City Spotlight: Sibiu, Romania

Sibiu, Romania

September 2015

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Length of visit: 1 day

Lodging: Hilton Sibiu

Although it’s a bit out of the way (near Astra), this was a lovely and inexpensive hotel. Our room was well-equipped and comfortable, and the service was quite nice. My only complaint is that the bath basin seemed to leak some, but other than that, it was a relaxing and memorable place to stay.

Can’t Miss Sights, Tours, and Experiences

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+ We arrived in Sibiu very early in the morning, and had the chance to mill about and see the old part of town before it was crowded with tourists. It was very peaceful, and gave us the opportunity to get some great photos of the area from the ground.

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+ The Citadel: Walking around the fortifications takes some time, but you get a great view of the towers and bastions, all of which have a story to tell.

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+ The Clock Tower: It’s only seven floors, and well worth the climb to see the small exhibits, but more importantly, the views of the city. As you can see, it was a gorgeous September day, and we saw fantastic views of the city.

+ If we’d had more time, I would have liked to have gone to the ASTRA National Museum Complex, but L confirmed that it would take a few hours, which we simply didn’t have. Definitely on my list for Sibiu if we go back.

Great Food

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+ For lunch, we ate at a place called Baroc Cafe, which I have yet to find on TripAdvisor, but it had three things going for it: 1) It was right on the Piaţa Mica, 2) It had outdoor seating, 3) It served pizza. Awesome pizza, at that. The lesson: find pizza and outdoor seating, you can’t go wrong.

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+ Since we stayed at the Hilton Sibiu, we had dinner at Camara Boierului, their onsite restaurant. It’s a somewhat traditional restaurant, and was tasty – although reviews are spotty. From my experience, I can say that it was a cute restaurant, we had good service, and I enjoyed my food – a selection of roasted pork, sarmale (stuffed cabbage rolls), and mămăligă. People complain about the prices being high, but we had two entrees, a half liter of wine, and a double of ţuică (Romanian liquor) for 76 lei, or $19 US. Overall, it was a good experience, and what I considered to be a reasonable price.

Overall

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Sibiu was a great stop on our trip, and we absolutely could have spent more time there. Unfortunately, I was pretty exhausted when we were there because we had been on a train overnight the night before and I didn’t sleep well, but I still enjoyed everything we saw greatly. It’s a city for people interested in arts and artifacts, so if that describes you, definitely add it to your itinerary!

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