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Herastrau Park and Lake
Bucharest's green area is a long shot away from the old town. It is a popular recreation area with the locals. The clock at the roundabout in the south has become an icon of the city, but it is only from the early 2000s. The clock is now one of now ten public clocks in this style.
Herastrau Park includes a sculpture park in the south (with statues of Shakespeare, Beethoven and other icons of fine arts). Stalin, after who the park was named until 1956, is not among them. The open air village museum, located in the north of the park, was recommended to me from several sources. From what I saw from outside, it is an interesting, but time-consuming thing.
Herastrau Lake takes a large part of the park. There are possibilities to hire boats. For those on a big budget, there is also a yacht club and a golf club.
Visit Herãstrãu Park
Herãstrãu Park is a very large and beautiful park in the North of Bucharest - so large, it was referred to as "Bucharest's Central Park". There is a man-made lake where you can take a boat ride or rent the little pedal boats, or walk through the lovely gardens and see the many swans. Herãstrãu Park is also the location of the Hard Rock Cafe, which was my purpose for visiting. :-)
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Herastrau Park is the largest park in Bucharest. It has a beautiful lake, nice quiet pathways and many trees. Since the 18th century it was a place for promenade and relaxation. In was modeled in the current shape in 1936.
Because of the lake there are two main parts or entrances to the park:
1-From Charles de Gaulle Square - the main entrance with the largest pathway to the lake;
2-From Kiseleff Blvd - there is the Hard Rock Cafe and the boats pier;
Beautiful Park in nothern Bucharest with lakes and flower gardens and statues and restaurants. Hire a rowing boat here or go on a circular cruise for 5 RON. The cruise gives you good views towards the Casa Presei Libere. Get here by taking the metro to Aviatorilor Station.
Herastrau Park - for families, young and old
Quite huge, this park. I saw people playing tennis in many courts, there were joggers, scooters, bikes. Kids play with their parents, tourists and locals take the boats, pensioners take some long walks, children ride on horses. There's a carnival when we went there - saw a ferris wheel, caterpillar, dartboards, cotton candies.. And I had a tattoo made in the middle of it all. Just a temporary one though but it was fun!
There were a couple of security guards in the park.
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Spread over some 400 acres, from the Arch of Triumph to the Baneasa Bridge, the park is home to numerous attractions, including a boat rental complex, tennis courts, and a rather old-fashioned fairground. In the summertime, many terraces open up on the shores of the lake. For an overview of the park, take a ride around the lake on the ferry or rent your own boat. The park is also home to the Village Museum. The area surrounding the park holds even greater treasures. The streets between Bulevardul Mircea Eliade and Soseaua Kisileff contain extraordinarily beautiful houses in architectural styles ranging from 19th century neoclassical to 20th century art nouveau and modern luxury villas. This is where Bucharest's elite once lived - and still do today.
And yes, this lake have water!
Parcul Herastrau (Herastrau Park) is a large park, located a few kilometres north of Bucharest city centre.
We reached the park by catching a taxi to Arcul de Triumf (a replica of Paris’ famous arch, but completely covered in scaffolding at the time of our visit in March 2008), which is located right next to one of the park’s main entrances.
We walked down a long tree-lined driveway to reach the main part of the park, and arrived at a large grassy area next to one of the park’s huge lakes.
We headed in the direction of the park’s main attraction (The Village Museum – see separate tip), and passed through an area of the park that was devoted to the history of the EU. A variety of monuments, including several large sculptured heads of famous people involved in the development of the EU, can be found amongst well tended lawns and flowerbeds.
After visiting the Village Museum, we walked around one of the large lakes – a walk that lasted between 1 and 2 hours and which was popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists. We passed small cafes, restaurants, fast food vendors and a children’s amusement park, complete with a big wheel and several roundabouts.
As for the lake itself, there wasn’t much happening on the water in the way of boats or watersports. There is perhaps more activity in the busier summer months.
A large park which contains the Village Museum, several large lakes and a children’s amusement park.
Bucharest Parks - Herastrau Park
In the Northern part of the city there is Bucharest’s widest park, Herastrau Park. The works meant to arrange this park were started in 1936 and they were completed in 1939. The park comprises of a large lake where one can row boats or take a small ferry, surrounded by many alleys and children playgrounds (on the Eastern side), as well as many stylish terraces and restaurants (especially on the Eastern side of the lake). The park neighbours (actually it hosts) the Village Museum in its Western part. Also, the present residence of the royal family of Romania, Elisabeta Palace, is in the Western part of the park. This park is a popular place for jogging or cycling around the lake.
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We stopped by Herastrau Park after our visit to the Village Museum, it's the largest park in Bucharest and is located on the shore of Herastrau Lake. We had a lovely stroll along the lakefront through the garden.
You can rent paddle boats on the lake.
Located in the northern part of Bucharest, Herastrau Park is the largest (110 ha) park of the capital.
I remember when I was a child I always used to hire one boat and take a cruise along the big lake inside the park. Here in fact you can enjoy a boat trip on the lake, a walk among the bloomy, flowery alleys or just sitting at a terrace and slowly sipping a cold local made beer.
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The park is the biggest in Bucharest, laid out on 187 hectars. It has a lake, flowers, statues, restaurants, skate board park and even a go cart track. There are lots of alleys to walk on. On the weekends when the weather is good, the park with loaded with people just strolling. There's even a small island that connects one side of the park to the other. Its called Rose Island, naturally its loaded with roses. The park is well maintained and lots of porta potties, that are cleaned almost every day. It has 4 dog pens, where your dog can meet and play with other dogs.
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This huge park is the green lung of Bucharest. It was laid out over 1920-1939 by landscape architects Pinard and Rebhuhn on 187 hectars.
The park is a big attraction because of its lake, sport facilities, statues, restaurants, carting traks and the Village museum.
Other parks in Bucharest that worth a vist includes the old Cismigiu Gardens in the city center, the Botanical Garden and Carol I Park.
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Definitely, Herastrau Park is a must see in Bucharest :) It's not because I lived close to it, and been there hundreds of times (I wonder what is the exact number of times)..but it's one of Romania's nicest park, with it's big lake and multitude of alleys.
27 April 2003 - on beautiful day of spring, this is definitely the first true day of spring, every trees and flowers at last erupted, with a perfume which relaxes you and makes you close your eyes
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Boat tour on Herastrau Lake
Once you are wondering off on the alleys of Herastrau Park - because you have to do that, at least for my sake :), you must take the boat trip (not the cross trip, but the 40 minutes boat trip)...it's very refreshing and gives you an overview of the park
If you like Parks, go to...
If you like Parks, go to HERASTRAU PARK, no attraction there but a very nice place for a walk.You even can cross the lake , small boats are for rent near the shore (40 000 LEI/ hour) ....for romantic cruise !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Very large and NO ATTRACTION, just peoples going around.
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