Timișoara, also called Little Vienna, the City of Flowers or the City on the Bega, is the largest city in the Banat region and is a city that will surely conquer you. See tourist attractions in Banat here. It is one of the most important cities in Romania, being the first city free from communism, the first place where Romanians stood up and united in one voice for freedom. The city is loaded with history, a city that has a rich cultural and architectural heritage, and which conquers with its atypical buildings, green parks, cultural and artistic events, atmosphere, the warmth of the people and the bohemian air.
Timișoara is also an important cultural and economic center of the country, connecting Romania with Western Europe, and also increasingly sought after and visited by tourists from all corners of the country. Regardless of the time of year, the city shines with pride in its heritage, and once you're here, after a short stroll through its streets, you're sure to fall in love with it. It is a city where you will want to come back, and regardless of the reason for your visit, and whether you are visiting the city for the first time or not, I have prepared a list of the most important and unmissable tourist attractions in Timișoara.
Timisoara tourist attractions
Victoriei Square is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city. This is also known as the Opera Square and is located in the center of the city. On December 20, 1989, Timișoara was declared the first city free of communism in Romania. Bullet holes from that period can still be seen on the Opera House. Timișoara was also called "Little Vienna" because of the buildings present here, their style being Viennese Baroque, Neo-Byzantine and Art Nouveau. In Piața Victoriei there are numerous palaces that impress with their spectacular architecture, maintaining the glory of past times. The palaces you can admire here are: Lloyd Palace, Neuhausz Palace, Marbl Palace, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Palace, Dauerbach Palace, Loffler Palace, Hilt-Vogel Palace, Szechenyi Palace and Weiss Palace. Most of them today host institutions, shops and restaurants.
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Timișoara
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Timișoara is the main entrance to the city center and is located in the southern part of the square. It is a truly impressive building with its mixed Byzantine and Moldavian styles. It is the tallest religious building in the city, the tallest tower being about 84 meters high and is truly impressive. There is a place of worship with a surprising history, impressing both from the outside and from the inside. It survived a bombing in 1944, when 6 bombs were dropped on the place of worship, of which only one bomb exploded near the cathedral and did not damage it. This was considered a miracle by many people.
The program for the visit: Monday: 10-14, Tuesday-Saturday: 09-17, Sunday: 10-14
Piața Unirii is the oldest historical market in Timișoara. It was designed in the Baroque style and is also known as "Dom Square" because of the Roman Catholic Cathedral, which is a representative Baroque construction of the city. The spirit of the city is best represented in this square, surrounded by warm colored buildings and impressive architecture.
Central Park from Timișoara
The Central Park in Timișoara has a long history. In the 17th century, there was a military cemetery on its site. 100 years later, the city's military commander, General Anton Scudier, ordered that the bones be moved to the Heroes' Cemetery (in Calea Lipova) and that a promenade be built in its place. The new green space was named after General Scudier and, after his death, a statue was erected in that place. During the First World War, the statue was destroyed, and today the Central Park houses a monument to the heroes, several statues of important personalities from the history of Banat and numerous artesian fountains. Also, this is the perfect place for a relaxing walk in the fresh air, and numerous artistic events are also organized here.
Rozelor Park is a popular park in Timisoara, Romania. The city's rose reputation is partly due to this park, being one of the city's main tourist attractions. The park is very large and has a lot of different types of vegetation. Many cultural events take place here, such as the Festival of Hearts (an international folklore festival), the Folklore Festival of Ethnic Minorities and even the Gastronomic Festival. If you want to continue your relaxation, you can go for a bike ride along the Bega River. There are many parks and nature reserves nearby, as well as famous bridges. The banks of Begăi have been restored and strengthened recently, so you will have a smooth ride and a wonderful view.
The Bănățean Village Museum in Timișoara
It is located at the northern end of the city, and covers an area of 17 hectares, and once you get here, you leave the modern city behind and go back in time. The Bănățean Village Museum in Timișoara is the only museum in Romania that holds a collection of artifacts from the village of Bănățești. The museum includes the civic center of the village, inclusive Timisoara City Hall, Church, School, National House, where most of the cultural-educational and scientific activities of a locality take place. It is a place where you can see traditional Romanian houses, and learn about the culture and history of the Banat region. You can see examples of houses from all over the Banat region, as well as traditional artifacts such as furniture and tools.
Museum visit schedule It is:
Summer: from Tuesday to Saturday between 10:00 and 18:00, Sunday 12:00 and 20:00. It is closed on Mondays. Winter: from Tuesday to Saturday between 09:00 - 16:00, Sunday 10:00 - 16:00, Monday is closed. The price of a ticket is 4.5 RON.
Maria Theresa bastion
The Maria Theresia Bastion is located in the heart of the city, between the Continental Hotel and the Fountain of the Cardinal Points. It was built in the Baroque style between 1730 and 1735 and is one of the few remaining pieces of the old fortress wall. In order to allow the city to develop, all other bastions in the old citadel were demolished in the process. Today it houses restaurants, commercial spaces and is a passageway for cars and pedestrians.
The Timișoreana brewery
Once you arrive in the city, you must also check off this tourist objective in your diary. It is located on Ștefan cel Mare street number 28. It is a representative touristic objective both for the city of Timișoara and for the county of Timiș. There is a museum set up here that has a lot of rooms where visitors can see different types of machines, technological installations, advertising materials, photos and a film about the history of the factory. The Timișoreana brewery is one of the oldest breweries in Romania and was very successful due to the quality of the equipment it used. Here you can still admire the building where the beer was boiled, the Muki locomotive, and all of this takes you on a journey into the past. A restaurant is also set up here where you can relax tasting various types of beer produced in the factory.
Another story-telling place in the city is Traian Square, which is located in the historic Fabric district and is the ideal place to take a walk and admire the buildings positioned around the square. The buildings around it date back to the 1700s and were designed by military engineers. It's like a smaller replica of Union Square, which is in the center of the city. In Traian Square, you can see some representative attractions, such as: the Holy Cross, the Bell of Sorrow, the Church of Saint George, the Palace of the Serbian Community and the Mercury Palace. Also, once you arrive in this city you must take a walk on the shore the Bega channel. Whatever the season, a relaxing stroll along its banks is all you need to recharge the batteries.
Accommodation in Timișoara - Where we stay in Timișoara
- Hotel Tresor Le Palais Offering an outdoor swimming pool, 24-hour reception, porter service and free access to secure parking, Hotel Tresor Le Palais is located 8 minutes' drive from Timisoara city center and 10 minutes' drive from the airport. . Each room is modernly decorated with the best quality materials, Setra Ikarus Deluxe mattresses, hypoallergenic bedding, SmartHome system, tablet, flat screen TV, digital lighting, safe and individually controlled air conditioning. The marble bathrooms have bathtubs, showers, hair dryers, toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. The price of one night's accommodation for two people in a king room is 500 RON. The price may fluctuate depending on the period of the reservation and the facilities chosen.
- Jolie Flat in the Heart of the City it's walking distance to the center and the place is absolutely beautiful and newly renovated! The accommodation has all the necessary facilities to offer you a peaceful and beautiful stay. The price of one night's accommodation for two people in the 39 m² apartment is 200 RON. The price differs depending on the reservation period.
- Ole Apartment Located 4.3 km from Terezia Bastion, it offers a bar, a garden and air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony and free WiFi. Each unit is also equipped with a kitchen with a fridge and microwave, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, ironing facilities, a desk and a seating area with a sofa. All accommodation units have a private bathroom with a shower. At the apartment you will find a terrace. The price of one night's accommodation for two people in a 120 m² apartment is 320 RON.
- Boutique Hotel Donna Anna is located in Timișoara, 4.4 km from Timișoara Orthodox Cathedral, and offers accommodation with a restaurant, a bar, a terrace and free private parking. Among the facilities of this property are a tour desk, luggage storage and free WiFi in all areas. The hotel provides family rooms. The price of a night's accommodation here for two people is 400 ron with breakfast included.