One of the most relaxing yet exciting places in the Romanian capital is the King Micheal I Park in Bucharest. This massive green space has a plethora of activities for visitors to enjoy, so here are some of our top picks for things to do when you take a stroll through the park!
About the park
The King Michael I Park, which originally had the name Herăstrău Park, first opened in 1936. The name officially changed in December 2017 to honor the Romanian king after his passing that same month. However, the park is still referred to as Herăstrău Park among many of the locals. This name comes from a lake of the same name inside the park.
The King Michael I Park in Bucharest covers 187 hectares, 74 of which comprise Herăstrău Lake. Within the park there are a number of facilities and activities for visitors to enjoy, just a few of which we mention here.
1. Visit the National Village Museum
The National Village Museum is one of the top attractions in the King Michael I Park in Bucharest. This outdoor museum aims to show what life in a traditional Romanian village is like. The museum opened with the park in 1936. There are many traditional buildings and installations to see and visit to better understand Romanian life and culture.
2. Walk Roses Island
Roses Island is a man-made island inside the lake in the park. Stroll around the island to get beautiful views of the park that you can’t get from anywhere else. A point of interest on the island are 12 statues of political figures who helped to create the EU. Like the rest of the park, Roses Island is a beautiful lush green space that’s tranquil and relaxing.
3. Marvel at the Japanese Garden
Ready to be amazed? Wander on over to the Japanese Garden at the southern end of the park and take in the beauty it offers. It was installed in 1998 by the Osaka World Exhibition Commemorative Fund, and allows visitors to experience the magic of Japanese cherry blossoms in bloom right in the heart of Bucharest. The best time to visit is in April, when the garden is in full bloom.
4. Rent a bike
The King Michael I Park in Bucharest is more massive than most visitors might think, so one of the best ways to get around and see everything is by bike. La Pedale is a free bike rental service in the park that lets you ride around at no charge for up to 2 hours. It’s located at the main entrance, at Piata Charles de Gaulle.
5. Rent a boat
Another way to get around the park is by boat! Boat rentals are available in the park, so you can pick up a paddle boat, row boat, or water bikes at very reasonable rates, between 5-10 lei/hour depending on the boat. Discounts are available for children, seniors, and others. Additionally, party boats are available to rent per hour if you have a large group.
6. Experience Aventura Parc
Up for an adventure? Head on over to Aventura Parc, an area that’s fun for the whole family. Activities include wall climbing, zip lining, and ropes courses for all ages and abilities.
Aventura Parc is open Monday-Friday from 9:00-17:00 and weekends from 9:00-19:00. Tickets are 35 lei for children 45 for adults, and the prices include 2 hours in the park.
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