Bucharest in Bloom: Navigating the City’s Best Parks

14 Mar 2024
Spring in Bucharest, ah! It's like someone hit the refresh button on the city. If you're a fan of parks or simply looking to soak in some fresh air and nature during your trip to Bucharest, we have compiled a list of the finest parks in the city for you to explore this spring.

Herastrau Park – Lake Views and Lavish Lilacs

First stop, Herastrau Park. Or, as I like to call it, the heavyweight champ of Bucharest's green spaces. It's big, beautiful, and boasts views of one of the most snapshot-worthy lakes around. Pro tip: make a beeline for the Japanese Garden within the park. Why? Because you haven't lived until you've had a zen moment among the coy carp and cascading cherry trees. Feeling a bit competitive? Challenge a local to a 'whose-selfie-is-more-serene' contest; loser buys the ice cream!
Herastrau Park
Herastrau Park

Cismigiu Gardens – Historical Hangouts and Something's Always Blooming

Next up, Cismigiu Gardens, the O.G. of Bucharest's parks (that's Original Garden, thank you very much). This place has been doling out doses of nature since the mid-19th century, so it's kind of a big deal. Take a leisurely stroll past the Writer's Rotunda and nod appreciatively at the statues of Romania’s literary greats. Because nothing says "cultured" like acknowledging the brilliance of poets you're only vaguely familiar with, right?
Cismigiu Park
Cismigiu Gardens

Botanical Garden – Blossom Bingo and Brainy Bites

Can't tell your tulips from your turnips? Fear not, the Botanical Garden is here to enlighten you. It's part school, part playground, and all garden goals. Here's a fun game: play a round of flower bingo. Spot a plant, check it off your list; eye a new bloom, level up. Winner gets bragging rights and the honorary title of "Botanical Brainiac."
Botanical Garden
Botanical Gardens

Carol Park – Monuments and Mirth Amidst Marigolds

Now, Carol Park isn’t just a pretty face with a floral crown. There's history here, with monuments and mausoleums that have seen more than your recent Netflix binge. Have a stupefying moment at the Unknown Soldier's Tomb and follow it with a frolic by the fountains. Because if you can't mix sombre reflection with spontaneous water-play, are you even park-touring correctly?
Carol Park
Carol Park, Image Source: Shutterstock

Kiseleff Park – Statuesque Settings and Smug Squirrels

Lastly, take a détente in Kiseleff Park. This park is like the cool cousin of the Bucharest park family. Graced with statues of historical figures who'll give you the silent nod as you pass, it's also brimming with greenery that could rival the set of a fairytale movie. Keep an eye out for squirrels that look suspiciously like they know all the park's secrets – cheeky little critters.
Kiseleff Park, Image Source: Wikipedia

Ah, the great parks of Bucharest, where the flowers are in a constant state of showing off and the grass practically plumps itself beneath your picnic blanket. Who needs a green thumb when you have these lush, leafy locales to escape to? So pack a book and some snacks, put on your walking shoes, and get ready to be pleasantly surprised by the hidden oases this city has to offer. Happy blooming!


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