City Orientation Walk, Timisoara (Self Guided)

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.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Romania » Timisoara (See other walking tours in Timisoara)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Author: HelenF
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Sfânta Treime Statue

1) Sfânta Treime Statue (must see)

Between 1738 and 1739, Timisoara was decimated with plague, which caused the death of 1000 people. After this epidemic was over, the Sfânta Treime statue was built as a sign of gratefulness towards God. The monument was built in Vienna between 1739 and 1740; it has a high column around which statues are grouped, and Sfânta Treime is in the top part of the column.
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House of Lions

2) House of Lions (must see)

The House of Lions is located in Piata Unirii (Unirii Square), right in the very heart of Timisoara. In the past it was the residence of Prince Eugeniu de Savoya. The house was constructed near Vienna Gate, which existed a long time ago where Marasti Square stands today. Along with many other old buildings in Timisoara, this two-storey house represents one of the most valuable treasures of the city.
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Brück House

3) Brück House (must see)

Brück house or palace is an amazing, colorful building located in Piata Unirii. It was built in 1910 by Hungarian architect Szekely Laszlo in Art-Nouveau and Secession styles, with a mildly eclectic character. It is a four-level building; there is a drug store at the ground floor. The construction is quite popular among tourists for its outstanding, unusual, majestic design.
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Baroque Palace

4) Baroque Palace (must see)

Baroque Palace is a historical building located in Piata Unirii. Since its construction, the palace served several purposes, namely military and administrative. In the present time, the palace houses the Museum of Art; the features of the building contributed to its election for the museum’s location.
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Timisoara Art Museum

5) Timisoara Art Museum (must see)

The history of the art collection begins with the Banat Museum’s establishment in 1872. To the humble beginnings of the actual section of art, dating back to 1879 when the first painting was registered, is added an important donation from Ormòs Zsigmond’s collection, who was one of the museum’s founders, in the period between 1888 and 1895. His donation, which included Italian, Dutch, German, Austrian, Hungarian and Romanian paintings, formed the nucleus of the Timisorean museum. In 1979, the Art Section of the Museum had a collection of 7000 pieces, which from 1987 continued to evolve under a new roof in the west wing of the Baroc Palace, located in Piata Unirii. Since 2006, the Art Section is an independent museum.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm
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Cardinal Point Fountain

6) Cardinal Point Fountain

The Cardinal Point Fountain is a modern symbol of the city. It is a rare finding for tourists, because Timisoara bursts with old buildings and historical sights. The artesian fountain’s magnificence can be observed fully, especially at night, due to the city’s lighting. It has a circular form and its name comes from the four cardinal points present on the superior part of the construction.
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Maria Theresia Bastion

7) Maria Theresia Bastion (must see)

Maria Theresia Bastion was built between 1730 and 1735 and it is the largest piece of wall belonging to the old fortress of Timisoara, which still stands today. The initial fortress had 9 bastions. Today, the bastion is used as a passage. It also houses commercial buildings, restaurants, bars, a disco, a library and two permanent exhibitions of the Banat Museum.
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Floral Clock

8) Floral Clock

The Floral Clock, built in the eighties by ELBA factory, is an amazing composition of imagination and handy human skills. The clock is of a circular form and its numbers are “cultivated” out of flowers. It is really famous among locals; it serves as a meeting place, especially for young people. One who has a passion for nature ought to see this masterpiece.
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Guilds Tree

9) Guilds Tree

The house, which once belonged to the Journeymen’s Association in Timisoara, is famous for the Guilds Tree, at the corner of the building. This tree was a tree trunk dressed in iron and fixed into the wall with a metal bar and locked with a special padlock that didn’t have a key slot. The journeymen would bring a nail that had a big head, engraved with their names and initials, and they would hammer it into the trunk. The tree trunk exposed at the corner of the building is not the original one; that one is kept at the Banat Museum.
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Liberty Square

10) Liberty Square (must see)

Prince Eugeniu de Savoya Square was built in the middle of the 18th century. For an unknown period of time, it was known as Military Square or Parade Square. In 1848, when the Hungarian revolution began, the square changed its name to Liberty Square. This important landmark hosts old buildings and monuments, such as the Army House and Saint Mary Statue; the square is the city’s military center.
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National Opera House

11) National Opera House (must see)

The National Opera House’s structure underwent many changes over time. Its construction started in 1871, according to the plans of two Viennese architects Fellner and Helmer, and was completed in 1875. There were two major fires which devastated the building. The first took place in 1880 and the second in 1920. The result was that only the lateral wings remained intact. The novelty Opera House hosts four art institutions: Romanian National Opera, National Theater “Mihai Eminescu”, German State Theater and Hungarian “Csiky Gergely” Theater. They are quite unique.
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Victory Square

12) Victory Square (must see)

Victory Square, formerly Opera Square, is the place where Timisoara was proclaimed the first independent city in Romania on the 20th of December, 1989. At the opposite poles of the square one will find in the north - the Opera House and in the south - the Metropolitan Cathedral. The center of the square is decorated with monuments, such as “Lupoaica cu puii”, which is a replica of Lupa Capitolina; the monument was Rome’s gift for Timisoara in 1926. Another landmark located in Victory Square is the Artesian Fountain, also known as the Fountain with Fish, in the shape of a star with 5 corners. It was built in 1957.
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Lloyd Palace

13) Lloyd Palace (must see)

Lloyd Palace is a monumental venue, which was built between 1910 and 1912, according to the plans of architect Leopold Baumhorn. The building’s architecture is eclectic with influences of secession. Before the Second World War, on the palace’s ground floor there was a Café, where the city’s elite would meet. Today, the palace serves as the seat of the Polytechnic University’s rector.
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The Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral

14) The Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral (must see)

The Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral is a Romanian Orthodox cathedral in Timisoara, Romania. It was built between 1937 and 1940. It is dedicated to the Three Holy Hierarchs, Saints Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom. It has 11 towers, of which the central and the highest are 96 meters high. It is home to many valuable religious objects such as old icons and early writings in Romanian, such as the 1648 Noul Testament de la Bălgrad and the 1643 Cazania lui Varlaam. The building's style is quite unusual among Romanian Orthodox buildings, although it is partly based on local religious tradition and partly on Byzantine architecture. Elements such as niches under the eaves, starry vaulting in the interior and lacquered discs in a variety of colours, can be seen in monasteries such as Cozia or Prislop. The church's interior and exterior paintings were created by the painter Atanasie Demian.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Huniade Castle

15) Huniade Castle (must see)

Huniade Castle is the oldest building in Timisoara. It was built between 1443 and 1447 by Iancu de Hunedoara, on the ruins of an old castle from the 14th century. Despite numerous changes, the castle kept its boundaries within a quadrangle yard, the position of the donjon tower and “Knights Chamber”. The castle’s tower has a rectangular form, small height and little windows; the roof is not visible, due to some decorations at the top.

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.
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
Architecture in Timisoara, Part I

Architecture in Timisoara, Part I

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.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 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
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
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
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

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.