Basically, it is an open-air museum of traditional rural architecture and arts located inside a huge natural park called Dumbrava Sibiului and it reminds in many aspects a similar location in Bucharest (Muzeul Satului), but is not that compact.
Extremely well maintained, huge variety of buildings, very natural and clean.
One of Romania’s best places to gain insights into traditional rural architecture, craftsmanship and habits.
There is no better place for photographers to study from inside and outside and, of course, to shoot well-maintained Romanian traditional wooden houses, churches, water and wind mills, plants and workshops from all regions of the country in their natural environment.
One feels inspired to play around with light and shadow, perspectives and the material structure of naturally aged wood and stone.
An extensive walk of 2-3 hours around a nice lake which covers the central part of the area, obviously, does not give you enough time to see them all. We had a guide who provided continuous comprehensive explanations and gave us more insights and learnings about the country than any encyclopedia. I felt set back to the 18th and 19th century. Definitely worth a visit! But plan for a whole day. Local catering is provided by two big restaurants.
Dumbrava Sibiului Gallery