Escape rooms have become popular in Europe since 2011. In case you haven’t tried one yet, you have a chance to do it in Timisoara, thanks to Exit Games.

How does it work? Teams consist of minimum two players and a maximum of eight, depending on the room you choose. The team has to work together on solving riddles and puzzles in order to exit the room in 60 minutes. Although at a first it may seem like a simple task, it’s actually quite challenging! Team spirit and efficient communications between team members are crucial.

Currently, Exit Games offers three escape rooms to choose from, each with a different scenario. Of course, new rooms are added each year and some of the old rooms are replaced with new ones. Did we mention that the rooms are designed also to be played in English?! The staff speaks good English, so you should find it fun to play the whole game in English! 

If you want to try an escape room out, you can choose from the following three rooms. Please see their descriptions below:



“For 5 years you have been working at the car factory. Sometimes your friend visiting you he sneaks out with pieces, one by one, to finally mount a new car, together with whom you’re gonna travel to the sea. But unfortunately one thing he did not get, and this is the ignition key, what you have to smuggle out from the factory. This is the only chance for you and your friend to get a well-deserved vacation in Vama Veche. But attention, you need to be fast and clever, and to no one should catch you, otherwise, you and your friend are going to prison.”


The Laboratory of Tesla

“Nikola Tesla was a genius whose inventions changed the world and our daily lives. According to the legend, Tesla had a laboratory for some of his secret inventions, which have remained unknown to us even today. For over a hundred years teams of prestigious researchers have tried to find this mysterious laboratory, without any luck. Now your team has the unique opportunity to unveil its mysteries! But beware! The moment this door closes things will go berserk and the only way out is through teleportation. May you fail in your quest you will not be able to escape Tesla’s crazy laboratory and no one else will ever be able to find you!”



Mr. Bean (Preparation for Christmas)

“Mr. Bean went to do his Christmas shopping, but could not leave the house unattended. So he has put all kinds of obstacles and traps to prevent the entry of others into the house. Unfortunately, this plan – like all other – did not happen as he thought it would, but on the contrary: you can easily enter, but it’s quite difficult to get out. In the house, we meet many familiar things that guarantee fun, but fun has a limit, because if you fail to escape until he returns from shopping, you’ll have to spend the holidays with him, and that will have unpredictable consequences.”




Price per person: about 10 Euros.
Location: B-dul Constantin Brancoveanu 53

What are you interested in when visiting a new city? Is it the food, the people, the nightlife, the architecture or the culture? Do you like to immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting museums? If that is the case, then read on. This article is dedicated to the history buffs and the artistic souls that enjoy spending their time visiting museums.

Unfortunately, Timisoara does not host many museums when compared to other big European cities. However, those it does host are cozy and affordable and each tells a different story about the city. From the more popular museums to the “quirky” ones here are the museums that are worth your visit:



1. The Timisoara Art Museum



Yes, Timisoara has its very own art museum. And in addition to this, the building hosting the museum is a work of art itself! The building, located in Unirii Square, is a historical building that dates back to the 18th century. It was initially designed as an administrative building back when Unirii Square represented the city centre. It started hosting the Art Museum in 2006.

Beautiful building aside, do visit the museum if you are interested in seeing local art, especially contemporary art. In addition to the permanent collections, the museum also hosts various exhibitions and events – which are usually advertised at the entrance.

The museum’s permanent collections include:

  • contemporary art – mostly the works of local artists
  • decorative art – a collection of about 1500 decorative works (mainly ceramics and glass)
  • a collection of European drawings and engravings dating from the 15th to the 19th century
  • European art – the private collection of European art gathered by Ormós Zsigmond (1813-1894); it includes works of art by Italian, Dutch, Hungarian and French artists.
  • A Corneliu Baba collection.
  • several art collections of old works from the region of Banat.


Where: Baroque Palace, 1 Unirii Square

Entrance fee: 10 RON

Visiting hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10-18




2. The National Museum of Banat


The National Museum of Banat hosts various collections that are representative of the Banat region. It can normally be found in the Huniade Castle, an impressive building located in the centre of Timisoara, that also happens to be the oldest building in the city. The museum has several departments:

  • archeology
  • history
  • natural sciences
  • the Traian Vuia museum

At the time of the writing of this article, the building is under renovation and cannot be visited; it is expected to be open to the public again in 2021. Until then, visitors can view the exhibitions that are organised in the old city citadel.


Where: Huniade Castle (if you want to see the building) – Baroque Palace, 1 Huniade Square

Exhibitions – Bastionul Maria Theresia, 4 Martin Luther Street



3. The Village Museum in Timisoara



The Timisoara Village Museum has initially been part of the National Museum of Banat but has started functioning as an individual entity in 2000. The museum is located on the outskirts of Timisoara, in a very green area, near a forest (Padurea Verde) and is therefore rich in vegetation. It has been designed to reflect a real village: it has several kinds of buildings, including a church and a mill. The buildings in the museum reflect traditional houses from different times and different regions in Banat.

Even for those not interested in the history of Banat, the Village Museum is a very enjoyable place. You can even visit it if you just want to enjoy an afternoon in nature, thanks to its green surroundings. It is also quite close to the local zoo, which can be an interesting destination too, especially if you are travelling with kids. The zoo itself is not very big, but it is in good shape and the animals get a lot of space and attention. 

However, the buildings are in good shape and some of them can even be visited. If you are curious to find to find out more about the history and the traditions of the people in this area, do book a guided tour. It is very affordable and the guides are very open to sharing their stories.


Where: 31 Avram Imbroane St. (you can get there by public transport using the no. 46 bus from near the Timisoara citadel)

Entrance fee: 5 RON for adults (no guide), free for children and seniors; 12 RON for a guided tour

Visiting hours*:

Summer: Tuesday-Saturday, 10-18; Sunday: 12-20

Winter: Tuesday-Friday, 9-16; Saturday-Sunday, 10-17

* Tickets can be bought as late as 45 minutes before closing hours




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4. The Museum of the Communist Consumer


Now, this is not exactly a traditional museum, but we have included it here as we believe it is representative of Timisoara. This quirky “museum” was created to reflect the world of the “golden era”, as the communist times are called here ironically.

The museum can be found in the basement of the bar Scart. (the name is difficult to translate, but funny in Romanian, believe us!) This is a very cozy bar/cafe located in an old house with a big garden (do visit it if you’re in town during the warm season). The cafe also has a room dedicated to hosting the theatre shows of the theatre group Aualeu (some of the group members have actually created Scart). It is a very friendly and quirky place, decorated with a bunch of “stuff” you don’t really find in a bar. Let’s just say it’s bohemian, in lack of a better term to describe it. The Museum of the Communist Consumer was basically an addition to an already creative place.

The museum was created by means of donations made by friends, family, and visitors. The owners just asked for people to donate their items that reminded them of (and dated from) the “golden era”. And they received a lot of donations. Since resources ware scarce during communist times, most families owned very similar items, all produced by the Romanian industry. And one more thing: The museum is designed to reflect a typical Romanian apartment during communist times, so it will feel like walking into somebody’s living room.


Where: Scart, 1 Arh. Szekely Laszlo St.  

Entrance fee: free

Visiting hours: per request (normally, you can visit during the bar’s opening hours)




5. The Revolution Memorial


Romania has been a communist country up until 1989. The communist regime had fallen after a great revolution, that started in Timisoara. That moment has of course been a remarkable one in the history of the city.

Timisoara does not have a museum dedicated to the revolution yet, but there are plans for a museum to be open in the following years. Until then, those interested in the Romanian revolution can visit the Revolution memorial. Be warned, the place is not in great shape, as this location is supposed to be temporary until a museum will be created.

Though not as impressive as a regular museum, the memorial highlights the events that marked the revolution, as well as the impact it has had on the people living in the city. It also hosts works of art dedicated to the revolution and a very interesting documentary of the revolution. Bonus tip: you can find a piece of the Berlin wall just outside of the memorial – this was brought in to mark the tumultuous year that 1989 has been. 

This may not be the most impressive place, but a visit is worth your time if you are interested in getting a better understanding of the revolution – those were dramatic times and we are all better off learning from the recent past.


Where: Asociatia Memorialul Revolutiei, 3-4 Popa Șapcă Street

Entrance fee: 10 RON

Visiting hours: Monday-Friday, 8-16; Saturday, 9-14


The Danube is one one of Romania’s most beautiful natural assets. It flows across the whole southern part of Romania and creates the wonderful Danube Delta just before reaching the Black Sea. Right after entering Romania, it creates the stunning Danube Gorges, which are a very popular tourist destination. The whole are a is worth a visit, as the Danube carves some spectacular sights through its flow. And the good news is: it’s quite close to Timisoara!


A trip to the Danube Gorges – how to get there

From Timisoara, it will take you a three-hour drive to reach the Danube Gorges. There are actually two ways of travelling there, but the best one (as far as the road itself is concerned) goes from Timisoara to Lugoj and then through Caransebes.

If you want to road trip through Romania to see as much as possible, you choose one way to reach your destination and the second one to get back to Timisoara.

Accomodation near the Danube Gorges

While you can choose to see the Danube Gorges during a one-day trip, this is also an excellent destination for a weekend trip. Whether you just want to sunbathe or relax, or enjoy some hiking, this destination has plenty to offer.
What we locals call the “clisura Dunarii” (the Danube Gorges) stretches from the “Cazanele Dunarii” (the best-known area) to the Nera River. Along the length of this area, you can find many locations willing to host travelers. The most popular towns, which are located on the banks of the Danube, are: Dubova, Berzasca and Eselnita.

If you would like to sunbathe and take a bath, you can choose a hotel that hosts its own pool – there are plenty of choices. Swimming in the Danube isn’t really advisable – the Danube can pull you in if you aren’t careful.


Things to do around the Danube Gorges

So, you’ve decided that this is a trip you want to take. What shouldn’t you miss? Here is our brief list of things to do when visiting the Danube Gorges:

1. Enjoy the fresh (fish) food

If you are a foodie and fish is in the menu, you will be able to enjoy fresh fish in this area. Most of the hotels and restaurants in the are serve various kinds of fish – all of it cought fresh from the Danube. One of the local’s specialty is “ciorba de peste” – which is basically fish sour soup.

2. See (and take pictures of) Cazanele Dunarii

“Cazanele Mici” and “Cazanele Mari” are the two places where the Danube “squeezes” through the mountain, creatic a dramatic view. The name “cazane” could be roughly translated to a “big pot” – an object uses especially in the countryside to boil things in.


In the same are you can also find a large statue (55 metres high) of the dacian king Decebal. This was a private investment by Romanian businessman Iosif Constantin Dragan. The sculpture was created between 1994-2004 and has since attracted many tourists, as it is indeed impressive.


Also in the same area, you can visit the Mraconia monastery, which lays impressively on the banks of the Danube. The original monastery was built back in the 16th century, but was destroyed by the communist regime only to be rebuilt after the falling of the regime.

3. Go for a boat trip on “cazanele Dunarii”

Especially in the “cazane” area, you will find many local businesses willing to take you for a boat ride. This will be an entertaining ride, as it will allow you to really feel how impressive the Danube is.
If you decide to go for a boat ride, you can also stop to visit two caves that are only accessible via the Danube: Ponicova and the Veterans’ Cave. Just negociate with your boat driver to see if they can also take you to visit the caves. Different kinds of tours will include different stops, but things are negociable.

4. Go hiking up the Cazane

If you are afraid you might get seasick, maybe seeing the wonderful views from above is a better choice. Or you could try seeing both views. There are hiking trails in the area, though the trails are not always marked perfectly. Our advice is to research the trip a bit before heading out or to take a guide with you, just in case.
The area is home to a species of poisonous viper that is very dangerous to humans. If you decide to go hiking in the area, please wear long trousers, appropriate shoes and watch your step. The viper is a shy creature, but it will attack if it feels threaten.


6. Visit St. Ana monastery and enjoy its views

St. Ana monastary is located on Dealul Mosului, in (and above) the city of Orsova. The monastery overlooks both the city, and the Danube, offering a stunning view of the whole area.
The monastery was built in the 60s, but was used as a restaurant during the communist regime. It was restored in the 90s and now attract many tourist, thanks to both its location and its beauty.