If you haven’t heard about Banat, you shouldn’t worry too much. After all, the geography can not be a strong part of everyone, but Banat deserves your attention and time to read the next few lines. There are not many historical areas that are as colorful and diverse as Banat. Currently, this region is divided into three parts, the largest being in Romania, the smaller one in Serbia and a very small part of Banat is between the Hungarian’s borders.
Accordingly, it also means that Banat is a place where you can see parts of different cultures and ethnicities, which makes it a really interesting place. For example, in the Romanian part of Banat the people are divided so 85% of them are Romanians, 5.6% are Hungarians and there are smaller groups of Germans, Serbs and Roma. However, in the Serbian region, there are 71 percent Serbs, 9.5% Slovaks, few Romanians and a few Roma.
Life is colorful and cheerful in Banat and anyone who visits this place will understand it. If you decide to start your excursion through Romania, your first stop may be the largest city in the region – Timisoara. With over 300,000 inhabitants, Timisoara is the region’s major attraction. Many people call this city “Vienna in the Balkans”, which was given to it not accidentally. For a long time, Timisoara was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and this has affected the architecture of the city. In the city you can find everything you would find in a big city of this type like the cathedral and the opera, as well as the lovely little cafes that gather the intellectual elite of the area.
The second stop on your excursion could be the city of Lugoj where you can see the large iron bridge overlooking the River Timiş. The river itself divides the city into two parts, which reminds a bit of its great companions on the Danube. Another interesting thing about Lugoj, which can be seen by tourists, is the memorial dedicated to the announcement of Romania’s independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It happened precisely in this city with the collapse of the Empire during the First World War.
The Serbian side of the Banat region offers other interesting places for rest, excursions and photos, but I would tell you about in the second part of this travel guide.