Timisoara is the 3rd largest city in Romania. It is situated in the historical region of Banat and it’s often called “Little Vienna” because of its colorful architecture resembling the Austrian capital.
Timisoara is home to year-round musical and theatrical performances, art galleries, museums, and buzzing nightlife. A progressive, cosmopolitan place, Timisoara was the first city in Europe and second in the world, after New York, to use electricity to illuminate its streets.
Thanks to its mild climate, Timisoara has lots of public squares and lush green retreats. The city is easy to explore on foot. For those to prefer to travel a little faster; a tram will be a good option; Timisoara’s public transport system is fast, frequent, and efficient.
Timisoara abounds with churches of several denominations, a Jewish quarter, an elegant baroque square, and a pedestrian-only downtown area. Some of the monuments in the heart of the city afford panoramic views, while the many parks in this “city of flowers” provide an idyllic spot to take a break from sightseeing.
Timisoara is home to six, ample, public squares surrounded by monumental buildings. Three of them: Piata Libertatii, Piata Unirii, and Piata Victoriei are located in the historic center (Cetate neighborhood) while the other three are found in the city’s main neighborhoods: Elisabetin (Piata Balcescu), Fabric ( Piata Traian ) and Iosefin ( Piata Maria ).
Timisoara is ready to offer its guests a wide range of dining places; a number of popular restaurants and cafes deserve the attention of gourmets. Traditional Romanian cuisine is big and hearty and it is characterized by the use of genuine, local ingredients to produce dishes of a distinctly central European flavor, with Turkish influences. The most popular ingredients you will find here are the various types of pork, cabbage, potatoes, and mamaliga – a cornmeal similar to Italian polenta.
The Romanian city of Timisoara has been named one of the greatest places in the world, alongside cities such as Barcelona, Naples, or Washington, in a 2023 ranking compiled by Time Magazine.
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