Cismigiu Park, Bucharest
Cismigiu Park, also known as Gradina Cismigiu, is the oldest and most popular downtown park in Bucharest. It is known locally as "lovers' park". It has an area of seventeen hectares. Although nowhere near as big as Herastrau Park, it is a pleasant place to stroll at any time of year.
It was commissioned by Prince Gheorghe Bibescu and designed by the German landscape architect Carl Meyer. Work started on it in 1830 and it was finally inaugurated in 1860.
An artificial lake runs through the park, which can be used for boating in summer and in winter turns into a skating rink. The small Restaurant Monte Carlo stands on a jetty in the lake. There are several statues and monuments, including a monument to the French Heroes of 1916-18 sculpted by Ion Jalea. The park is overlooked at its northern end by Kretzulescu Palace.
Our hotel was very close to Cismigiu park, so we walked a bit through it and relaxed on the benches. There are several ponds. I saw a snack bar and a restaurant. It’s a very pleasant park to hang out.
Americans may think it is a bit odd, and in the US, most parks are not somewhere you want to be after dark...but in Bucharest, a park becomes a magical place when the sun goes down. Cismigiu at night is even better than the day time. If you are anywhere near the park on a hot summer day, take a stroll through the park, it is always cooler here. Come back when the sun goes down and take a stroll, have a beer, or just sit and watch the people walk by. One point of warning, its easy to get yourself turned around in the park.
When you are in the very center of Bucharest there is one place that you have to visit and where one can take a break from the husstle and busstle of Bucharest for a few hours. Cismigiu is located close to Universitatii Square, across the City Hall building. It is Bucharest's oldest park and a great place to stroll and enjoy the peace that one can feel finding such a place in the middle of a hectic city. Among the lawns and trees and the winding paths you'll find a lake with rowboat rentals, a beer garden, a playground for children, a chess area where old people play tournaments and plenty of park benches for relaxing and people watching. Sometimes there are Sunday concerts at the gazebo. Cismigiu was first designed and laid out in 1830 by the German landscape architect Carl Meyer, on the commision of Prince Gheorghe Bibescu, but it wasn't completed until 1860. More than 30,000 trees and plants were brought in from the Romanian mountains to be planted on the 17 hectares park.
Cismigiu Park is the oldest public garden in Bucharest. Its main entrance is along Regina Elisabeta Boulevard in front of the City Hall. This is a beautiful park named by two public fountains (cismigiu in romanian) built near the place where it is seat from more than 150 years. There are over 30 000 indigenous trees, some very rare ones, floral carpets and clock, artificial grottoes, bridges, pools and benches.
Cismigiu is the first public garden to be laid out in Bucharest (1845 - 1860), covering 17 hectares in the city centre.
In addition to the many speecies of tress and plants brought, Interest points include the Roman Garden, laid in the style of ancient Rome, and including busts of Romania's most famous writers, the lake, which can be explored by rowing boat (or skated upon during the winter), and Ion Jalea's French Memorial in Carrara marble, which commemorates those French troops killed on Romanian territory during the Great War.
Cismigiu Park is the oldest public garden of Bucharest and it was built as a public garden in the center of Bucharest in 1847 after the plans of the German architect Carl F.W. Meyer.
This park is one of the two biggest parks in Bucharest, it is very big and green, and inside you can see lots of statues and gardens with flowers compositions, trees and bushes taken from the outskirts of the city and decorative plants brought from Brasov and Vienna.
Cismigiu is a haven of lawns, trees, flowers and lakes; you can also see busts of Romania's most famous writers, the lake, which can be explored by rowing boat (or skated upon during the winter), and Ion Jalea's French Memorial in Carrara marble, which commemorates those French troops killed on Romanian territory during the Great War.
This park is one of the best things in Bucharest. When tired of the big city's traffic and sounds, head to this park. It is a very nice place to walk around, to sit and drink a cafe or a beer on one of the terraces, or to hire a boat and row on the water.
If you didn't know yet, this park proves that Romanian people are passionate people. Everywhere you'll see loving couples: on the paths, on the benches and in the boats.
Situated in the center of Bucharest, across the City Hall, Cismigiu Park has a long and interesting history. Around 1779, the Prince of Wallachia, Alexandru Ipsilanti, ordered the construction of two fountains. Behind one fountain, the foreman and the great manager of public fountains (in Romanian, cismea) built his house. This is the reason for that the park is, even today called, Cismigiu.
Being far greater than it is today and having continuously subterranean springs, the swamp of Cismigiu was known as the Pool of Dura the Merchant, until the beginning of the 19th century. After heavy rains, the Dambovita River flooded the waters of Cismigiu that ran as far as the today's National Military Circle.
Tired of floods, general Pavel Kiseleff ordered Baron Borroczyn to reclaim up the pool and make a public garden. The man who finished the project was Viennese landscape architect Friederich Wilhelm Meyer, in 1830, during the reign of Gheorghe Bibescu. Cismigiu Park was developed during the years in many phases, becoming an interesting place for tourists and for the inhabitants of Bucharest.
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One of the finest places in town the Cismigiu Parc is a perfect place to escape the city noise. The parc is rather small, it is the oldest parc in town, but it is located near the city center. You can row boats here or drink something in one of the cafés
One of Bucharest's erstwhile parks is still enchanting visitors with its beauty. Cismigiu is the capital's oldest public garden. Its unique charm has won the hearts of the inhabitants of Bucharest who have strolled along its paths throughout the years. When it rained heavily and the Dambovita River over flowed, the waters of the Cismigiu ran as far as the walls of Sarindar Monastery, the site of today's National Military Circle. Around 1830, General Pavel Kiseleff, ordered Baron Borroczyn to dry up the pool and make a public garden. This project was completed later, during the reign of Gheorghe Bibescu, by the Viennese landscape architect Carl Friedrich Wilhelm Meyer. The talented and hard-working youth fairly fought a battle with Cismigiu's swamps, subduing these and managing to transform this unsightly place into a veritable jewel. Meyer used the pool, transforming it into a beautiful lake, with full canalization to allow for easy drainage and cleaning, and installing an artesian well in its midst. In winter, to the great delight of the people of Bucharest, the lake becomes a huge ice rink. It was this same man who carved out the paths, using every elevation for a more beautiful view of the whole. There are over 30 000 indigenous trees, some very rare ones. Artificial grottoes, floral carpets, and bridges were created, and benches were installed. The area along Schitu Magureanu Boulevard has been developed as a green area, with a rotunda that can still be admired today: Roman Round. Inaugurated in 1943, the round shelters stone-sculpted busts on high pedestals of our great cultural personalities: Mihai Eminescu, Alexandru Odobescu, Titu Maiorescu, I.L.Caragiale, George Cosbuc, St.O.Iosif, Ion Creanga, AL. Vlahuta, Duiliu Zamfirescu, B.P.Hasdeu, N.Balcescu, and V. Alecsandri.
Cismigiu Gardens is the oldest public park in Bucharest. Modelled on the Parisian Jardin des Plantes by German Carl Meyer in 1830, the park is split into a formal section and a romantic section.
It is also known as the Lovers' park. In summer you can hire rowing boats. Its beauty attracts all ages.
Cismigiu Park (Parcul Cismigiu)
This is Bucharest's most central and oldest park with an artificial pond. Do as the locals do and chill out in this rare green spot in the middle of town. There is a monument honours the French soldiers who died in Romania during WWI.
You are in the middle of Bucharest. It is noisy, hectic, busy, dirty, and tiring. You don't want to trudge back to your sterile, hyperclean, disinfected hotel room. But you can't stand another minute--either literally or figuratively.
Go to Cismigiu Gardens. A large oasis in the center of the city, these gardens are pretty, with plenty of flowers, trees, and wonderful foliage. Sit on a bench and just close your eyes. Or watch the passers-by. Or the old people chatting or the young lovers. Or play chess. Or even have a drink and a bite to eat on the miniature lake. But whatever you do there, do yourself the favor of taking yourself there.
Have a long walk in Cismigiu Garden. Is one of the most beautiful parks in our capital. And very famous as it was the favourite place for some writers who lives at the beginning of this century.
I have to say once when I had something very urgent to do in Bucharest and I thought I could be back the same day I had to spend one more day there and that afternoon my best friend from Bucharest wasn't home and so I have spent some 3 hours in the Cismigiu Garden. But I didn't regret it at all!
The lake in the middle of the park on which you can spend some nice time in a small boat. The Rotonda, a round place with sculptures representing some of our most famous writers (a place where chess players liked to meet aome years ago), The Eminescu spring (he is our national poet), the rocks in the middle of the park, very big trees offering a cool shadow especially in the summer time.