In Bucharest, Romania one of the best places to relax and get away from the city streets is Herastrau Park. It was created from 1930 – 1936 from marshland around the Herastrau Lake.
A large part of the park is occupied by the Village Museum and within the park, you’ll also find the residence of the royal family of Romania, The Elisabeta Palace which is closed to the public.
The Village Museum is one of Europe’s oldest open-air museums. Here you can enjoy homesteads, churches, mills and windmills from rural Romania.
As you enter the park you’ll see a statue of Charles de Gaulle in bronze. It is in honor of Bucharest hosting the Francophonie conference. Other statues and busts you can see here include Romanian revolutionary Nicolae Balcescu and an important figure in Bengali literature Rabindranath Tagore. There are statues of local artists and writers among them Romania’s national poet Mihai Eminescu.
Statues of foreigners include William Shakespeare. You can even find a statue of Prince Charming and a memorial to Michael Jackson.
Herastrau Park also has an adventure park with four trails of various difficulty with one being for small children and others for children aged eight and above.
Teatrul de Vara is an open-air summer theater and hosts performances of theater companies. The small pavilions all around the park have art exhibitions.
During the summertime, you can take boat trips on the lake or take a ride on a shuttle that links one side with the other. You’ll find boats departing from the jetty located behind the Hard Rock Cafe.
You’ll find that the paths of the Island of Roses are lined with roses and you can delight in exotic birds.The lake is stocked with carp and for a price, you can do some fishing. Cyclists and joggers enjoy going around the lake. It is possible to rent bikes during the summer.There are many places to eat and drink in the park.