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TRIP to TIMISOARA in ROMANIA

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Eastern Europe is a charm of fate. Centuries of history and political systems have left their mark and there are cities that are incredibly beautiful. For instance, Timisoara, Romania.

Timosara It is the third largest city in the country. and an important center in western Romania. We will see today why it is known as little vienna vague Flower town...

Timisoara

The name derives from Hungarian and the first settlements go back in time even to the Romans. It then takes place in the Middle Ages, around a fortress built by Charles I of Hungary, and was once in times of war between Christians and Ottoman Turks, a border town. Consequently, it suffered several sieges and attacks until it remained in Ottoman hands for over a century and a half.

Timisoara was reconquered by Prince Eugene of Savoy in 1716 and remained in Habsburg hands until the beginning of the 20th century. After the First World War Hungary ceded the city to Romania, and during World War II it suffered extensive damage. Ultimately, falls under Soviet orbit its population increased and it became industrialized.

The city it is in the Banat plain, near the separation of the Timis and Bega rivers. There is a swamp here and the city was for a long time the only point where this area could be crossed.

In fact, it also served as a defense, although the proximity of such humidity brought many pests. In the 18th century, thanks to public works, the city was on the Bega Canal and not on the Timis River, so everything improved.

It is traditionally a city dedicated to manufacturing, education, tourism and trade. Today he has a Transportation system with seven tram lines, eight trolleybus lines and just over twenty bus lines. Also there are public bicycles with 25 stations and 300 bicycles for free use by both locals and tourists, and there is a vaporetto who navigates the canal. Public too.

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Timisoara Tourism

The city doesn’t have as many museums as other European cities, but if you’re not a culture buff, you might like the idea of ​​not having to visit museums and galleries all day . Thus, Timisoara offers us a some interesting museums:

  • the Timisoara Art Museum It’s on Unirii Square and it’s an 18th century building. There is local, contemporary, decorative art, drawings and sculptures and European art in general and there are usually exhibitions and events. Entrance is 10 RON and it is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
  • the Banat National Museum It is representative of the region. He works in the castle of Huniade, in the center of the city, in the oldest building of the city. There are several departments: archaeology, history, natural sciences and also Traian Vuia Museum dedicated to the Romanian inventor of the same name, an aviation pioneer.
  • the Village Museum It’s on the outskirts of Timisoara, in a very green area and that reflects what a real village is. It has several buildings, a church and a mill, all traditional and with styles from different eras and regions of Banat. It’s a nice walk and it’s close to the zoo so you can visit both places. You arrive by bus and the entrance price is 5 RON. It has summer and winter timetables.
  • the Communist Consumer Museum it’s not traditional. It is a somewhat atypical museum which precisely reflects the communist era of the city. He works in the basement of the Scart bar, in an old house with a large garden. It is a friendly site gracefully decorated. The museum’s collection has everything and was formed through donations from friends and visitors. All related to the communist era. You will find it on Szekely Laszlo 1 Arh street.
  • the Revolution Memorial remember the year 1989, when the Soviet Union disintegrated. The revolution in Romania started here in Timisoara and it is a mark in the city. It is assumed that this site is temporary and that at some point there will be a museum about it. The memorial is on Popa Sapca Street, 3-4 and the entrance fee is 10 RON. It is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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As you see, there are few museums so there is plenty of time to do other types of tours. Timisoara is a large city whose history dates back at least to the 14th century. walk through its streets It’s a charm.

Therefore, during a first visit, you should not miss certain points in particular. Namely, the Union Square, which is the oldest in the city. Its name dates back to 1919, after the First World War, since Romanian troops gathered here after entering the city.

He has a baroque air and the buildings surrounding it are the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Brück House and the Baroque Palace. Everything very pretty. There are cafeterias too, so in the summer it’s great fun to sit and people watch. Another interesting square is victory square, also known as Plaza Ópera. The new name is after the fall of communism.

The square is flanked by two emblematic buildings: the orthodox cathedral on the south side and the national theater on the north side. It was built in the 20th century to replace the old medieval citadel, so it has an Art-Noveau feel and is intended to stroll, with shops, cafes and terraces. If you go there at Christmas, there is the Christmas market.

Another great ride is walk along the banks of the Bega River. Or take the bike tour. It’s great on a sunny day and you can walk from one end of the city to the other through its main parks. In summer there are many terraces where you can enjoy a cold beer and when the sun goes down it is also a very popular place.

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Finally, I love to fly over cities and here you can do it by plane. The flight takes half an hour and costs around 75 euros. And if when the sun goes down you want to go out and see people, luckily the city has one active nightlife. A well-known site is of arc, in Uniri Square. Good music, average prices, popular with foreigners and expats. Fortunately, it opens late, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Another night spot is reflector, which opened in 2017, concert hall. 80s pub This is one of the many pubs in Timisoara where you can not only drink, but also dance. It’s not downtown, but if you’re 80s, it’s worth going to the college campus. Taine and Escape are other places to dance and party.

Did you like Timisoara ? It is an accessible destination (a beer costs around 1.25 euros, a lunch 10), it is only three hours from Budapest and Belgrade and five hours from Vienna.

It is a city that love culture film and theater festivals, good gastronomy and the people are nice and multicultural. Its architecture is beautiful, it has a history, it has a nightlife, the majority of people speak English and as a historical fact, Timisoara was the first city to free itself after the fall of communism.

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