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A visit to Sibiu is like experiencing life in the Middle Ages. Awash in aristocratic elegance, the city has a distinctively medieval design with its tall brick walls encompassing the fortified center and archer towers. It’s also filled with ancient town squares along cobblestone streets. This city simply has everything you want in an old European city but without the crowds, not to mention all the things to do in Sibiu, Romania will make you feel like you are in the land of King Arthur. Check out the following recommendations:

Muzeul Național Brukenthal

The first museum from Romania and Central Europe, the Muzeul National Brukenthal was established in the palace of Baron Samuel von Brukenthal, the governor of the province, in the late 18th century. This imposing building boasts majestic Baroque architecture and a heavenly courtyard; inside, you’ll find galleries housing about 1,200 artworks belonging to the main European schools of painting. The museum is the only one in Romania possessing works by Memling, Titian, and Van Eyck. The galleries also include collections of books, coins, and engravings.
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The Council Tower

The Council Tower is one of the most significant symbols of the city. Built in the early 13th century, this historic white monument was once used to defend the entrance gate into the second precinct. Today, the structure is the result of several constructions with the building having been elevated and incorporated into a group of other structures. If you ascend to the observation deck, you’ll enjoy the impressive panoramas of the ancient Romanian city of Sibiu, as well as the Fagaras Mountains and beyond.
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ASTRA National Museum Complex

Located in the heart of Transylvania in Sibiu, the ASTRA National Museum Complex showcases restored buildings and houses from Romania’s past. This open-air ethnographic museum is one of the biggest in Europe; windmills, churches, and traditional homes are among the 400 monuments on site. As a living museum, it also hosts many traditional events and exhibits of folk costumes, ceramics, and embroideries. Visitors can enjoy other activities like horse carriage or sleigh rides, sailing on the lake, and having an enjoying walk through the alleys.
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The Bridge of Lies

The Bridge of Lies, considered one of the most important symbols of Sibiu, was built in the late 19th century and is the first cast-iron bridge in Romania. The bridge is also the first without any pylons, which is why it produces sounds that started four legends passed down from generation to generation. Depending on who you ask, its name originates from tricky merchants or young lovers swearing their love, but they say when you tell a lie upon it, the bridge will creak or make noises as you walk.
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