About Sibiu

Cu cei 155.000 de locuitori permanenti si 25000 de locuitori temporari, in special studenti, Sibiul este cel mai mare oras din judet si unul dintre cele mai importante din Transilvania. Localitatea se situează la 45°47′ latitudine nordica şi 24°05′ longitudine estica. Altitudinea fata de nivelul marii variaza intre 415 m în Orasul de Jos si 431 m in Orasul de Sus.

Orasul se afla in zona temperat-continentala, cu influente termice datorate zonei depresionare si a muntilor care il inconjoara la sud si sud-vest. Media anuala a precipitatiilor este de 662 mm cu valori minime in luna februarie (26,7 mm) si maxime in iunie (113 mm). Temperatura medie anuala este de 8,9 grade Celsius.

In anul 2007, Sibiul a fost Capitala Culturala Europeana si de atunci, aici, se organizeaza numeroase evenimente culturale si sportive internationale: Festivalul International de Teatru de la Sibiu, Festivalul International de Jazz, Festivalul International de Film Documentar ASTRA, etapa a Intercontinental Rally Challenge, Turul Ciclist al Sibiului si alte actiuni care atrag an de an mii de turisti romani si straini.

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Sibiu is a town in southern Transylvania, Romania 282 km from Bucharest. The city’s historical centre has been recently renovated in 2006 and looks spectacular.
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Known in German as Hermannstadt and in Hungarian as Nagyszeben, Sibiu has always been the centre of Romania’s German minority since medieval times. Even today, it contains Romania’s largest German community, and due to initiatives by the local government, the Germanic feel of the area has been maintained. Sibiu also has a significant Hungarian minority, remnants of Transylvania’s past as part of the Hungarian Empire and, later, Austria-Hungary. Despite this, Sibiu is also distinctly Romanian (95% of the population are ethnic Romanians) and manages to fuse these three cultures, as well as smaller minorities of Roma, Slovaks and Ukrainians into a city that is as wonderful as it is vibrant.

Today, Sibiu is one of Romania’s cultural and tourism capitals, attracting tourists due to its wonderful medieval charm, excellent views of the surrounding landscapes, great food, and stunning parkland. Sibiu today is also doing excellently economically, having an income per capita higher than the Romanian average.

Much of the city has been reconstructed due to it being the European Capital of Culture in 2007 and has benefited greatly from the funds made available. The people in Sibiu are much more relaxed and friendly than in Bucharest, and much of the city is pedestrian-friendly. There are even bicycling facilities (a rarity in car obsessed Romania)!