Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest has definitely left an impression on me.  I had a wonderful time in this dynamic city.  I know some people think that two weeks is way too long to see Bucharest, but I utilized my second week to work on my photos and plan my Photo Tour of Madrid in October.  Many of you know that Bucharest is a large city with a lot of ground to cover.  Therefore, I will highlight some special places in the city and share my personal experience.  Your experience might be different and I would love to hear from you about what you think about Bucharest so please feel free to comment below.

Parks/Gardens

Herastrau Park 

The Herastrau Park was built in 1936 and it is one of the most beautiful parks in Romania.  The park is situated at the North part of the city.  To get there, I walked from Old Town, which took me over an hour.  I entered the park from the northern entrance and walked south towards the Peasant Museum.

There are plenty of things to see and do inside the park.  Unbelievably, I stumbled upon a Hard Rock and walked in and had a beer.  The last time I visited a Hard Rock was over five years ago in Lisbon.

For more information about the park visit Herastrau Park.

The Cismigiu Garden

The entrance to Cismigiu Garden.

The entrance to Cismigiu Garden.

The oldest park/garden in Bucharest is the Cismigiu Garden.  The garden is located in the center of the city and it was built during the 19th century (1847) where a natural lake was formed by springs* (according to my travel guide).  The word cismigiu comes from Turkey (Cesme) and it means a person or persons who take care of fountains.* (source travel brochure/map).

I spent a few hours roaming around the park.  It was very near my hostel (The Green Frog), so walking here for a afternoon beer or simply for taking photos was easy to do.  I found a seat near the lake and read my book for hours.

Walking through the park, I stumbled upon a monument which is dedicated to U.S. Servicemen that died in Romania during World War II.

Old Town

Streets of Old Town.

Streets of Old Town.

For more about my experience in this part of the city click here Old Town.

The Palace of the Parliament

Palace of the Parliament

Palace of the Parliament

My most recent post was about The Palace of the Parliament.  Please click the link for more information.

Museums

There are many museums in Bucharest that are worth visiting.  In fact, during my two week visit, there were several museum that were free to enter during the evening.  One of my favorite museums was the Peasant Museum.  This is an open air museum located in the Herestrau Park, which is north of the city.  The cost of entering the museum was about 16 Lei ($4.00).  I visited the museum on a Monday, which is not the best time to visit because not all of the houses are open, therefore, I did not get my money’s worth.  I suggest a visit on the weekend in order to get a nice comprehensive feel for the entire museum.

Where To Stay

The Green Frog Hostel

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I stayed at the Green Frog Hostel.  I booked a private room well in advance and I couldn’t be happier with my selection.  The owner, Roxana Pitis is very friendly.  She went out of her way to ensure my stay was enjoyable.  However, I saw her treat all guest the same and she even defended me against a cabby that was trying to rip me off.  Other notable staff are Marius and Alex.

Marius.

Marius.

Marius is amazing.  He is friendly and extremely knowledgeable of all the happening in Bucharest.  He doesn’t shy away from a good conversation and he is willing to help you out with all requests.

Alex is another staff member who strives to make your stay enjoyable and pleasant.  Thanks for the breakfast, Alex!

Alex.

Alex.

I had an amazing two weeks in Bucharest.  I met a lot of amazing people from all over the world.  I stayed at an amazing place called the The Green Frog Hostel, I had a beer at Caru cu Bere, visited the Palace of the Parliament, saw our Vice President, Joe Biden zoom by me on the street, and I had a chance to visit the Peasant Museum.  I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

Enjoy!

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