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Timisoara, the largest city in Western Romania is fondly called “Little Vienna” because of significant Austrian influences in architecture, culture and food. The city is said to be built on the site of an ancient Roman fortress.
Cultural life is vibrant in Timisoara because of year-round musical and theatrical performances, art galleries and museums. Due to its mild climate, Timisoara has lots of public squares and lush greeneries conducive for relaxation and meditation. Nestled in the northern banks of the Bega Canal, Timisoara is actually a “walking city” easy to explore on foot as Downtown is mainly for pedestrians.
An urbane city, Timisoara was the first European city to introduce horse-drawn trams in 1869 and electrical street lighting in 1889. Today travelers after a tiring day of sight-seeing can relax by hopping into a tram which system is fast, frequent and efficient.
A host of conquerors like the Romans (12 century), Tatars (13 century), Turks (1552), Austrians, Germans and Serbs all left significant marks and influences in the city still evident to this day.