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Timisoara

Country
Romania
State
Judetul Timis
City
Timisoara
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

The first record of the city of Timisoara, built on the site of an ancient Roman fortress called Castrum Regium Themes, dates back to 1212.Over the years, Timisoara, the largest city in western Romania, has been influenced by many cultures. The Romans used it as an important crossroads fortress until the Tatars destroyed it in the 13th century. Conquered by Turkish armies in 1552, Timisoara remained under their protection until 1718 when the region of Banat came under Austrian rule for two centuries. Timisoara later became a vital commercial and manufacturing town. Turks, Austrians, Germans and Serbs all left their mark and their influence can be seen in neighborhoods throughout the city even today.



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How to Reach

By plane

The city is served by Romania's third-largest airport, Traian

By train

There are direct trains daily from Budapest (a 5 hours trip), Belgrade (4 hours), Vienna (8 hours) and Munich (15 hours). Naturally, there are also numerous trains to Bucharest and most major towns in Romania.

By bus

The bus terminal(Autogara) lies two hundred meters to the south of the North Railway Station (Gara de Nord).
Every day there is a bus to Vršac, just over the border with Serbia, approx 2 hours, leaving at noon. From Vršac there is a many buses further into Serbia.

By car

Belgrade (in Serbia) is 150 km away ( a 2 1/2 hour drive).
Budapest (Hungary) is 286 km away ( a 3.5 hour drive).

 

Key places to visit
Piata Victoriei (Victory Square or Opera Square), Millennium Church, Huniade Castle, Piata Traian (Traian Square)., The Village Museum., The Zoo.


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Places to Visit

Piata Victoriei (Victory Square or Opera Square).

It's the symbol of the Romanian revolution. Here you can find The Metropolitan Orthodox Cathedral, The Opera House, The City Hall, The Philharmonic, The Banat Museum and beautiful palaces built at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.

Piata Unirii (Union Square).

With its beautiful palaces and all the coffee houses it is the old city's center. Here you find The Catholic Dome, The Baroque Palace (now a beautiful art gallery), The Serbian Church and other important buildings.

Millennium Church

The Millennium Church is located in the Fabric quarter of Timişoara, Romania, near the main Traian square.The church was built in the Neo-Romanesque style by Lajos Ybl,[1] the foundation-stone being placed in 1896. It was sanctified on 13th of October 1901 by Sandor Dessewffy.

Huniade Castle

The Huniade Castle is the oldest monument of Timişoara, built between 1443 and 1447 by John Hunyadi over the old royal castle dating from the 14th century (built during the reign of Charles of Anjou). It currently houses the History Section and the Natural Sciencies Section of the Banat Museum.

Piata Libertatii (Liberty Square).  

Located between Piata Unirii and Piata Victoriei is a small square with old buildings. Here you can find the old City Hall and the beautiful St. Nepomuk's Statue.

The Bastion.

The bastion has been recently renovated.  editPart of Timisoara's old defensive walls. The Bastion is located near Piata Unirii

Parks.  

Timisoara is known in Romania as the City of Parks. Important parks you can visit are: Botanical Park (near Piata Unirii, it's the most beautiful park in Timisoara), Rose Park (near Piata Victoriei), Central Park (near Piata Victoriei, just behind the Metropolitan Orthodox Cathedral), Children's Park (near the Student Campus) and other.

Piata Traian (Traian Square).

This is also a part of the old city, but is more quite like a separated neighbourhood, often called Fabric, due to his old factories around that used to run from old times. The buildings are beautiful, but be careful. Try not to visit the area at night and always keep an eye on your valuables. Nearby you can find Timisoreana brewery and the Setup Venue Club.

The Village Museum.

Located near Padurea Verde (The Green Forest). Here you can discover the Romanian tradition.

The Zoo.  

Located in the same area as The Village Museum, it's a small zoo, but your children will love it.

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