When you think about Resita, the first
thing that comes to mind is: "industrial town". However, as
you will see in the description below, there's more to this
old capital town of the Caras-Severin district. I should probably
start by mentioning that Resita is located in the S-W of Romania,
surrounded by the hills leading to the many touristic attractions
of the Semenic mountain, among which are the three splendid
lakes: Secu, Valiug, Trei Ape.
town is crossed from South to North by the river Barzava, which
flows in its artificial course, parallel to the boulevard that
connects the Old Town with the New Town.
core industry of the town has been for many decades within the
metalurgic and the industrial machinery sectors. This past is
still part of the town's present due to the industrial halls
and warehouses scattered all over town, units that belonged
to the factories that used to employ the majority of the town's
In the past years however, the town's industry diversified,
welcoming companies from the meat processing industry, pasta
industry, or clothing manufacturers.
Nowadays the town and its inhabitants are faced with the fairly
common economic challenges while trying to adapt to the regional
market's course required by the transition into the EU (which
the country is now a member of).
transportation, Resita's traffic is quite diverse engaging cars,
taxies, buses, trams, trains and should it be neccessary, one
can hop on plane at one of the two airports in the area: Caransebes
~40km; Timisoara ~100km.
Resita has two olympic size swimming pools,
one indoor - in the Lunca Barzavei neighbourhood, and one outdoor
- in the Lunca Pomostului neighbourhood, which also contains
two smaller size pools indoor.
Also, there are two professional football size stadiums in town,
as well as an outdoor athletics complex, an artificial skating
rink (in the winter), and a Sports Hall in the Civic Center
Aside from the Art Museum (with an interesting
architectural design, when compared to its surroundings), the
art galery nearby the museum, the "G.A.Petculescu" Teatre Hall,
the Civic Center, the "Eftimie Murgu" University, the City Hall,
the Old Town as a whole, the suspended coal rail (crossing the
Civic Center area),the Zoo in the Muncitoresc neighbourhood,
one should also consider visiting the Locomotives Museum.
On September 4th 1872 the Resita subsidiary
of the STEG company built the the first locomotive in the European
Resita's first railroad had been built since 1846 to serve the
metalurgic industry's locations in the area and it measured
Between 1868-1870 another railroad was built for industrial
purposes, which measured 948m. At first the wagons were pulled
by horses, and only later the railroad was modified for steam
The first locomotive to run on this railway was a STEG-52 called
Szekul, built in Vienna after John Haswell's project.
The outdoor Locomotives Museum includes 16 of the most important
locomotives that used to function in the area.
One can see the first locomotive made in Romania, and one of
the two locomotives built in 1925 for the Forrest Department
of the Metalurgic Factory (the first to use over heated steam).
On site there is also one of the two locomotives of the 142.000
series - the only one of its kind in the country, one of the
famous 150.000 series locomotives, as well as the 1000th locomotive
built in Resita.
Also, it wouldn't hurt
to mention some of the nearby area's attractions:Valiug, Crivaia,
Garana (the set of the annual Garana Jazz Festival in August),
Secu, Semenic, the Comarnic Cave, the Popovat Cave etc.