Nestled on the Bega River, Timisoara is centred around historic public squares and verdant waterfront parks, which complement centuries-old castles and cathedrals. Commonly called “Little Vienna”, Timisoara hosts some of Europe’s biggest theatrical and musical shows, but also boasts engaging art galleries and museums.
Things to do in Timisoara
Don’t miss seeing the magnificent Timișoara Orthodox Cathedral, which overlooks a seasonal garden and features a blend of Renaissance, Ottoman and Byzantine architecture. This affluent church also showcases vibrant artwork on its exterior and interior walls. Afterwards, visit the 15th-century Huniade Castle, the city’s oldest monument, where you can admire exhibits on natural science and history from the Banat Museum.
Animal lovers should visit the Timișoara Zoological Garden, which spans more than six hectares and houses exotic and native animals, including brown bears, emus, ostriches and capuchin monkeys. Seek out the tranquillity of the riverside Roses Park, which boasts vibrant rose gardens and hosts regular outdoor concerts and festivals.
Discover the region’s ancient history at Banat Village Museum, where you can wander past traditional homes, a school and a church showcasing authentic village life. Don’t forget to admire the contemporary, European and decorative art at Barockpalast, a prestigious art museum housed in an 18th-century palace.
You’ll find a wealth of alluring dining opportunities within the centre of the city, from gourmet donuts at Donuterie and fresh coffee at the laid-back Zai Après Café to grilled local produce at Grill to Chill. If you’re looking for late-night entertainment, head to The Scotland Yard to drink around a fireplace or enjoy cocktails and wine in the brick-walled Enoteca de Savoya bar.
Getting around Timisoara
Timisoara is less than 15 kilometres from Traian Vuia International Airport and has direct daily trains from Vienna, Budapest and Munich. The city is serviced by sightseeing buses, taxis, trams and trains. You can also hire a car or bicycle.