Another view of Sibiu

I was not able to finish the story-series of our holiday (I will tell in another series, why), so I am writing this last entry about our final stop of our vacation period just to put the dot on the “i”. The final stop was in a familiar city for me, a city about which I have already written a blog entry: Sibiu. This time, however, I have discovered some other things to visit there apart from the classic stroll around its remarkable city center.
First things first, I have to tell where we stayed at. The place is called Casa Verox and it is a small family pension in a quite OK neighborhood close to the city center. Also the prices are OK and for it we have received a very good service. I was also able to park the car inside the courtyard.

After checking in, the first target to visit was the city center. At first we wanted to visit the Brukenthal Museum, but we considered the entry price of 32 RON (€7) a bit too high for the Romanian prices just to see some paintings. What was even more appalling, is that the price to make photos was astronomical (around 100 RON = €22). So, we have visited the quite deserted Museum of Natural History, where I think the entry price of 13 RON (€2.8) was much more acceptable. Here the photo price was also appalling (and we did not buy it), but at least we have seen something different than the usual paintings that are displayed at every museum one goes to.

Another interesting place to visit in the city center, that I did not mention in my last post, was a climb to the city-tower for as little as 2 RON (€0.44). Here one can have a great overview of the entire city. Also photos can be made freely, making it ideal for photographers.

There is one other museum which is hardly mentioned anywhere (I have found it mentioned in Wikipedia though…): it is the Museum of Steam Engines. Now, this museum is REALLY hard to find. There are no indications, no maps, just one address I have found on the net: Str. Dorobanţilor 22. The street, however, does not contain this number. Instead there is a little street between number 16 and 30 which is apparently still the Dorobantilor street and there, in the back (basically next to the railway lines), one can spot the entrance. There was, however, at the time of our visit, nobody there. No gatehouse, no nothing, just a phone number which I could call: it seems like the museum is so insignificant, that the guy at the other end told us, that the number I have called is actually the train depot’s and indeed they have some old steam engines and I could just go to the back and have a look 🙂 . So we went to the back, where we have seen a lot of old engines in a very bad (but original) shape. I think it is worth a visit, though, the old engines are quite cool 😉 .

If one stays the second day, then I can advise anyone to visit also the Sibiu Zoo. It is not as big as the one in Tg. Mures, but it has some different animals which make it probably as attractive as the latter one. Also the entry price is a bargain 2 RON (€0.44), so I do not see why someone would miss it. For children (like me) I think it is ideal anyway ;)… I even took some photos, just to make you interested 😀


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