A guide to Timisoara, Romania

1 Posted by - January 29, 2014 - Blog, Cities & Culture, Romania, Travel Tips

So you are thinking of visiting Romania’s third most populous city? This guide to Timisoara should help you out. Timisoara can be easily reached from many locations like Budapest or Belgrade (click to read “Belgrade to Timisoara by train“). The name of the city comes from the river Timis that flows to the south of the city and this is the main center of the historical Banat region. It’s a small city and one day is more than enough for exploring it.


The best way to start sightseeing is by grabbing a map of the tourist attractions at some of the tourist information centers in the city.

Timisoara tourist map

As you can see the map suggests some routes that you can opt for. I suggest you opt for route 3 simply because you will see more attractions. Timisoara is known as the “City of parks” in Romania, so it has a special park route as well. You will most probably start your sightseeing from the Victory Square. From here you can easily visit the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral which is one of the symbol buildings of the city. It’s also one of the biggest churches in Romania.

the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral

Interior of the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral

Victory Square has many buildings in the “1900s style” with great architectural elegance. One of the most notable buildings in the square is the Culture palace which houses the Romanian Opera House. It was devastated by two fires and rebuilt again. The auditorium has 600 seats. Timisoara is actually the only European city that has state theatre in three languages as it also hosts the German State Theatre and the Hungarian State Theatre “Csiky Gergely”.

Culture palace Timisoara

Culture palace

By exploring the city you will notice that street art is an important part of a city’s culture. Timisoara also hosts annual “Graffiti and Street Art International Festival” in September with the aim to represent street art works on great and visible sufraces. For more photos click here.

Timisoara street art

Besides Victory square another important square is Unirii. You can see the Holy Trinity Monument here, in baroque style. The three sides show bas-relief with scenes from the plague epidemics which occurred from 1738-1739.

Unirii square Timisoara

Unirii square

One of the most beautiful buildings is the Baroque palace which dates back to the 18th century. Franz Liszt held a concert in the baroque room of the palace in 1846. The building had various names and functions: it used to be the President’s Palace (18th century), headquarters of the Timis Banat and Serbian Vojvodina Governor and since 1984 it has hosted the Art museum.

Serbian Orthodox Vicarage and Serbian Orthodox Church are another important landmarks of the city. The building of the Serbian Vicarage is under the administration of the Serbian community since 1865 and it hosts an old religious art collection.

Serbian church Timisoara

Interior of a Serbian church

Theresia Bastion which used to be a fortress during the 18th-19th centuries is another interesting landmark.

Theresia Bastion Timisoara

Theresia Bastion


The local cuisine is influenced by Hungarian, Serbian, German and Arabic specialties.

There is a great Lebanese restaurant in the Victory square called “Beirut”. Shawarma here is really tasty and cheap! You can spot Hungarian kürtőskalács everywhere and Serbian pljeskavica is also quite popular.

Also, you will find many street stalls selling sandwiches, kebab, french fries etc. with great prices.

I recommend a visit to Bierhaus to enjoy a nice beer. There are more than 50 types of beer available here, so you won’t have a problem picking the right one. If you want to try Romanian beer choose Silva or Timișoreana.


There are not many hostels in Timisoara. I’ve stayed in Downtown Hostel which is located in the Victory Square. The hostel is small but cozy as it has three dorms: one of eight beds with shared bathroom, one double-bed room with private bathroom and one twin room with shared bathroom.

It also has a social room and a chill out balcony. But the best part of this hostel are the staff. Great place to enjoy your stay and I absolutely recommend it.

downtown hostel timisoara

Downtown hostel

Downtown Hostel in Timisoara

The walls of the balcony

If you have visited Timisoara, feel free to leave your suggestions below.



  • Hitch-Hikers Handbook February 1, 2014 - 2:21 pm Reply

    Lovely blog, Zorica! Thanks for connecting with us on Twitter! Keep up the great work and travel safe!

    • Zorica February 2, 2014 - 3:16 pm Reply

      Hey there, thanks for the comment! Glad that we connected!

  • Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans February 7, 2014 - 12:40 am Reply

    Unirii square looks especially beautiful. Although this is Romania’s third most populous city, from the looks of your pictures, it looks very peaceful and quiet there which is a nice change. It seems to be a budget friendly option as well. Thanks for the overview!

    • Zorica February 7, 2014 - 12:08 pm Reply

      Dana, you are absolutely right. It’s a very small city and in 4-5 hours you can see all important attractions. It’s VERY budget friendly and Romanians are so friendly, it’s worth visiting for a day or two.

  • Steve March 25, 2014 - 5:49 am Reply

    i’ve only been to bucharest in romania, but next time i’m in that area i might need to visit timisoara!

    • Zorica March 25, 2014 - 11:54 am Reply

      And I am the opposite 🙂 Would love to visit Bucharest.

  • Luminita October 29, 2015 - 9:40 am Reply

    I’m sure this guide would be very useful for all tourists who would like to visit Timisoara. But if you’re planning your next trip to Romania, I highly recommend visiting Transylvania. Sibiu, Sighisoara, Brasov are all wonderful and charming cities.

  • Sergiu November 17, 2016 - 1:15 pm Reply

    As @Luminita said, you should visit Sibiu, Sighisoara and Brasov. Cluj Napoca as well.
    Tip: you can look for a low cost flight (~4000 dinars; 40 minutes flight) from Timisoara to Cluj and from there you can go down by train to Sibiu, Sighisoara, Brasov and Bucharest.
    Train: Timisoara-Cluj from 2000 dinars (you can cut it down to 1227 dinars if you make a stopover in Oradea)
    Train: Cluj-Sibiu from 710 dinars
    Train: Sibiu-Sighisoara from 355 dinars
    Train: Sighisoara- Brasov from 502 dinars
    Train: Brasov- Bucharest from 660 dinars

    TOTAL: 3454- 4227 dinars

    Students get 50% discount, but I think is available only for Romanian students.

    • Sergiu November 17, 2016 - 1:17 pm Reply

      PS: Or you can go directly from Timisoara to Bucharest with Ryanair ( from 1254 dinars one way)

      • Zorica November 19, 2016 - 11:02 am Reply

        Hi Sergiu. Thanks for all the good tips! 🙂

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