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Why you should visit Timisoara, Romania

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(Last Updated On: 28/11/2018)

Timisoara, Romania took me by surprise.

I didn’t know much about the city, I didn’t know many people who visited it, I didn’t know what are the things to do in Timisoara. Yet when planning my Interrail trip to Romania and Bulgaria I’ve decided to go a little bit around and visit Timisoara too. Turned out to be the best decision ever!

Timisoara happens to be a wonderful place for a city break and had everything I enjoy. Even if I’ve spent only 1.5 day there Timisoara almost immediately got into my very elite list of 10 favorite cities. I was leaving the city with a heavy heart, promising myself to return there when I have a chance. And one day I will!

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It’s really hard to put in words why I enjoyed visiting Timisoara so much. It was just a combination of these small things and lively vibe that made me click with the city. I even dare to say it was my favorite place in Romania (not that I’ve seen that many, only Bucharest, Sibiu, Brasov, Sighisoara, Oradea, Sinaia, Bran, Rasnov and Cluj Napoca) and I was really surprised why it wasn’t so popular with tourists!

So when planning your next trip to Romania (or Serbia or Hungary, as it’s just across the border) do yourself a favor and visit Timisoara too, even for a day. You won’t regret it!

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Here is the list of reasons why I enjoyed the city (or ideas of what to do in Timisoara)!

Incredible architecture

The first impressions of Timisoara weren’t the best. The train station and the area around are rather nondescript and the moment I saw these I started doubting my decision to visit Timisoara.

But the closer I was getting to the center, the more things were looking up! Finally, the heart of Timisoara turned out to be what I like the most: mix of art nouveau and peculiar style from the Habsburg time. I was getting excited for all the Timisoara things to do that were waiting for me!

I felt like a kid in the candy store when wandering around the streets of Timisoara, everything around looked so beautiful! Parts of the inner city, including the most beautiful of three main squares – Piata Unirii – were under construction but still looked colorful and just the prettiest.

For some architecture gems you should definitely focus on the center and Fabric neighborhood (especially around Piata Traian). Sadly many of these spectacular buildings look neglected but if you’re able to look past the layer of dust and flaky plaster you can see the real beauty of Timisoara.

With a little bit of investment (which I really hope will come one day) the city have a chance to be one of the most spectacular, jaw-dropping places in Central Europe!

The good option is to explore Timisoara with a guide – this way you can learn a lot about the place! Click here for more details and prices!

Visit Timisoara Romania

Visit Timisoara Romania

Visit Timisoara Romania

Visit Timisoara Romania

Visit Timisoara Romania

Interesting history of Timisoara, Romania

I love cities with interesting history and Timisoara is definitely one of them.

Origins of Timisoara come from Middle Ages and the place always played an important role in the history due to its strategic location at the crossroads. Over the century it was under the rule of Hungarians, Ottomans and Habsburgs.

Those last ones transformed Timisoara into an important industrial hub (this is how the city used to look like then) with numerous improvements that made the city exceptionally modern for that era.

It was the second place in the world (after New York) with electric street lamps and second in Europe with horse-drawn trams. Rumors say that even Gustaf Eiffel (known to everyone as the creator of the Eiffel Tower in Paris) made sketches of one of the bridges in Timisoara!

On the contrary, 20th century wasn’t that good for the city. It was badly destroyed in the WW2 and afterwards, as the result of post-war pacts, the Sovietization process has begun. Timisoara played a very important role in the Romanian Revolution at the end of 1989 – that’s where the whole movement has started! Wandering around the city and discovering all the remnants of the past, especially the recent events, was a great lesson for me.

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Visit Timisoara Romania

Visit Timisoara Romania

Visit Timisoara Romania

Visit Timisoara to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere

Timisoara is the city of students and you can feel that on every step. The vibe is young, there’s always something going on and no matter what time of the day the center is full of people.

My trip to Timisoara was over the weekend and on the main square, Piata Victoriei, there was some local event with music till the late evening, attended by crowds of people (I so wanted to join as well but I had to finish my trains related work, that’s what sometimes happen with my crazy lifestyle). Posters around the city announced some more events to come, including really big festivals.

When I googled events in Timisoara I got the whole long list, with offers for every taste. You can really feel there’s always something going on in the city and the inhabitants make the place very lively. There is no way to be bored in Timisoara!

During my visit in Romania I’ve heard many times from people both in Timisoara and Bucharest that this city is the best to live in in the country and I could clearly see people are enjoying their lives there.

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Visit Timisoara Romania

Decent cafe culture

With the Austria-Hungary legacy I kind of expected Timisoara to have a good cafe culture. And I wasn’t disappointed! Recently cafes are a big part of my travels so it is important for me to find nice places around and Timisoara was a treat!

There are so many good places to choose from and – like in many places around Central Europe – I wished I had more time just to explore the local cafes!

And like everywhere else the best source to find cafes was Foursquare – a free application you can either install on your phone or check in the browser. I’m a huge fan, using it everywhere and it never failed me!

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Visit Timisoara Romania

Multicultural legacy

With the location at the crossroads and an Austria-Hungary past Timisoara was a multicultural city. Even now there is a firm Hungarian, German and Serbian minority living in the city. There’re cultural institutions, such as German State Theatre or Hungarian State Theatre, or numerous events showing the rich legacy of Timisoara.

When wandering around the city I’ve also spotted two really beautiful synagogues, one in Fabrica (at Strada Ion Luca Caragiale) and another one in the center (at Strada Marasesti). It just made me more curious about all the various religions and cultures living in Timisoara and making the city so unique and well, awesome.

Visit Timisoara Romania

Visit Timisoara Romania

Visit Timisoara Romania

Visit Timisoara Romania

Timisoara street art

I really enjoyed the street art scene in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, but Timisoara is so much better! There’re numerous murals, stencils and random paintings and altogether it just looks good. There’s even an International Street Art Festival that contributes a lot to the local art scene!

Best places to find street art in Timisoara center are under the bridge (between the cathedral and the central park), at Strada Marasesti and in the streets around Piata Unirii.

Visit Timisoara Romania

Visit Timisoara Romania

Visit Timisoara Romania

Visit Timisoara Romania

Morover Strada Alba Iulia is decorated with colorful umbrellas that look simply amazing. I know this is a well known trend all over the world recently but Timisoara was the first city I saw pictures of umbrella street from. Seeing this in reality brought a big smile on my face.

During my visit in Timisoara I crossed Strada Alba Iulia some 10 times, I just headed there for no reason, only to enjoy the roof of umbrellas above me. And it was beautiful!

Visit Timisoara Romania

Visit Timisoara Romania

I honestly didn’t expect Timisoara to be so amazing, that we will click right away. Together with Chernivtsi, Ukraine these were my best travel discoveries of the year 2015.

Even if Timisoara might be slightly off the path it has a huge potential and I’m almost sure it will be discovered soon, with numerous low-cost flights there it’s just a matter of time. I know I’d love to go back there to spend some more time, simply enjoying the beautiful architecture around and the vibrant life of Timisoara. And I’m sure it will be amazing again!

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Timisoara – practical information

How to get to Timisoara?

I went to Timisoara by train during my Interrail trip. The city is well connected with cities in Romania and abroad (it’s only 5 hours to Budapest!). If you’re into train travels I definitely can recommend Eurail (for non Europeans) / Interrail (for European citizens). Click on the relevant name to learn more about each ticket, you can also purchase it through the website.

Recently Timisoara got lots of low cost flight connections from numerous cities across Europe. Very often I see flights there for 10€/return! I always look and purchase my flights via SkyScanner, I especially like their “anywhere” and “anytime” option that helps me find the cheapest connections. Check out the deals on Timisoara flights here!

Where to sleep in Timisoara?

I stayed in Downtown Hostel and it had the best location ever, right at Piata Victoriei. I definitely recommend you this place, you won’t see a better view from the room anywhere else! Check out prices and more details here!

Other recommended places:

Where to eat in Timisoara?

The old town is full of restaurants serving delicious dishes from all over the world. Since Timisoara is a student city you will find lots of affordable options too! Check out the best restaurants in Timisoara here!

Guided tour of Timisoara

It is possible to visit the city with a guide who will tell you all about the place and show you all the best things to do in Timisoara. Click here for more details and prices and to book the tour!


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If you think of visiting Romania or just want to read more about the country take a look what else I wrote about it:

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51 Comments

  • Reply
    Adi Adrian
    20/07/2016 at 19:01

    Renovations are finished. You can enjoy a big pedestrian city center :)

    • Reply
      Kami and the rest of the world
      25/07/2016 at 20:11

      that means I need to go back! :)

  • Reply
    Megan
    21/07/2016 at 08:48

    I always see cheap tickets from here to Timisoara- I am going to take advantage of that next time! Brilliant photos. Sounds like such a fun and charming place!

    • Reply
      kami
      21/07/2016 at 21:41

      It is!! I think you’d really enjoy it so next time you see cheap tickets just book them! :)

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    Karol Werner
    21/07/2016 at 11:21

    Timisoare pamiętam tylko jako ocienioną bramę w której się schowaliśmy po 50 km pedałowania w totalnie męczącym słońcu :D Ale i tak fajnie było!

    • Reply
      kami
      21/07/2016 at 21:42

      czyli jakby nie było Timisoara na plus :)

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    Agnieszka Ptaszyńska
    21/07/2016 at 16:26

    pani grająca na flecie – super! Znasz artystę?

    • Reply
      kami
      21/07/2016 at 21:43

      gugiel mówi NEGO & LUX :)

    • Reply
      Ibazela
      26/07/2016 at 00:27

      Hahaha, no i latam po wszystkich zdjęciach w poście i szukam kogoś, kto gra na flecie. Nie ma. Ja wiem, może ten telefon niedobry, ekran taki mały, mało widzę. A później taka myśl – no dobra, ale jak Kami znalazła artystkę, że co, zawsze gra w tym samym miejscu? Aaa, streeetaaaaart… ;)

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        kami
        26/07/2016 at 06:45

        taka przewidywalna jestem ;)

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    Dee
    21/07/2016 at 16:46

    Brzmi super zachęcająco, zwłaszcza architektura i te kafejki, podobnie jak u ciebie stanowią istotną cześć moich podróży. Zdjecia też są super

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      kami
      21/07/2016 at 21:44

      dzięki! a Timisoara bardzo urocza, polecam!

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    Esther
    21/07/2016 at 16:54

    It is cheap to fly to Timisoara from the Netherlands. So I was also considering to go someday, but you might have convinced to go this fall. It sounds like a great city, love the street art and the multicultural scene!

    • Reply
      kami
      21/07/2016 at 21:46

      You definitely should go, Timisoara is pretty amazing! I’m sure you will enjoy it as much as I did! And in autumn it must be pretty with all the colors around!

  • Reply
    Marta Gawrychowska
    22/07/2016 at 06:06

    To jedno z niewielu większych miast w Rumunii, w którym nie byłam. Muszę to nadrobić koniecznie!

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      25/07/2016 at 20:11

      koniecznie! cudowne jest!

  • Reply
    Kornelia S-p
    22/07/2016 at 06:23

    Byliśmy przejazdem, niestety nie doceniliśmy tego miasta :( a szkoda trzeba nadrobić :)

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      25/07/2016 at 20:16

      zdecydowanie, bo na pewno potrafi zaskoczyć!

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    Kasia Tutko
    22/07/2016 at 07:18

    street art mnie zachęcił:P

    • Reply
      Kami and the rest of the world
      25/07/2016 at 20:16

      dobry powód :)

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    Tati Belenkova
    22/07/2016 at 07:34

    Tak wielką mam nadzieję, że w przyszłym roku może Rumunia się uda

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      22/07/2016 at 07:35

      wlasnie widziałam loty we wrześniu z Berlina do Timisoary za 53zł! polecam ;)

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      Tati Belenkova
      22/07/2016 at 07:47

      ić stont. na wrzesień już niestety kupione bilety w innym kierunku

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    Evi Mielczarek
    22/07/2016 at 07:43

    Rumunia wciąż jeszcze nieodkryta, a prezentuje się naprawdę fajnie!

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      22/07/2016 at 09:27

      powtórzę to co Tati pisałam – loty z Berlina do Timisoary we wrześniu za niewiele ponad 50zł :)

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    Natalia | Zapiski ze świata
    22/07/2016 at 12:48

    Combination of beautiful architecture, street art and cafes full of students sound like a perfect mix for a citybreak! I didn’t expect it from this Romanian city, you really surprised me :)

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      kami
      25/07/2016 at 19:58

      I think there’re more awesome cities in Romania, we just still have to discover them! Transylvania region is pretty amazing, you should consider visiting it too!

  • Reply
    Jasilyn
    23/07/2016 at 04:58

    WOW! The first photo reminded me of Disney World, and I thought, “I need to visit!” But then I saw everything else in your post and I thought, “I need to book my ticket now!” I love how you come across these amazing cities no one has heard of.

    • Reply
      kami
      25/07/2016 at 19:59

      Thank you! Sometimes I even don’t know how I find all these places! :)

  • Reply
    Ewa
    23/07/2016 at 13:33

    Te ulice z parasolkami… widuje je na różnych zdjęciach z różnych miejsc na świecie, a samych ulic tak udekorowanych nigdzie nei widziałam. chowają je przede mną czy jak?
    A co do Timisoary to już kilkukrotnie słyszałam pozytywne opinie o tym mieście. Faktycznie patrząc po zdjęciach budynkom przydałoby się odświeżenie, ale tu pojawia się odwieczne pytanie – czy jak je odremontują i odmalują to miasto zachowa swój urok? Oby :)

    • Reply
      kami
      25/07/2016 at 20:10

      nie jest Ci dane zobaczyć parasolek! ja już w kilku miejscach widziałam, nawet koło domu mam kilka, ale pierwsze na zdjęciach widziałam właśnie te z Timisoary, więc super było je na żywo zobaczyć, urocze były :) a i wydaje mi się, że trochę odszorowania miastu nie zaszkodzi :)

  • Reply
    Luminita
    27/07/2016 at 12:55

    Hi Kami, it’s so nice to see you share your readers your impressions from your trips to Romania. I’m glad you had so many positive experiences. Love your photos too!

    • Reply
      kami
      04/08/2016 at 14:28

      Thank you! I really enjoyed my time in Romania!

  • Reply
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    12/01/2017 at 09:28

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    Tom
    15/01/2017 at 12:04

    Hi Kami…thanks for your information which is really most helpful. My friend and I have booked our flights and accommodation to Timisoara ? For summer this year.
    We then plan to cycle down through Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Montenegro and into Greece. Are there any other magnificent towns or places you would definitely recommend visiting?

    Can’t wait to see Timisoara… ticking off the days now

    Kind regards
    Tom

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      kami
      28/01/2017 at 21:57

      Hi Tom. You will enjoy Timisoara for sure, it’s such a great city. The area is full of interesting places – I’d definitely recommend Novi Sad in Serbia, Kotor in Montenegro or Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria but no matter where you go it will be great, do doubts about that! All the best!

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      Nils Aas
      08/04/2017 at 21:57

      I have been to Romania 18 times and my favourite city is Timisoara. But I would also recommend both Brasov and Iasi. They are both very different from Timisoara, but well worth a visit. If you like music, I would recommend both Dao’s club and Capite in Timisoara. You should also visit Ambassada if you are interested in culture. Timisoara is full of good restaurants and the prices for me as a Norwegian, are very acceptable. A beer will cost you from 6 lei to 8-9 lei in a pub and you can get a good meal for less then 10 euros.

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        kami
        17/04/2017 at 21:04

        Thank you for your comment! I was in Brasov couple of years ago and really enjoyed it too! Now I really hope to visit Iasi soon!

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    Birthe (from Wandering the World)
    21/02/2017 at 15:17

    We recently visited Timisoara as well! A pretty unusual city trip, but we loved it! The architecture is indeed stunning and we loved the colourful buildings and overall vibe of Timisoara. No construction works at Piata Unirii while we were there. It was probably the cutest square I’d ever seen! We did miss the umbrella street, but I guess it’s maybe not there anymore?

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      kami
      21/02/2017 at 22:49

      Ah, that would be such a big shame, this street was so pretty! I agree that Timisoara is unusual but so interesting! I need to go back to see renovated Piata Unirii!

  • Reply
    Andy
    23/04/2017 at 23:44

    I am so happy to see your lovely posts about Timisoara!

    The umbrellas are up during the summer only. So, they should be back soon xx

    • Reply
      kami
      27/05/2017 at 09:34

      Great, umbrella street was amazing!! I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Timisoara really is amazing and so underrated!

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    Adela Obrazem Blog
    15/07/2017 at 06:38

    I am currently in timisoara and it has great atmosoherel i love all the bikes here that you can enjoy city on the bike, great bars by the river…also I like to see the Romanian sourrindings too.

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    Adela Obrazem Blog
    15/07/2017 at 06:38

    I am currently in timisoara and it has great atmosoherel i love all the bikes here that you can enjoy city on the bike, great bars by the river…also I like to see the Romanian sourrindings too.

    • Reply
      kami
      21/08/2017 at 20:39

      I’m glad you enjoyed your time in Timisoara!

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    elise van den Akker
    22/07/2017 at 16:51

    thanks for this article, from the netherlands you can fly low budget with Wizz air en we want to go in september maybe. I read that this city is one of the europe cultural city s in 2021 ! So I will go this or next year because I assume prices will be increasing …

    • Reply
      kami
      21/08/2017 at 20:40

      You definitely should go, it’s such an interesting and beautiful destination!

  • Reply
    Silke
    25/08/2017 at 10:28

    Great article!!
    I love the street with the umbrellas on the top! Do you know if these is the whole year, or just in summer?
    I am going to visit the city in November, and hope its gonna be there :))

    • Reply
      kami
      05/10/2017 at 07:55

      Thank you Silke! Unfortunately I’ve heard the umbrellas are up only in the summer time but I’m sure you will have a great time in Timisoara anyway! Have a great trip!

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    Diana Danescu
    23/04/2018 at 11:42

    I am from Timisoara and have to say this is a nice overall view you had for the short time you stayed there. It’s quite a lot and I’m surprised you weren’t exhausted at the end. If you decide to go there again and stay longer there are some other places I will recommend. Usually, during the summer everything happens near the Bega. There are some of the nicest bars and music venues. Also on the river, you can travel by boat. For food, there are also a few tips and tricks I think would be helpful. If you want more options when it comes to food, I recommend the student center. There are a lot of street food venues and also some restaurants that serve local food. When it comes to drinks and enjoying the local scene I would recommend you to visit D’Ark Kaffe under the Bega Bridge (sometimes you will find parties under the bridge) and Capite ( also an open bar/cafe/summer scene) on the river Bega. Locals don’t spend that much time in the city center but more on all other squares in the next proximity.

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      kami
      12/05/2018 at 11:17

      Thank you Diana for all the recommendations! I’m sure I will return to Timisoara sooner or later as I really enjoyed the city, it’s such a wonderful place! I always do a lot in one day when I travel as I can rest back at home :) But Timisoara was a bit exhausting I must admit, especially that it was so hot during my stay! The parks were a perfect getaway then :)

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