Architecture in Timisoara, Part I, Timisoara (Self Guided)

Timisoara is one of the largest cities in Romania and the capital of Timis County. Among the treasures the city boasts, there are architectural monuments (in Baroque, Art-Nouveau styles), which traveled through time to tell us about the various aspects of Timisoara’s past. This tour unravels the enchanting side of Timisoara.
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Architecture in Timisoara, Part I Map

Guide Name: Architecture in Timisoara, Part I
Guide Location: Romania » Timisoara (See other walking tours in Timisoara)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Author: HelenF
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Army House

1) Army House

The Army House is one of the most important military buildings of the 18th century; it was finished in 1775. Despite the fact that the building was transformed several times by adding extra floors, its architecture still retains elements of Baroque style. In 1924, the Army House held the Rose Exhibition, where for the first time black and blue roses were exhibited. Since 1996, the building houses the Military Museum.
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House with Atlanti

2) House with Atlanti

The House with Atlanti is a historical building, located in the center of the city. Its name is related to the columns with Atlantes, which can be seen on the building’s façade. It was built in 1812 in Neoclassic style by Toma Naum Makri. After the owner’s death, the House with Atlanti was inherited by his daughter, who was married to a Serb. The building changed owners many times, from Serb Church to Romanian State, and after the revolution it became private property.
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The Chamber of Commerce and Industry

3) The Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The building of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry dates back to the interwar period, the plans having been made by Laszlo Szekely. Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1850, has worked out of various buildings of the city, including Lloyd's Palace. In 1930 began the construction of the palace, which would become the new headquarters of the Chamber. Downstairs there is space provided for shops, while offices are located on the first floor and the council chamber and the other three floors are residential. The palace has two symmetrical facades, one on Surogat street and another on Lenau street. Some remarkable decorative elements include a great triangular gable roof and two statues representing the metallurgical industry and the domestic industry.
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Piarist Lyceum

4) Piarist Lyceum

The Piarist Lyceum is an architectural ensemble in Timisoara, initially built with the intention of being used as the building for the lyceum which was founded by the Piarist Order. The ensemble, which consists of the lyceum, the house’s headquarters, a church-chapel and a boarding school, was designed by László Székely in Art Nouveau style and was opened in 1909.
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Peacock House

5) Peacock House

One fine example of the first phase of Secessionist architecture is the Gemeinhardt's Peacock House (Casa cu Pauni). The house was built in 1905 in the residential area around the square of Piata Plevnei. The facades of the house are decorated with swans, peacocks, owls and other small animals and birds, skilfully combined with foliage.
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Turkish House

6) Turkish House

The building located in the Elisabetin district, is a monument built around the 16th and 17th centuries, according to some sources. The house has three levels: the ground floor, first floor and cellar roofed with a flattened cylindrical arch. The Turkish House has an ambiguous history; some say it used to be the summer residence of Timisoara’s Pasha, others say it was a harem or even that there was a secret tunnel between the home and fortress.
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Constantin Jude Hall

7) Constantin Jude Hall

Constantin Jude Hall, also known as the Olimpia Hall, is an indoor sporting arena that can hold 2000 people. The arena also hosts various live concerts and performances. The design of the building is mainly in the functionalist style, the facade consists of eight red columns sustaining the white stone roof block. One of the main attractions of the arena is the outdoor fountain. The fountain represents five golden statues of the greatest athletes from Timisoara.
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The Old Slaughterhouse

8) The Old Slaughterhouse

The Old Slaughterhouse, a red-brick building, was built in 1905; it is one of the amazing works of the well known architect Székely László. Initially the complex had 11 buildings, but successive demolitions resulted in keeping the figurative tower of its lateral halls and the entrance gate with its statuary groups. The latter represents on one side a bull and a female and on the other side a bull and a male.

Walking Tours in Timisoara, Romania

Create Your Own Walk in Timisoara

Create Your Own Walk in Timisoara

Creating your own self-guided walk in Timisoara is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Architecture in Timisoara, Part II

Architecture in Timisoara, Part II

Time had a strong impact upon Timisoara’s architecture, and because of this, many modern venues have a historical value and stand as reminders of important events which occurred in the past. These buildings are pieces of art, which reveal the true skill of a city’s famous architects. Take this tour and walk the streets designed by the most astonishing architecture in Timisoara.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
The Fabric District of Timisoara

The Fabric District of Timisoara

Fabric is a historical district in Timisoara. This district was well known for its factories,as the name implies. Fabric became the most populated district of Timisoara in the 19th century. Aside from being a multicultural neighbourhood, it is also a place with many historical monuments worth seeing. Take this tour and visit the most astonishing venues of Fabric.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Places of Worship in Timisoara Walking Tour

Places of Worship in Timisoara Walking Tour

The city of Timisoara boasts an incredible number of religious venues that will even attract the attention of the most spoiled and dull creature on Earth. The main feature of the city’s worship places is the mix of uncommon architecture and varied history, which comes as an irreplaceable additional flavour to this walking tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Palaces and Castles Walking Tour in Timisoara

Palaces and Castles Walking Tour in Timisoara

The “Little Vienna” has amazed thousands of curious eyes for many years. This is thanks to the stunning palaces built in various styles, meant to lure visitors from all over the world. Take this tour to appreciate the most important historical buildings in Timisoara.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

One of the largest cities in Romania, Timisoara holds an honorary spot on one's travel map. One will be thrilled with the city’s harmoniously grouped landmarks and of course, it is incredible that the city houses quite a number of squares with historical value. Are you curious to visit Timisoara? Check out the city’s prominent landmarks.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Museums and Galleries Self-Guided Tour in Timisoara

Museums and Galleries Self-Guided Tour in Timisoara

Home to amazing museums and galleries, Timisoara is the largest city in western Romania. Its greatness comes as a result of cultural interaction, which influenced the country in the past. It comprises local and foreign paintings, archaeological findings, war items and documentation, which left a painful mark on the lives of the survivors. Take this tour and live the emotions which culminated...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Timisoara for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Timisoara has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Timisoara, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.