This is the fifth in a series of blogs about the cities of Transylvania. Many I'm fascinated with and many I want to visit on my trip to Transylvania. Now, this city is not officially a part of Transylvania, but it is still a place that I want to visit, and learn more of. (It is found in the darker yellow part of the map of Transylvania)
Timisoara (Romanian), Temesvár (Hungarian), Temeschburg, Temeswar, or Temeschwar (German) is a lovely city located close to the border of Hungary. It is also, like its counterpart of Brasov, a city with strong German influence, though this time not of the Saxons, but of the Austrian Empire. This time, there is more multicultural diversity in the city.
It is known to some people as "little Vienna" due to the buildings that are there. This was one of the centers of the Hapsburg monarchy. I would have to say since it was close to the border of Hungary (in Hungary at the time) it still is influenced by by this link.
Even today one feels that they are stepping into the past with all its old baroque style buildings. It is the second largest city in Romania. In the last census, done by the Romanian government, I would also suggest that it is still the most multicultural city in the area, with many Germans, Hungarians, Bulgarians, Jews, Serbs, Roma, and Slovaks living within the city borders. This is along with the Romanian population living there.
The places I would want to see in this area are: the Bega canal, some of the old administrative buildings, and of course, the old city. Of the more modern places: the Iulius Mall.
I think Timisoara shows the beauty of economy and the intelligence of the world in loving this city, and Transylvania.