Sibiu is one of the most significant cultural hubs of Romania and was appointed the European Capital of Culture back in 2007, together with the city of Luxembourg. Previously the hub of the Transylvanian Saxons, the ancient city of Sibiu was classified as 'the 8th most perfect place to stay in Europe' by Forbes back in 2008. This was the biggest and richest of the seven walled fortresses constructed in the 12th century by German habitants famous as Transylvanian Saxons. The wealth collected by its union paid for the building of both monumental structures and the rampart needed to safeguard them. Sibiu's Old Town maintains the splendor of its former days when wealthy and influential unions governed local commerce. Just like, Sighisoara and Brasov, it has a clear Germanic sensation.Parts of the medieval wall still protect the famous region, where small streets move ahead of steep-roofed 17th century structures with sheltered projections prior to entering into huge, church-ruled courtyards like the Great Square and Little Square. Sibiu is a walker-friendly city with two simply approachable levels: The Upper town, residence to many of Sibiu's ancient locations, and the Lower town, boarded with vibrant homes on brick roads and surrounded by striking city walls and protection steeples looking over the river Cibin.