Romania 2017: Timișoara

By Ruben
This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series Romania 2017

ROMANIA – Situated on the plain near the borders with Hungary and Serbia, Timișoara – where I arrived at by plane and spent two nights at the start of my week in Romania – is a university town of 320,000. It is called Temesvar in Hungarian, Timisvar in Serbian, and something similar in various other languages. 2017-07-16. Click on the image below to view this post as a full-screen slideshow.

Despite being quite a big city, the center, which is centered on three squares, is quite small:

1. Piața Victoriei, which is lined with Habsburg (Austro-Hungarian) buildings from the 19th century
2. Piața Victoriei
3. Piața Victoriei, with the opera at the far end
4. Piața Victoriei
5. Piața Libertății
6. Piața Unirii
7. Piața Unirii:
8. Modern (communist-era and more recent) buildings surround the center on the norther side. This picture was taken from Piața Unirii
9. Piața Ionel I. C. Brătianu
10. Communist mural on the street from the center to the main station, Timișoara Nord
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12. Piața Victoriei in the evening, with the orthodox cathedral at the southern end

Romania has changed quite a lot since I was last there. For one thing, it now has an increasing amount of bicycle infrastructure, which in some places is better than in Belgium (where I lived at the time). So I rented a bike and started by following the river Bega out of town to the east.

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16. This was more or less the edge of town. I went a bit further but there wasn’t much to see
17. I came back by a parallel road on the northern side of the river (the center is on the southern side)
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21. The houses get lower as you get further out of town
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29. The Bega as it leaves central Timisoara in the west
30. Timișoara is a very green city and the Bega flows through many parks such as this one, Parcul Rozelor
31. One last look at the Bega river and the orthodox cathedral

Stay tuned for the other Romanian towns I visited, each one very special in its own way. The next one is Sibiu, a medieval Saxon town in Transylvania.

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