukenthal National Museum, with European paintings. The nearby Evangelical Cathedral has gravestones in its walls.

1. Explore the squares

The squares of the old city are hard to miss. They reunite most of the historical monuments from the old part of Sibiu, and they are fully-packed with cafes and restaurants making them a popular stop for tourists.

First mentioned in 1411, the Large Square is, however, older, dating from the mid-14th century when the third fortification belt of the city was built. Along centuries, the Large Square witnessed the main events of the cities, from public meetings to executions. The main attractions of the Large Square are Brukenthal Palace, the Blue House, the Haller House and the Catholic Church.

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2. Explore the old towers and fortifications

Walk the 141 steps of the Council Tower, and enjoy a great view of the city. Built in the 14th century, the tower had from the beginning a defensive function. It was modified several times over the centuries, only the ground floor and the first two levels are part of the original construction as its current look dates from 1824-1826. The tower is open for visitors.

3.Walk on the Bridge of Lies

Take a walk on the Bridge of Lies, one of the symbols of the city, as this is no doubt one of the top things to do in Sibiu. Built in 1859 by Friedrich Hutte on the place of an older wooden bridge, this is the first forged iron bridge in Romania and the second of Europe. The bridge has many legends, the most famous saying that it will collapse if those standing on it are telling lies. The coat of arms of the city, the name of the constructor and the year 1859 are visible on its two sides.

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