Lotrului Mountains, Sibiu, Romania
Dumbrava Sibiului Natural Park
What fascinates most tourists who arrive in Sibiu county is an interweaving of the rural and the medieval. The region offers a varied menu of activities, experiences, and places to see: from hiking in the Făgăraş, Lotru, and Cindrel mountains, to historical tours and bike routes between fortified churches, or staged routes on the Via Transilvanica. Dairy products made in Sibiu are widely popular, both locally and at international fairs, and this is the best place to taste them.
Attractions in Sibiu
Forget about arriving in Sibiu and avoiding the same name capital city. If not for the bustling life of this small medieval town, squeezed almost exclusively in the historic center, at least for a few memorable museums such as Brukental or Astra.
Fairly enough, tourist guides usually choose the city of Sibiu as the central point for any tourist tour. From here, the traveler is taken to the same attractions in or around the big city: Transfăgărășan road, Bâlea Lake, the cities of Cisnădie and Cisnădioara, and a few other several well-known spots. To see the region from a less touristy perspective, try a new way of exploration (be it the routes taken, the means of transport, or the places to sleep).
Authentic experiences & places beyond the city
Mărginimea Sibiului: Dairy product & landscapes
Here, you find a particularly idyllic landscape, which turns most visitors nostalgic for the quiet rural life. You can admire traditional farm houses with wide gates, or villages with cobbled streets, where silence is sometimes broken by passing horse-drawn carts. You will meet warm, cheerful people who still traditionally work as shepherds.
A visit to Mărginimea Sibiului takes you beyond the limits of the Sibiu, also passing into Alba. The approximately 100 kilometers between the towns of Rășinari and Sebeș can be covered with a solid car, or even better, by bicycle, in stages. You pass through Orlat, Sibiel, Săliște, Jina, and even a section of Transalpina, towards Sebeș.
Outdoor and historic Sibiu
South of the region, the mountain hikes in the Făgăraș Mountains take you through the natural reserves Făgăraș alpine plateau (between Podragu and Suru) or Bâlea alpine plateau. It's here that you can admire world-famous landscapes: glacial lakes or the Transfăgărășan scenic road. Most part of the Făgăraș mountain ridge runs on the border between Sibiu and Argeș, at constant +2000 meter altitudes.
The craggy tops of the Făgăraș Mountains are highly sought after by alpine climbers in summer, but also in winter, for ice climbing on the Bâlea waterfall.
Photo: Lucian Dachman, Unsplash
The ski slopes at Păltiniş are among the main tourist attractions in the cold season. Not only skiers and snowboarders go up to Păltiniș, but also those who want to enjoy the refreshing mountain air by taking a relaxing walk around the resort.
For freeride and ski touring, the Făgăraș Mountains should be anyone's playground, although the wide valleys are often prone to avalanches.
The Cindrel Mountains welcome hikers with gentler climbs that still reach over 2000 meters, but also with a good MTB alpine road.
Sibiu for families with kids
Mărginimea Sibiului is the classic recommendation for families with children who come on vacation in the region. An alternative route to try should take you through the less sought-after Saxon villages, some with superb fortified churches - Merghindeal, Mâlâncrav, Alma Vii. In the same context, Cârța Cistercian Abbey is one of the two complexes that this monastic order built in Romania.
Last but not least, for therapeutic thermal baths, relaxing salt baths, or mud wraps, choose the Bazna or Ocna Sibiului spa resorts.
Discover the region
Authentic Experiences and Guided Tours
Public transportSibiu is one of the most important railway junctions in Transylvania. There are four train stations in the urban area: Gara Mare, Gara Mica, Sibiu Triaj, Turnisor. From Gara Mare to the historic center (Piata Unirii) you can use public transport.
Trains timetable: CFR
Public transportation in Sibiu: transporturban.ro