Once invited to Transylvania 8 centuries ago, in order to strengthen Hungarian rule up to the Carpathians, the settlers from Germany and Flanders calling themselves 'Sachsen' or Saxons established seven fortresses or boroughs, a very important one being Hermannstadt, also called Sibiu by the Romanian countrymen of the surroundings.
From here, the newcomers managed to achieve their task: developing trades and handicraft, organizing themselves on guilds, which made Sibiu and entire Transylvania flourish all through the Middle Ages. Although most Saxons left back to their old homelands after World War II and communism, it's this medieval something in the air that so many tourists find in this city, rightfully declared European Capital of Culture in 2007, together with Luxemburg, one of the places of origin of its Western settlers, like a symbolic arch through time.
Come and take your share of Transylvanian peace and charm in this city, being left with memories to cherish from then on.
Setting off from Brasov, we head for Fagaras, an old town dominated by the majestic presence of the Fagaras Fortress, dating back to the 14th century, encircled by a moat, now host of a museum.
We reach Sibiu, a treasure of old Saxon architecture, the tour of which starts with the bulwarks of the old defense walls, continuing with the main pedestrian street leading to the three squares around which the Old Town was built: the vast Large Square, with the Baroque Council House and the Council Tower, offering a great bird's-eye view, the Small Square, with the Liars' Bridge, and the Huet Square, guarded by the impressive Evangelic Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece. The Bruckenthal Arts Museum displays some of Romania's most precious paintings, the first building ever errected in present-day Romania to be a museum, by the Transylvanian Governor, Baron von Bruckenthal, in the early 19th century. Lunch in a cosy location.
On our return, a stopover at the Sambata de Sus Monastery will fill us with peace and beauty.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: In front of the Info Point in the Council Square from Brasov or at the traveller's hotel. Travellers can alternatively be picked up from Sibiu International Airport.
End location: At the traveller's hotel or at the Sibiu International Airport, as an option.
Duration: 9 hours
Traffic and weather from Brasov to Sibiu and back may affect duration.
Transport ensured by car, Renault Symbol 2011, with air-conditioning.
Professional English-, German- or Romanian-guidance, transport from Brasov to Sibiu and back (as well as transfer from Sibiu International Airport, if requested), and all taxes.
Visit to the Sambata de Sus Monastery is included on our return.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
100 RON - The entrance-fees to the important tourist attractions, as well as an estimate of food and drinks.
Entrance-fees to the Bruckenthal Arts Museum, the Council Tower, the Evangelical Cathedral and the Fagaras Fortress , food and drinks.
As a Romanian licensed national guide, there are limitations to guiding inside some museums, such as the Cotroceni Palace or the House of Parliament in Bucharest, or the Peles Castle in Sinaia, in the Prahova Valley.
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Based on our past positive experiences with "ToursByLocals", we hired Liviu, for a 2 and 1/2 day tour of Transylvania. The tours included (1) Brasov-Probably the Best City in the World, (2) In-the-Footsteps-of-Vlad-the-Impaler-Dracula, and (3) Sibiu-European-Capital-of Culture. All three tours completely met our expectations. Liviu's commitment to excellence was met in all areas. We highly recommend this local high school teacher if you want a wonderful experience in his country.