Welcome to Banat!
Why visit Banat?
Nature and Wilderness
With five national parks and over 50 natural reservations, Banat is definitely the place to go for nature enthusiasts. The plenitude of rivers that cross the mountains gave birth to some amazing natural attractions, such as the most beautiful waterfall in the world, the tallest free-falling waterfall in Romania, the longest gorges in the country, and the only gorges on the Danube river. Banat is also known for its wilderness, being home to the largest compact virgin forest in Europe, in the Semenic Mountains.
Traditions and the Countryside
Romania is a one of the top destinations for people who want to experience local traditions and agritourism. Many of our local communities have kept their customs alive and are welcoming to those who want to partake. The best time to visit is around public holidays when people are preparing for celebration. Another proper time is during planting or harvest seasons when you participate in the field work and have a taste of how people used to live back in the old days.
Banat has always been at the western limit of Romania, at the confluence of great empires, most notably the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires. Being the gateway to Europe, the Banat country was subject to many influences from abroad, making it become home to a multicultural society. Banat is currently home to a number of well-established communities, among which: Germans, Hungarians, Croatians, Serbs, Czechs, Jews, and others. Timișoara, the capital of Banat, is the only city in Europe to have three state theaters: Romanian, German and Hungarian. It was also appointed as the European Capital of Culture 2021.
Throughout history, since the Industrial Revolution, Banat has been an important industrial hub. In 1771 the Machine Building Plant was established in Reșița and quickly became the economic engine in the country, driving development and building new communities all over the region. The fist locomotive in Eastern Europe was build here and can still be seen at the Train Museum in Reșița. Today, the industry is fading, but what remains is an immense legacy of relics from the industrial era, which are waiting to be visited and explored.