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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 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 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 Sezession current, but it’s hard to define the overall architecture, as many buildings share eclectic elements. Get lost in the old city center 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 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!

 

If you are planning to visit Timisoara, you probably need a list of things to see and do. What to do in Timisoara? Timisoara is a big city, at least by Romanian standards, and 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:

 

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  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’ favourite 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.

 

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  1. Take a stroll through the Victory Square

The Victory Square is also known as the Opera Square. The name of “Victory Square” is actually quite new – dating back to the 1989 Revolution, which marked the end of communism in Romania. This square is actually where Timisoara was proclaimed the first free city in Romania.

The Victory Square is flanked by two of the most emblematic buildings in Timisoara: The Opera House (which also hosts the National Theatre) in the north and the Metropolitan 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 “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.

 

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  1. Visit The Village Museum

This is an often overlooked attraction, probably because it is quite distant from the city centre, but a place worth a visit. The Village Museum reflects the beauty of an authentic 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.

 

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  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.

 

 

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