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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Hermannstadt, Romania - jewel of Transylvania

Hermannstadt is the old Saxon name of Sibiu, a lovely city situated in the province of Transylvania, Romania.
The city is very proud of its German heritage so even the entry board to the municipality is bilingual and specifies the old name of Hermannstadt.
First mentioned in 1191 Sibiu has always been an important city in Transylvania and Romania.
It is now very popular with travellers for its medieval city centre that was built inside and outside the walls and towers of the old fortifications.
Hermannstadt has a lot to offer, even if you've visited most of the city centre note that it has a great nighlife since it's packed with students.
Among other things worth visiting is the ASTRA ethnography museum park that features houses and workshops of the traditional Romanian folk culture from the pre-industrial era.
If you like to disconnect a little you should know that the city administers the Păltiniş sky resort. Situated at 1440m altitude Păltiniş is not far from Sibiu and even the road there gives you breathtaking views of the Carpathian Mountains.

Hermannstadt Romania, the Small Plaza
Hermannstadt Romania, the Small Plaza

Hermannstadt Romania, medieval city street
Hermannstadt Romania, medieval city street

Sibiu medieval fortifications
Sibiu medieval fortifications



Păltiniş ski resort near Sibiu, Romania
Păltiniş ski resort near Sibiu, Romania