You will meet your driver-guide in the lobby of your hotel for the tour of Sibiu’s main historic and cultural sights.
During the 18th and 19th centuries, Sibiu became the second and later, the first most important city of Transylvania. After the Romanian Orthodox Church was granted independence from the Habsburg Empire in the 1860s, Sibiu became the Metropolitan seat. After the First World War, when the Austro-Hungarian Empire was dissolved, Sibiu became part of Romania.
Highlights of the city include the Placa Mare (Large Square), which has been the city’s focal point since the 16th century. On the corner of the square, you will visit the Brukenthal Palace, one of the most important Baroque monuments in Romania, built at the end of the 19th century as the main residence for the Governor of Transylvania Samuel von Brukenthal. Nowadays it houses the main part of the National Brukenthal Museum, opened in 1817. Next to the palace is the Blue House - an 18th century Baroque house bearing the old coat of arms of Sibiu on its façade.
You will also see the Council Tower, one of the city's symbols. This former fortification tower from the 14th century was successively rebuilt over the years. Later today, you will also walk to the Small Square to see the Liar's Bridge - the first bridge in Romania to have been cast in iron in the 19th century. Just to the right of the bridge is another symbol of the city - the House of the Arts, an arched building which once belonged to the Butchers' Guild. On the left side of the bridge is the Luxemburg House, a Baroque four-storey building, the former seat of the Goldsmiths' Guild.
Time permitting, your driver-guide will take you out of Sibiu to the village of Sibiel to visit its icon museum, one of the best in the country. Located just next to the village church, the museum houses a collection of over 700 icons richly painted on glass, as well as furniture and ceramics.
Return to your hotel and have the evening at your leisure.
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Hotel: Casa Levoslav