The landscape of Transylvania with the rural Saxon heritage.
We continue with another UNESCO (1993) fortified church – Biertan. There is a very picturesque landscape, due to the presence of church on the top of hill in the center of the community, as well as vineyards, agricultural lands and fruit gardens, located on the surrounding slopes.
Over the centuries, the village of Biertan was an important winegrowing and handiwork center, with trades being kept nowadays, too. The first mention about the place dates since 1283; the church was built a century later, in the Gothic style, with Romanesque influences, and for almost 300 years (1572 – 1867) it was the see of the Transylvanian Lutheran Church.
The road continues through the spectacular land of Transylvania, passing through small Saxon settlements, each of them having its own fortified church, some almost in ruins, and others with well-maintained religious structures.
We reach Sibiu city in the afternoon. Sibiu has something to offer every guest. Gastronomic tourism destination (European designated in 2019) - the only city in Romania to be awarded 3 Michelin stars, Sibiu is also a destination for history buffs, outdoor activities fans, photographers, hikers or Instagram lovers.
A great number of cultural monuments, a diversity of museums, and various artistic and cultural events make up the pillars of a complex cultural profile. Founded in 1191, the Sibiu became the most important administrative city of the Saxons over the centuries in the Middle Ages. There is a large variety of sites worth to pay a visit here: the squares, the pedestrian cobbled alleys, the walls and defensive towers, the churches (resembling the religious tolerance), other massive households from different period of time, thus the rich architecture.
Evening in the outskirts of Sibiu, getting to Marginimea Sibiului area – an important rural region inhabited by Romanians from immemorial times, a place built and nurtured with traditions, culture, and religion – assets that defines its inhabitants, despite many centuries of foreign occupancy that Transylvania had known.
Dinner and accommodation in Sibiel village at a rural B&B, traditional food.