Little Vienna – Timisoara

Just by looking on the title name, some of the people may be surprised what is similar to one wealthy austrian city and one city in Romania. First of all, their history during the 19th century and Austrian empire, and later on Austro-Hungarian empire, as both cities were under the same King. Romanian Vienna is like little brother to older and bigger Austrian, as it has numerous buildings that look-alike. Most of architectural monuments in city center are built in Baroque and Art-Nouveau styles.

City center of Timisoara
City center of Timisoara

Like in all modern cities, center of the city is transformed into pedestrian area with a lot of cafes where you can sit and eat some of desert (ice cream is most recommended). Pedestrian area connects three main squares, where Unirii Square (Union Square) is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful of the city, dominated by the Catholic Cathedral and Serbian Orthodox Cathedral placed opposite to each other.

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Union Square with view on a Serbian Orthodox church

Timişoara is not all by old, but it has also modern buildings from which Iulius mall is most popular due to numerous shops with famous brands.  It is second largest Mall outside of Bucuresti with area of 66,500 sqm. During the EURO2016 football championship, outside the Mall organized a huge Tv for football fans.

Near the city center, behind the largest Orthodox Cathedral in Romania (it has 11 towers, of which the central and the highest has a height of 83.7 meters), there is riverside Bega which hosts couple of bars and it is really realxing place, with nearby Park of Roses.

 

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Timișoara Orthodox Cathedral – highest in Romania

  Timişoara is really easy accessible both by car and plane. Unless you are planing to come to this lovely city from some of neighbouring countries, best way to travel Timişoara is by low-cost air company Wizz-air that connects some of the biggest airports in Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland and England.

1. Fantastic “small” cities to explore in Europe in 2015 – Brescia

  If you have visited all major cities in Europe, and still want to explore and do not know where to start, I will try to suggest a couple of destinations in few articles. All the articles will be based on expirience of locals, and the sights that locals like the most.

  First suggestion is visiting beloved Italy, and in it, a city in the northern region of Lombardy called Brescia. Lombardy is the richest region in Italy, and it is well-known as the region with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Apennine Peninsula. Brescia, as the second largest city in Lombardy after Milan, is not an exception. The complex of San Salvatore-Santa Giulia was added to the UNESCO List in 2011 as the serial site “Longobards in Italy. Places of the power (568-774 AD)” . 

  The complex of San Salvatore-Santa Giulia houses the local history museum, which is located inside the former monastery built in 753. The museum covers all periods from pre-history to the nineteenth century. The museum shows architectural elements from the Roman period to the present – the early medieval and Renaissance elements are particularly noteworthy.

  Piazza Duomo is a square where  both cathedrals  – Duomo Vecchio and Duomo Nuovo are placed next to each other. That allows you to see how church architecture developed as the old cathedral was built in 11th century, and the new one was finished in 1825.

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Piazza Duomo (reposted from: http://viaggi.lastampa.it/)
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Piazza Loggia (reposted from http://www.turismobrescia.it/)

  Piazza Loggia is the heart of the city. Visit the city centre and admire its main square while sitting in the bar and drinking cappuccino. Look around, and you will see the real Italy of 15th and 16th century through main square architecture.

  The Castle of Brescia is situated at the northeast part of the town, on top of Cidneo Hill (245 m). It has been built between the 13th and the 16th century and it is one of the largest castles in Italy. It is Brescians’ favorite recreational area with wonderful views.

   You just can not come to Italy, and not enjoy the food. Yeah, pasta is easy to cook, but the question is do you have all fresh ingredients in your market and do you know the right recipe? Well, local italians are proud of casoncelli  large ravioli stuffed with Parmigian cheese, spinach and eggs, as well as spiedo (spit-roasted beef) served with polenta and manzo all’olio (beef cooked in oil). Brescia also excels as the land of vines, which have been cultivated in the area since Roman times and have made the Brescia area the second most important wine producer in Lombardy.
 
   Special thanks to Enrico Andreoli  that helped with writing article about his hometown 🙂
  If you have some beautiful places to suggest, please do that in comment section below.

Top 3 European destinations to visit in 2015

1. Rotterdam

On the one hand- energetic, new, modern, vibrant, and on the other preserves holland tradition windmills which are alongside tulips, national symbol of Netherlands. Kinderdijk is Unesco World Heritage site, it has 19 windmills.

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2. Istanbul

Turkey has become more and more popular for tourists! Is it because Turkish food wich is not only kebab? Is it about its position on the Bosphorus which divides the city into a European and an Asian side? Is it because Dolmabachce palace is more than just a copy of Versailles and Buckingham Palace? Visit and find out!

Istanbul-Turkish-Tourism

3. Milan, Como

Fashion, pizza, gelato! Three simple words that describe this classy city of northern Italy. One big plus for this destination, is how easily you can escape traffic and tourists by using train and going to a small town on a lake Como. This picturesque town may give you chance to relax, or perhaps see some of many famous people who have their homes on the shores of Lake Como, such as Madonna, George Clooney, Gianni Versace, Ronaldinho, Sylvester Stallone. Lake Como is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe.

Lake Como