What to do in Timisoara? This is something every tourist visiting our city asks himself or herself. Here are some possible answers.

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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!

 

 

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:

 

Darkwagen

“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.”

Source: https://www.facebook.com/exitgamesro

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!”

Source: https://www.facebook.com/exitgamesro

 

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.”

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Source: https://www.facebook.com/exitgamesro

 

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

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:

 

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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

 

 

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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

 

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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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Photo Credits: opiniatimisoarei.ro

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)

 

 

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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

 

Finding the perfect outdoor activities for your stay in Timisoara may be quite a hassle if you rely just on a search on Google. To help you out, we have searched for the lesser-known things you can do in Timisoara. And we’ve already tried them out! Paragliding flights, acro flights with a jet plane or aerial tours…pick your choice. Whatever you choose, we can assure you each of them are totally worth it, especially if you are visiting Timisoara for a few days.

 

Paragliding Flights

Although this won’t take place in the city, a paragliding flight is definitely something you should take off your bucket list. Did we mention that the paragliding flights are one of the main attractions for travelers on Trip Advisor?

The paragliding flights take place in Clopotiva, a small village just two hours away from Timisoara, at the base of the Retezat Mountains.A tandem paragliding flight means that you will fly together with a professional pilot. You, together with the instructor, will take off from an altitude of about 1000 meters. The instructor will do the flying, while you will only have to enjoy the view and the experience.

A paragliding flight lasts for about 30 minutes, depending on the weather conditions and yes, the photos and videos are included in the price.

Cost: 65 euros

Website: https://skyrush.ro/

 

 

Acro Flights above Timisoara

 

We have a special recommendation for adrenaline lovers: an acrobatic flight with the only SkyBolt acro-plane in Romania. The plane will take you up about 3000 meters in the air. From that altitudine, the pilot will start doing loops, dives, and many other acrobatic maneuvers. The flights take about 15-20 minutes but, rest assured, that is plenty of time to feel the full power of the SkyBolt

The best thing is that the flights take place just 5 minutes away from Timisoara you can even get there with an Uber.

Please note, the plane has only two places: for the passenger and for the pilot. In case you want to live this experience with your friends, don’t worry, you can take turns.

Cost: 100 Euros

Website: https://skyrush.ro/

 Aerial Tour Above Timisoara

Timisoara is a beautiful city, but it’s even more beautiful from above. One of the alternatives of visiting the city on foot, is to see the city from above.

You will get to fly with a Dynamic VT-9 plane and do a full round above Timisoara. The trip is specially created for the people who just want to enjoy the scenery.

The flights takes about 30 minutes, enough to take dozens of photos and also enjoy Timisoara from a different “point of view”.

Cost: 75 Euros

Website: https://skyrush.ro/