An industrial city, Resita may not be the first option when considering a city break destination in Romania. But the city and its surroundings offer plenty of options to the curious traveler with a taste for authentic experiences. Here are 7 attractions you should check out in Resita.
A tranquil destination surrounded by hills covered in forests, Resita is crossed by River Barzava.
Walk through Resita’s Triaj Park and you will find, gathered in an open-air museum, the biggest symbol of the city’s industrial legacy: a collection of steam locomotives that were once used in the area. Out of the 16 locomotives, 14 were made in Resita. The city has a very long mining history, of over 300 years. The first locomotive was produced in Resita in 1872, 52 years after they were first produced in England.
A pontoon by day, Valiug becomes a bar, terrace and a club by night. Hosting DJ performances that make the crowds dance till morning, it attracts visitors from neighbouring counties and cities, such as Timisoara. When visiting, make sure to catch a few hours of daylight, to take in the views and, if a water sports enthusiast, rent a canoe or a SUP.
Perhaps the best time to visit Resita is during Resita Days, a celebration that highlights the city’s cultural heritage. For more than a week, the city will host concerts by local and international artists in several venues across the centre. One of the most original events, a two-day festival held at Poiana Golului, is a must visit for music and nature lovers. Set on top of a hill surrounded by beautiful wild nature, you will find the main stage, comfortable sitting areas and plenty of food and drink stalls. Check out the traditional food of the are cooked on the spot over an open fire and dance in the moonlight, as the organisers have taken care to put lights across the path to make sure your descent from the hill is safe.
Muzeul Cineastului Amator
One of the most original museums in the country, Muzeul Cineastului Amator was started by a local, Andrei Balbarau, will surprise you with the variety of items on display. Alongside 100 old cameras, you will find old Communist posters, and an editing table, still in operation, where Andrei will show you how image and sound used to meet to create a film.
Muzeul Banatului Montan
This museum, modelled after no other than the Guggenheim museum in New York, Muzeul Banatului Montan will take you through the most important stages in the life of the city by means of unexpected exhibitions. Alongside objects dating from the time when mining was one of the main activities in the city, the museum also hosts an art exhibition and a collection of traditional clothes.
Anina-Oravita train ride
Taking the Anina-Oravita train ride, with a steam powered locomotive may be the most original thing you can do in the vicinity of Resita. The landscape is breathtaking, and you will see secular trees, valleys and mountains parading before your eyes. Opened in 1863, this is the oldest mountain railway, and it features original items such as wooden benches and the original windows, transporting you to a bygone era as soon as you step in. According to local legend, the train was very popular with the young ladies of the area, who would travel accompanied by the eligible bachelors of the city. And, as days got hotter, the ladies would faint and the only way they could be brought back to their senses, was to be sprayed with water and perfumes by their companions.
Hosting one of the best jazz festivals in Romania, Garana is a very picturesque village located one hour away fem Resita. Visit Resita for the city’s days and stay over for a couple of days and you’ll be in time for the Garana Jazz Festival, taking place in early July. The names that already took to the stage of the festival include Jean-Luc Ponty, John Abercrombie, Bugge Wesseltoft, Zakir Hussain and more.