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How to Spend 3 Days in Sibiu

How to Spend 3 Days in Sibiu

Often overlooked in favor of its bigger neighbours, Sibiu boasts Saxon history and cultural heritage that make it a must-visit in its own right, while its location makes it a good base for day-tripping into wider Transylvania. Here are our top tips for three days in the former European Capital of Culture.

Day 1: Cultural Landmarks and Culinary Traditions

Spend your first day checking off Sibiu’s top sights and experiences. Join a bike or walking tour to find your way with ease and learn more about landmarks such as the Large Square (Piața Mare), Carpenters’ Tower, and the Bridge of Lies from a guide, or take advantage of app-based activities to keep kids entertained and explore the city at your own pace. Once you’ve got the lay of the land, immerse yourself in Romania’s culinary traditions and sample staples such as bulz (cheesy polenta balls), ciorbă de fasole în pâine (bean soup in bread), or grilled meats on a food tour. Some tour packages conveniently combine tasting experiences with city tours, allowing you to eliminate the hassle of planning.

Day 2: Mountains, Villages, and Valleys

Connected to Romania’s most scenic route, the Transfăgărășan, and surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains, Sibiu is a great starting point for exploration of the Transylvanian landscape. If you’re a nature lover, you can book a bird-watching tour to learn about the region’s diverse species, while outdoor enthusiasts can join a hiking, biking, or horseback-riding excursion for an intimate perspective of the region’s mountains, valleys, and villages. Day trips typically include hotel transfers and equipment rental, while some also include lunch.

Day 3: Hit the Historic Highlights

Dedicate your final day to exploring Transylvania’s far-reaching history, taking advantage of tours that include round-trip transfer to optimize your sightseeing time. Choose from a range of day tours to check off attractions that interest you: Whether you want to visit Brașov and Bran Castle for insight into the region’s spooky legends, drive the Transfăgărășan in search of a Cistercian abbey and baroque palace, or see such UNESCO World Heritage sites as the Dacian ruins of Sarmizegetusa Regia, Biertan fortified church, or Sighișoara Citadel, you have options.

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Day Tour to Sighisoara from Sibiu

Day Tour to Sighisoara from Sibiu

Step back in time to Romania of the Middle Ages on a tour of three historic villages in the heart of Transylvania. See the important fortified churches of Biertan and Malancrav, and then visit the perfectly preserved Saxon village of Sighisoara, where buildings appear little unchanged from the 15th century. Climb the town's clock tower and covered staircase to the Church on the Hill, and see the house where legendary warlord Vlad the Impaler, was born.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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$83.57
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Medieval Sibiu Private Tour: Old Town Exploration Game

Medieval Sibiu Private Tour: Old Town Exploration Game

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Opt for a self-guided tour that brings the medieval history of Sibiu to life with an immersive app that reveals the Old Town via a series of clues and riddles. Ideal for families and those that prefer to travel independently, this game allows you to explore at your own pace while also orienting yourself in the capital of Transylvania.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$5.96
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$5.96
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Day Tour to Brasov and Bran

Day Tour to Brasov and Bran

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Transylvania is famous for its Gothic landmarks, but appreciating their historical significance on a self led tour can be difficult. Discover the medieval past of Bran Castle and learn more about its association with Bram Stoker’s Dracula on a tour from Sibiu, then explore the historic city of Brașov and its Gothic architecture, with insights provided by your guide. Relax after a day’s sightseeing with hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 12 hours
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$89.54
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$89.54
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Tour to Balea Lake, Avrig and Carta

Tour to Balea Lake, Avrig and Carta

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Experience some of Transylvania's lesser-known natural and cultural treasures on this full-day combo tour from Sibiu. Take the scenic alpine Transfagarasan highway, one of Europe's highest road, into the Fagaras Mountains, where you'll hike to the glacial Balea Lake. Admire the diverse architecture of Romania at the Gothic Cistercian Abbey near Cârţa and the stately 18th-century Brukenthal Palace, a masterwork of Baroque style.
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  • 10 hours
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$113.41
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Private Walking Tour of Sibiu

Private Walking Tour of Sibiu

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Explore the charms of Sibiu on this immersive guided walking tour. After meeting your friendly local guide, set off to explore the storied cobblestone streets of Sibiu. As you stroll at a leisurely pace, your guide will illuminate the surroundings with tales and fun facts about the area. Learn about medieval walls, romantic squares, historical buildings, orthodox churches and more. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with Sibiu and learn more about its history.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$29.85
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$29.85
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City Tour Sibiu in English

City Tour Sibiu in English

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The Transylvanian city of Sibiu is one of Romania’s most scenic cultural capitals, but covering all of the sights takes local know-how. During this in-depth guided tour, you’ll hit the main attractions in the 12th-century medieval quarter, from Gothic churches to Romania’s first pharmacy. Cover hundreds of years of history, making stops at Renaissance and Art Nouveau landmarks. Well-suited for travelers short on time, the tour covers all the historical highlights.
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  • 2 hours
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$22.68
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Day Trip to Villa Abbatis - The Saxon trail with an Equestrian Adventure

Day Trip to Villa Abbatis - The Saxon trail with an Equestrian Adventure

In the morning you will be transferred to Aposu, at Villa Abbatis, the starting location of your adventurous day trip. After your arrival at Villa Abbatis, we take  Stejerișu (Probstdorf) path, where a small Saxon community is still to be found and is happy to share their stories with us. We will go up in the Speck Tour and taste speck, green onions, oven-baked bread and the local brandy. Mr Misch will explain all about this old custom of keeping speck supplies up in the tower and why Saxons were not allowed to touch their own supply until the first thunder in the new year was to be heard. For those of you who are vegetarians, there is a variety of cheeses available. After we start eating in the tower and under the spell of brandy we are going for a proper lunch cooked Saxon. Don’t eat too much even if is delicious because we still have to walk around in the village and talk about the local architecture than take the way back. 
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  • 1 day
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$208.16
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From Sibiu: day trip to Dacian Fortress, Hunyadi Castle and Alba Iulia Citadel

From Sibiu: day trip to Dacian Fortress, Hunyadi Castle and Alba Iulia Citadel

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Enjoy a day trip from Sibiu to some of the best tourist attractions of Transylvania. Visit Corvin Castle, also known as the Hunyadi Castle which is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved medieval castles in Transylvania. And maybe spooky to. The next important stop of the day will be the sanctuary of one famous Dacian fortress. Find out about way of life of Dacians and their beliefs. Leaving this mysterious archaeological site, we head towards Alba Iulia, one of the best preserved Vauban style fortress in Europe. Walk along bastions and towers of Alba Iulia, visiting the Unification Cathedral or the beautiful decorations of the imposing gates.       
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  • 1 day
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$122.45
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$122.45
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Transfagarasan Full-Day Private Tour from Sibiu

Transfagarasan Full-Day Private Tour from Sibiu

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Play king of the road on this private full-day tour along the Transfagarasan Highway, starting in Sibiu. Meet your professional driver and guide in Sibiu, then strap into your personal car and kick back for the ride of a lifetime, on one of Romania’s most iconic roads. Watch the dramatic Carpathian Mountains roll by beyond the window as you listen to your choice of music. Just be sure to make a few pitstops along the way, at some of Romania’s friendly towns.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$119.38
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$119.38
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Hiking Tour in the Carpathian Mountains

Hiking Tour in the Carpathian Mountains

Taking off on an independent day’s mountain walking from Sibiu means organizing a hire car or local transport. This full-day private trip takes away the hassle: and adds a guide to take you along mountain and forest trails from the town of Paltinis in Transylvania’s South Carpathian Cindrel Mountains. Climb through deep woods to Oncesti Peak, enjoy a picnic, and visit the old village of Rasinari before returning to Sibiu.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$104.08
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Sibiu by bike

Sibiu by bike

Discover one of Europe's most idyllic medieval city in a 3-4 hours bike tour that will include a mixture of history, culture and the green landscapes of this beautiful place. Located some 215 km north-west of Bucharest, Sibiu is one of the seven fortified cities in Transylvania, forming the Saxon fortified network €œSiebenburgen€ -€“ the foundation of Saxon society. We will cross the old city center, reach the Sub Arini Park, later on Dumbrava forest and finish the tour at the majestic Astra Ethnographic Open air Museum for an option lunch.
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  • 4 hours
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$50.51
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PRO Guided Birdwatching Day Trip, Starting from Sibiu

PRO Guided Birdwatching Day Trip, Starting from Sibiu

A professional guided birdwatching trip, starting from Sibiu. Can be a birding tour done by car or can be mixed, car and trekking, depending by your choise, we can design the tour according to your desire. Sibiu surroundings offers different areal for birding, from water birds on Olt River reservoirs to alpine birds, in top of the mountains. It is very helpful for us, if we know some of the species you want to see so we can draw a proper route for you. Our guides are very good professionals, from Sibiu area and they know the places very well. We are doing this tour all year around, every season is interesting and offers a good number of species. Please tell us your prioritary species you wan to see, so we’ll know how to design your route. On all tours, we will go by car to the places but there, we need to walk a little, some species can be seen close to the places were we can drive the car, other need some low-medium trekking.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$358.15
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$358.15
Price varies by group size