109 Kms from Bistrita
Cultural Capital of Romania
206 Kms from Bistrita
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.
205 Kms from Bistrita
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.
156 Kms from Bistrita
Everything is better after you’re full, no? I didn’t have much to do. It gets dark quickly in the winter so I just decided to make the most of whatever little time I had and walked around the city. What can I say about Timisoara? I don’t know much about it, frankly, and I didn’t get a chance to find out either. I can tell you it’s in Western Romania and is the third most populous city in the country. I can tell you it is called ‘Little Vienna’ for some reason (but I was in a foul mood that day and I refused to agree with whoever told me that). And I can tell you that it is a pretty city. If prettiness can show itself inspite of the snow, it’s a pretty city indeed!