After the Lazy Sunday it was time to get back in action. Wake up early to get the first bus from Sibiu to Slimnic. A small town 20 km north of Sibiu and is best known for the fortified church on a hill in the middle of the village.
Buses from Sibiu train station in the direction of Medias will stop in Slimnic. I planned to take the earliest bus at 7 a.m. but at the station I was told the first bus would only be at 11am. I decided to try to hitchhike instead. I found a good spot to stop cars going towards Medias.
https://goo.gl/maps/CLNnCSb8yzj (google street view even shows people trying to get a ride here 😀 )
My driver drove through the village and I became unsure if he knew I actually wanted to get out here. By the time that I explained to him I wanted to visit the fortified church here in Slimnic we were already at the end of the town. However, from here I got immediately a nice view over the rooftops and with the church in the background.
I made my way back to the center where a small road goes up to the church. It’s a very steep but short climb to enter the fortified church but you can also keep walking the road up the hill and eventually even hike up through a field and get a wonderful view on the church and the surrounding.
I descended back to the walls of the church to see if I could get inside. On the left side of the church is a small door where you can enter the fortified walls. Unfortuneatly, it was only half past eight and it was written the doors only open at 10.am. Price is 3 LEI for adults.
A pitty I couldn’t enter the walls but I also meant I would defititely have plenty of time left today to visit the Astra Open Air Musem.
Astra open air museum
The Astra open air museum is located south of Sibiu. I hitchhiked back to the train station of Sibiu from where I took take the bus 13 in front (left) of the train station of Sibiu. A ticket can be bought for just 2LEI (single) at the machine next to the bus stop.
The final bus stop of bus 13 is at the entrance of the museum. So don’t be tempted to get of the bus at the Zoo which is just before the Astra Open Air Museum.
If you plan to visit the open air museum, definitely check the opening times. I visited on Monday May 28th and the houses of the park (except for the restaurant) were still closed. I didn’t verify if it was because of visiting a Monday or because the park was still running in low season mode.
It was a nice park but since the interior of the houses was closed, it felt a little too quiet for me. Still a nice place to visit if you are staying a few days around Sibiu.
Nearby the Astra open air museum are two other transylvanian villages worth visiting. Cisnădioara and Cisnădie. They can be easily visited together with the astra open air museum since they are situated on a circular route leaving from Sibiu.
I had no own transport and was a little short in time so I didn’t visit the second town Cisnădie. Instead I hitchiked back the same route along the open air museum back to Sibiu.