Timisoara Sights and Landmarks Guide, Romania
Situated on the Bega River, in the core of the historic region of Banat, Timisoara is one of the most beautiful cities in Romania. Dubbed the “City of Flowers”, Timisoara is widely appreciated for its occidental look, wide parks and multicultural tradition. Timisoara is also a tourist-friendly city, as most Timisoara sights are within walking distance and the public transportation is fast and relatively cheap. Timisoara is also close to other European cities like Osijek or Belgrad.
Timisoara Sights – Museums
Most museums are themed around the history and traditions of the entire region, like Banat Village Museum, and Banat Museum, which also includes an ethnographic section. The history section of the museum is located in the Huniade Castle, the oldest monument in Timisoara, which was built as a residence for Charles of Anjou. Local art can be admired at Timisoara Art Museum and Serbian Bishop’s Collection. The Memorial Museum of 1989 Revolution contains an interesting display of uniforms, pictures and documents regarding the anti-communist revolution that began with street protests in Timisoara and then spread in the entire country.
Timisoara Sights – Cultural Institutions
Timisoara is home to several theatres: the National Theatre, German State Theatre, Hungarian State Theatre and Puppet Theatre. The building of the National Theatre, which also serves as the Romanian Opera House, has become a symbol of Timisoara after the ’89 Revolution (the façade of the theatre still has bullet holes from the Revolution). The Banat Philharmonic is one of the country’s most prestigious institutes, having hosted famous composers like Franz Liszt, Brahms or George Enescu. Many remarkable pieces of architecture have survived throughout the centuries and can be admired in Timisoara’s historic centre: Nicolas Lenau College, the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, the Romanian Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, the Roman-Catholic Dome, as well as several synagogues (the New Synagogue in Fabric or the Great Synagogue).
Timisoara Sights – Strolling around Timisoara
Many of Timisoara’s sights are cost-free, as they are represented by the city’s squares, bridges, parks and iconic buildings. The Bega canal which crosses the center of the city has large alleys and shady trees on each side, which makes it the perfect spot for cyclers, rollers and strollers. Many attractions are grouped around Timisoara’s main squares: the Opera Square, Victory Square and Union Square. Popular meeting places include the Flower Clock, the Alpinet Park, the Central Park, the Park of Roses, the Botanical Park or the I.C. Bratianu Park.
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