Just on the outskirts of town (for a taxi ride that costs less then 15 lei) you can get to Red Motors where they have an indoor/outdoor go karting track ...they have go karts suitable for adults and children and they also have pit bikes and motorbikes (which I believe are for general hire or I cant quite see the point of it).
Upstairs there is a bar area with pool table and electronic darts and playing cards are available..you can even eat Pizza there or order things from the *snacks* menu to share between you...some things are quite spicy so be carefull they have televisions showing sports up there and a kareoke bar too at the weekends
The go karting can be done in several ways we chose to do a 3 minute qualifier and a 9 minute race which costs 55Lei per person..included is full safety gear such as a rib and back protection a neck brace and a helmet and gloves (if you want them) you also get a hygenic hair covering for under the helmet ...you can even chose from race +pizza+drink options for a full evening out.
BlackBox is located at the top opf the Mall and is a center for bowling and pool/snooker and darts it has 6 bowling allys and a few electronic darts boards and several pool and snooker tables all of which looked to be in good order ...you can also have a drink and a snack there ...be aware that people are still allowed to smoke inside though.
In the entrance hall there is also a large computer games arcade with large computerised games and most of them looked to be up to date/new
The bowling allys are all new electronic ones and they are well maintained and have the popular comedy/cartoon scoring systems and the shioes for hire were clean and new looking and supplied with little disposable oversocks for hygiene...(nice touch)
opening hours seem to be 12 midday until late on monday to thursday and weekends are from 10 until really late depending on the "in"crowd
Cinema city is located in the mall area and has access through the mall on the second floor it has the usual concession stands and 8 screens ..most of the films seem to be shown twice per evening...the website is easy to use even if you dont speak romanian just choose timisoara from the drop down for the 'Localitatea' and fill the date you wish to go in at data and press 'cauta' and you will see the films avaiable on that day...most of the adult films will be original versions with subtitles but childrens films *may* be dubbed so check beforehand !
The mall is huge and spread over 4 floors with both elevators and escalators to get around ...there are over 330 shops some of which you will know or have heard of and some you wont and the ones you dont recognise are also worth a look I saw fantastic shoe shops and several upper class jewellery stores.... and with over 20 restaurants and coffee bars (including a Starbucks!) you cant go hungry or thirsty there ...plus if you have a student card you can get discount vouchers for the food outlets at the information kiosk on the lower level!
there is ample car parking and a taxi to the mall from the town center costs less than 10 lei (give the rest as a tip)
There is also a kids club for children 1- 12 years old and it has a ball opark and a large soft playcenter and computer games for the older shildren and a fully qualified care staff.
Timisoara is now recognized as the most bike friendly city in Romania. Biking in the town is a pleasure for everyone who likes seeing things at it's own peace. We tried several bike rental shops in the city but by far the most accesible (timeframe and multiple locations) and good looking bikes we found at tBike - Rent a bike.
The roman Catholic cathedral is located on the east side of the square and it has been built betwen 1736 and 1754 and it is an example of Viennese baroque style. Inside, the main altar painting was done by Michael Angelo Unterberger who was the director of the fine arts academy in Vienna.
Nicolas Lenau College is located was built in 1761 and is located on the north side of the square and used to be the first theater of Timisoara. The baroque Serbian Orthodox Cathedral built betwen 1745 and 1748 and the serbian Bishop's Residence with its original decorations are located on the western part of the square.The cathedral can be visited all the days betwen 7 am and 6 pm.
A few meters of walking distance from the Victory sqaure there is the union square named union for the orthodox cathedral and the roman one facing each other at the two sides of the square. The caratheristic of this square is the historical pastel painted buildings all around a garden. In the 18th century this used to be the main commercial point of the city and the place where military and religious processions had place.
Victory square is not just the Romanian Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, on the northen side of the square there is the opera theater and all over the square some really nice looking gardens with several flower compositions.
The cathedral is probably the main point of interest of the city, or at least it was for me. Actually the Romanian Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral is located at the south side of Victory square.
It was built betwen the years 1936 and 1946 and in the green and red roof you can clearly notice some really well done mosaic designes.
In front of the cathedral you can notice a memorial to those who lost their lives during 1989 revolution againsto comunist power.
this place is the best sweet shop in the world. i go there every day for lunch. they have twenty-three different flavors of ice cream, and about a million other sweets. the best part is, the whole thing costs only about one USD
One of loveliest squares in Europe. On one side Serbian Orthodox cathedral on other Catholic one and on sides typical representatives of Hungarian secession and between grass, you ll be impressed by all colors you see.
Just walk around the old city of Timisoara and you will find loads of beautiful historic buildings, very often still in a very original state and in need of some serious restauration. Nevertheless, though, the diverse architecture and authenticity clearly reveals the city's large cultural heritage and its, by the way still present, history as a melting point of different cultures.
If you find time also check out other parts of Timisoara as it is not only around Piata Unirii that you can find wonderful architecture and squares, it will be well worth the effort.
The Piata Unirii is a large square in the old district of Timisoara, surrounded by beautiful colourful buildings. In summer many terraces appear where the local students and other inhabitants enjoy the sun and, of course, the drinks!
The catholic dome is the 'residence-church' of the bishop and gives masses in at least 3 different languages, being Romanian, Hungarian and German - a convention followed by most confessions in this part of Romania. A reading of the Pater Noster in all these languages during one service is quite common, as well as the simultaneous singing of the gospels by all attendants in their own language.
Standing at the beginning of a wide boulevard enveloped by art nouveau buildings leading to the Opera building and the old part of the city, the orthodox cathedral is probably the most well-known site of Timisoara as it stands out against all other buildings.
It is, actually, in front of its steps that the bloody peoples' revolution of 1989 began, which then moved to bucharest where it had its ending.