Discover the best activities and things to do while traveling in Timisoara. In your visit, go to museums, local theatre, escape rooms, festivals, day trips and more.

We are witnessing troubled times and while we are doing our best to stay home and protect our loved ones, we also want to help our community overcome this situation.

“Timisoara Tourism” is a project dedicated to promoting Timisoara’s tourism potential. Our city is beautiful and has so much potential… But right now it also needs our help. As we know we are not only followed by travellers, but also by the local community, we want to try to use our platform to raise awareness on the projects that are currently trying to make a difference.


How can we help?

If you feel like doing something to ease the burden of this pandemic, here are some projects and fundraisers that you can support:

  1. Fundraising to help the Victor Babes hospital in Timisoara: We don’t know what to expect, but there have been warnings that things are going to get worse before they get better. You can support the hospital by making a 2-euro donation via text message or you can donate a bigger amount of money directly. More details, here.
  2. Fundatia Comunitara Timisoara is also raising money from individuals and businesses alike to support local hospitals. You can read about what they are doing and their results so far, on their Facebook page.
  3. The 3d printing of mechanical ventilator components: If you own a 3D printer or a CNC device, you can volunteer to help. You can find more details on the page VentilaTM.
  4. The printing and crafting of medical visors for doctors: FOR and AZERO are two organisations currently involved in that. They could use some help with the printing, but also with gathering materials. 
  5. Helping citizens who are at risk: You can of course help your elderly neighbours but, if you have more time and want to do more, you can access this Facebook group and you can volunteer by using this form. You can also volunteer on your own or with a group of friends/family; you should however register as a volunteer with the City Hall before doing that.
  6. Buy art for a good cause: A piece of art could make your staying home more pleasant. On you can can choose from a selection of artworks that have been donated by local artists to help the Victor Babes hospital in Timisoara. The idea is simple: you buy one of the selected artworks and the money is then donated to the hospital.


Do you know other great initiatives?

This list is rather short, as we are aware that there are many more needs and more initiatives in our city. Most medical are in need of resources, but we haven’t found a centralized list yet.

We will try to keep this article updated and to promote any great initiatives out there. If you know any other interesting initiatives, please get in touch with us using either the contact form or via Facebook.


This does not mean you shouldn’t STAY HOME

Just to be clear, we are not advising you to get out of your house. On the contrary, we are urging you to stay home. But we are aware that we need to support each other right now. If you leave your home to help others, be aware of the threat, don’t forget about washing your hands and keeping your distance.


Stay safe, everyone!


Photo credits: Universitatea de Vest din Timisoara

There’s a new bookstore in Timisoara and we have to tell you all about it! The bookstore brand Carturesti has recently opened a new bookstore right in the “heart” of the city: Carturesti Operei. Here’s why you should pay a visit. 


Carturesti – a Romanian brand

The history of Carturesti goes back to the year 2000 and a small bookstore in Bucharest. Built around the love of art and books, but also around the desire to build a community, the brand has grown considerably during the last 20 years, opening bookstores in several Romanian cities. It has also managed to build a community of book readers, music listeners, and beauty-lovers. 



Carturesti Operei

Carturesti currently has 3 shops open in Timisoara: one in Iulius Mall, another on Mercy Street, near Unirii Square, and one more (the most recent and perhaps the largest) in Victory Square – also known as “Carturesti Operei”. 


The opening of the latest Carturesti bookstore in Timisoara has brought in quite a crowd – showing how beloved the brand is. If you are a tourist visiting Timisoara, you are probably going to spot the place while walking down the “corso” (the promenade area between the Opera House and the Orthodox Cathedral). 


Why visit a bookstore when traveling to Timisoara?


  1. Books: In addition to Romanian-language books, Carturesti sells a wide range of foreign-language books. You will find, for example, numerous books in English. 
  2. Music: You can also expect good music in Carturesti, as the bookstore also loves good films and good music. 
  3. Souvenirs: If you are looking for original souvenirs to take home to your loved ones, you will find them here: mags, tea sets, notebooks, original office supplies. Many of these are designed by either renowned brands, or by Romanian designers.
  4. Tea: Last but not least, you can purchase healthy and tasty tea. Because a good book can always be served with a good cup of tea.   

Timisoara, European Capital of Culture 2021, has a very active cultural scene. While numerous events are organized in the city all year round, locals and travelers can also enjoy regular events thanks to the city’s public cultural institutions.

What are the things to do in Timisoara, if you want to get familiar with the city’s local culture scene? You can go see a theatre play, enjoy the opera or a Philharmonic concert.


The Palace of Culture in Timisoara – One building, four institutions

Timisoara National State Theatre City Center


The Palace of Culture in Timisoara, located in Victory Square (formerly known as “The Opera Square”), was built in the late 19th century by the famous architecture firm “Helmer and Fellner”. The firm is responsible for designing several cultural institutions across the former Habsburg Empire.

Even though the building has lost its original facade in a fire, it was given a new “face” and has remained, until this day, a landmark of Timisoara. The building of the Palace of Culture currently hosts 4 different cultural institutions: The National Opera and 3 National Theatres.


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Timisoara, the only city in Romania with 3 national theatres

Back in 1953, Timisoara became the first and only city in Romania to host 3 National Theatres: The Romanian State Theatre, The Hungarian State Theatre, and The German State Theatre.



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The “Mihai Eminescu” National Romanian Theatre

The theatre hosts Romanian plays, usually performed by local actors and directed by various Romanian directors. The plays are in Romanian, so this might be an interesting experience if you have already studied the language a bit.

The German National Theatre

The German National Theatre serves the local community plays in the German language, with Romanian subtitles. Timisoara has a strong German community and this National Theatre dates back to the early 20th century, though the city had seen German-speaking performances long before that.

“Csiky Gergely” Hungarian National Theatre

The “Csiky Gergely” Hungarian National Theatre is another sign of the city’s multiculturality. The theatre has an impressive repertoire and, interestingly, the plays have Romanian and English subtitles – which makes them easy to enjoy by English-speaking tourists.


National Opera in Timisoara & Philharmonic

Music is a “universal” language an those who are interested in classical music can enjoy it in Timisoara. If you love opera music, the National Opera in Timisoara is waiting for you to enjoy a show in the city center. In addition to classical opera shows, you can also enjoy

Timisoara Filarmonica Banatul

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If you are not into the opera, but still enjoy classical music, you’ll be happy to find out that Timisoara has a Philharmonic orchestra, which has over 60 professional musicians. The Philharmonic’s live concerts can be heard at their very central venue, near the Orthodox Cathedral. For a schedule of the events visit the Timisoara Philarmonic Orchestra website. 

For exact directions on how to reach each of these cultural institutions in Timisoara, check out our map of Timisoara.

“Mens sana in corpore sano”, they say. When it comes to fitness, the locals and visitors in our city have plenty of options to choose from – from traditional gyms to dedicated yoga and pilates studios. And the latter choice has become quite popular in recent years. So here is a recommendation for those who wish to practice yoga in Timisoara: The Yoga Venue.



Yoga and pilates made in Timisoara

The Yoga Venue is a small local business, a cosy yoga and pilates studio in Timisoara. Currently, the studio hosts around 14 classes per week, with the help of 3 dedicated trainers. These classes include hatha yoga, flow yoga, spinal yoga, and pilates. However, themed classes are organized regularly and they are open for participation.

Just follow the studio’s Facebook page for event updates and weekly schedules. You can either choose to attend one event/class or you can purchase a monthly subscription.



A cozy studio in the city centre

If you are both a yoga lover and a visitor to Timisoara, this little studio should be on your list of places to visit when in Timisoara. It is currently located close to the city centre, so you can easily stop for a yoga class right after going sightseeing. It is located right next to the Metropolitan Orthodox Cathedral at no. 8 Victory Square (2nd floor, apt. no. 09).

But don’t drop in spontaneously! There is a limited number of spots for each of the classes, so book your spot before attending! You can do that by calling or sending a message via the studio’s Facebook page.

The studio is well-equipped, so you don’t even have to bring your own mat. You’ll find everything you need there.



I’ve never been to a yoga class before. What should I expect?

First of all, enjoy it. For many, yoga practice has a strong spiritual element to it. But don’t worry if you don’t feel the same; you can still enjoy the physical benefits of yoga: a stronger spine, leaner muscles, increased strength and mobility etc.

However here are some things to keep in mind before attending a yoga class:

  • Don’t be late; People try to relax during a yoga class and an interruption would be rude.
  • Wear something comfortable. You don’t need to buy a special outfit, but wear something that allows you to move freely; yoga pants and a well-fitted top will be fine.
  • Yoga is normally practiced barefoot, so don’t bother bringing shoes. The only class that requires shoes is “body fit”, as this one has more elements of an aerobics class.
  • Be kind to yourself and enjoy the practice. Unlike other sports, yoga is not competitive. Use the class to relax and take a break from daily stress.





According to, which is a national newspaper, starting this spring, Timisoara will have its own free public “libraries” in parks. These “libraries” will consist of bookcases and an initial collection of about 200 books. The collection is expected to grow with the help of the public.

The idea behind this project is simple: borrow a book, take it back after you read it. If you want to keep it, just put back another book.

The project is a private initiative that was inspired by the idea of book-crossing, which already exists in various European cities.  Although probably at first there won’t be many foreign-language (English) books available, we’re sure these will appear eventually, as the locals will adopt this new project.

The outdoor bookcase concept, also known as “free open-air libraries”, was first implemented in 1991 in Germany and later adopted by other European countries like Austria, the U.K., Switzerland, and others.

Who knows, maybe next time you visit Timisoara you’ll find something interesting to read.

Later update:

5 outdoor bookcases have already been placed in the parks around Timisoara. They have the shape of a small house and are actually called “casuta de lectura” (rough translation: “little house with books”)

Where exactly can you find them?! See the address and the exact place of each one in the Timisoara Map section of our website.

Carmen Silva Park

Carmen Silva Open Library TImisoara Tourism

Botanical Park

Open Library Botanical Park Timisoara Tourism

Alpinet Park


Rozelor Park


Justitiei (Justice) Park

When visiting a new city, in order to have the best experience, many of you will also want to taste the nightlife. Timisoara’s nightlife is vibrant and has many party places to choose from. In this article, we will give you 5 recommendations on how to enjoy the nightlife in Timisoara.


D’arc has been representative for nightlife in Timisoara for over a decade now. Located in Unirii Square, it’s one of the most popular places in the city to enjoy a good party. The prices are affordable and the music is just great. It’s also popular with foreigners and expats.

Open Hours: Thursday-Saturday 23 PM – 5 AM

Darc' Timisoara Nightlife

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Reflektor Venue

The story of Reflektor Venue started in 2017 and the venue has since become one of the most popular concert venues in Timisoara. Reflektor hosts concerts and events several times a week and most weekends. Most of the events aren’t over before a great after party.  The sound system is one of the best in Timisoara, the prices are just right, and the staff is very friendly.

Open Hours: Thursday-Saturday 23 PM – 5 AM

Reflektor Venue Timisoara Concerts

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80s Pub

80s Pub is one of the pubs in Timisoara where people also come dancing on the weekend. Although it’s the only one from our list which is not located in the city center, it’s very relevant for nightlife in Timisoara. This pub is exactly what it sounds like: 80s music, with very danceable songs and great atmosphere. Because it is located near the students’ campus, you will most likely see expats and locals having fun together.

Open Hours: Monday  – Thursday 9 AM- 1:30vAM / Friday- Saturday 10 AM – 4:30 AM / Sunday 10 AM – 1:30 AM

Darc' Timisoara Party

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Club Taine has been around for some years now, and it’s very popular among locals. If you are into rock music and famous anthems, this place is for you.  On Wednesdays Taine hosts Folk Nights, so if you want to get a taste of traditional Romanian folk music, make sure to visit them.

Open Hours: Thursday-Saturday 17 PM – 6 AM
Sunday-Wednesday 17 PM – 3 AM

Taine Club Timisoara

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Escape Venue

Escape Venue is dedicated mainly to electronic and drum’n’base music lovers. Escape Venue has a passion for great 360 visuals and good sound; this made them one of the top electronic music venues in Timisoara. Events are organized almost every weekend and they involve DJs and bands from all around the world. For a full list of their events in Timisoara, visit their Facebook page.

Open Hours: Friday-Saturday 10 PM – 6 AM

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Considering a visit to Timisoara, but not sure if you should book your trip?! Are your friends wondering if they should visit Timisoara?! Or do you want to convince your foreign friends to pay you a visit in Timisoara?! Then read on… Because we have put together a list of the 10 reasons anyone should start planning a visit soon:

1. Timisoara is a multicultural city and in 2021 it will become European Capital of Culture

Timisoara has had a complex history and throughout history, various nationalities have shared the city. The city has been part of the Kingdon of Hungary, under the Ottoman rule and for a long period of time, Timisoara was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire.  In 1918 Timisoara, the population consisted of Germans, Hungarians, Romanians, and Serbians.

Moreover, Timisoara which is one of the largest cites in Romania, will become a European Capital of Culture in 2021, which means this diversity will be celebrated further.

2. It’s affordable

When choosing a travel destination, the price is a very important aspect. We are happy to tell you that Timisoara is affordable for everyone. You can find accommodation for as little as 10-15 per night, a beer costs about 1.25 €, and a lunch out is roughly about 10€. 

3. We’re close to 3 other European capitals

Yes, you read it correctly. Due to its location, Timisoara is just 70 km away from the Hungarian and Serbian borders.  This means you can just rent a car and go for another city break while on vacation.

Timisoara is just 3 hours away from Budapest (Hungary), 3 hours away from Belgrade (Serbia) and 5 hours away from Vienna (Austria).

4. We appreciate music, film & theatre festivals

Mostly in the summertime, in Timisoara, you have a lot of festivals to choose from, like: Revolution Festival, organized by EXIT Festival from Serbia, JazzTM, Garana Jazz Festival, Plai Festival, Ceau Cinema Film Festival, Vest Fest, European Film Festival.

Find out more about the best music festivals in our area in our dedicated article.

5. The food is awesome

Timisoara is also a good destination for food lovers and you have quite a lot of restaurants to choose from. And Romanian food is tasty!

6. The locals are friendly

As we already mentioned, we embrace our multiculturality. Timisoara and the banat region is known as being one of the most foreign-friendly cities in Romania. This is mostly due to the fact that in Timisoara the locals have always lived together with other nationalities. It’s also a city with a lot of universities and therefore popular with young people.

7. The architecture is great

Most of the buildings belong to the art nouveau current, but it’s hard to define the overall architecture, as many buildings share eclectic elements. Get lost in the old city center (Piata Unirii) and visit the parks around. Don’t forget to look up, who knows what details you might spot?!

8. Timisoara has a great nightlife

Whether you’d like to simply go out for a drink or go party, Timisoara has all the ingredients for a great night. You can go for a live concert at Reflektor Venue, a party at D’arc, Scottish Pub or Epic or just enjoy a lovely dinner at one of the many cafes in the city center, like Cafeneaua Verde.

9. Almost everyone speaks English

Yes, almost everyone speaks English, believe it or not. This makes the city pretty tourist-friendly. The generation born in the late 80s and early 90s learned English mostly from TV (it was not dubbed back then) and from the cartoon series on Cartoon Network.

10. Timisoara was the country’s first free city after the fall of communism

For over 40  years,  Romania has been a communist state, ruled by Nicolae Ceausescu. Timisoara is the city where the anti-communism  romanian revolution started and from here it spread fast in all the country. Thanks to all these people we are now a European country, but the memory should never be forgotten. Make sure to visit the Communist Revolution Memorial to find out more.

What did you enjoy about Timisoara? Was it the food, the people, the architecture?

Or was it something else? Let us know, we’re curious to find out!


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


If you are planning to visit Romania, most importantly Timisoara, you probably need a list of things to see and do. Timisoara is a big city, located in Western Romania,which has a history that dates back to the 14th century. And of course it a has lot of beautiful spots, good food and plenty of entertainment for everyone.

But what are the spots you should see even if you’re in town just for a few days or in case you’re on a budget?

Here’s our handy guide of what to do in Timisoara on a budget:


  1. Take a stroll through the Union Square

The Union Square is the oldest square in Timisoara. It’s name dates back to 1919, after the first World War, as this is where the Romanian troupes stopped after entering the city.

However, the square dates back to the late 18th century, after the city was taken back from the Ottomans by Austro-Hungarian forces. Before that, the city still had the shape of a citadel.

The Union Square has a very baroque look to it, some of the most important buildings surrounding it are: the Roman-Catholic Dome, the Serbian-Orthodox Church, the beautiful House Brück and the Baroque Palace. But all of the other buildings are quite beautiful and they all have interesting stories to share.

What else can you do in the Union Square? You can stop for a cup of coffee or some lunch, as this is a very active part of the city. In the summertime, the place is full of lively terraces, as this is one of the locals’ favorite spots to hang out. You can also pay a visit to the Art Museum, hosted in the beautiful Baroque Palace – if you are into art and architecture, this will be worth the visit.


Photo by: Gratziela Ciortuz / Wikimedia Commons

  1. Take a stroll through the Victory Square

he Victory Square is also known as the Opera Square. The name of Victory Square or Piata Victoriei is actually quite new – dating back to the 1989 Anticommunism Romanian Revolution, which marked the end of communism in Romania. This square is actually where Timisoara was proclaimed the first romanian city free of comunism

The Victory Square is flanked by two of the most emblematic buildings in Timisoara: The Opera House (which also hosts the National Theatre, German state theatre and Hungarian State Theatre) in the north and the Orthodox Cathedral in the south. This is a great place to go for a stroll, just like the locals do. It dates back to the early 20th century, when it was designed to replace the former citadel walls. It was actually designed as a art nouveau “promenade” place and people still spend their time walking along the “corso” (the right side, starting from the Opera House, where the aristocracy used to walk) and the “surogat” (in the past, reserved for the workers to walk).

As for things to do, this is the heart of the Timisoara and it is full of terraces, cafes and shops. Victory Square also hosts the city’s holiday markets – like the Christmas market and the Easter market. If you’re visiting during holiday season, you’ll probably find souvenirs and local food there.


Photo by: Alexandru Baboş Albabos / Wikimedia Commons

  1. Visit The Village Museum

This museum in Timisoara is an often overlooked attraction, probably because it is quite distant from the city center, but a place worth a visit. The Village Museum reflects the beauty of an traditional Romanian village, displaying houses typical of various regions in Banat. In addition to the houses, the Village Museum has its own church, mill, and even vegetable gardens, that are looked after by the museum’s employees.

The place is even more beautiful as it is located within a forest, right in the outskirts of Timisoara. The place is ideal for a long walk in nature, as it will allow you to get a breath of fresh air without actually leaving the city. While you’re there, we recommend that you ask for a guide, especially if you want to learn more about village life in Banat and traditions.

The Village Museum also hosts a series of markets and festivals – from a “harvest” market to music festivals, so you might also get a chance to visit it during an event.

  1. Visit the zoo

The Timisoara zoo may not be as impressive as other European zoos, but it is worth a day’s visit, especially if you are in Timisoara with your kids. The zoo is pretty well taken care of – the animals have plenty of place and look taken care of.

The zoo is right next to the Village Museum, at the outskirts of the city, so you could actually visit both during the same day. It has also been incorporated into the “Green Forest” (Padurea Verde), so it has a lot of natural vegetation.

If you are looking to spend a day out in nature, without actually leaving the city, the Village Museum and the zoo are the perfect destinations.


  1. Take a stroll down the banks of the Bega river

You can do this either by walking or by biking. This is the perfect way to relax on a warm sunny day. The banks of the Bega are bike-friendly, as the bike lanes run through almost all of the city’s lenght. The Bega river also passes through plenty of Timisoara’s parks, so you can take the chance to enjoy The Rose Park (Parcul Rozelor), The Children’s Park (Parcul Copiilor) or Alpinet Park – which is said to be the prettiest in Timisoara.

In the summertime, you can also stop to enjoy a cold beer or a lemonade on one of the many terraces on the river bank: D’Arc, La Capite, Koloro, Vineri 15, Porto Arte etc. For many locals, going to these places is a nice way of enjoying a bit of nature in the summer – you may notice that they are quite popular, especially in the evenings.




Main article photo via: Gratziela Ciortuz