Gheorghe Lazar No. 6, Sibiu, 550165, Romania
Another (Another) Average Hostel
Flying Time Hostel came highly recommended by my guidebook, which mentioned it was designed to beat the heat and implied that it was a very social place. I would agree with both of those statements, but at the same time I wasn't overly impressed. I stayed in a four-bed dorm room, and the room rarely filled (which was nice). However, I did have to walk fairly far down an open-air hallway to reach the bathrooms (fine in the summer, I can't even imagine in the cooler months), which often weren't super-clean. There was also a shared kitchen that wasn't overly clean. The hostel offers laundry service (for a fee) but they were really slack about it- I asked if they could do it in time for me to depart the next day and they said it wasn't a problem, but it turned out they essentially forgot about it. The attitude didn't surprise me as the staff seemed much more interested in sitting on the throne-like chairs in the central courtyard and smoking than helping guests. The location is good, however.
Directions: See directions on their website (second link).
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"Dinner at the Peasants" in Sibiel
Does anyone have a recomendation to have a dinner at the peasants in Sibiel, near Sibiu? I've seen this offered by many tour companies, but have found very little on the web. I am planning on bringing a group to Romania and I want to take them there for the experience. I've also heard about this type of dinner being offered at a farmhouse in the area of Sibiel so any info. on this would be great, too.
RE: "Dinner at the Peasants" in Sibiel
I absolutely recomend you Sibiel. The village has an old tradition in tourism at the peasants (about 40 years). It is a very nice location, there are many pensions, I could reccomend some if you are still interested.
Travel Tips for Sibiu
The most picturesque street in the Upper town remains Strada Avram Iancu (1556) which connects the Council Tower, in the Large Square, with the Ursuline Church. On this street is found the oldest residential house in the city, Casa Bobel, which keeps the same look for nearly 500 years.
The house at No. 9 has an arcaded court based on an Italian Renaissance design, and at the back of the yard you can still see the ruin of a defense tower.
Opposite, at 9, is the former residence of Brukenthal family with a wonderful arcaded courtyard.
Avram Iancu No 21 was the home of composer Gheorghe Dima (1874-1925) who wrote choral music inspired by Romanian folklore.
About halfway down Avram Iancu on the left is a steep passage, Pasajul Scolii (The School Passage), which brings you below the city walls into the rutted cobbles of Strada Movilei.
Strada Nicolae Balcescu (1492), the main street of the town, is today a pedestrian only shopping street lined with impressive buildings in Renaissance style.
It connects Piata Mare with the newly renovated Piata Uniri.
You can find here shops, a supermarket, cafes, restaurants and the 'Imparatul Romanilor' hotel and restaurant.
Corner with Piata Unirii stands an Art Deco building built at beginning of XX century.
The most important building on this street is at number 12, Michael Brukenthal Palace built after 1786.
Shepherds around Sibiu
While visitind places around Sibiu is usual to face some shepherds near the road. We met some, during our trip. They are very friendly and like a lot to chat (even if you don't understand a word of romanian :) ).
Wander around the History Museum
Wander around the History Museum (sometimes known as the Primaria Municipiului). Although it is supposed to be open Tuesdays through Sundays (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), I needed to find someone to let me in. You enter through the inner cloistered courtyard of the Old City Hall (built in 1475!)--well worth your time just to admire the surroundings. Although you may have some trouble following things since labelling is only in Romanian, the scope and sheer quantity of artifacts here is definitely worth your time. Just about anything and everything related to history is here--art, coins, armour, prints, local crafts--in one way or another and although you may not come away with lots of new things learned, just being exposed to how life has changed here over the past thousand years is instructive.
Paltinis (Hohe Rinne) is a tourist resort built by Siebenburgischer Karpatenverein in 1894.
Situated at 35 Km from Sibiu, Paltinis is the highest (1440 m altitude), and the oldest resort in Romania.
Its beautiful location, fresh air, and numerous hiking opportunities, have made Paltinis a favorite for everyone.
The resort includes 4 hotels, 6 chalets and 17 villas for tourists, many restaurants, bars and shops.
A large residential area was developed in the last couple of years.
Philosopher Constantin Noica's grave is at Schit Church on the road to Sibiu. The house where he spent his last years, Noica House ravels more of his life and work.
From Paltinis is very easy to reach the main points on the mountains around.
The red-dot trail leads northwest toward Cheile Cibinului (5 Km)
The red-cross-red trail fellows an unpaved road for past of the way to Vf. Batrâna (Old Woman Peak), at 1911 m.
Red-strip trail for 25 Km to the Cindrel peak (2244 m) is the more difficult one, but more visually rewarding experience.
Rasinari village is situated at 12 km from Sibiu, in the South - East of the district. It is crossed by the Valley of Steaza and the Valley of the Houses. Rasinari is an entrance gate to Cindrelu Mountains. The access to this village is realized on the modern way Sibiu - Paltinis or by tram, from Dumbrava Forest.
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