Definitely visit the market.......
Sibiu's fruit, vegetables and all-sorts-of-other-things market is a must-see, imo. You'll find it between the historical centre and the river, on Piata Cibin.
The market is open every day, including Sunday, although I think most stalls are emptied by mid-afternoon. When I visited they were piled high with delicious local strawberries, cherries, vegetables and salad crops of all kinds. I have never tasted tomatoes as aelcious as those I ate in Sibiu.
Many of the stalls are clearly family-run by local farmers and market gardeners.
There are some more permanent 'stall's around the market edges, selling clothes, pet food, household goods and so on. There are separate indoor buildings for the meat market and for the dairy market, where you can see huge handmade cheeses on display.
I first visited on a Sunday morning but when I visited on a weekday there was also a smaller section open on the opposite side of Strada Masarilor, with stalls selling baskets of all shapes and sizes, wooden utensils, brooms, potted herbs, gardening equipment and garden plants.
I really enjoyed wandering around the market (that's why I visited twice). It's a great way to observe locals and local life.Related to:
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NICOLAE BALCESCU STRADA
Nicolae Balcescu street is the main street in Sibiu. Shops, restaurants and hotels line this wide pedestrianized walkway.
The street is named after a Romanian Wallachian soldier. Nicolae (1819-1852) was also a historian and journalist. He was the leader of the Wallachian revolution in 1848. The revolution took place in Wallachia, a geographical region of Romania which is south of the Carpathian mountains and bordering Transylvania. The Wallachians wanted to end the control of the Imperial Russian authorities on Wallachia. The revolution was led by officers of the Wallachian military. Although the revolution was unsuccessful it was the start of the journey that led to a united Romania.
The street links Piata Mare (large square) with Piata Unirii. Restaurants, with pavement seats, line the Strada where you can sit on a hot day and watch Sibiu go by. Hotels such as the Imparatul Romanilor (popular with VT attendee’s for the 2013 Euromeet) and the Continental Forum which is at the far end of the street are convenient for all the amenities of Sibiu. Shops include Billa (Austrian based supermarket), Zara and All Shoes.
TRANSILVANIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
During my stay in Sibiu the city was hosting an international film festival. The main part of the festival took place in the main square (Piata Mare). The middle of the square was fenced off and chairs arranged inside. The large screen was in front of the Catholic Church. It cost 3 Lei (60p) to see a film and there was a beer tent (Carlsburg) at the back of the seating area. I saw two films “Flight” with Denzil Washington and “Anna Karenina” with Keira Knightly. The film festival seemed a great success as it was busy every night.
EYES OF THE CITY (ROOF WINDOWS)
Small windows built into the roofs make them look like eyes. These roofs are all over the city. Legend has it that people believed that god was watching the city at night and he knew who was supposed to be in the city and who shouldn’t be there.
THE WEIDNER-REUSSNER-CZEKELIUS HOUSE
This house is named after it’s owners. A stone sculpture to commemorate Johann Reussner II who was the Mayor of Sibiu stands in the passage. The coat of arms of Reussner sits on the top of the passage way arch.
The present building was built in 1875 and it was two houses.
CHURCH OF ST FRANCIS
The church is traditional inside. The windows at the back of the altar, through which light shines through, give the church a light airy feel. White and gold are the main colours throughout the church both inside and out.
Franciscan Monks owned the church since 1716.
There are stone graves within the church which are not open to the public.
Walking tour of the city
On our first morning in Sibiu Codrutz, the VT meeting organiser, had arranged for those of us who wanted to do so to take a guided walk in the older parts of the city. We met up at 10.00 in the Large Square, Piata Mare, and were soon welcomed by our guide Adela. She almost immediately suggested that we should start our tour over in the Small Square, Piata Micã, where there would be more shade, and return to this larger square later when the sun would have moved and it would be easier to get out of it. As it was already scorching hot at that time in the morning we were pleased to agree, and this suggestion proved to be typical of Adela’s care in keeping everyone on the tour happy and engaged. I found her to be an excellent guide. She had lots of information to impart but she also allowed time for us to simply look around for ourselves, and seemed to sense when we had absorbed enough information about any one sight and were ready to move on. She spoke almost word perfect English too, and was equally good when she led our whole day tour by bus to Marginimea Sibiului on the following day. I believe our meeting organiser Codrutz arranged for her services through the tourist office but she can also be contacted via the details below
My next set of tips describe the various sights we saw on this tour, although as the city is so compact I was able to return to many of them later in my stay to look in more detail and take further photos.
Let’s start, as we should have done were it not for the heat, in the Large Square
THE LUTSCH HOUSE
The Lutsch house to the left of the hotel was built at the end of the 15th century. It belonged to the Altemberger family, it changed hands to the Haller family in 1537 until 1593. In 1593 Johann Lutsch became the owner of the house in 1593. It became known as the Lutsch house and the name stuck.
The house changed hands again in 1661 with the new owner being Georg Reussner. Georg’s descendants donated the house to the city.
The original building had a tower that looked out onto the square and a chapel (St Ladislau chapel) in the courtyard. The current building was built in 1830 and it was restored in 1999.
GONG THEATER - TEATRUL GONG
Locanted on Hermannstadt, the GONG THEATER - TEATRUL GONG specializes in puppet shows and plays for children and youth.
From 1949 to 1997, the name of the institution was Licurici Puppet Theater.
Teutsch (1817-1893) was a Bishop and a historian. The statue was made in 1899 by Adolf von Donndorf. In the left hand he holds a bible and in the right hand he holds documents symbolizing freedoms enjoyed by medieval Saxons.
Huet square was the first fortified (strengthened against attack) area of Sibiu, in the heart of the old citadel. The Evangelical church dominates the square. In front of the church stands a statue of Georg Daniel Teutsch (1817-1893). The square is very small with a few business’s around it.
EMIL SIGERUS MUSEUM OF SAXON ETHNOGRAPHY
Named after a local collector, Emil Sigerus, whose vast collection of Transylvanian Saxon folk art, formed the basis of the EMIL SIGERUS MUSEUM OF SAXON ETHNOGRAPHY. Colourful, fascinating and superbly curated, every presentation tells a story, with the place of every exhibit in the region's history clearly explained. Collections include painted furniture, traditional costumes, pottery, embroideries and textiles.
The museum is housed in Piata Mica in the Casa Artelor, for centuries Sibiu's main meat market.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Admission 5 lei adults, 1 leu students; children.
MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Founded in 1849, the MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY - Muzeul de Istorie Naturala, boasts a large collection with many exhibits from the field of Geology, Paleontology, Botany and Zoology.
A building was needed for the large collection, so around the year 1890 a group of German-Saxon intellectuals planned for the construction of a building specially designed for this purpose. Construction started in the autumn of 1894 and held its gala opening May 12, 1895. The building is in Italian High Renaissance style. It was entirely renovated between 2006 and 2008.
The courtyard is particularly lovely with rare species of plants, trees and ornamental bushes. There was even replicas of dinosaurs scattered throughout the garden.
FRANZ BINDER WORLD ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM
Located in the Small Square - Piata Mica - the FRANZ BINDER WORLD ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM is the only ethnographic institution in Romania.
Housed in the "Hermes House" which was built between 1865 & 1867. It was opened as a Museum in 1993 and its collections number over 3,000 items. A particularly remarkable piece is an ancient Egyptian mummy
The church is named after the nuns of Saint Ursula.
It was originally a Dominican monastery (Dominicans are a Roman Catholic religious order based on intellectual tradition, founded by Saint Dominic de Guzman in 1216). The church was handed over to the nuns in 1728. It had been abandoned in 1543 for safety reasons as it was outside the city walls.
The last renovation of the church was in 1774.
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