Bucharest has many parks but for sure you will not end up in all of them since they are spread all over Bucharest. Here is my top five parks in the center of the city.
Parcul Herastrau, (Herastrau Park) is a large park on the northern side of Bucharest, around Herastrau lake. The park was opened in 1935 and has an area of about 110 ha of which 70 ha is the lake. Small boats and fishing are allowed on the lake. The park is divided into two zones: a rustic or natural zone (the Village Museum , an open-air museum showcasing traditional life of the Romanian peasant and having hundreds of houses from across Romania, which is left more or less undisturbed and a public/active domain with open areas for recreation activities.
Scattered across the park are an open air theatre, a yacht club, a sports club, the Herastrau Hotel and, adjunct to the park, the Diplomatic Club, featuring a golf course.
Parcul Cismigiu (The Cismigiu Gardens), is a public park near the center of Bucharest, spanning areas on all sides of an artificial lake. Cismigiu Park came to life in 1847, when Bibescu Prince called the landscape gardener William Mayer, former director of the Imperial Gardens in Vienna, to convert the swampland into a beautiful garden. The gardens creation was an important moment in the history of Bucharest. They form the oldest and, at 16 hectares, the largest park in city’s central area. The main entrance is from Regina Elisabeta Boulevard, in front of the City Hall. There is another major entrance at the Stirbei Voda Street, near the Cretulescu Palace. The southwestern corner of the park is adjacent to the Gheorghe Lazar High School, a prestigius high school in Bucharest.
Cismigiu has mature vegetation, sycamore, magnolia, hazelnut, pear, ash hair and decorative apple, to protect the public from the summer heat and dust of the city. In the summer, small boats are allowed on the lake. In winter, the lake is transformed into a ice ring.
Gradina Botanica (The BucharestBotanicalGarden) is located in the Cotroceni neighbourhood of Bucharest. It has a surface of 17.5 hectares (including 4,000 m² of greenhouses), and has more than 10,000 species of plants.
The first botanical garden in Bucharest was founded in 1860 near the Medicine Faculty by Carol Davila. The garden was eventually moved to its current location in 1884 by Dimitrie Branza, a Romanian botanist, and Fuchs, a Belgian landscape architect.The gardens were opened in 1891, when the building of the greenhouses has finished. The garden was damaged during World War I, when it was used by the German occupation troops, and during World War II when it was hit by Anglo-American bombardments. So as you can see, it didn’t have an easy life.
In the Garden there is a Botanical Museum in a building of the Brâncovenesc style, located near the entrance gate. Here there are more than 5,000 plant species displayed, including 1,000 exotic plants. If you love flours and nature, than this is the place to come!
Parcul Carol(Carol Park) is a public park in Bucharest, named after King Carol I of Romania. A French garden located in the southern-central area of Bucharest, partly on Filaret hill, originally capable of hosting various exhibitions. The park has officially been listed as a historical monument since 2004. One of the most important buildings in the park is Arenele Romane (The Roman Arena), an open-air theater built by architect Leonida Negrescu and ing. Elie Radu, were originally intended for sporting as well as cultural events. After renovation in 1968, they can host cca.5000 spectators and are currently used as a venue for concerts. A five star boutique hotel is very close to this park.
Gradina Icoanei Park, is located in the city center. It is a small and cozy park with many children’s playgrounds, beautifully arranged walkways and a fountain in the middle of the park. There is a nice restaurant were you can enjoy really good food. Once a year, the park transforms itself into an urban art festival during Street Delivery Festival.