Showcasing Europe: The Banat

The Banat is a cultural region in the southeast of Europe, in today’s Romania. Its origin lies in the defeat of the Turks by Prince Eugene and the Treaty of Passarowitz/Pozarevac in 1718. The region was settled by peasant farmers and artisans from the Habsburg forelands and the European regions today forming Bavarian Swabia, Baden-Württemberg, Alsace-Lorraine, Vorarlberg, Switzerland and Belfort (eastern France).

For two hundred years the regions remained a Habsburg crown land. The Banat survived two world wars and Communism; it produced a whole series of writers, including the Nobel prizewinner Herta Müller. The exhibition tells the truly eventful history of this unique cultural region, from its beginnings as “Gateway to the Orient” until the present day as the EU region of Romania. Many exhibits, including such distinctive items as a monkey-hair muff or a reservist’s field flask from the nineteenth century, grant us insight into the rich abundance of a European cultural region that for long years remained hidden from our sights.

Current Dates

  • Tue. 12 Nov 2019, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 13 Nov 2019, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 14 Nov 2019, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 15 Nov 2019, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 16 Nov 2019, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 17 Nov 2019, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.