Cismigiu Park, Bucharest
Cismigiu Park is a lovely park - the oldest public park in Bucharest - which was very close to our hotel for the first night. We walked there after walking the main street to see the Romanian Athenaeum, the former Royal Palace (now the National Museum of Art of Romania), the Athénée Palace Hotel (famous for being a den of espionage prior to WWII - each room was bugged!), the University of Bucharest Library (with the equestrian statue of King Carol I), and the Memorial of Rebirth. We bought sandwiches at a deli just outside of the park and ate them on a park bench under a tree - very peaceful and lovely. There is a small island in a lagoon where there were dozens of ducks and swans - including two beautiful black swans.
I've only visited Parcul Cişmigiu during the winter but I guess the place must be very beautiful during summer time when gardens bloom etc,.17 hectares, the largest park in city's central area. I'd say it's also a very safe place since local people bring their kids to play here. Lots of statues which relate to Romanian history. The Rondul Român ("Romanian Round") or Rotonda Scriitorilor ("Writers' Rotunda") is a circular alley which has stone busts of twelve important Romanian writers: Mihai Eminescu, Alexandru Odobescu, Titu Maiorescu, Ion Luca Caragiale, George Coşbuc, Ştefan Octavian Iosif, Ion Creangă, Alexandru Vlahuţă, Duiliu Zamfirescu, Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu, Nicolae Bălcescu and Vasile Alecsandri.
Monumentul Eroilor Francezi ("The Monument of French Heroes") commemorates French soldiers who died fighting during the World War I Romanian Campaign. Izvorul Sissi Stefanidi, created by Ioan C. Dimitriu Bârlad (1890–1964), depicts a mother, aggrieved by the death of her daughter, pouring water from a pitcher.
Other statues located in Cişmigiu are the one of journalist Gheorghe Panu sculpted by Gheorghe Horvath and of writer and women's rights activist Maica Smara (1854–1944), sculpted by Mihai Onofrei.
It's smaller than Herastrau park, but is a lovely place for a walk, to relax a little. A lot of restaurants, and very beautiful during winter time.
You also can take a look at Crețulescu Palace, next to Cișmigiu park.
On the actual placement of the Cismigiu Park there was only a lake. In 1847, under the supervision of the Austrian landscape artist Carl F.W.Meyer the works of arranging the park began. The official inauguration took place in 1854. The park still impresses today with the flora and some protected tree species.
Cismigiu is never empty, in the summer it is a place for walking, see the Lovers' Alley where young lovers still whisper their love on the benches or take a ride on the lake (rent a boat). Also, you can find in Cismigiu a resting place for elderly people, grandmothers and grandfathers with their grandsons and granddaughters.
In winter, the lake becomes a natural ice skating ring.
Right next to the park is one of the best highschools in Bucharest - Gheorghe Lazar College.
This is a pretty park in the centre of Bucharest. The park centres around a large lake. Even on the hottest day there are shady places to rest here. Watch the old boys playing chess or other board games; hire a boat and go for a row; have a drink or meal in one of the park's restaurants or cafes; enjoy the flowers; take a look at the park's many statues or just enjoy a leisurely stroll.
We were looking for a famous restaurant when we passed by this park. Could not help but visit it even for a few minutes. It was heavenly. Though there were some haggard-looking men, they did not pay attention to us.
There were locals who seemed to like the park very much. We did like it too!
In the very center of the city there is a place where one can take a break from Bucharest for a few hours. Cismigiu is located close to University Square, on Queen Elizabeth Boulevard, across the street from Bucharest's City Hall. It is Bucharest's oldest park and a great place to stroll and enjoy the peace that one can feel finding a green oasis in the middle of a hectic city. Among the lawns and trees and the winding alleys you’ll find a lake with rowboat rentals, a playground for children, a chess area where old people play tournaments, many statues and plenty of park benches. This is also one of the best spots in the city for people watching, all ages being well represented: children playing, couples strolling hand in hand or kissing on the benches, old people snoozing or chatting. Sometimes there are Sunday concerts at the gazebo.
Cismigiu was first designed and laid out in 1843 by the German landscape architect Carl Meyer, on the commision of Prince Gheorghe Bibescu. The official opening took place in 1847 but the park continued to be developed by the architect until 1870. More than 30,000 trees and plants were brought in from the Romanian mountains to be planted on the 17 hectares park.
Cismigiu park might be the loveliest park I've come across in eastern Europe. It has a romantic atmosphere, full of old trees and lovely ponds. The loads of benches look very charming, I'd love to read a book sitting in the shade during a warm spring day. It's relatively small compared to Herastrau, but it's central and has a bit of a fairy-tale feel. Don't miss out on the Rondul Roman, with busts of twelve important Romanian writers. If you like to play chess, you can do so on one of the stone chess tables.
The guide on the internet says says: "Set amid green lush lawns and winding paths, the park offers a lake with rowboat rentals, a beer garden, a playground for children, a chess area for amateurs and plenty of park benches for relaxing and people-watching."
First thing I thought when I came to the lake was: "Where the hell is the water?" It wasn't frozen. Simply, it was gone. A lake without water.
The Ramada hotel is very close to Cismigiu park, so we went for a walk and also discovered the Irish Bar Raymond's close by. There are several ponds and a fountain. I saw a snack bar and a restaurant. It’s a very nice place and older people were just sitting talking, Kids were playing it was a very nice relaxing atmosphere walking around.
This is the oldest park in Bucharest. I visited here on my first afternoon in Bucharest to eat, and as my friends recommended, to get a feel for Bucharest.
This is the best place in the city to people watch. It was nice to see such a shady and comfortable place where people just hang out. Lovers, families, older people, street venders, friends hanging out, etc. I really wish there were places like this in America (besides the artificial mall experience). I guess that's what European charm is all about.
There is a man made lake where you can rent a boat for 1.50 Euros/hour.
Cismgui was built when Bucharest was in a golden age and called the "Little Paris".
I loved the relaxed atmosphere and wished I could spend more time with the girl I was developing a crush on :).
Parcul Cismigiu (Cismigiu Park) is a pleasant little park in Bucharest city centre. It is located just north of Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta, and is just a short walk from the People’s Palace and Piata Universitatii (University Square).
My friend and I visited Cismigiu Park one sunny spring afternoon during our visit to Bucharest in March 2008. The sun was shining, the trees were beginning to blossom and the park was a popular place to be that day for people of all ages.
You can follow the paths through the park, and you will see children rollerblading, couples strolling hand in hand, people walking their dogs, groups of friends chatting, joggers, candy floss and novelty balloon sellers and children playing ball games. There are plenty of benches along the way for those wanting a rest.
There is an artificial lake at the centre of the park, but at the time of our visit it was empty. I believe that you can hire out small boats in the summer months, but in March the local children were taking advantage of the lack of water and playing football on the dry surface.
There is a large children’s play area with swings and slides and such, and there are a handful of outdoor cafes and restaurants. After walking through the park for some time, it was at one of these cafes that we decided to relax for a while. We found an empty table at one of the bustling cafes, seated ourselves beneath a parasol and whiled away an afternoon drinking Romanian “Ciuc” beer. It was a great place to be on a balmy spring day!
A pleasant park with a handful of outdoor cafes, attractions for the children and a boating lake.
Even though the city might seem very crowded and agitated from the main avenues (and it is very much so there), there are many places to escape this never ending rush. Narrow backside streets or small parks exist also in the centre, not only farther away.
The Cismigiu hosts the oldest and most centrally located gardens in the city. With a total surface of 14 hectares, its name derives from the “Great Cismigiu” (Tk. for the clerk in charge of the water fountains in the city). In 1845 the City Hall bought the once savage, swampy land. Prince Gheorghe Bibescu asked Architect Karl Friedrich Wilhelm Meyer to undertake the task. Under the rule of Prince Barbu Stirbey the works were accomplished, with a new lake and elegant alleys being created, 30000 trees and many ornamental plants being seeded. At the beginning of the 20th century, Architect Rebhun granted the gardens with a mixture of French (promenades) and paysagere (ruin makeshift, artificial rocks) styles. Nowadays the gardens host many terraces, a lake with rowing boats (turned into an ice skating ring in winter), a restaurant (not recommended), playing grounds for children, as well as a writers’ rotunda and a picturesque chess players’ corner. The main entrance to the gardens occurs from Regina Elisabeta Avenue, just opposite the City Hall (from University Square take the Regina Elisabeta to the W).
Other parks in the city centre area include the small Gradina Icoanei (from Patria Cinema / Carturesti Bookshop on Magheru Avenue take Arthur Verona Street to the East all the way to the park (5 minutes away), the even smaller and lovelier Parcul Ioanid (from Gradina Icoanei cross Cantacuzino Square and enter the park next to the Jordanian Embassy); the latter also has an entrance from Dacia Avenue, across the street from the Institute Francais. Last, but not least, I would mention here Luigi Cazzavillan Park located in a beautifully preserved residential area North of Stirbei Voda Street (at the crossing of Luigi Cazzavillan and Temisana streets).
The Cismigiu Gardens is the most central of Bucharest's parks, it was a nice place to take a break of touring through Bucharest. The 17 hectare garden is centered around a lake, it was first laid out by German landscape architect Carl Meyer in 1845 but not completed until 1860
We didn't spend a lot of time here so I don't think we saw the Roman Garden or the busts of Romania's most famous writers but we did see the monument to French soldiers killed on Romanian soil during World War I (the Great War) by Ion Jalea.
th most popular of the many statues in Cismigiu Park - people line up to be photographed in front of it - is Monumentul Soldatului Francez, which is a memorial to French soldiers who died on Romanian soil from 1916 to 1919, during the Great War. It depicts a dying French soldier being held in the arms of a Romanian peasant girl.
It is the work of one of Romania's greatest sculptors, Ion Jalea (1887-1983). If you really like his work, there is an Ion Jalea Museum in Constanta.