Piata Mare is the historic centre of Sibiu and is, as the name declares, a large square. There are shops, restaurants and cafes on either side. Walking further takes us to the Christmas market, beyond which is Piata Mica and my awesome hostel. Looking for a free walking tour didn’t quite work out (they only have tours in the winter if enough people call and request for one because of how cold it is), so I was left to fend for myself and figure things out on my own. Brasov’s christmas market isn’t Romania’s largest (that distinction goes to Sibiu), but it doesn’t compromise on charm. The sun was shining, and the buzz of so many people milling about just made it all that much lovelier.
As you set foot in Braşov, the first thing that will catch your eye is its stunning skyline. Soviet buildings, gothic spires, medieval arches and a Hollywoodesque sign – this is what welcomes you in Braşov. Baroque buildings and churches, interspersed throughout the town with white canopied cafes and tiny restaurants lining the streets – Braşov represents a very typical picture of a medieval European town.