Transylvana is a touristic destination of excellence, always present in international rankings made by specialized publications and which offers attractions and objectives in concordance with all preferences in terms of tourism. Transylvana is a region rich in spectacular natural sceneries and also has an exceptional cultural heritage. Discover Transylvania and let yourself carried on mountain peaks, in plateau areas, among fortress walls, to discover the charm of the most attractive region of Romania.
A medieval city with a history of 900 years, Sibiu is one of the most visited cities in our country, attracting anually thousands of foreign tourits, especially after receiving the title of “European Capital of Culture” in 2007. This distinction shouldn’t surprise you because Sibiu has a lot to offer, from a culturally point of view, and also from a historical and architectural perpective. From a historical and architectural standpoint here you can admire The Medieval Fortress and its defensive walls, the towers named after Sibiu’s guilds, The Council Tower, The Little Square, The Big Square, The Liars Bridge, The Evangelical Church and all of the city’s historical monuments.
The Council Tower
The most important landmark in Sibiu, Turnul Sfatului (Hermannstädter Ratsturm in German) was built in the 13th century above the entrance of the second fortification belt of the city, between the Small Square and the Big Square, next to the City Council, hence its name. In 1886, the first clock was added, made by master craftmans from Sighișoara, with a wooden mechanism. In 1906 it was replaced with a modern version, equipped with a steel mechanism and enlightment during the night, bringing also the name of The Clock Tower. Throughout the history it was gate tower, granary, observation center, fire observation point, prison, upon entering the modern era it served for exhibitional purposes, hosting art displays, exhibitions and was even a natural science museum in the 19th century. Currently, one of the most beautiful points of belvedere in Sibiu.
The Big Square, the historic center of Sibiu
The Big Square, the historic center of Sibiu, exists from 1366. The first mention of it is from 1411 as a grain market.
For hundreds of years it was known as Der Grosse Ring or Grosser Platz, between the two world wars is was named The King Ferdinand Square, during the comunis regime the named was changed to The Republic’s Square, and from 1990 it returned to it’s original name.
Here you can find several of the most beautiful buildings in Sibiu. At the same time, this is the venue for several cultural events of international calibre.
The Big Square is at a distance of 200 m from Art Hotel.
The Brukenthal National Museum
The Brukenthal National Museum is located at a distance of 200 m from Art Hotel. It’s the first publicly open museum in Central and Eastern Europe, opening it’s door for the first time in 1817. It’s founder was Samuel von Brukenthal, the hasburgic givernor of Transylvania between 1779-1787. The museum complex is composed of The Art Gallery, The Brukenthal Library, The History Museum, The Altemberg House, The Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Pharmacy History. Among the valuable artists whom works are displayed in the museum you can find: Peter Paul Rubens, Jan van Eyck, Antonello da Messina, Hans Memling, Lorenzo Lotto, Pieter Bruegel, Franz Neuhauser, Theodor Aman, Nicolae Grigorescu, Ştefan Luchian, Nicolae Tonitza, Corneliu Baba and many more important artists.
The museum was reopened in the 15th of May, after it was closed during the state of emergency. The visiting hours are 09-13:30, 13:30-17:00 from Wednesday until Sunday.
Thalia Hall was built in 1787 by Martin Hochmeister, the initiator of the first bookstore in the country, the construction is a real architectural gem, having two balconies and a lodge for the governor of Transylvania. Due to the lack of space in the city center, Hochmeister decided to built The Thick Tower, in the protection ring of the city.
At the time it was the first theater in the actual territory of Romania. At present it is home to the Sibiu State Philarmonica.
In ancient greek, Thalia means “the cheerful, the blooming”.
Famous personalities of romanian culture have been on the stage of Thalia Hall, like George Enescu, Mihai Eminescu alongside world-renowned contemporany artists.
The Thalia Hall is located at 800 m away from Art Hotel.
The Fortifications of Sibiu
After the invasion of the tatars in 1241, Sibiu was fortified between the 13th and 16th century, during four stages, with massive walls made from red bricks. This brought the name of The Red Fortress for the city of Sibiu. The walls stretched across 4 km, being provided with 39 defence towers and 5 bastions. Today you can still see the Soldisch bastion and the Haller bastion, alongside the towers of The Stairs, The Council, The Carpenters, The Gunsmiths, The Pottery, The Archbishops, The Skinners, The Powder Tower and The Thick Tower.
The ASTRA National Museum Complex
The Museum of Folk Civilisation is another reason why Sibiu is worth-visiting. It’s the biggest open-air etnographic exposition in Europe. The museum covers 96 hectares and it’s crossed by 10 kilometers of alleys along which there are over 300 buildings. The inventory of parts included in the museum goes as up as 16.000. The museum is located at only 7 km from Art Hotel.
Mărginimea Sibiului(The Outskirts of Sibiu) is located in the southwestern part of Sibiu County, being of the most picturesque regions of Romania. It is considered a unique etnographic area in the country, having no less than 18 settlements. Beside the architecture of the old saxon houses, here you will discover local traditional customs, the locals are still wearing proudly their traditional folk costumes and are still practing old craftmanship customs passed down from generation to generation.
The Fortified Church of Viscri
The village of Viscri became famous throught Europe after Prince Charles of Great Britain bought here a house and comes to visit it anually. The village is dominated by one of the seven fortified churches included in the UNESCO World Heritage. Viscri is inhabited by a saxon comunity and it’s a picturesque place where the transylvanian traditions and spirit hasn’t been altered by the modern world.
The Fortified Church of Cisnădioara
The Fortified Church of Cisnădioara is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the county of Sibiu. It was build on the top of a hill, from the settlement with the same name, at the begging of the 12th century, between 1162-1223. The church is made of stone, as are the walls sorrounding it, having a protective role. The church and its walls can still be admired today. Besides it’s beauty and history, the church is also known for having the oldest functional organ with tubes in Romania(built in the 18th century), and because of it’s great acoustic here are organized several concerts and cultural events.
Păltiniș is another well-known mountain resort in Sibiu County. It is situated on the northeast slope of the Cindrel Mountains, at a distance of 35 km from the city of Sibiu. It is said about Păltiniș that it is the oldest mountain resort in the current teritory of our country, being established in the 19th century. You can fiind here three villas, over a century old, declared historical monuments – The House of Tourists, The House if Medics, and The Monaco Hall – The “Constantin Noica” Memorial House and The “Transfiguration” Hermitage where he is burried.
The fortified church of Biertan
The last built and most famous fortified church in Transylvania is located in Biertan, an important commercial and economic center in the Middle Ages, and the religious center of the Saxons. Among the green hills where an idyllic village can be seen, an imposing building, built in Gothic style, whose stories, such as that of the matrimonial prison, are waiting for you to discover, attracts the eye. Biertan hosts every summer the biggest horror film festival in Romania, Full Moon, when the gothic air of the village is accentuated to the maximum.
The church and the village are 65 km from the Art Hotel, and we are at your disposal for ways to get there.
The Transfăgărășan is one of the longest and most spectacular mountain roads in our country. The road strechtes over a lenght of 92 kilometers, through the counties of Argeș and Sibiu, and cross, from south to nord, The Făgăraș Mountains, conecting the historical regions of Wallachia and Transylvania. Among the tourist attractions which can be visited along the road there is the lake and dam of Vidraru, The Valley of the Capra River, Cara Waterfall, The „Golul Alpin of Făgăraș Mountains” Nature Reserve and The „Golul alpin Bâlea” Nature Reserve.
The „Golul alpin Bâlea” Nature Reserve
Golul alpin Bâlea is a nature reserve in Sibiu County, located in the Fagaras mountain, at an altitude of over 2000 meters. Is is known especially for the lake and waterfal with the same name and it’s considered the most spectacular alpine area in The Southerns Carphatians.
In the reserve you can find two well-known tourist resorts, Bâlea Waterfall and Bâlea Lake preferred by tourits all year long. Due to it’s location at such a high altitude, where the average annua temperature is around 0 degrees Celsius, the snow lasts for aproximately 7-8 months per year.
The Alba Carolina Fortress, Alba Iulia
The Alba Carolina Fortress is a star-shaped bastion fortification, which attracts anually thousands of tourists in the city of Alba Iulia. Between the walls of the fortress The Great Union of 1918 was established and it is a landmark for the romanian people. The Alba Carolina Fortress was built three centuries ago and it is one of the impressive historical monuments from Transylvania.
The Bran Castel, The Rucăr-Bran Pass
The Bran Castle competes with the one in Hunedoara in the international rankings of the most beautiful castles in Europe. The Castle is considered on of the most frightening destinations in Europe, being linked to the Legend of Dracula, build around the ruler Vlad The Impaler.
Entered in 1999 in the UNESCO Patrimony, Sighișoara, a chic little burg, is among the top objectives in Transylvania. Known especially as the birthplace of ruler Vlad Țepes, who was one of the sources of inspiration in creating the story of Dracula, Sighișoara was also one of the most important urban centers in Transylvania, numbering 19 guilds. The medieval scent preserved today led to the organization of one of the most important medieval festivals in the world. A symbol of Sighisoara, and a must-see, is the Clock Tower (Stundturm in German). The distance to Art Hotel is 95 km, and transportation details can be provided by our colleagues.
The Corvin Castle
The Corvin Castle is one of the most beautiful medieval castles in Europe. Built by Iancu de Hunedoara in the 15th century, numerous legends and stories tie to it, including the one in which it is told that Vlad The Impaler was a prisonier here and turned in Dracula. Once you arrive at the castle, you will transported in the medival atmosphere of the 15th-16th centuries.
The Turda Salt Mine, Turda
The underground salt deposits from Transylvania were formed better than 13 million years ago. On the territory of Transylvania there are many exploitation poins of these deposits, but the most attractive and well-known of the is The Turda Salt Mine. The whole world is talking about the salt mine in the city of Turda due to the healing proprieties of the underground air. A visit to The Turda Salt mine is a real therapy for the respiratory system.