Timișoara is the largest city in western România, and an important university city.
The charm of this city, settled on the northern bank of the Bega River, lies in its
distinct architectural character and vibrant cultural life. Frequently referred to as
"Little Vienna," Timișoara is home to year-round musical and theatrical performances,
art galleries, museums and a buzzing nightlife. Timișoara has plenty of outstanding
monuments and buildings: the Orthodox Cathedral, the Roman Catholic Dome, the
Huniade Castle, the Statue of St. Nepomuk, the Old Town Hall, the Bastion, the
Dicasterial Palace and the Union Square. Some of the monuments in the heart of the
city afford panoramic views, while the many parks in this "city of flowers" provide an
idyllic spot to take a break from sightseeing.
A progressive, cosmopolitan place, Timisoara was the first city in Europe and second
in the world after New York, to use electricity to illuminate its public streets.
It is a multicultural city, where numerous nationalities live side by side with the
Romanians: Germans, Hungarians, Serbs, Jews, etc. To meet the needs of this
cosmopolitan environment, schools provide education in several languages:
Romanian, English, French, German, Hungarian and Serbian.
Timișoara was designated to be one of the European Capital of Culture in 2021.
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