Although Bucharest is a big city, mostly taken over by buildings and cars, there are still a lot of natural areas around. If you have a longer stay in Bucharest and you need a break from all the museums and crowded streets, here are some great places outside Bucharest where you can enjoy true nature.
You can reach these places by car or for some of them, using public transportation. You can also find some options for car rental on our site, here.
Comana Natural Park : 70 km from Bucharest you will find yourself into the wild. The park is actually a protected biodiversity area. At the observation points you will have the chance to discover the flora and fauna of the region. Inside the reservation there are over 140 species of birds, 31 species of mammals, 8 species of reptiles, 200 species of plants and so on.
So, whatever you do, don’t forget your binocular at home!
After a while, when your kids will get bored of bird watching, you can visit the Comana Monastery or even try the Adventure Park. They have routes both for children and adults so you can have a great time together.
Also, inside the park, you will find restaurants and terraces where you can have a well-deserved break.
Cernica Forest – Another natural area where you can spend a day outside the city is, this time, quite close to Bucharest, only 20 km away. In the Cernica area you can enjoy walking, fishing or just relaxing next to the lake, cycling in the forest and a visit to the beautiful Cernica Monastery.
If you get there by car make sure you don’t visit the store inside the monastery. It seems they are selling a wine, locally produced, that is not compatible with driving.
Mogosoaia Palace – 15 km from the center of Bucharest you will feel like travelling back in time. A beautiful palace dating from the XVIII surrounded by a large garden, just perfect for a relaxing day. If you have a blanket with you just put it on the grass, in any of the green areas around the palace, and read a book while your kids will play badminton or run around.
You can get here also by public transport: take the metro to the station Parc Bazilescu and then bus 460 (BUS SCHEDULE) or the mini buses with the same number (the fee for the minibus is collected by the driver).
You will get there in about 1 hour from the center of Bucharest (20 minutes from Parc Bazilescu ).
Aurochs Reservation – Situated 80 km from Bucharest in Bucsani locality, Dâmbovita County, the aurochs, or European bison reservation is one of the 3 of this kind we have in country. The reservation was established in 1983 and today it counts 40 animals. The reservation is quite easy to reach and you can find it on google maps or waze (Rezervatia de Zimbri Neagra). The last part of the road (approximately 5 km) is a dirt road but very well maintained.
If you get there around 11 o’clock you will be able to see a lot of the aurochs, since they gather for lunch.
During weekend days they are opened only until 14.00 hours.
You can combine the visit to the reservation with a trip to Târgoviste to visit the Royal Court.