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One Afternoon in Bucharest: Blast from the Past

April 2014 was my first visit to Bucharest, Romania. Since then, I have been back to Romania a further five times. That should be a clue as to what I think of the country! This will be a very brief post about how you can spend one afternoon in Bucharest, walking around some green sites in the city centre. I will have more posts on Romania coming up soon too!

Herăstrău Park

Herăstrău Park is a large park in the North of Bucharest of which almost half is a lake with the same name. The park itself also features the Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum, an open-air ethnographic museum showing traditional life and houses from all across Romania (more on that later).

 

Bronze statue of Charles de Gaulle by the sculptor Mircea Spătaru

Bronze statue of Charles de Gaulle by the sculptor Mircea Spătaru

 

Herăstrău Lake

Herăstrău Lake

 

View of Herăstrău Park from the Lake

View of Herăstrău Park from the Lake

 

Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum

The Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum, aka, The Village Museum (Muzeul Satului in Romanian) is the open-air ethnographic museum in Herăstrău Park. The museum contains almost 300 farm and village houses from all over Romania. You could easily spend several hours walking around the museum, let alone the park itself.

 

Beautiful day for walking around

Beautiful day for walking around

 

At the entrance

At the entrance

 

Lots of greenery

Lots of greenery

 

Pisică enjoying the shade

Pisică enjoying the shade

 

The museum is located next to Herăstrău Lake

The museum is located next to Herăstrău Lake

 

Old thatched roof

Old thatched roof

 

City Centre

After walking around the park and museum for several hours, it was time to head to the old town area in the city centre for some food and ‘liquid refreshment’…. 😉

 

More walking

More walking

 

Great day for walking around. Somehow I didn't get burned!

Great day for walking around. Somehow I didn’t get burned!

 

Hard to believe this is March. I always seem to get lucky with weather when I travel in March

Hard to believe this is March. I always seem to get lucky with weather when I travel in March

 

The 'shit on a stick'

The ‘shit on a stick’

 

The National Bank of Romania

The National Bank of Romania

 

My first 'ciorba de fasole' but not my last

My first ‘ciorba de fasole’ but not my last

 

After a day of walking in the sun, I had to cool down. Not a bad way to spend one afternoon in Bucharest.

After a day of walking in the sun, I had to cool down. Not a bad way to spend one afternoon in Bucharest.

 

Caru' cu Bere Restaurant in Old Town

Caru’ cu Bere Restaurant in Old Town

 

Caru' cu Bere Restaurant in Old Town

Caru’ cu Bere Restaurant in Old Town

 

Stavropoleos Nunnery in Old Town

Stavropoleos Nunnery in Old Town

 

Stavropoleos Nunnery in Old Town

Stavropoleos Nunnery in Old Town

 

Further Reading on spending one afternoon in Bucharest:

Herăstrău Park

Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum

Caru’ cu Bere

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    amit
    January 25, 2018 at 20:24

    I’ve always wanted to visit Bucharest, and this post has given me more of a impotence to go – If you’re that lucky with weather maybe you should come to England in March, we might get decent weather haha. Looks like Bucharest really is a place you can have a nice relaxing walk around and so many photo ops too. What with the shit on a stick monument?

    • Damien
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      Damien
      January 31, 2018 at 13:05

      Haha, even I am not that good! I don’t even know what the monument is about but I know that people from Bucharest hate it hence its name

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    Punita
    January 24, 2018 at 05:28

    I think I will enjoy having a relaxing walk like this in Bucharest under the leafy green trees. Followed by a nice authentic meal at a traditional restaurant in the old town, after admiring some wonderful historic architecture. The houses with thatched roofs are so pretty!

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    Nathan Aguilera
    January 23, 2018 at 16:51

    I love Bucharest! I spent more than a month there last summer. I would happily go back this summer. There’s so much to see and do and it’s really affordable.

    • Damien
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      Damien
      January 23, 2018 at 21:23

      Very true. I am currently in Russia and the cold weather is making me think about where to go for a month in summer. Maybe it will be Romania……

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    Varsha
    January 23, 2018 at 12:15

    Best photos and nice article. I also like such towns.

    • Damien
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      Damien
      January 23, 2018 at 21:23

      Thank you very much!

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    Renata Green
    January 22, 2018 at 20:20

    Bucharest seems to be really beautiful. I especially like the Nunnery, but also the village museum looks very interesting and nice. It’s funny that the most beautiful building is a…restaurant 😉

    • Damien
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      Damien
      January 23, 2018 at 21:23

      Haha I understand what you mean. It is a very beautiful restaurant. A bit touristy but still very cheap.

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    Nic
    January 22, 2018 at 17:13

    Bucharest is a great city, we loved Romania as a whole and the capital is such a beautiful place, loved the village museum too.

    • Damien
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      Damien
      January 23, 2018 at 21:22

      It really is a fabulous country!

  • Reply
    Lara Dunning
    January 22, 2018 at 04:13

    I don’t know much about Romania so I really appreciate this post. I’d love to do all the things you listed especially The Village Museum! Looking forward to reading more!

    • Damien
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      Damien
      January 23, 2018 at 21:22

      Thank you. Maybe one day you will make it yourself 🙂

  • Reply
    Yeshi Sewdayal
    January 21, 2018 at 09:33

    You definitely got alot done in one afternoon! Bucharest looks amazing, especially the Old Town! I think you’ve captured it beautifully and your shots have a great perspective for other travelers! I would really want to visit the Old Town!

    • Damien
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      Damien
      January 23, 2018 at 21:21

      Thank you very much. I hope you make it to Bucharest and enjoy as much as i did

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    Jenn and Ed Coleman
    January 20, 2018 at 22:53

    Wow, very green for March indeed. Five trips to Romania says a lot. I have been hearing great things about Romania and I can see why. Everything looks so clean and fresh! That path looks impressive too. I could imagine biking down and just exploring.

    • Damien
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      Damien
      January 23, 2018 at 21:20

      I think Romania is a seriously undervalued country which will become more popular in the next few years

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    Ariel
    January 20, 2018 at 15:32

    The city center and the park look like my kind of places to visit. I am amazed at how they are beautiful and look so peaceful. Your pictures are beautiful, thank you for sharing!

    • Damien
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      Damien
      January 23, 2018 at 21:20

      Thank you very much!

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