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Love, Timișoara


After 76 articles I finally manage to write about my adoptive city, Timișoara :D For the past 10 years I've lived in this city but now that I think of it it doesn't feel like 10 years. Wow, I'm old!

Timișoara is my second home and I think it was hard for me to write about it because I'm the type of person who doesn't really appreciate the city I live in. It's easy to get used to the beauty and freshness of this city and simply ignore it.


Mini-tour through Timișoara


I promise I won't bother you with many historical details, but I intend to write about why I love this city, why it's so beautiful and so cool. It will be more of a way to make you curious and come experiment this city yourself :)

Unirii Square
Roman - Catholic Dome in Unirii Square

The best place in Timișoara

Let's start with the best of the best, shall we? :) For me, without a doubt, the best place to be in Timișoara is Unirii Square (The Unification Square). I've travelled a lot through Romania and Europe and I can honestly say it's the most beautiful public square in the country and one of the best in Europe! It's magical and full of life.

The buildings have an elegant Baroque style, they're colourful and bring a smile to your face. There are many terraces, restaurants, pubs and...pigeons, Timișoara's trademark :) From the beginning of 2016 most of the streets adjacent to Unirii Square have become pedestrian - only streets which increases the attraction of this entire area in the historic centre. Here you can discover many good stuff: food, sweets and nice music performed by street artists.

Unirii Square - The Art Museum (left) and Bruck House (right)
The Fountain and the Roman - Catholic Dome in Unirii Square
The Fountain in Unirii Square
The most iconic building in the square is the Roman - Catholic Dome, the big impressive yellow building at one corner of the square, but in the same time very elegant. Then there's the Baroque Palace which hosts the Art Museum. This is a big building very similar to the imperial buildings you see in Vienna.

Next up is my favourite building in Unirii Square: Bruck House. After a perfect restoration process this building, built in Art Nouveau and Secession styles, is an architectural jewel and impresses through the unique colour mix (dark green and burgundy) and the beautiful balconies with full glass walls. This make it a landmark of the city. One of the many :P

Serbian Orthodox Vicarage
Unirii Square
Unirii Square - Roman - Catholic Dome
Unirii Square - The Art Museum
Unirii Square - The Roman - Catholic Dome
There are many beautiful and important buildings in Unirii Square but I think it's better to see them for yourself and enjoy the sight by relaxing at one of the many terraces in this public square. Then take a walk on the surrounding pedestrian streets where many shops are waiting for you with good stuff :)


From Unirii Square to Opera Square via Liberty Square

Walking by shop windows, cookie shops, burger houses, libraries and coffee shops on your way to Opera Square is a delight. There are many people walking here but it's not terribly crowded. 5 minutes walk from Unirii Square and you get to Liberty Square.

This place is recently controversial since the whole historical centre was restored. Previous to the restoration process there were many big trees which have now been replaced with a few very young ones. It looks a bit empty now, especially if you know how it was before :)

Serbian Orthodox Vicarage - architectural details
Unirii Square - The Roman - Catholic Dome
Unirii Square - The Art Museum
Unirii Square - Bruck House
city life on the pedestrian streets in the historical centre
Liberty Square is the host of several old and beautiful buildings: Army's House, the former War Office, the Old City Hall and the Military Casino. This is the birth place of the city. This is where Timișoara started off and expanded on the swamp that surrounded it!

On the way here a few recently added statues will cheer you up and some of them will make you think of today's world. You'll also see a few bronze models of Timișoara Fortress. Today you can only see a few walls from this fortress. They have also been restored.

statue in Liberty Square
Alba Iulia street - with overhanging colourful umbrellas each spring
Alba Iulia street - with overhanging colourful umbrellas each spring
Alba Iulia street - with overhanging colourful umbrellas each spring
Alba Iulia street - with overhanging colourful umbrellas each spring
Alba Iulia street - with overhanging colourful umbrellas each spring
From Liberty Square we continue walking on Alba Iulia pedestrian street which links Liberty Square to Opera Square. If you're lucky enough you can walk on this street under hundreds of colourful umbrellas which usually are placed here each spring.


Opera Square (Victory Square)


We finally get to the most famous public square in the city, Opera Square. The new name is Victory Square however in order to honour the victory of the anti communism revolution which started here in December 1989.


Here, in this square, over one hundred thousand people gathered in order to protest against the communist regime lead by Nicolae Ceaușescu. Timișoara was the place the spark began and soon other cities took its example. Timișoara was the first city to be communism free!


At opposing ends of this big square you can see the Opera (on the North end) and the Metropolitan Cathedral (on the South end). Walking between these two landmarks is a way of exploring Timișoara's most high luxury buildings and shops.


Alba Iulia street - with overhanging colourful umbrellas each spring
Opera (Victory) Square - The Fish Fountain
Opera (Victory) Square - The Metropolitan Cathedral
Opera (Victory) Square - The Opera (right) and Timișoara Hotel (left)
Timișoara is a cosmopolitan and tolerant city with all nationalities and ethnicities. An example of this, unique in Romania, is that the Romanian Opera building hosts three multi-ethnic theatres: the Romanian National Theatre, the Hungarian Theatre and the German Theatre!

This public square hosts many beautiful historical buildings: Banat's Museum (now under restoration), Timișoara Hotel, the Lloyd Palace (currently the HQ of the Polytechnics University) and other palaces of great architectural value.


Opera (Victory) Square
Opera (Victory) Square
Opera (Victory) Square
Walking on the promenade towards the Metropolitan Cathedral, Timișoara's symbol, you'll find restaurants, coffee shops and sweets shops with amazing deserts :) I like the green space between the right and left part of the promenade. It looks amazing and is perfectly laid out and maintained. In general, green spaces in this city are an important part and look great.

After a few minutes walk we reach the Metropolitan Cathedral, which is the biggest religious building in the city and, as far as I know, the biggest church in Romania. It was built between 1936 and 1941 and is the symbol of the city :) The architectural style of the building is unusual for an Orthodox church. The outside is quite colourful and massive, the main tower being 83 meters high.


Cathedral Park

Timișoara's parks, the best in Romania


My favourite part about this city is its parks. There are many of them and they are well taken care of. Basically you can't really walk through Timișoara's centre (and not only) without being surrounded by tall trees, flowers and grass.


After you pass the Cathedral you reach the Bega Canal which crosses straight through the city and is almost all of it a big park :)



Cathedral Park
Justice Park
This autumn Timișoara will become the first city in Romania with public transport on water! There are already 6 ships on the Bega Canal waiting for all the official papers to be released in order to start carying people throughout the city on the canal. As far as we know a ticket will cost 1 leu (~ 25 eurocents) and will be available to everyone, including tourists!

Another important part of Timișoara's way of life are the cyclists. This city has the largest community of cyclists considering its population of over 300.000. Many bike trails have been constructed in the city and there's a special one among them. A bike trail on the shore of the Bega Canal right until the border with Serbia. It's 35 km long and it's the preferred place for training for many cyclists.


Talking about public transport, Timișoara is the first city in Romania to have bicycles offered by the authorities for free as public transport and is available to everyone!


parks on the shore of the Bega Canal
parks on the shore of the Bega Canal
parks and pubs on the shore of the Bega Canal
The Bega Canal
In the vecinity of the Cathedral you can find three big parks: Central Park (to the right of the Cathedral), Cathedral Park (behind the Cathedral) and Justice Park (to the left of the Cathedral). The last two of them have recently been restored and it's a true pleasure to walk through them and enjoy the shade and fresh air in a hot summer day.

Once you reach the Bega Canal behind the Cathedral, head East and take a seat at one of the many restaurants and terraces on the Bega shore. One of our favourite places to hang out is La Căpițe (The Haystack). As you might guess based on the name there is a haystack there and you'll have a seat on bales of hay and you can also eat some simple traditional Romanian snacks :)

Close to the historical centre you can also find a very beautiful park: the Children's Park. There are tenths of attractions for kids here but not only for them. Grownups can also relax here in hammocks for example :) I almost forgot about the symbol-park of the city, the Roses Park. Here you can find many types of roses and if you are lucky to see them blossom, you'll enjoy a spectacle of colour and smell here :)

Roses Park

Children's Park


Children's Park - relaxing
Children's Park - relaxing in hammock
Children's Park
Children's Park
Children's Park
Children's Park
Children's Park


The Bastion and a walk through the historical centre

From the Children's Park we head towards the Continental Hotel after which we will head towards The Maria Therezia Bastion. This bastion represents the largest piece of the old Timișoara Fortress still standing today. It was restored and it looks amazing.


Here you'll find clubs, restaurants, art galleries and a wine shop. The bastion is a place that witnessed its own rebirth and is now integrated in the touristic circuit of the city. The bastion also has several tunnels which allow cars to cross the defence walls.



Maria Therezia Bastion
Maria Therezia Bastion
Eugeniu of Savoy street
After you admire the bastion outside and in, you should come back to the heart of Timișoara's historical centre on one of the most beautiful streets here: Eugeniu of Savoy. The historical buildings on this street are gorgeous and some of them have been restored. However many remain in a pretty bad shape and we hope that soon they will be brought back to their original beauty.

My favourite building on this street is the one you can see in the photos below. The green building placed on the corner of the street with beautiful architectural elements and an amazing balcony. It's placed right across from the Court of Justice.


Eugeniu of Savoy street
Eugeniu of Savoy street
Eugeniu of Savoy street
On this street, like on most streets in the historical centre, you'll find many shops which offer very diverse things. Maybe after such a long walk your feet are tired and you need to relax a bit. Take a seat on of the terraces here and feel the city life and look careful at the architectural details of the historical buildings.

However, if you're not tired yet, you can make a last effort and walk until the end of the Eugeniu of Savoy street and then take a short left on Mărășești street, one of the longest pedestrian street in the city. The most emblematic building on this street is the Synagogue. It's also one of the most impressive ones in Timișoara. It's massive and beautiful and it can host over 3000 people.


The Synagogue on Mărășești street
Mărășești street
I'll try to come up with a conclusion for this long article...I think it's the longest yet :D I haven't planned it to be this long but there are many things to say about this amazing city. Anyway, I only managed to tell you a few of them and I leave the rest for you to discover by visiting :)

If you had the patience to read this far I thank you and do come to Timișoara. You won't regret it and you'll have the chance to visit a beautiful, vibrant and green city. It's not in vain that Timișoara is called Little Vienna :)


Victory Square - commemorating the victims of the anti-communism revolution
Victory Square - high altitude theatre
Victory Square - high altitude theatre
Victory Square - high altitude theatre
street art

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