4 Epic Towns You Have to Visit in Transylvania

What’s not to love about Sibiu?

Why hello, Sibiu, show us what you’ve got! This Transylvanian town is probably the most delightful Romanian cultural and touristic city of them all. Back in 2007, Sibiu was internationally recognized and designated the European Cultural Capital. And yes, it has all the good reasons for its well-deserved label!

Satisfying the most refined tastes, Hermannstadt (its German name) was built in the 12th century and will exceed our expectations as soon as we arrive! With a maze of cobblestone streets and baroque markets, the Romanian cultural jewel has a magic of its own. And how couldn’t it be this way, when even Franz Liszt and Johann Strauss visited and loved this city. Sibiu will keep us astonished by its charming, bohemian atmosphere.

Wanna hear something interesting about its medieval fortress? Two world wars and decades of communism have passed over it and it still remained untouched. Cool, huh? As the city is a very pedestrian-friendly one, I’ll guide you through the upper and lower town, pointing out all the wealth of historic sights, colorful houses and imposing towers. Let me introduce you to the Grand and Lesser Squares (Piaţa Mare and Piaţa Mică) and their unique grandeur.

Wait, we’re not done yet! We have to cross the Bridge of Lies (Podul Minciunilor) – the legend says that if you tell a lie while you’re walking on the bridge, it will tear down immediately. What do you say, should we take that risk before moving on to our next destination?

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