Starting point: in front of McDonald's in Victory Square. Starting time to be agreed.
There are no entrances to any sights on this tour. When we finish, we can stop at a local restaurant to taste a locally brewed craft beer (2€) or try traditional dishes (not included).
We will be walking on cobble stones so please wear comfortable shoes.
* Read our Timisoara travel guide in the 'Main Attraction' section of Romanian Friend
Our starting point for this tour of Timisoara will be the splendid Art Nouveau inspired Victory Square, one of the most important hotspots in the city, centrally located. Did you know that Timisoara will be European Capital of Culture in 2021? I can tell you more about the city's plans!
This last-standing bastion was part of a defensive structure built 300 years ago by the Habsburg Empire in response to military technological advancements of those times (gun powder and cannons). What today seems trivial, in those times was considered state-of-the-art strategy and planning. Today, it's a cool place where the locals hang out and have fun.
The city had a Vienna-inspired aristocratic life in the 18-19th century, with splendid, imperial looking buildings scattered all over its main squares. A superb mix of Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture, I will show you the best spots in the city to admire what was once called 'Little Vienna' and tell you more about those times.
Without doubt the most interesting part of my visit to Romania was taking a guided walking tour of Timisoara, and I would strongly recommend Romanian Friend’s tour. Marius from Romanian Friend was incredibly helpful overall with planning my trip to Romania, and also in connecting me with the historical encyclopaedia that is Mark-Alex, a local resident and tour guide. During his walking tour I learnt so much about not only Timisoara and Romania, but also Europe’s history; and how the city played such a crucial part in that. This extensive and fascinating tour taught me more about European history than I ever learnt in school and Mark-Alex’s knowledge and enthusiasm for his home city was just staggering!
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