Sibiu, also known as Hermannstadt, is considered one of the most beautiful historical cities in Romania and Europe. It is perceived as a city of art and culture. A great number of cultural monuments, a diversity of museums, and various artistic and cultural events, make up the pillars of a complex cultural profile.
Every single step through Sibiu is like a journey in time.
2007 was an important year for Sibiu as it was designated European Capital of Culture. It was a great opportunity for our city to expand its cultural activities and to develop its tourism industry.
Thousands of tourists all over the world came in Sibiu attracted by international music and theater festivals.
Great names like Within Temptation, Reamonn, Europe or Scorpions have toured during the year giving us an unforgettable show.
For most of us it was the best year in Sibiu.
Theatrical shows in Sibiu
Sibiu has a two century history of theatrical shows which can be traced to the two theatres of the present.
The National Theater Radu Stanca was awarded the Cultural Management Prize in 2002. It is a great place to watch well-known plays like Othello or Hamlet.
The Theatre Gong presents pupetteering, mime and non-conventional shows for children and teenagers.
Musical events in Sibiu
Sibiu has a wide range of musical events for all types of listeners.
It has a Phi lharmonic Orchestra that performs weekly concerts of classical and modern symphonic music, also organises an international piano festival.
If you are mo re into jazz, Sibiu has to offer you incredible jazz festivals.
For rock musi c lovers there are festivals like Artmania or Rockin’ Transilvania th at bring on stage bands you’ve always wanted to see live.
In Sibiu there are a lot of historic buildings that you
The Council Tower,built in the 13 th century, is now
one of the most known symbols of Sibiu.
The Arts House is one of the most beautiful
buildings in Sibiu and also one of city’s symbols.
The Fortress-The most of the remaining parts of
the old City Walls and Towers can be seen on the
East side of the town along the Coposu Avenue and
Manejului Street. On Cetatii Street there are three
remaining towers from the third belt of fortifications .
The Liars Bridge is also an important building as it
was the first iron-cast bridge in Romania.
Other buildings like The Thick Tower, Stairs
Tower, The Old Town Hall or The Haller House are
monuments that deserve to be seen.
The Big Square is the historic centre of the
city as the public executions and the public
Meetings used to held there. The southern side of
it is declared architectural monument.
The Small Square is the second largest
historic place of Sibiu and its one of the most
beautiful square in town.
The Huet Square is surrounded by historic
buildings built in gothic style. It is one of the most
impressive square in Sibiu.
Brukenth al Museum is a complex of six museums which have different locations
and their ow n distinct cultural programmes. It was the second museum ever
founded in Europe.
The His tory Museum, housed in a Gothic building, presents the history of the
City from N eolithic and Roman times to recent history.
The Mu seum of Arms and Hunting Trophies presents the evolution of arms
throughout t he history of the city and hunting trophies from Europe and Africa.
The AST RA Museum Complex is the largest outdoor museum in Europe.
The Liars Bridge
The Liars Bridge had been
installed in place of a wood bridge
in 1859. It was built over the way
of acces that connects the upper
town to the lower town.
Being the first iron-cast bridge
in Romania, it is now the pride of
As a prove of its origins, on
one side you can see the date of
the structure and on the other
side the Saxon blazon.
There are a few legends that try to explain the origin of
the bridge’s name.
The closer to the truth says that the bridge was raised
without pillars and it was called “the lying bridge”. Over
time the name changed into “the liars bridge” an d people
started telling stories based on this name.
Another legend says that the clients fooled by the
merchants from the Small Square used to throw them of
the bridge to teach everybody a lesson.
A third legend says that the Military Academy cadets,
after stealing the young girls’ hearts, used to promise
them dates by the moonlight and “forgot” to show up.