Bucharest

Botanical Gardens

  Sos. Cotroceni 32 ,   Cotroceni & Eroilor          (+4) 021 410 91 39     16 Aug 2018
Bucharest’s fabulous Botanical Gardens were founded in 1860 with the significant financial backing of Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza, at the time the leader of the nascent Romanian state. Completed in 1866 to the designs and instructions of Ulrich Hoffmann, they were originally in the grounds of the Cotroceni Monastery, moving to their present location in 1884. The garden, administratively part of Bucharest University’s Botanical Institute, today extends over an area of more than 17 hectares, and hosts more than 10,000 species of plants, approximately half of which are cultivated in the impressive glasshouses. Of particular note are the exotic flowers (more than 1000 are on display) and the bizarre Symphytum ottomanum, a plant which can appear to vanish without trace only to reappear up to 50 metres away. The recently renovated glasshouses are fabulous, and kids love the wide variety of strange plants inside, especially the cacti and the Venus fly traps. Many locals like to take advantage of the bargain entrance fee and use the exterior of the gardens as a park, and thus the place can often be far more full with courting couples than with lovers of more floral delights. Whatever your reasons for going, it's a terrific place to spend a morning.

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Gardens Open March - October 08:00-20:00; November - March 11:00-19:00. Botanical Museum Open 10:00-15:00, 09:00-13:00, Sat, Sun, Closed Fri. Greenhouses Open 10:00-13:00, Closed Mon, Wed, Fri.

Price/Additional Info

Admission to the gardens 5 lei, students and children 2 lei. Admission to the museum and greenhouses costs extra, 2 lei adults, 1 leu children.

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