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    Timisoara – a brief overview

    Over the centuries, the city of Timișoara has seen empires and invaders, great architectural movements and revolution. The capital of the Banat region was a prize in a series of battles between Austro-Hungarian princes and Ottoman sultans, but its golden era came in the 19th century, when the fortress city was reinvented as a modern European capital, complete with public squares, formal gardens and stately boulevards.

    Communism arrived after WWII, but departed with the 1989 Romanian Revolution, which started in the city’s main square. Today, visitors come to relax in pavement cafés and admire city’s elegant secessionist, art nouveau and baroque architecture.

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    Permanent Exhibition of the 1989 Revolution

    Strada Popa Sapca 3-5
    300057 Timișoara
    Romania
    Tel: +40 256 294 936
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1700

    A fascinating monument to the 1989 revolution that freed Romania from Communist rule, with documents, photos, uniforms and personal testimonies from the people who were there on both sides of the divide. The museum also screens a graphic educational video on the fall of the Ceausescus.

    Timișoara Art Museum

    Piaţa Unirii 1
    300085 Timișoara
    Romania
    Tel: +40 256 491 592
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    The Muzeul de Artă (Art Museum) of Timișoara is worth a visit as much for its setting (inside the eye-catching 18th-century Prefecture Palace) as for the paintings and sculptures inside. Some of the artworks show the clear shift of influence from the Ottoman world towards Western Europe.

    Roman Catholic Cathedral of St George

    Piaţa Unirii
    300085 Timișoara
    Romania
    Tel: +40 256 430 671
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-1600

    Dominating Piaţa Unirii (Union Square), the handsome baroque cathedral of St George was built between 1736 and 1744 in classic Viennese style, shortly after the Austro-Hungarian Empire gained control of the region from the Ottomans. The lavish interior includes an altar screen painted by the then director of the Fine Arts Academy in Vienna.

    Catedrală Mitropolitan Ortodox

    Bulevardul Regele Ferdinand 1
    300006 Timișoara
    Romania
    Tel: +40 256 491 592
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1800

    The Romanian Orthodox cathedral of Timișoara looks plucked from a fairytale, with its banded walls and tight cluster of turrets, but the building was a relatively recent creation, erected between 1936 and 1941. The ornate interior is covered in murals and mosaics and many ancient icons are incorporated into the screen behind the altar.

    Muzeul Banatului

    Piaţa Huniade Iancu 1, inside Castelul Huniade
    300029 Timișoara
    Romania
    Tel: +40 256 491 339
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1600

    Set in the dramatic Huniade Castle, this engaging museum charts the history of the Banat region, from its prehistoric beginnings to the rise of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the tumultuous events of the modern era. Displays cover everything from ancient ceramics to arms and armour.

    Serbian Orthodox Cathedral

    Strada Costache Negruzzi
    Timișoara
    Romania
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0900-1700

    Facing the Roman Catholic cathedral across the square, Timișoara’s Serbian Orthodox cathedral was constructed in classic baroque style in the 1740s, and its elegant interior is covered in glorious murals. The vaulted ceiling in front of the gilded altar screen features a benign-looking God looking down from the firmament.

    Fabric New Synagogue

    2, I. L. Caragiale St
    Timişoara
    Romania
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    Constructed in 1899, the striking synagogue on Strada Splaiul Coloniei is a captivating reminder of the Jewish history of Timișoara. At the time of Jewish emancipation in 1864, the city had a Jewish population of 7,000, but this number dwindled to just 600 following WWII. Today, the Moorish-style synagogue in Fabric is closed for renovations, but it’s worth coming to see the ornate exterior.

    Piaţa Libertatii

    Piaţa Libertatii
    300077 Timișoara
    Romania
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    Timișoara’s Liberty Square is flanked by handsome civic buildings.

    Piaţa Victoriei

    Piaţa Victoriei
    300006 Timișoara
    Romania
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    Lined with formal gardens, Timișoara’s grand Victory Square is the city’s favourite promenade, surrounded by shops and cafés and bookended by the Metropolitan Cathedral of Timișoara and the dramatic National Theatre and Opera House. In 1989, the square was the focal point for the demonstrations that led to the Romanian revolution.

    Maria Theresia Bastion

    Strada Hector 4
    300041 Timișoara
    Romania
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    The Maria Theresia Bastion is the most impressive remnant of the vast fortress that protected Timișoara during the Austro-Hungarian era. The bastion, one of nine that once guarded the city, was constructed in the 1730s, and it survived nine assaults from invading armies. Today, the bastion forms an open square, dotted with small cafés, and bisected by Strada Hector.

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    Country overview

    There aren’t many countries in Europe where farmers still drive horse-drawn wagons and covered markets dominate over shopping malls, but then Romania isn’t quite like other places. While other Eastern Bloc members have seen their cities spruced up and populated with boutique hotels, international restaurants and

    quaint attractions, this traditional country still clings to its dog-eared charm. Yes, you’ll find the usual smattering of resort towns clustered around the Black Sea Coast, but outside the tourism hotspots Romania dances to the same rhythm it’s tapped out for a hundred years.

    Geography

    Romania is bordered to the north and east by Moldova and Ukraine, the southeast by the Black Sea, the south by Bulgaria, the southwest by Serbia and in the west by Hungary. The country is divided into four geographical areas. Transylvania (a belt of Alpine massifs and forests) and Moldavia compose the northern half of the country, which is divided down the middle by the north-south strip of the Carpathian Mountains. These comprise of 14 mountain ranges above 2,000m (6,560ft) with Moldoveanu Peak at 2,544m (8,300ft) the highest point. The terrain around here is a mix of extinct volcanic cones, lunar plains, thick forests and glacial lakes – perfect for hiking, cycling and adrenaline sports.

    South of the east-west line of the Carpathians lies the flat Danube plain of Wallachia with the capital Bucharest, its border with Bulgaria being defined by the course of the Danube. The Danube Delta, the best-preserved of its kind in Europe and a haven for wildlife, is a biosphere reserve and a biodiversity World Heritage Site. Romania’s other major rivers include the Olt, the Siret and the Mures.

    Romania’s coastline runs for nearly 200 km (120 miles) along the Black Sea, incorporating the port of Constanta and the Danube Delta.

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    Key facts

    Population: 21790479

    Population Density (per sq km): 91

    Capital: Bucharest.

    Language

    Romanian is the official language. Some Hungarian and German are spoken in border areas, while French and English are spoken by those connected with the tourist industry.

    Currency

    New Leu (RON; symbol (plural) Lei) = 100 bani. Notes are in denominations of Lei500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1. Coins are in denominations of Bani50, 10, 5 and 1. (Old notes were in denominations of Lei1,000,000, 500,000, 100,000, 50,000 and 10,000 and coins in denominations of Lei5,000, 1,000, 500 and 100.)

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the two-pin type.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1700.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2016 – December 2017 period.

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 1.-2. January 2016
    Labour Day: 1. May 2016
    Orthodox Easter Monday: 2. May 2016
    Whit Monday: 20. June 2016
    Assumption Day: 15. August 2016
    National Day: 1. December 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016
    Second Day of Christmas: 26. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 1.-2. January 2017
    Orthodox Easter Monday: 17. April 2017
    Labour Day: 1. May 2017
    Whit Monday: 5. June 2017
    Assumption Day: 15. August 2017
    National Day: 1. December 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017
    Second Day of Christmas: 26. December 2017

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    Nightlife in Timisoara

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    Beer halls and theme pubs are the first choice for younger revellers in Timișoara, but the city has a handful of upscale bars and nightclubs should you feel like dressing up for the night.

    Then there’s the 19th-century National Theatre and Opera House, staging operas and plays in a truly stunning setting.

    National Theatre and Opera House

    Strada Marasesti 2
    300080 Timișoara
    Romania
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    The first choice for a sophisticated night out, with an ambitious programme of operas and theatrical works.

    Filarmonica Banatul Timisoara

    Bulevardul Constantin Diaconovici Loga 2
    300022 Timișoara
    Romania
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    The other big cultural show in town, the Filarmonica stages everything from classical concerts to blues shows.

    Amplificat

    Strada Alecsandri 7
    300078 Timișoara
    Romania
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    Bands and DJs rock the rafters at this popular bar in the thick of things near Piaţa Unirii.

    Papillon Cafe

    Piaţa Unirii 8
    300085 Timișoara
    Romania
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    An arty student hangout hosting edgy, creative goings-on, slap bang in the centre on Piaţa Unirii.

    Club D’Arc

    Piaţa Unirii 5
    300055 Timișoara
    Romania
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    An old-fashioned dance club with a lively crowd, attracting top DJs from around Romania.

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    Restaurants in Timisoara

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    Dining in Timișoara is a little like the architecture – interesting and eclectic, but frequently rather traditional.

    Tourists congregate in the pavement cafés around Piaţa Victoriei and Piaţa Unirii, but there are eateries dotted all around the Cetate (centre) offering traditional Romanian cooking, and a handful of pizzerias for those seeking familiar flavours.

    Belvedere

    Strada Marasesti 1-3
    300086 Timișoara
    Romania
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    Price: Expensive

    Romanian cuisine gets a modern European twist at this elegant restaurant with starched napkins and flowing drapes.

    Casa cu Flori

    Strada Alba Iulia 1
    300077 Timișoara
    Romania
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    Price: Moderate

    Set in a graceful mansion near the opera house, Casa cu Flori serves superior Romanian cuisine in stylish surroundings, with a gorgeous roof terrace that comes into its own every summer.

    Nora

    Bulevardul Dambovita 40
    300456 Timișoara
    Romania
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    Price: Moderate

    One for meat lovers, Nora is loved for its grilled meats and hearty Romanian soups, with a popular outdoor terrace covered by a wooden canopy.

    Casa Bunicii

    Strada Virgil Onitiu 3
    300100 Timișoara
    Romania
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    Price: Moderate

    True to its name, this cosy eatery does indeed look like ‘granny’s house’, and the menu is full of home-cooked Romanian favourites.

    Eclipse

    Piaţa Unirii, Strada Florimund Mercy 9
    300085 Timișoara
    Romania
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    Price: Cheap

    A top choice for sandwiches and salads in a prime location in the centre, with a terrace facing onto the square.

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    Calendar of events

    European Festival of Performing Arts Timişoara

    5 – 11 June 2016
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    Venue: Timişoara National Theatre and other venues.

    Spectacular street performances, avant-garde theatre, literary launches and concerts are all on the menu at this fabulous arts festival. Audiences are treated to five days of entertainment in May and, just when it seems to be over for another year, it all kicks off again for a week in June.

    Miniature Art Biennial

    25 April 2016
    Website

    Venue: Galeria Mansarda, Faculty of Arts and Design.

    A magnifying glass might come in handy for this festival, which encompasses all types of miniature art and is organised by the university’s faculty of arts and design. Paintings, graphics, sculpture and ceramics are all on show, produced by a variety of international artists.

    Street Delivery

    10 – 12 June 2016
    Website

    Venue: City centre.

    Held simultaneously in several locations across Romania, this festival looks at how we can manage movement around cities without cars. Streets close to traffic and are given over to pedestrians and cyclists for three days of live music, dance shows and workshops (think astrology, clay modelling and rock painting).

    Caravana Metropolis

    14 – 19 July 2016
    Website

    Venue: Parcul Rozelor (Roses Park).

    This open-air cinema passes through major towns and cities in Romania all summer, stopping in Timişoara for five or six days each July. Film fans can set up picnics on blankets or chill out in deckchairs to enjoy a cracking array of movies, from brand new films to Oscar-winning classics.

    JAZZ

    July 2016
    Website

    Venue: Piața Victoriei.

    Big-name, Grammy award-winning artists fly in to Timişoara to join local musicians for three days of phenomenal jazz music each July. Previous festivals have featured legends such as Al Jarreau (who has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame) and drummer and composer Terri Lyne Carrington.

    Opera and Operetta Festival

    27 August 2016
    Website

    Venue: Summer theatre in Parcul Rozelor (Roses Park).

    Thousands of opera fans flock to Roses Park each August for an enchanting programme of open-air opera and operetta. Entry to these musical soirées is free and therefore hugely popular, so getting there early is essential, as events are usually packed out.

    Plai Festival

    9 – 11 September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Banat Village Museum.

    Celebrating the region’s multiple ethnicities, Plai Festival is a chilled-out, three-day folk festival crammed with live music performances and art workshops. Musicians from around the world perform traditional tunes, while visitors can pick up a medley of new skills, from origami to juggling to mask painting.

    Timishort Film Festival

    6 – 9 October 2016
    Website

    Venue: Cinema Timiş and Aula BCUT.

    The name gives it away: this festival is dedicated to short films, with prizes awarded to the best international, Romanian and experimental films. Film fans usually have the chance to see at least one Romanian premiere, while art exhibitions and concerts run alongside the main event.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Timisoara

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    Accommodation in Timișoara has come a long way since the fall of Communism.

    While international chains are still thin on the ground, the city has growing numbers of comfortable mid-range hotels and inexpensive pensions, plus a handful of upscale hotels in grand villas from the 1920s and 1930s.

    La Residenza

    Strada Independentei 14
    300207 Timișoara
    Romania
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    Category: Expensive

    Surrounded by a peaceful baffle of gardens and lawns, La Residenza almost feels like a country retreat; it scores highly for its elegant rooms, superior restaurant and gorgeous outdoor pool.

    Savoy

    Splaiul Tudor Vladimirescu 2
    300193 Timișoara
    Romania
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    Category: Expensive

    Just south of the Bega River, the Savoy offers stylish rooms with modern comforts in a striking modernist villa from the 1930s.

    Continental

    Bulevardul Revoluţiei 1989 5
    300054 Timișoara
    Romania
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    Category: Moderate

    A comfortable tower hotel in the centre, with a fine location overlooking the green expanse of the Parcul Civic.

    Hotel Victoria

    Strada Lucian Blaga 3
    300002 Timișoara
    Romania
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    Category: Moderate

    Set in a lovely baroque secessionist-era building in the centre, with cosy rooms, friendly staff and spacious, slightly old-fashioned rooms.

    Pensiunea Casa Leone

    Strada Eroilor de la Tisa 67
    300562 Timișoara
    Romania
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    Category: Cheap

    A delightful pension with simple but inviting rooms and a peaceful courtyard, run by an artistic Timișoara family.

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    Climate & best time to visit Romania

    Romania is a great year-round tourist destination. The best times to visit in terms of climate are the end of April to the beginning of July and from end of August to the end of October as temperatures are mild and pleasant. Summers can be hot especially in Southern Romania, including Bucharest, but along the Black Sea Coast, sea breezes offer moderate temperatures. Winters are coldest in the Carpathian Mountains where there is snow from December through to April. Snow also falls throughout most of the country.

    The ski season in Romania runs from December to March, although high resorts such as Stana de Vale often remain open until late April. Prices are cheaper at the beginning and the end of the season, with Christmas often the busiest time.

    On the Black Sea Coast, tourism reaches its height between June and August and temperatures during the summer months can reach a sizzling 40°C. Look for deals in May and September, when the weather is still balmy but the season isn’t yet in full swing.

    Other seasonal activities include bird-watching (from mid-April to mid-May in the Danube Delta) and wine-tasting, which focuses around a series of festivals in September and October.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +40

    Telephone

    Public telephones are widely available and can be used for direct international calls; most require a calling card. Hotels often impose a high service charge for long-distance calls, but usually do not charge for local calls.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good around Bucharest and Romania’s other large towns but can be variable elsewhere – particularly in upland areas. Local mobile phone hire is available.

    Internet

    Romania has numerous internet cafés, some offering Wi-Fi. As of 2012, there were 8.7 million internet hosts in the country and around 8 million internet users.

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    Shopping in Timisoara

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    Key Areas

    The most interesting shopping options in Timișoara are in the centre, particularly around Piaţa Victoriei.

    Markets

    Malls are taking over from traditional markets, but the weekend flea markets at Piața Aurora-Flavia and Piaţa Mehala attract plenty of browsers. For fresh foodstuffs, visit the produce markets on Strada Coriolan Brediceanu and in Piaţa Badea Cartan.

    Shopping Centres

    Timișoara shoppers are getting the mall bug, and modern shopping centres are springing up all around the city centre. Top options for fans of local and international brands include the Bega Shopping Centre on Strada Carol Telbisz and the gleaming Iulius Mall on Strada Aristide Demetriade.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    A handshake is the most common form of greeting, but Romanian men may kiss a woman’s hand when being introduced. Mr or Mrs should be used when greeting someone for the first time. Visitors should follow normal European courtesies on social occasions. Dress tends to be rather conservative but casual wear is suitable. Beachwear should not be worn away from the beach or poolside. If visiting a home, a small wrapped gift should be given to the host, such as flowers or chocolates (to women only), wine or liquor. Flowers should be given as a gift in odd numbers only. Many Romanians are smokers and gifts of Western cigarettes are greatly appreciated.

    Other well-appreciated gifts include toiletries.

    Photography

    Military installations should not be photographed. Some tourist attractions require visitors to pay a fee (sometimes hefty) for taking photographs.

    Smoking

    The Romanian government bans smoking in every public place, but, as in many countries in Eastern Europe, smokers have little respect for non-smokers and for smoking laws. Smoking is forbidden on planes, on buses and on some trains. Luxury hotels have designated no-smoking floors but very few restaurants have no-smoking sections.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Mains water is normally chlorinated, and whilst relatively safe, may cause abdominal upsets; bottled water is available. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    Hepatitis C and tuberculosis occur and hepatitis B is endemic. Stray dogs may carry the tick-borne African typhus disease and rabies is also present. If bitten, seek medical advice without delay. There have been confirmed outbreaks of avian influenza (bird flu) in the Danube Delta, Transylvania and Bucharest. The Romanian authorities have taken measures to contain the outbreaks and no human infections or deaths have been reported. In 2012, several cases of the West Nile Virus were reported by the Romanian National Institute of Health, and travellers to the Danube Delta are recommended to wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers and to apply insect repellent.

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    Visa & Immigration

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