Surrounded by forest, there’s a hint of fairy-tale menace in Sibiel's stark setting. A rainbow of well-tended houses is strung along Sibiel's main street, while a milk-white 18th-century church rises in front of its main draw, the Glass Icons Museum. This highly memorable collection of religious paintings is a popular detour between Sibiu and Alba Iulia.

From Sibiel, head 6km north to Sălişte, a quaint village with a strong shepherd tradition. Some 2km west of Sălişte are the Saxon houses of hill-backed Galeş, a scenic place to drive through. Exploring Sibiel and surrounding villages is an evocative day trip from Sibiu.