Called the “City of Lights”, Timişoara is one of the largest urban centres in western Romania. Filled with history and more open to the western civilization, the city was the starting point of the anti-communist revolution in Romania. Visiting Timişoara will give you the opportunity to discover its Habsburg-influenced architecture, to take a romantic walk on the bridges over the river Bega and to taste the Serbian-flavoured cuisine.
Top 5 Attractions
- Victory Square is considered to be the centre of Timişoara, as it concentrates the city’s architectural wealth and the main promenade area where you can find the finest restaurants, bars and terraces. On the two ends of the Victory Square stand the Romanian National Opera and the Metropolitan Cathedral, while on the sides the square is bordered by historical buildings with Secession façades, such as the Weiss, Lloyd and Löffler palaces.
- Union Square is an elegant mix of both old and new, as it combines imposing cathedrals, museums and historical buildings built in the Baroque style with modern terraces and cafés. Here you can visit the Baroque Palace, housing the Art Museum, the Roman-Catholic Dome, the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Canonical Houses.
- Huniade Castle: This historical monument is the oldest building in Timişoara, its construction ending in 1447. With an imposing outline, the castle belongs to the Neo-Gothic style. Here you can visit the history and natural sciences sections of the Museum of the Banat (Muzeul Banatului).
- Maria Theresia Bastion: The edifice was built between 1730 and 1735 and is the largest piece of wall preserved from the old Timişoara Fortress. The bastion is currently used as a passage and hosts two permanent exhibitions of the Museum of the Banat, commercial spaces, cafés, restaurants and a disco.
- Banat Village Museum exhibits the characteristics of the genuine rural civilization from Banat. From authentic traditional houses and buildings made from wood, stone and clay to items and objects used in the everyday life of the peasants from Banat, the museum makes a chronicle of the history of the region and of the diverse ethnic groups inhabiting it.
Things to do
Whether you plan a romantic rendezvous with your loved one, having fun with friends, spending time with the kids or just drowning in your own thoughts, the river Bega offers a wide range of entertaining activities, such as kayaks, paddle boats and water walking balls.
If you seek relaxation, the numerous parks spread along Bega offer the perfect setting. You can enjoy rare flora in the Botanic Garden or the smell of various types of roses in the Roses’ Park, learn about local important figures from the statues in the Central Park and let your kids have fun in the Children’s Park, a dreamland from where they won’t want to go.
Art, music and dance lovers can opt to participate to the performances held at the Romanian National Opera and the Banatul Philharmonics. For your entertainment, you can also attend some popular events taking place in Timişoara, such as Plai Festival, Student-Fest and the Beer Festival.
If you are passionate about hunting, the hunting areas in the surroundings of Timişoara are a destination not to be missed. In these quiet areas, chic rural pensions are waiting for you.
In Timişoara you will also find a very special attraction, aeromodelling. Dozens of small planes take off every week from the specially designed track, situated outside the city.