Timişoara – “Little Vienna” in western Romania25.08.2016
Genuine experiences of nature – walking in Banat
The woods and mountains of the Banat region are ideal for walkers. The Banat Mountains are made up of several mountain ranges which stretch all the way from south-west Romania to Serbia. They form the southern part of the Carpathians. Fans of the great outdoors can find breathtaking gorges, caves and fairy-tale forests here, including the romantic Cheile Caraşului area and the Bat Cave. Semenic-Cheile Caraşului National Park is located partly in the Anina Mountains and encompasses a 300-year-old beech forest. You can spend hours walking through the woods here without meeting another soul. Many of the footpaths were built with European funding. Retezat National Park is one of the wildest and most untouched mountainous regions in Romania and attracts very few walkers. Those who head out into the wild will find primeval forests, clear mountain lakes and steep gorges.
Ryanair will start operating a new service from Berlin to Timişoara on 4 September 2016. It will fly from Berlin-Schönefeld to the western Romanian city twice a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays. Timişoara Traian Vuia International Airport is 12 kilometres north-east of the city centre. There is an express bus service to the city centre and taxis are also available. There are also several car hire companies at the airport.
The Romanian city of Timişoara near the borders with Hungary and Serbia goes by many names, including “Little Vienna”. Walking through the city’s historic heart with its Viennese baroque-style architecture does make you feel a bit like you’re in Austria. Pretty, colourful art nouveau houses are punctuated by baroque church towers and little squares to while away time in. Timişoara is the third-largest city in Romania and a good starting point for exploring the region of Banat, which is largely undiscovered by tourists. This is the ideal destination for anyone looking for peace and seclusion, genuine experiences of nature and interesting Orthodox churches.
A unique natural spectacle: Scǎrişoara ice cave
North of Timişoara, there is a huge ice block in the middle of a mountain. This is Scǎrişoara ice cave, which dates back to the Ice Age. Located in a glacier, the ice cave is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Apuseni Mountains of north-west Romania. It is a fascinating subterranean ice landscape with bizarre icicles, sculptures and light effects. Warm clothing is a must. This natural spectacle consisting of frozen water is primarily of interest to children.
Timişoara – Viennese baroque and art nouveau houses
Some 350,000 people live in the city, which is considered the western gateway to Romania. Timişoara’s highlights include the historic town with its Roman Catholic cathedral, the opera house, the Orthodox cathedral, the old town hall and the baroque palace. The baroque-style Unirii Square is the oldest square in the city. The Cathedral of Saint George, the Serbian Orthodox church and the baroque palace all face the square, opposite one another. There are houses in the Hungarian art nouveau style to see here as well as baroque churches. The Orthodox cathedral is the city’s landmark and an imposing structure both inside and out. Timişoara is a university town, so it has plenty of cafés, clubs and bars.