The 2018’s edition of SSIMA is taking place in Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania.
Sibiu was the European Capital of Culture in 2007, together with Luxemburg, being the first city in South-Eastern Europe to receive this title.
Since medieval times, Sibiu has been the centre of Romania’s German minority.
Even today, it contains Romania’s largest German community, and due to initiatives by the local government, the Germanic feel of the area has been maintained. Sibiu also has a significant Hungarian minority, remnants of Transylvania’s past as part of the Hungarian Empire and, later, Austria-Hungary.
Today, Sibiu is one of Romania’s cultural and tourism capitals, attracting tourists due to its wonderful medieval charm, excellent views of the surrounding landscapes, great food, and stunning parkland. Sibiu today is also doing excellently economically, having an income per capita higher than the Romanian average.
Much of the city has been reconstructed due to it being the European Capital of Culture in 2007 and has benefited greatly from the funds made available. The people in Sibiu are friendly and much of the city centre is pedestrian area. Many locals use their bikes in and outside the city.
TAROM, Romania’s national carrier, as well as LUFTHANSA flies five times a week from Sibiu to Munich and also five times a week to Vienna. There are also flights three times a week to Bucharest, even though you’re better off taking the train if you’re coming from inside Romania. There are frequent specials, though, so look at the TAROM website before deciding one way or the other.
Blue Air, direct low cost flights to Cologne, Stuttgart and Madrid.