Did you know that Sibiu is a 3* Michelin travel destination? Did you know that it was an European Capital of Culture in 2007 and it will be an European Region of Gastronomy in 2019? We invite you to join us and discover an amazing town with so many stories!
TOUR 1. “SIBIU 825” CLASSIC TOUR (1.30 -2.30h)
In 2017 Sibiu celebrated 825 years from its “birth”. For more than 2 hours we shall discover the town of Sibiu as it was formed during the centuries: from a little fortress led by a courageous knight, to one of the most important fortresses in Transylvania, a trade center, cultural town in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the third town where the Revolution burst in 1989 and, presently, a Romanian and European cultural center. Let’s celebrate Sibiu together!
The visit includes: Cetăţii street (with its former towers, walls and bastions), The Schiller Square, the Goldsmith Square, The Little Square (with its Council Tower, the famous Liars’ Bridge, the House of Arts, the Luxembourg House), The Huet Square (the Evangelical Church, the House of Journeymen), The Stairs Passage, the Altemberger House (The History Museum), the Centumviri Street, the Orthodox Cathedral, the Mitropoliei Street, The Large Square (with its sites: the Brukenthal Museum, the Town Hall, the Romano-Catholic Church, the Haller House, the Blue House).
If you have more time we invite you to visit the traditional market in Sibiu – with fruit, vegetables, meat and cheese coming directly from the local producers.
TOUR 2. SIBIU FUSION TOUR & TASTE (4.00-5.00 h)
During its 800 years, Sibiu became a “Transylvanian Mecca” for all the ethnic groups and colonists coming here for trading. They brought with them their traditions and customs and shared them with the inhabitants. Three main ethnic groups (Romanians, Saxons and Hungarians) co-existed in these parts; to them, we may add Greeks, Hebrews, Turks and different nomadic groups. They all had a great influence on our culture and civilisation.
Sibiu became a place of multiculturality and ethnic plurality. Gastronomy was, without any doubt, one of the domains that inherited a bit from each of the ethnic groups – a great fusion of tastes.
We invite you to a “delicious tour” – we’ll explore the historical area of the town and we’ll have some “food stops” to try some special local dishes, learn their story and enjoy a pleasant atmosphere. The places where we’ll stop are not randomly chosen… They are special places with amazing stories.
This tour is an introduction to 2019 when Sibiu will be European Region of Gastronomy!
Let’s Tour and Taste!
TOUR 3: Welcome to “The Path of the Ethnic Minorities”! (4.00 – 5.00 h)
The tour includes a guided visit in the old town of Sibiu and, afterwards, avisit in the biggest Open Air Ethnography Museum in Europe – the Astra Museum, close to Sibiu.
A unique way of learning about diversity and the ethnic minorities in Romania – we’ll learn how people of different religions, origins and culturesused to live together in the Romanian villages.
At the ASTRA Open Air Museum we’ll discover what cultural diversity means andhow habitants lived together in these areas, during the centuries. Its patrimony includes 400 wooden, stone or brick constructions brought from different parts of Romania. Houses, barns, mills, gardens, little streets,churches, animal enclosures, they all tell us how people used to live and workhundreds of years ago. We’ll discover a stunning universe, a multicultural place, we’ll witness a real life lesson.
*We also suggest you a unique experience: a ride in a carriage pulled by horses through the museum’s picturesque alleys. That would be epic!
- Length: 5 hours
- Distance: about 4 km | 2 miles
- Transport: 4 seats car | mini-van
- Optional: meal / coffee break
TOUR 4: Sibiu – a history lesson: Democracy vs. Communism (4.00 – 5.00 h)
Our tour in Sibiu is divided in two parts:
– in the first part (1191 – 1940) we’ll have a nice walking tourin the old part of the town, discover its history and great patrimony.
– the second part (1940 – today) reveals a lessknown image of Sibiu: the Communist town, an industrial center but also amartyr city.
Not too many people talk about the difficult period (1940 – 1989), the Second World War in Romania and the terrible transformation Romania went through inthe post-war period. It’s our history, a very recent one and its consequencesare, unfortunately, still visible in our daily life.
We suggest you a walking tour through the former Communist sights and, then, atour through the former industrial areas by car. The experience will be unique!
*Extra visit: a former Communist factory, still in use or a Communist museum
Topics we’ll debate:
– Sibiu history and patrimony;
– World War II;
– Monarchy vs. Stalinist Republic;
– Ceausescu era/ daily life;
– Industrialization/ Nationalization;
– The ethnic groups/ Romanian unity;
– Taboo: Nicu Ceausescu in Sibiu and Nadia Comaneci;
– The Revolution in 1989;
– Post-Communism, slow transition;
– Present political, economic, social life.