Facts you might not have known about one of the most incredible cities of Transylvania!
There are so many reasons to visit Sibiu for! The former 2007 European Cultural Capital is an ideal tourist destination as it has it all.
On one hand, it is the nature surrounding it. The heights of Fagaras Mountains upon horizon seem to overlook over the faith and life of old historical citadel, while oppositely located Cindrel Mountains survey Sibiu and ensure the healthy mood of tourists who chose to experience Paltinis, the oldest Romanian mountain resort.
The authentic Saxon buildings in Small and Big Squares are animated by a spirit of joy, both day and nightlife being a referral for old and young to spend a quality time in Sibiu. A plentiful of cafes like Wien, Bonjour or Orient Express gives fuss to city placed in the heart of Transylvania. Nights can be restless while going from pub to pub, listening to all sort of musical styles in places like Jazzy, Music Pub, Oldies 90’s and Dance Club.
Sibiu is also a fervent cultural city. Festivals across the years gathers tourists from around the country and abroad to enjoy a higher spirit. Theatre or film festivals, outdoor shows and artistic happenings or photographic exhibitions cover the whole year agenda – this is why we warmly recommend following us in order to be updated with the upcoming events in Transylvania.
As if this is not enough, here are some more facts that will surely convince you to visit Sibiu!
Visit Sibiu because:
The Bridge of Lies is the first iron cast bridge in Romania
The legend says that this beautiful bridge which connects Huet and Small Squares is very sensitive to truth. It is said that the bridge hears and feels lies, and moans, moves and collapses under the weight of lie. Today, lovers say their vowels on bridge.
Now the fact! The bridge was built in 1859, being the first iron cast bridge in Romania and it was meant to connect the upper side with lower side of the town at the time.
Sibiu is rocket-science nest
Conrad Haas was an Austrian military figure during 16th century, and Bathory, the leading family of Transylvania at the time, invited him in Sibiu first.
Since 1529 he started to write a book about multi-stage rocket invention. The book, discovered in Sibiu in 1960’s comprises the theories behind working principles and motion of a multi-stage rocket.
And there is more: Herman Oberth physicist and engineer, one of the parents of modern rocket science, was born in Sibiu. Inspired by Jules Verne, he started analyzing Moon travel when he was 11.
Between 1928 and 1929 he was hired by a movie company in Berlin to design a rocket for publicity; he successfully performed the job, and in the summer of 1929 he was decorated as encouragement for this scientific achievement.
During the same year, he conducted a stating firing for his liquid-fuel engine, for in 1953 to write about reflecting telescopes and space stations.
The first Romanian museum was opened in Sibiu
Baron Samuel von Brukenthal (1721-1803) was one the scholars and he is, perhaps, one of the most outstanding figures that Sibiu is associated with. Born near Sibiu, he was appointed firstly as Chancellor and then as Governor of Transylvania in 1777.
In 1779 Brukenthal Palace in Sibiu was finished, in its baroque superb style. Within the walls of the palace there were gathered the baron’s art and stamps collections, and musical evenings happened frequently. The Palace became a reference for Transylvania’s cultural life, and the edifice turned into a museum (www.google.com/culturalinstitute/collection/muzeul-na%C8%9Bional-brukenthal?projectId=art-project) after Brukenthal’s death.
Sibiu is the second city in Europe to have electrical tram
Actually we speak more than about a single fact a bout Sibiu, but an entire history of public transportation!
At the end of 19th century, noisy horse-chaises were the main public transportation – therefore, a more comfortable alternative had to be found.
Carl Wolff, a reputed economist and the first President of Sibiu Electrical Factory, had in 1893 the vision of an electrical public transportation solution – better than the horse-driven railway in Timisoara and Arad or the steam-driven railway in Brasov. In 1904 it was introduced the electrically-driven, railway-free “omnibus” as the first means of modern transportation in Romania. With electrical engine and wooden wheels, the 4 omnibuses were very noisy, but they were also unstable and accidents happened all the time. Two and a half months later, omnibus was forbidden due to safety issues.
In 1905 was officially opened the first tram line between Piata Garii (Train Square) – Parcul sub Arini (Sibiu’s Central Park), built by a Budapest company. The wagons were brought from Budapest. The irony is that now, in Sibiu, there are only buses.
Paltinis – first ski resort in Romania
Now a curiosity for the winter sport’s lovers! In 1894 Paltinis (1442 m altitude in Cindrel Mountains and 30 km away from Sibiu city) was established as the first ski resort in Romania by the Transylvanian Carpathian Tourists Association.
Several years ago, Arena Platos, a modern sky resort, was opened several km away from Paltinis. Endowed with 4 cable cars and 1 chairlift, night lighting and a fun park, it is a promising place for winter Holiday.
Not to forget the good food, traditions kept and hospitality of people around that region.