We can’t talk about the city of Bucharest without mentioning the impressive parks it hosts. One of the most famous and beloved names in this regard is Herastrau Park, a valid symbol of the capital.
About Herastrau Park
Herastrau Park, now known as King Michael I Park of Romania, is the largest park in the capital and the largest park in Europe located within a city, covering an area of 110 hectares on the shore of the lake of the same name.
Herăstrău Park was laid out between 1936 and 1939 and currently includes the following areas of interest to the citizens of Bucharest and the many tourists who come to visit year after year: Expo Flora, where floral decorations are regularly held, the Island of Roses, where the famous Monument to the Founding Fathers of the European Union is located, the Island of Poplars and the Japanese Garden, which was laid out with the support of the Japanese Embassy in Romania and the Japanese World Exhibition Commemorative Foundation.
This area was donated by the Royal House. It represented a true historical monument of the capital, inscribed in the National Archaeological Repertory, thanks to the traces of Paleolithic settlement discovered by archaeologists.
Attractions in Herastrau Park
Regardless of the season, this park welcomes hundreds of thousands of people, main thanks to its many attractions, such as the Summer Theatre, restaurants, cafes, numerous statues of critical personalities, and pavilions where various exhibitions are organised and Lake Herastrau. The latter is a true paradise for adventurers, allowing for water sports or sailing. It also offers numerous leisure facilities, such as sport fishing or boating. It has jetties for boats, dinghies and hydro bikes.
Nature in all its splendour
The Herastrau Park on the lake of the same name is covered with rich vegetation, including maples, yews, willows, poplars, ash trees and a unique silk tree called Albizia Julibrissin. It is also home to one of the varieties of Japanese acacia called Sophora japonica, which is noted for its white-spotted leaves and weeping branches. Many trees here are protected by law, such as the flowering cherry trees donated by one of Japan’s emperors or the Tagore oak, planted to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Indian writer and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore.
The Herastrau Park is, therefore, thanks to its complexity, diversity and beauty, a tourist attraction not to be missed, being a true oasis of relaxation for all those who want to get away from the urban chaos and admire nature that changes its appearance every season, dressing year after year in its most beautiful clothes.