Timisoara

Travel Guide
Piata Operei showing a fountain and heritage architecture

Explore lofty cathedrals, browse art in Baroque-style buildings and learn about Romania’s Communist history in Timisoara, affectionately known as “little Vienna.”

Enjoy the exquisite aesthetics of Timisoara, a city that effortlessly combines architectural styles from throughout Europe. This eclectic metropolis features spacious plazas, medieval churches, Moorish synagogues and Baroque-style art museums, which have put it in the running to be Europe’s Capital of Culture in 2021.

Rent a bike and explore Timisoara’s downtown, where every street seems to harbor some quirky shop, gorgeous café or architectural gem. Enjoy a coffee at Piata Victoriei (Victory Square), a central plaza populated by romantics and pigeons. Admire the striking façades of the Romanian Orthodox Cathedral and the Opera House, which dominate the square.

Head to Union Square to admire the Rococo elements of St. George’s Cathedral, which occasionally hosts organ concerts. This square also has great views of the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral and the Baroque-style Serbian Bishop’s residence. Contrast these European styles with the New Synagogue in Fabric, which has minarets and ochre walls typical of Moorish design.

Enter the Baroque Palace to find the city’s Museum of Art. Browse exhibits of German, Flemish and Italian masters. Afterward, find a quiet moment enjoying the greenery of the Timisoara Botanical Park. The city’s best shopping is found at Iulius Mall and around Victory Square.

Timisoara’s cultural development began in the medieval ages, when it was situated in Hungarian controlled territory. See traditional folk costumes and textiles of the region at the Banat Ethnographic Museum.

In 1989, Timisoara was the site of mass protests against Romanian communism, culminating in the Romanian Revolution. Learn about the events from the audiovisual archives of the 1989 Revolution Museum.

The city is a short train ride from most European capitals. For an informative day of sightseeing, take the free Timisoara tour, operated by the city's main tourism office.

Just on the outskirts of Timisoara is the Banat Village Museum. This open-air museum is a reconstruction of a 19th-century village. Browse its craft fairs, enjoy a folk music performance and take the kids to the nearby zoo.

Where to stay in Timisoara

President Hotel
President Hotel
4 out of 5
Str. Dinu Lipatti 25, Timisoara
The price is $54 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Located in the heart of Timisoara, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Victory Square, Timisoara Opera House, and Serbian Orthodox Cathedral. Piata Uniri and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (24 reviews)
Walk in
"at a lower price, breakfast included, this stay. Verify, please. Booked with Hotels.com via Expedia... What is going on with you, guys? Nice place, clean, central, poor amenities but good enough- not in need of recommendations. Thanks!"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2020

President Hotel
North Star Continental Resort
North Star Continental Resort
4 out of 5
B-dul Revolutiei 1989, Nr. 5, Timisoara
The price is $64 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
Located in Old City, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. George's Cathedral, Piata Uniri, and Serbian Orthodox Cathedral. Huniade Castle and Victory ...
4.2/5Very Good! (199 reviews)
"Wonderful stay: clean, safe, friendly staff and an excellent restaurant. Perfect location, adjacent to central Timisoara."

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2021

North Star Continental Resort
Mercure Timisoara
Mercure Timisoara
4 out of 5
Blv Cetatii Nr 10, Timisoara
The price is $66 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in the heart of Timisoara, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Victory Square, Timisoara Opera House, and Serbian Orthodox Cathedral. Piata ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Best hotel in Timisoara
"Very pleasant stay. Highly recommend this hotel."

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

Mercure Timisoara
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Visaj Residence
Visaj Residence
3.5 out of 5
Strada Apicultorilor, Timisoara, TM
The price is $32 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Situated in Timisoara, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Piata Balcescu, Dan Paltinisanu Stadium, and Politehnica University. Romanian Orthodox ...
4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)
Acceptable accommodation with some flaws
"This is a great concept but not a great execution. New building but the furnishings are low cost. Very squeaky bedframe, dirty sofa in the leaving room, sparse bathroom with no shower curtain, cheap faucets and towels that have seen a better life. All white floors are beautiful but you can see all ..."

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2019

Visaj Residence
Ana's Villa - Rent For Party
Ana's Villa - Rent For Party
Timisoara, Timi?
Situated in Timisoara, this villa is within 2 mi (3 km) of Victory Square, Timisoara Opera House, and Serbian Orthodox Cathedral. Romanian Orthodox Cathedral ...
Ana's Villa - Rent For Party
Aparthotel Iosefin Residence
Aparthotel Iosefin Residence
4 out of 5
Mocsonyi, 8, Piata Sinaia, Timisoara
The price is $52 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Situated in Timisoara, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, Victory Square, and Timisoara Opera House. Piata Balcescu and ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (72 reviews)
Excellent hotel and great value
"The room was clean, the staff very polite, and I would definitely recommend and would stay there again."

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Aparthotel Iosefin Residence
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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