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!