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Timisoara
Travel Guide

Piata Operei which includes heritage architecture and a fountain

Explore lofty cathedrals, browse art in Baroque-style buildings and learn about Romania’s Communist history in Timisoara, affectionately known as “little Vienna.”

Enjoy the exquisite aesthetics of Timisoara, a city that effortlessly combines architectural styles from throughout Europe. This eclectic metropolis features spacious plazas, medieval churches, Moorish synagogues and Baroque-style art museums, which have put it in the running to be Europe’s Capital of Culture in 2021.

Rent a bike and explore Timisoara’s downtown, where every street seems to harbor some quirky shop, gorgeous café or architectural gem. Enjoy a coffee at Piata Victoriei (Victory Square), a central plaza populated by romantics and pigeons. Admire the striking façades of the Romanian Orthodox Cathedral and the Opera House, which dominate the square.

Head to Union Square to admire the Rococo elements of St. George’s Cathedral, which occasionally hosts organ concerts. This square also has great views of the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral and the Baroque-style Serbian Bishop’s residence. Contrast these European styles with the New Synagogue in Fabric, which has minarets and ochre walls typical of Moorish design.

Enter the Baroque Palace to find the city’s Museum of Art. Browse exhibits of German, Flemish and Italian masters. Afterward, find a quiet moment enjoying the greenery of the Timisoara Botanical Park. The city’s best shopping is found at Iulius Mall and around Victory Square.

Timisoara’s cultural development began in the medieval ages, when it was situated in Hungarian controlled territory. See traditional folk costumes and textiles of the region at the Banat Ethnographic Museum.

In 1989, Timisoara was the site of mass protests against Romanian communism, culminating in the Romanian Revolution. Learn about the events from the audiovisual archives of the 1989 Revolution Museum.

The city is a short train ride from most European capitals. For an informative day of sightseeing, take the free Timisoara tour, operated by the city's main tourism office.

Just on the outskirts of Timisoara is the Banat Village Museum. This open-air museum is a reconstruction of a 19th-century village. Browse its craft fairs, enjoy a folk music performance and take the kids to the nearby zoo.

Where to stay in Timisoara

Tresor le Palais
Tresor le Palais
5 out of 5
18 Strada Radu Tudoran, Timisoara, TM
The price is £106 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Piata Traian, Millennium Church and Iulius Mall. St. George's Cathedral and Dan Paltinisanu ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
"Quiet location, very clean, excellent service, modern design and rooms!"

Reviewed on 14 Apr 2021

Tresor le Palais
Hotel Timisoara
Hotel Timisoara
4 out of 5
Str Marasesti nr 1-3, Timisoara
The price is £69 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Old City, this spa hotel is steps away from Timisoara Opera House and Victory Square. Romanian Orthodox Cathedral and Piata Uniri are also within ...
4.2/5Very Good! (379 reviews)
"Super clean and modern and the concierge was kind enough to show us around the immediate area"

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2020

Hotel Timisoara
Best Western Plus Lido Hotel
Best Western Plus Lido Hotel
4 out of 5
Boulevard Iosif Bulbuca 20, Timisoara
The price is £48 per night from 28 May to 28 May
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Dan Paltinisanu Stadium, Politehnica University and Piata Balcescu. Huniade Castle and Romanian ...
4/5Very Good! (34 reviews)
"Got lots of help from the concierge on methods of getting into town. The hotel was in (long) walking distance to the old town. Cab only cost $3 to get back. Nice and clean and breakfast was good. Very happy stay."

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2019

Best Western Plus Lido Hotel
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Ana's Villa - Rent For Party
Ana's Villa - Rent For Party
Maslinului 31, Timisoara, Timi?
Situated in Timisoara, this villa is within 2 miles (3 km) of Victory Square, Timisoara Opera House and Serbian Orthodox Cathedral. Romanian Orthodox Cathedral ...
Ana's Villa - Rent For Party
Adora Forest Apartment , in the Green Heart of Timisoara
Adora Forest Apartment , in the Green Heart of Timisoara
Located in Calea Sever Bocu, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Iulius Mall, St. George's Cathedral and Piata Uniri. Piata Traian and Serbian ...
Adora Forest Apartment , in the Green Heart of Timisoara
Modern Rooftop Penthouse
Modern Rooftop Penthouse
Strada Pelbartus, 2, Timisoara, Timi?
Situated in Timisoara, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Iulius Mall, Serbian Orthodox Cathedral and Piata Uniri. St. George's Cathedral and ...
Modern Rooftop Penthouse
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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