Fans guide to Timisoara
- Thu 12 Aug 2010, 9:41AM
- Posted by Emily Brobyn
City fans can expect a mixture of both eastern European industry and culture during their arrival in hospitable Timisoara for the Europa League Playoffs on Thursday, 19th August.
The city, dubbed ‘Little Vienna’, is the third most populated in Romania. The 1989 Revolution began in Timisoara and swept across Romania, with mass street riots deposing of then-dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
The original Tarzan, actor Johnny Weissmuller, was born in Timisoara in 1904 but emigrated to America when he was young. The city was the first place in Europe and second in the world with streets illuminated by electric light.
Romania enjoys a humid summer climate, with temperatures averaging 28 degrees in August. The currency is the Romanian Lei, with £1 exchanging to approximately 5 Lei. Euros are not accepted. The time difference is +2 GMT and the city is a 20 minute drive from the nearest airport, Timisoara.
On arrival fans can head to Victory Square to sample the various cafes, bars and nightclubs the city has to offer - it’s a university city so very lively at night. Public transport and taxis are good and very cheap, with buses and trams operating from 5am until 11:30pm. Timisoara is regarded as a friendly, safe European city but like most places it is advised to keep safe at night particularly in parks and peripheral areas.
City’s Europa League Playoff with FC Timisoara will kick-off at 21:45pm local time, 19:45pm GMT. The ground is a 15 minute walk from the city centre. Turnstiles at the Dan Paltinisanu stadium will open two hours before kick-off, with away supporters admitted via entrance A. Facilities inside the ground are extremely limited and no outside drinks will be permitted past turnstiles.
Fans will be searched on entry and possibly contained for safety reasons for up to 45 minutes after the final whistle. It is advised to take extra care when entering and leaving the stadium as the stairs are very steep and uneven with no handrails. City stewards will be available to help when possible.
The Bucharest British Embassy contact if required is Barry Davidson. He can be reached on +4 021 201 7200 ext. 2230.
There's even more information at this Foreign Office web site.