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Sibiu – city located in the heart of Transylvania. For two separate periods (which amounted to less than 2 centuries), it represented the capital city of the principality of Transylvania.

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Sibiu was founded by Transylvanian Saxons – ethnic Germans who were resettled in the region in order to defend its borders, mainly from the Ottoman enemy.

Up until 1941, Sibiu had a mixed German-Romanian population, with a small Hungarian minority. A part of the Germans were “relocated” by the Nazis after the secret 1939 Molotov pact through which Hitler and Stalin divided Romania and the Soviets were allowed invasion of Romanian territories. The resettlement called “Heim ins Reich'” (Home to the Reich) was in fact a safety measure against the agreed Soviet invasion. After World War II, a forced expulsion of the remaining German population occurred, policy created by the Allies and applied all throughout Eastern Europe.

Today, Sibiu has a Romanian population with a Hungarian minority.

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Brukenthal palace-museum. A large museum, it takes up 2-3 hours to visit. Full ticket can be acquired to visit Brukenthal palace, History museum, Ethnographic museum and others – all located within the city square.

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Astra museum, located within 20 minutes (by bus or car) from Sibiu city center. Largest open-air museum, it can take up to a day to visit.

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