Herastrau Park – one of the largest parks in Bucharest
Herastrau Park is one of the largest parks in Bucharest. The park is situated in the north, north west of the Bucharest city. It has an area of over 110 hectares, from which only the lake covers an area of about 74 hectares. The alley surrounding the park all around has a length of 5.92 km. The streets and avenues that separates the park are: Kiseleff, Bucharest Ploiesti Street, Elena Vacarescu Street, North Avenue Beijing Street, and Aviators Prezan Constantin Boulevard Avenue. It was built in 1936 on the shores of the Herastrau Lake.
Brief history of the Herastrau Park
Before 1930, the area, that is today the park, was a marshy area that was drained during 1930-1935. On this occasion it was a problem for fitting free remaining area, taking into account the fact that the area was already Arc de Triomphe. Dozens of poor housing and an industrial enterprise were expropriated, they were traced paths to make room in May 1939 the most extensive green space in Bucharest at that time. Projects for this park were made by
architects Ernest Pinard and Rebhun. Fr. Rebhun was a talented and prolific Austrian landscape architect who helped create the vegetable composition (trees, shrubs, flowers) and Romanian architect Octav Dobrescu designed alleys. In 1936, at the initiative of Professor Dimitrie Gusti Village Museum was established on Lake Herastrau. Summer Theatre Herastrau located near Village Museum was built in 1956. In 1951, the park was expanded, it turned and opened again in its current form.
Recreation and Leisure in Herastrau
Boat trips, boat or pedal boat on Lake Herastrau. Recreation in the Herastrau Lake. Cross Lake Herastrau: Central wharf – Garofita wharf; Garofita wharf – Central wharf. Duration approximately 5 minutes. Walking on Lake Herastrau: Central wharf – Herastrau lake tour – Central wharf. Duration about 25 minutes. Boat Expoflora – Herastrau lake tour – Expoflora wharf. Duration about 25 minutes. Other boats: 2 or 4 people pedal boats, rowboats for up to 3 people, passenger ships. Visitors can walk Herastrau Park Herastrau lake catamaran Bucur 50 reside. The new ship is covered and has two toilets (one for disabled), air conditioning, audio-video surveillance cameras. Propulsion is provided by two diesel engines of 65 horsepower each and a cruising speed of 16 km per hour. Catamaran length is 17.3 meters and width of 5.6 m. In May you can assemble outside park rides bicycles to rent and a fee both as free. During the week can rent bicycles free of charge upon presentation of a valid ID. Near is located National Village Museum “Dimitrie Gusti”, a museum that can be visited.
Vegetation – fauna and flora
The vegetation of the park consists of a variety of species of deciduous trees and shrubs (maple, ash, poplar, willow, linden) and resins (Buxus, Juniperus, tazus, forxitia, filadelfiu, turns, Lonicera). Also in the park are found and protected trees: oak of Tagore, planted in 1961 to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Rabindranath Tagore, and flowering cherry trees in the Japanese Garden, donated by the Emperor of Japan. The park grows a unique arboretum, a variety of Japanese acacia branches and leaves stained white weeping. Since it was unknown in literature and was first described by specialists from Romania in 1960, he was named Sophora japonica Bucharest. Herastrau include the Flora Expo, Rose Island, Island Plopilor and Japanese Garden, designed in 1998 with the help of the Japanese Embassy in Romania and the World Exposition Commemorative Japanese Foundation.
Historical Monument Park
Herastrau Park was declared a historical monument in importance class A and has been awarded LMI code B-II-aA-18802. Since the NE shore of Lake Herastrau Herastrau in the park, was discovered a Paleolithic settlement of civil housing, the park has been included in the National Archaeological.
Video – Boat trips on Herastrau Park in Bucharest, relaxation and serenity