Built in 1754, the same year as the Roman Catholic cathedral that it faces across the square, this immense building stands as a reminder that this city lies on the Serbian frontier, with a large Serb population calling the city home and many cultural ties across the border.
With 5,000 wooden struts beneath it to hold it up from the swamp Timisoara is built on, the Romanian Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral was built between 1936 and 1946. It has memorial crosses to those who died during the revolution of 1989. Also, this cathedral, now considered one of the symbols of the city, is located in a central and quiet area surrounded by parks.
This representative square is a great place from where to start your tour of Timisoara, since it's close to the Opera House, the Orthodox Church and the statue of Romulus and Remus, just to mention a few attractions. Furthermore, it is a nice place to visit for its own sake because of the cosy cafés and parks that surround it.
If Timisoara is called "the city of flowers" it is largely due to this amazing park that offers a wide array of different, colourful flowers and lots of white benches that combine to create an extremely romantic atmosphere. Also, this park is pretty close to Bega River, so if you still feel like walking a bit, you should definitely check it out as well.
A must see in Timisoara is the Opera House, located right in the city centre by the beautiful Victory Square, full of cafes where you can relax after a visit to the Opera House. Built between 1871 and 1875, the architecture of this building is enchanting both within and without.
This affordable museum located in the beautiful Plata Unirii is located in a suggestive and recently renovated baroque building. Both the permanent and temporary collections are worth a visit, especially to have a look at the paintings of some Romanian artists, a great way to immerse yourself a bit more into Romanian culture.
This eighteenth century fortification was named after Queen Maria Theresia (mother of Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France) who actually acted and was considered as an empress in the Habsburg states. Theresia Bastion is a nice venue for hanging out with friends during summer evenings because of the different cafés and bars that create a lively atmosphere.
If you want to better understand Timisoara and the historical importance the city has, then you have to pay a visit to the Memorialul Revolutiei. Have a look at the short film about the role of Timisoara in the 1989 revolution and then start wandering in the museum, founded by a veteran of the same revolution.
If you are in the mood for a romantic dinner, then check out this restaurant where the interior design seems to be created just to celebrate S. Valentine, where the service is flawless and extremely professional and where the food, presented in a very elegant way, is simply excellent.
Intimate and warm restaurant where exquisite dishes are offered and can be consumed on two different floors, both characterised by an extremely refined interior design and a vintage feeling. You may think that there are not many options on the menu, but that´s only because it changes almost every day in order to offer a greater variety of food.
What's better than a soup for lunch during a cold day? At Suppa Bar you will potentially taste a different one every day; all of them, though, are prepared with fresh ingredients and offered at affordable prices. End your meal with a delicious but healthy dessert, such as carrot cake.
Middle-east atmosphere in this fast-food located in the central Piata Victoriei that serves Lebanese food such as falafel, shawarma or hummus, making sure that everything they offer is authentic and tasty. It's common here to take away your order, but it is also possible to stay in and enjoy the meal in loco.
Not particularly advertised, but still loved by the citizens of Timisoara, George's Snack Hut will be noticed not because of colourful neon signs or people handing flyers on the street, but because of the delightful flavour and the long queue. Don't miss the chance to try the best hamburgers in Timisoara.
The highly regarded Opera House is an 18th-century marble building situated on the square where protesters gathered during the 1989 revolution. After an evening at the Opera you might want to stop for a cocktail or a hot chocolate at the Symphony Café, which is located in the same building as the Opera.
One thing you will come across in abundance in this city is folk art, crafts and costumes of the Banat region – both historically interesting and very beautiful. The Banat Ethnographic Museum shop gives you the chance to purchase some local crafts and costumes, a perfect symbol of your holiday in Timisoara.
For everything under one roof – from designer clothes to jewellery, electronics or music – head to Bega Shopping Centre, a shopping mall located in the historical centre where you will find different kinds of shops and brands such as Carrefour, Unicredit Bank and Yves Rocher.
The Banat region is also justifiably famed as the fertile agricultural heartland of Romania. Consequently, there are lots of markets worth visiting for local products on Str Coriolan Brediceanu or in Piata Badea Cartan. Have a walk there and immerse yourself in the smells, colours and tastes of the Romanian culture.
One of the biggest shopping mall in Romania, where you will find a cinema, supermarkets or brands like H&M, Bershka and Zara. Furthermore, on the third floor there are countless restaurants serving food of different countries that will satisfy all your desires, as well as well-known cafés or fast food such as Starbucks, Pizza Hut or Subway.
This is paradise for wine-lovers. Here you'll find every kind of wine you may need: red, white, still or sparkling, international or local. As already mentioned, Romania is famous for its tradition as a wine-producing country, so don't miss the chance of getting a bottle of good wine from the area of Recas.
Cosy shop located just a few minutes away from Piata Unirii, offering the best chocolate in town in a nice environment with delicate colours and a relaxing atmosphere. Pralines, cookies, truffles and every kind of organic sweets are just a few of the delights that you will find at Ceva Dulce.
As a renowned brand in Romania, so that you will find countless Amely Shoes shops while wandering around Timisoara. It offers a great variety in terms of footwear (sandals, boots, high heels, flip flops), but also many other kinds of accessories such as purses, belts or wallets.
Timisoara International Airport, located 12 km north-west from the town centre, is linked by the bus Express no.4 (E4) to the city centre and the central railway station of Timisoara city, with service available 24 hours. There is also a taxi service between the airport and the town centre (run by Omnitour). Furthermore, you are also offered all major car hire companies, ATM machines and currency exchange facilities within the airport.
Timisoara has an extensive bus, tram and trolleybus network. Buses and maxitaxis can be taken from the bus station on B-dul Maniu Iuliu to nearby cities, as well as Hungary and Turkey. For travelling around the city, the trams and trolleybuses offer the best option with 11 tramlines and 9 trolleybus lines connecting all the major venues, run by Regia Autonoma de Transport Timisoara (RATT).
The main train station in Timisoara is the Gara Timisoara-Nord (north train station), which is, confusingly, in the west area of the city on Str. Garii 2. There are eight fast trains a day to Bucharest, plus daily services to other major Romanian cities as well as Budapest and Belgrade. Tickets can be purchased at Agenţie de Voiaj CFR at Piata Victoriei 2.