Cismigiu Park, Bucharest
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :).
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.