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Timisoara

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Timișoara is the capital city of Timiș County, and the main social, economic and cultural centre in western Romania.The third most populous city in the country, with 319,279 inhabitants as of the 2011 census, Timișoara is the informal capital city of the historical region of Banat. In September 2016, Timișoara was selected as the European Capital of Culture for 2021.HistoryMiddle AgesTimișoara was first mentioned as a place in either 1212 or 1266 as Castrum Temesiense. The territory later to be known as Banat was conquered and annexed by the Kingdom of Hungary in 1030. Timișoara grew considerably during the reign of Charles I, who, upon his visit here in 1307, ordered the construction of a royal palace. Timișoara's importance also grew due to its strategic location, which facilitated control over the Banat plain. By the middle of the 14th century, Timișoara was at the forefront of Western Christendom's battle against the Muslim Ottoman Turks. French and Hungarian crusaders met at the city before engaging in the Battle of Nicopolis in 1396. Beginning in 1443, John Hunyadi used Timișoara as a military stronghold against the Turks, having built a powerful fortress. The city was repeatedly besieged by the Ottomans in 1462, 1476, 1491, and 1522.
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Wine Tour / Tasting
Timisoara Tour Guide
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Landmark
Piata Victoriei
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Duration: 3h 30 min
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Church
Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral
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Duration: 2 hours
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Landmark
Unirii Square
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Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Timisoara

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History Museum
Memorialul Revolutiei
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Duration: 2 hours
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Art Museum
Muzeul de Arta
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Duration: 2 hours
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History Museum
Muzeul Consumatorului Comunist
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Banat Village Museum
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Parks in Timisoara

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Garden
Parcul Rozelor
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Duration: 2 hours
Park
Cathedral Park
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Central Park
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Garden
Botanic Park
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Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Timisoara

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Architectural Building
The Palace of the Serbian Episcopacy
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Duration: 2 hours
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Playground
Parcul Copiilor Ion Creangă
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Duration: 2 hours
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Landmark
Romanian Orthodox Parish Iosefin
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Zoo
Carpat Zoo
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Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Timisoara

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Castle
Bastionul Theresia
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Duration: 2 hours
Religious Site
St. George's Cathedral
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Historic Site
Serbian Orthodox Episcopal Church
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
Church
Mehala Orthodox Church
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Duration: 30 minutes

Side trips from Timisoara

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Landmark
City Hall Arad
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Duration: 2 hours
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Church
St. Anthony of Padua Church Arad
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Duration: 2 hours
National Park
Nera Beusnita National Park Oravita
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Duration: 8 hours
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Water Body
Malul Muresului Arad
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Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in Timisoara

Look close to the parks north of the river for some of the most upscale and ideally located hotels, including modern options with pools and spas. Things get a little more budget and backpacker-friendly south of the river, while still being right in the thick of all the sightseeing hotspots.
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