We have recently made a habit - to travel to Sibiu on a yearly basis. It is already the fifth consecutive year we've been to this wonderful city, and every time we go, we discover new interesting things to do. This time was no exception, despite spending one night only in the heart of Transylvania.
One of our friends gave us the perfect excuse to organize our trip to Sibiu this year: she wanted to celebrate her birthday in a different place than usual. She decided upon Sibiu, and we happily embraced the idea! So we took our car, crossed our beautiful Carpathian mountains, and arrived in Sibiu last Saturday in the evening. Not really the best timing for a complete visit, but just enough to try plenty of firsts in the city and surroundings...
For instance, it's the first time we had our reservation right in the heart of the city - the Great Square. Ooooh, and what a hotel we've had... I cannot really understand why it's only a three-star hotel, since you get the impression your room is in a palace. There is a small entrance, you climb like 20 stairs and you arrive somewhere in the late Middle Ages, welcomed by furniture pieces 200 years old. Of course there are some modern, useful elements like refrigerator, cabin shower, plasma tv and so on, but they beautifully blend in this amazing scenery: high floors, a big lobby with doors towards each room, nice sculptures, wooden decorations, impressive chandeliers... It was quite an experience, one that costed us only 182 lei (40 Euro)!
Then, for the festive dinner, Irina chose a restaurant in the Little Square, just next to the famous Bridge of Lies. It is currently number 7 out of 148 top restaurants in Sibiu on Trip Advisor, based on 322 reviews. They have a great combination of Romanian, Italian and German food - their mushroom sauce is absolutely delicious! The dessert is also perfect: they cook papanasi differently than anywhere in Romania, with an interesting emphasis on the quality of the dumpling.
For our Sunday morning coffee and breakfast, we also went in the Little Square, this time at Lili's Caffe, one of the coziest places I have seen recently! I know I know, I haven't been out so much lately, I have a big priority in my life of almost 2 years old But the feeling was confirmed by rest of the group. If you choose a table at the ground floor, there may be nothing special, so just go upstairs and you'll live a totally different atmosphere! The decorations on the wall, the views upon the square, the comfortable sofas and the rocking chairs - everything is a plus! Everyone ordered American breakfast, I personally had the best omelette in years - eggs, bacon, onion, potatos perfectly mixed together... Perfect to keep my hunger away, for the rest of the day!
Another first was to witness the Sibiu Easter Fair everyone in the city was talking about. It's an atmosphere I always enjoy around a holiday, like Easter or Christmas: small houses are arranged in a circle in the middle of the Great Square, each one of them offering different traditional products, both for children and adults. We have found books for our baby girl, sweets, meat & cheese, lavanda products, jewelry...
For the second part of Sunday, we took on the first kilometers towards Brasov, only to stop in two different locations:
In Avrig at the Brukenthal Palace - former summer residence of the Transylvanian governor Samuel von Brukenthal. It is a rich domain, built in Baroque style, appropriate for organizing events and having a peaceful walk in the garden.
Castelul de lut Valea Zanelor (Clay Castle in the Valley of Fairies) - a charming chalet which will soon be available for lodging. A moment which we can't wait to happen, as it will be a beautiful place for our Sofi to live like a true fairy. For now it serves as a domain where people recreate, live like a child and imagine how it will be like to stay in this castle for a few days in the near future. Fairytale is the perfect word to describe it, and I cannot remember of a more suitable place in Romania for a similar description!
And that was it. Short and intense, lots of eating, Easter atmosphere all over the place. And most importantly, we know what to do in the future years when we come back for a longer stay!
For a more comprehensive look of what's to be done in Sibiu and surroundings, you can also check my review here.
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