One of the biggest cities in Romania, Timisoara in the western part of the country is a place which seems to be transforming at a rapid pace. The city is renowned for its university, while it is one of the best places in Eastern Europe to do business, being conveniently located near the borders with Serbia and Hungary. It serves as the region’s main cultural and commercial hub, boasting a number of theatres, art galleries, museums and music venues. It’s one of the best cities in Romania to go shopping, being home to chain stores and independent retailers, based in the city centre and in retail parks on its outskirts. Timisoara is said to be cosmopolitan, owing to its border location.
The majority of roads in Timisoara are smooth, but to negotiate what potholes and bumps there are, a family car would be the safest thing to drive.
Driving in Timisoara
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Important things to note
Even though it’s a major city, the nearest major motorway, the A1, is a few miles east of the centre of Timisoara, connected by the E70 highway.
Although Romanian is the most popular language, some people speak Hungarian, Serbian or German. Basic English is known by many residents though.
For anyone new to Timisoara, there are free bus tours of the city’s major sights. Details are sketchy, but they’re well-advertised online.
Highlights & Hotspots
The Museum of the Revolution inside the Bastion, part of the city’s old defensive walls, documents how Romania became an independent country. It contains artefacts from the era, as well as the odd exhibit about more modern times.
Piata Unirii (Union Square) is one of a number of squares in the old city centre. It’s within close proximity to several palaces including the Baroque Palace as well as the Serbian Church, while bars and cafes are in plentiful supply here.
Just outside Timisoara, the Village Museum near Padurea Verde (the Green Forest) is the best place to learn about traditional Romanian culture. Just a few hundred metres away is the popular Timisoara Zoo, which is one of Eastern Europe’s most well-kept zoos.
Shoppers have plenty to choose from here. As well as the more traditional shops near Piata Victoriei square, there’s the Iulius Mall, one of the largest indoor shopping centres in Eastern Europe and flea markets every weekend in the city centre.
Timisoara Traian Vuia Airport is the main airport serving the city, five miles northeast of the centre. The airport presently has one passenger terminal, serving destinations across Western Europe as well as domestic destinations like Bucharest.
The airport is connected by link road southwards to the E70. Once there, go west and you‚Äôll find yourself in the city centre in a matter of minutes.