Sibiu (Hermannstadt) is probably the most beautiful touristic and cultural city in Romania and enjoys international recognition, being rightly designated European Cultural Capital in 2007. Charming even for the most refined tastes, with a maze of cobbled streets and baroque squares, one of the cultural jewels of Romania, Sibiu has its own magic. Franz Liszt and Johann Strauss visited Sibiu in the XIX century. The city has a charming bohemian atmosphere and the medieval fortress remained untouched despite the fact that it went through that last two world wars and decades of communism.
Cultural, sportive and entertainment agenda of the city is impressive in every month of the year, with festivals, exhibitions, theatre and opera, among them the worth being mentioned the International Theatre Festival in Sibiu - Sibfest.
Marginimea Sibiului is a unique ethnographic area in Romania situated on the west side of Sibiu, bordered to the south by Sadului valley and to the north by Saliste river valley, includes 18 villages: Boita, Sadu, Rau Sadului, Talmaciu, Talmacel, Rasinari, Poplaca, Gura Raului, Orlat, Fantanele, Sibiel, Vale, Saliste, Gales, Tilisca, Rod, Poiana Sibiului and Jina. These villages have developed a mixed economy based on agriculture, livestock and traditional crafts, with special focus on shepherding. In these places you will find ancient churches, museums (Museum Sibiel where there is the largest collection of icons on glass in Europe, Museum Rasinari Village, which includes the usual ceramic pieces, painted furniture, household items and crafts, Museum of Gales with an impressive collection of costumes and Saliste Parish Museum, which includes ancient religious objects and books), memorial houses and traditional peasant houses. The typical village atmosphere, the preservation of old traditions and customs, the hospitality of villagers all increase the attractiveness of these places.
Sibiu has an international airport and the road to Paltinis is modern and passes through breath-taking mountain scenery.