The first record of the city of Timisoara, built on the site of an ancient Roman fortress called Castrum Regium Themes, dates back to 1212.
Over the years, Timisoara, the largest city in western Romania, has been influenced by many cultures. The Romans used it as an important crossroads fortress until the Tatars destroyed it in the 13th century. Conquered by Turkish armies in 1552, Timisoara remained under their protection until 1718 when the region of Banat came under Austrian rule for two centuries. Timisoara later became a vital commercial and manufacturing town. Turks, Austrians, Germans and Serbs all left their mark and their influence can be seen in neighborhoods throughout the city even today.
The charm of this city, settled on the northern bank of the Bega River, lies in its distinct architectural character and vibrant cultural life. Frequently referred to as "Little Vienna," Timisoara is home to year-round musical and theatrical performances, art galleries, museums and a buzzing nightlife. A progressive, cosmopolitan place, Timisoara was the first city in Europe and second in the world after New York, to use electricity to illuminate its public streets.
Timisoara was the first European city to introduce horse-drawn trams (in 1869) and electrical street lighting (in 1889);
Timisoara was built on a swamp; the Metropolitan Cathedral has 5000 oaks supports underneath it;
Johnny Weissmuller, Hollywood's original Tarzan, was born here.Thanks to its mild climate, Timisoara has lots of public squares and lush green retreats. The city is easy to explore on foot. If you get tired, a tram will be along in a moment; the system is fast, frequent and efficient.
Timisoara abounds with churches of several denominations, a Jewish quarter, an elegant baroque square and a pedestrian-only downtown area. Some of the monuments in the heart of the city afford panoramic views, while the many parks in this "city of flowers" provide an idyllic spot to take a break from sightseeing.
Timisoara is the perfect destination for you.
Top Five Things to do in Timisoara
1. Take a shopping trip at the Iulius Mall Center
2. Enjoy some time with the kids at the Banat Village Museum
3. Enjoy a long hike in the Recas Vineyards
4. take a trip to The Royal Castle from Savarsin built in 1650, seat of King Michael I of Romania. Ludwig van Beethoven the German composer came at S%u0103vâr%u015Fin in 1807 and fell in love with Tereza. The story appears in the S%u0103vâr%u015Fin village monograph including the fact that the famous composer dedicated 'Apassionata' to Franz Brunswick and 'Sonata no. 78' to his beloved Tereza.
5. Take a guided tour around Peacock House built in 1905.
Car hire at Timisoara Airport
Timi%u015Foara "Traian Vuia" International (IATA: TSR, ICAO: LRTR) (also known as Giarmata Airport) is Romania's third largest airport in terms of air traffic, after Bucharest Henri Coand%u0103 and Bucharest Aurel Vlaicu Airport and the main air transportation hub for the western part of Romania. It is located in Timi%u015Foara, in the region of Banat, near the Hungarian and Serbian border. The airport was renamed on February 6, 2003 in memory of Traian Vuia, a Romanian flight pioneer and a Timi%u015F County native. Timi%u015Foara Airport is important for business travellers, too, as a number of international businesses operate in Timi%u015Foara.