Sibiu had a good year in 2007; after falling behind in popularity to the likes of Brasov, Sighisoara and Cluj, it was named a Europe “Capital of Culture”, joining Luxembourg City. For the occasion, virtually every reasonable patch of surface area was restored and/or beautified to Saxon-licious greatness. The Old Town is hands down Romania best pedestrian wandering grounds, stuffed with great cafes, restaurants, bars, museums and an Orthodox Cathedral built to be a diminutive reproduction of Istanbul’s Hagia Sofia church.
The open-air Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization, 5km south of the city, is a must-see with 120 traditional dwellings, mills and churches from around the country.
There’s also a wide variety of excellent nearby villages that can cumulatively fill several day-trips, like Cisnadie, Rasinari and Paltinis.