Sibiu is a cute city with a lot to see and do! It's not too far from Iasi, making it the perfect little getaway for our volunteers in Romania!
We are loving everything about this German influenced, colorful city! You'll have plenty to keep you busy in and around the city, and you'll love the charming, quaint vibes of the beautiful streets.
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What Should I Know About Sibiu?
- How Much Time To Spend
- How To Get There
- Where To Stay
- What To Do
- Where To Eat
How Much Time To Plan On
Sibiu isn't a huge city, but that being said, there is still a lot to do and beautiful things to see. You could squeeze some highlights in, in a day trip, but ideally a day and a half or two days would be perfect to see, do, and eat at all the "must visit" places.
How To Get There
Iasi to Sibiu
Taking a bus from Iasi to Sibiu is totally do-able and is about a nine hour total bus ride. If you're worried about the long bus ride taking up a full day, consider taking an overnight bus so you can sleep on the way there (as best as you can on a bus!) and wake up in Sibiu— this also saves money on hotels or hostels. Buy tickets here or at your local bus station in Iasi.
Price: $24-$35 USD depending on the day/time you go.
Brasov to Sibiu
Volunteers often take vacations to Brasov from Iasi. You can easily pair your trip to Brasov with a trip to Sibiu. Sibiu is about two - three hours north of Brasov. Buy tickets here.
Price: $8-$10 USD
Cluj-Nacopa to Sibiu
Cluj-Nacopa is another city volunteers are loving to visit. It is only a three hour drive from there to Sibiu. Buses leave several times a day making it easy to add Sibiu onto your trip to this other beautiful city. Buy tickets here.
Price: $7-$10 USD
Where To Stay
Previous volunteers stayed here and shared: "It's located right outside of Piata Mare in Centru (the city center), the owner was very nice and told us to ask her for anything, towels were included and it was a pretty nice place to stay, the location was the best part as it was close to Centru and the walking distance from the train station."
Price: $10-$15 a night for a shared room.
B13 Hostel is clean, near city center, and inviting. It has great reviews and a helpful staff to make sure you are completely taken care of while visiting Sibiu.
Price: $10-$12 a night for a shared room.
What To See And Do
Explore the City Center
The city center will make all your European dreams come true. It truly is charming. With lots of shops and good food, you'll want to make sure you have time to wander around.
Turnul Sfatului is the clock tour in the city center. You can pay 2 lei ($0.50 USD) to go to the top and get a pretty view of the city surrounding it.
Hours: 10am - 8:pm every day
Address: Piața Mică 1, Sibiu 550182, Romania
Cathedral of Saint Mary
This is the tall church you'll see in the city center. You can pay 2 lei ($0.50 USD) to climb to the top as well. The church tower is taller than the clock tower and even has windows you can open to get even better pictures at the top. The inside of the church is beautiful as well, so spend some time walking around the inside.
Address: Piața Albert Huet FN, Sibiu 550182, Romania
Cross The Bridge of Lies
The Bridge of Lies sits in city center and supposedly knows if someone on the bridge is lying. If the bridge hears someone lying it will creak and squeak — watch out! Go test it out and take pictures on the pretty bridge.
Address: Piața Mică, Sibiu 550182, Romania
If you happen to be in Sibiu in late November to December make sure you see the Christmas Festival! Europe is famous for its magical Christmas decor lined streets and Sibui is no different. City Center is decorated with lights on all the buildings, Christmas trees, and a huge light canopy. There are also lots of shops set up making it a great place to grab souvenirs. It is so cute and magical.
Sub Arini Park
This park is beautiful! A perfect place for people watching and maybe even a picnic. It's about a 15 minute walk from the city center to the park.
Address: Bulevardul Victoriei, Sibiu 557260, Romania
Take A Bike Tour
Head out on a day long bike tour of surrounding Romanian mountains, villages, and more! Transylvania Cycling offers amazing tours where you ride bikes through gorgeous villages and other places around Sibiu. This is the perfect way to learn more about the culture and history of the area while having picturesque views a long the way.
Price: Groups are kept small (2-6 people) but the more people you book with the better the price. For 3+ people and a one day trip plan on 60 Euros (69 USD).
Website: Get all the info right here
Where To Eat
The Crama Sibiană Restaurant
Mmmmm. Okay, try this Romanian food! The restaurant itself is very traditional with decorations and music, and the food is oh so good! Get brave and try things you may not usually try. Make sure and try the bulz ciobănesc — it is made with polenta, stuffed with ham and cheese (a local favorite).
Address: Piața Mică nr. 32, 550183 Sibiu, România
Super Mamma is a fast food chain found only in Sibiu. Here you can find inexpensive and yummy food. They have soups, sandwiches, desserts, pizza, kebabs, salads, and more. It's a great place if you want a lot of variety to choose from.
Address: There are a few locations in the city. Here's a list.
This is a delicious little sandwich shop with lots of choices! They are super affordable (like $3!), so don't feel guilty if you snag more than one!
Address: Calea Dumbrăvii 20, Sibiu, Romania
Simpa is a must visit bakery. Grab traditional breads and pastries here (you'll love them!) for breakfast, or just a quick snack as you're exploring the city. We'd definitely recommend going a few times to try as much as you can!
Address: There are a few locations Here's a list.
Falling in love with Romania?
We know the feeling! The country is beautiful and so unique! Spending a semester volunteering in an orphanage with other ILP volunteers here will give you time to serve as well as travel throughout Romania and other European countries!
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