Fly To Timisoara, Romania
Timisoara is one of the prettiest towns in Romania and also one of the country’s most cosmopolitan. Located on the northern bank of the Bega River, it’s the largest city in the western part of the country. A complete mix of Baroque, Neoclassical and Art Nouveau buildings, Timisoara was the first city in Europe to install street lighting, and also the first to run off hydroelectric power.
Timisoara is built around a number of picturesque public squares and is full of lush public parks and gardens as well as lively squares. Its history tells of military and political violence when it was one of the major military bases against the Ottoman Empire, but now it’s a beautiful, peaceful place, regarded as Romania’s first free city. It’s also the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding Banat region.
The town dates back to Roman times when it was an important fortress. Throughout its history it has been ruled by various countries, including Turks, Austrians, Germans and Serbs, all of whom have left their mark on the city.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans travelling to Timisoara do require a Visa for Romania. Along with your Romanian Visa application and valid passport, submit passport photographs, your travel itinerary, flight details, accommodation details, travel insurance, bank statements, copy of your ID document and other details. Contact the Romanian Embassy of South Africa for more details (situated in Cape Town).
- The South African Embassy to Romania is in Bucharest. 2nd Floor, 26-28 Stirbei Voda, Union International Business Centre, Bucharest. Phone: + 40 21 313 3725. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
See and do
Timisoara is a charming place with a distinct architectural character and a vibrant cultural life. It’s often likened to Vienna, as all year round musical and theatrical performances are a highlight on its social calendar, and there is an abundance of art galleries and museums just waiting to be explored, as well as a lively nightlife that keeps visitors entertained into the wee hours.
The city is a joy to explore on foot, or you can take one of the plentiful trams on offer, to explore the many churches and synagogues located in the elegant Jewish quarter. The Great Synagogue has just reopened after extensive renovations and is well worth exploring. But the most fascinating places to visit are Timisoara’s squares and pedestrianized boulevards, which are surrounded by buildings that are a charming mixture of architectural styles.
Visit the Metropolitan Orthodox Cathedral in the southern part of town, where the Revolution of 1989 took place. You’re still able to see bullet holes in some of the buildings in the square. In front of the Cathedral is a monument to the victims of the Revolution – the Luna Capitolina.
For some history on the uprising, visit the Museum of the December 1989 Uprising, where you will be able to find out all about the events of the revolution in detailed displays of photographs, paintings, and even a video. You can literally tour the revolution if you like – pick up a map at the museum that shows the 12 significant locations around the city that form a walking open-air museum.
Timișoara Traian Vuia International Airport – TSR
Located 12km from the town of Timisoara, the international terminal at Timișoara Airport was completed in 2007.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Timișoara International Airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: There are no hotels located at the airport. Nearby in Timisoara: Do Stil Boutique Hotel, Hotel Titanic, Hotel Tresor, NH Timisoara. The Lost and Found desk is located in the International Arrivals section of the terminal.
Car Hire: Avis, Api Rent, Autonom, Bavaria Rent a Car, Budget, City Car, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and Thrifty.
Airport Hub: Timișoara Traian Vuia International Airport (code TSR) is a hub for Carpatair.