Timisoara, the fourth largest city in Romania, has the charm of a small town and offer the opportunities of a big city. Situated in the western part of the country, Timisoara is the capital of Timis county, which borders Serbia and Hungary. About 320,000 people make their homes in this city. It features numerous parks and gardens. Due to the temperate climate, recreational outdoor activities take place all year round. Facilities for winter sports are also available within reachable distances.
It is believed that ancient Dacian and Roman settlements existed in this region, but Timisoara was first mentioned in a document in 1212 – the ”Diploma” of the Hungarian King Andrew II. Since 1342, it has been referred to as a town. The city has had a turbulent history, serving as a stronghold in the fight against the Turks, who conquered it in 1552 and ruled over it until 1716, when it was conquered by the Austrian armies under the command of the Prince Eugene of Savoy. In 1989, Timisoara was the city that triggered off the movement against the communist regime, a revolution that soon spread over the entire country and led to important political changes.
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