Piaţa Mare is the best place to start exploring Sibiu’s historic city center. It’s the largest and most important square in town, dating back to a 14th century cereal market. It now contains many interesting buildings and has a few outdoor cafés and restaurants on it.
Turnul Sfatului (Council Tower) sits high above the square. It cost me 2 lei to climb up to the top for a great view of the entire town.
The tower connects Piaţa Mare and a smaller square, Piaţa Mică (more below).
There are a lot of important buildings on Piaţa Mare. The impressive City Hall, which is located in the former Banca Agricola building, and the adjacent Holy Trinity Catholic Church sit next to Turnul Sfatului. The church was built in 1726 after Sibiu was left without a Catholic church for over 100 years of Reform.
The Brukenthal Palace sits across from City Hall. It once housed the palace of Habsburg governor Samuel von Brukenthal and was built in 1790. Currently, it’s the oldest and one of the best art galleries in the country, the Brukenthal National Museum. The museum was founded in 1817. Admission is 20 lei (as of December 2016) and it’s closed Mondays.
Other buildings include the Hecht House (1456), which was used as a mint, and the General’s House (1779), home of the General Commander of Transylvania.