Romania 2017: Sibiu

By Ruben
This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Romania 2017

ROMANIA – A  scenic six hour train journey from Timișoara took me the 330 kilometers to my next destination. Also known as Hermannstadt, Sibiu is one of seven fortified Saxon towns in Transylvania that together gave the region its German name ‘Siebenbürgen’, or seven castles. The girlfriend of the owner of the hostel I stayed in was a Transylavanian Saxon, and she told me a lot of things I didn’t know about her people. Originally from the area now occupied by Luxembourg, the Transylavanian Saxons still speak a dialect quite similar to Luxembourgish. They came to Transylvania in the 12th century and were a majority in Sibiu until the 1990’s, when most of them emigrated to Germany in search of better opportunities. Some are starting to come back now, as she a few years ago. The most famous Transylvanian Saxon is the current president of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, who used to be the mayor of Sibiu.

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1. ‘La Padre’s’ (which is in the third house from the left) is one of the nicest hostels I have ever stayed in. The owner, a retired music teacher and outdoor type “who you can call Padre”, has built beds for about ten people in his own house. He really did a good and loving job, and the Mezzanine I had slept in was very comfortable!
2. A church around the corner from La Padre’s
3. There are quite a lot of ugly buildings in the area just outside Sibiu’s city walls (this one is also around the corner from La Padre’s
4. The city walls
5. Piata Mare (Big Square)

Though I spent two nights in Sibiu, I didn’t actually have much time to make photos of it (you’ll see why in the next post). But that doesn’t matter, my last evening was enough to give you a quick, touristy impression of how nice it is.

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10. The Lutheran church
11. View from the stairs
12. Another stairway from the lower to the upper town
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14. One of the main sights of Sibiu’s old town is this street, which starts in the lower town …
15. … and leads runs up between two walls …
16. … to Piata Mica (small square), which is separated from Piata Mare by a row of houses and a church
17. Piata Mare again
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20. I actually made this picture when I arrived (by train) but I’m posting it now because we’re looking towards my next destination, which is located high in the Carpathian mountains
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