Herastrau was laid out from 1930-36 on what had, until then, been mainly swampland around the lake. The Village Museum – which occupies a large part of Herastrau and is one of its most popular attractions in the city, was created at the same time.
The lake had been a popular promenade as early as the late 19th century, however, for the high class of Bucharest. Moreover, the residence of Romania’s royal family, the Elisabeta Palace, is found inside Herastrau.
In its early days the park carried the name of its patron, King Carol II. For a short time after the second world war the park was renamed “Parcul I.V. Stalin”. The name Herastrau has been in general use since the early 1960s.
It offers a multitude of choices of activities : you can rent a boat, rent a bike, visit the Japanese Garden,or have a burger at the Hard Rock Cafe.
HOW TO GET THERE
Walking: 20 minutes walk from the city center
Metro: blue line M1 until Aviatorilor stop
Bus: Charles de Gaulle or Arcul de Triumf stop: 131, 282, 301, 330, 331, 335