of the chairman of Sibiu 2007 Association
hundreds of years the fortified town of Sibiu/Hermannstadt
lay in the way of Middle Age invasions, conflicts
That is why in those troubled centuries the town first
greeted the strangers who arrived here with the cold
defence walls and the closed gates.
A legend tells that eight centuries ago the founders
of the town drew the outer limits of the settlement
with two swords.
These weapons can be seen now only on the town’s
historic coat of arms.
The swords of the Middle Ages went into oblivion long
time ago and the town opened its gates to the world
and became home for people of many cultures, speaking
different languages and practisisng different forms
of religious life. Sibiu/Hermannstadt with its different
ethnic communities developed a unique multicultural
The people of Sibiu are warm and hospitable. They
welcome with open arms the visitors, wheather they
come on business or as tourists looking for the rich
experience at the contact with our cultural heritage,
or in search of fun, sports or nature.
The occasion presented to Sibiu/Hermannstadt to be
European Cultural Capital of 2007 in partnership with
Luxembourg and Luxembourg Grand Region is for us an
opportunity to present our city, our way of life and
the creativity of all the communities which live here
in an attractive complex programme.
We invite you to stroll along the streets and into
the squares of the Historic Centre, with its Gothic
arcades, Renaissance houses and elegant Baroque churches
as well as Art Nouveau buildings.
There you can meet artists and their creative products,
there you can taste our cuisine and wines or visit
the museums that preserve beautiful art collections.
Our city awaits you to discover its music, dance,
theatre, visual arts and other events which move out
of of our cultural halls in the most provocative sttings:
in the streets and squares, lofts and cellars, fortification
walls and churches.
We invite everybody to Sibiu and wish all a very plesant
time here that will transform into an enriching cultural
Klaus Werner Johannis
Mayor of Sibiu/Hermannstadt
Chairman of Sibiu 2007