Herastrau is located in the northern part of Bucharest and at this time, Herastrau Park is the largest park in Bucharest; moreover, is the largest park within a city in Europe. It is a favorite place for residents of the Romanian capital because of the many possibilities of fun: cultural activities, water sports and all sorts of glam events.

By the year 1806, the fancy faces of the Romanian capital used to go out for a walk on the banks of Herastrau Lake. In 1936 Herastrau was built by reclaiming the marshy area during 1930 and 1935. Also, in 1936, thanks to the efforts of the renowned sociologist Dimitrie Gusti, the Village Museum was created it was created on the perimeter of Herastrau Park. It is one of the largest institutions of its kind in Europe, which leverages through specific means the entire ethnographic and folkloric legacy of the people in different regions of Romania. The Village Museum in Bucharest is the first open-air ethnographic museum in the world. Its creator, sociologist Dimitrie Gusti wanted the museum to be a synthesis of all villages in Romania. King Carol II himself attended the official opening of the ethnographic museum.

In 1920, several Romanian personalities founded the Sports Association “Country Club” which later became the “Diplomatic Club”.

Herastrau is a special residential area, consisting of the Elisabeta Palace built by architect Mark M. Cornelius, becoming the official residence of King Michael of Romania. Here in December 30, 1947,the King signed the forced abdication and went into exile.

If you want to be closer to this park, while visiting Bucharest, there are numerous accommodation spots and you can find many welcoming hotels with facilities; you can find them everywhere, which makes your visit to Bucharest and Herastrau Park even more enjoyable.

Herastrau Park is actually a leisure complex which today embodies among its attractions a summer theater, exhibition halls, water sports clubs, night clubs, cafes, restaurants, hotels and many other facilities, while Herastrau Lake itself is used for recreation, fishing, water sports and sailing.

Herastrau is the place where you can practice almost any kind of sport and has areas for recreation and culture and areas for sports and entertainment.

This way, the new park has grown to include a rich arboreal vegetation consisting of willows, poplars, ash, linden and maple. These trees used to frame statues of historical figures from both the domestic and international culture.

One of the most beautiful spots of the park is the Rose Island with its dream-like colorful garlands of roses contrasting with the verticality of the load-bearing white columns.

There is also a statuary ensemble named “Grotto”, made up of three statues, representing two giants and a virgin. The latter is the well-known and highly appreciated “Sleeping Nymph” built in 1906.

In the Herastrau Park two main areas were subsequently developed: a quiet area dedicated to rest and an amusement area dedicated to culture, active leisure and sports.

In 1995 a roller track was built: this particular area of the park has later gained the name of Skate Park. Moreover, in 1998 the Japanese Garden was added with the support of the Japanese Embassy in Romania.

Currently, Herastrau contains Expoflora, an area organized along 15 hectares where every year there are different impressive floral ornamentations. There are also two theaters: one designed for children and one for adults.

Also, Herastrau encompasses two pavilions for exhibitions, libraries, an arbor dedicated for reading or chess, wharf, an amusement park, a train that tours the entire park, terraces, restaurants and cafes.

In another article we will mention about the crazy and hectic night life around Herastrau area, with its countless clubs, theme parties, luxury galas and fun, fun, as much fun as you can imagine. So, with all these activities, no wonder everybody falls in love with Herastrau.

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