The city of Sibiu (pronounced 'sib ew') became the ultimate favorite destination for me when I visited Romania this last Summer. This medieval town set in the heart of Transylvania, comes complete with museums, cafe restaurants, a wonderful town square and a history that dates back to 1191.
While Dracula has a somewhat cheesy presence in the town, there is so much more to take in when walking throughout the square. Surrounding the town are various remnants of the fortified walls that once protected those within. Rooftops in the large square showcase the “eyes of the city” with unique windows resembling little eyeballs that watch your every move. It is a feature well worth photographing!
Just 4 kilometers outside of the village square is a museum worth visiting. The ASTRA Museum of Folkloric Traditional Civilization is a bird's eye view of homes from various regions in Romania in it's original state; complete with thatched roofs, an old farm setting and village well, this outdoor museum is worth the trip to walk outdoors and take in the flavor of the old homes.
A small part of my heart will always remain in this sleepy little Transylvania village. I look forward to the day when I can return and would highly recommend this stop for anyone. An airport with direct connections to both Germany and Austria (as well as main metro Romanian cities) this village is easily accessible to all who want to explore.
As we speak, the town center has a wonderful Christmas market that can be viewed on their webcams. I invite you to check it out for a holiday treat.
http://www.sibiu.ro/LiveOK/ Click on any of the cameras to see the holiday bustle. Additionally, I'd invite you to look at the tourism website that is available in English by clicking on the British Flag in the upper right-hand side of the page. http://www.turism.sibiu.ro/index_en.php This is one place I would love Rick Steve's to discover and present to his audience as it is well worth the trip!!