A Tour of Herastrau Park and the Village Museum in Bucharest

by Mira

An enjoyable way to spend time with a friend is to walk through a park as you talk and take photos. Here's Herastrau Park in Bucharest, with photos and a short video.

Herastrau Park (Parcul Herăstrău in Romanian) is the largest park in Bucharest, located in the leafy northern part of the city. It is one of the most beautiful parks in the Romanian capital.

Herastrau Park occupies 110 hectares of what used to be marshland before the area was drained in the 1930s. The park itself was opened in 1936. Beautiful trees – poplars, willows, maple trees, ash trees, linden trees -- surround a lake where you can go paddle boating. The alley around the lake is 6 km long. That’s about 3.7 miles. It’s a great distance for an hour and a half of leisurely walking, and you can also stop at the various restaurants and enjoy their fare indoors or out in the sun.

See below for a few photos from my walk in the park yesterday, as well as a short video I made today by stitching together three very small clips.

Herastrau Park in Bucharest: A Short HD Video Clip

© Mira at Wizzley

A word about video editing for small clips such as the one above. Basic editing is easy as ABC. You just need a video editor and, of course, a photo camera that records HD or full HD videos. I have my eyes on the one below, which shoots 1920x1080 Full HD and 1280x720 HD video at 30 frames per second. It also has a 35x optical zoom!

Edit December 2012: I see this Canon sells now for $349, which is fabulous. We get much higher prices here in Romania.

Pictures of Herastrau Park

Taken on August 10, 2012
Caryatid Alley at the Main Entrance
Caryatid Alley at the Main Entrance
© Mira at Wizzley
A kid Staring in Wonder at a Fountain
A kid Staring in Wonder at a Fountain
© Mira at Wizzley
Paddle Boats on Herastrau Lake
Paddle Boats on Herastrau Lake
© Mira at Wizzley
Ducks and Swans under a Bridge
Ducks and Swans under a Bridge
© Mira at Wizzley
Ion Jalea, Hercules Fighting the Centaur
Ion Jalea, Hercules Fighting the Centaur
© Mira at Wizzley
Corn on the Cob for Sale
Corn on the Cob for Sale
© Mira at Wizzley

The Village Museum in Bucharest

Next to Herastrau Park you’ll find The Village Museum. It is, in fact, a section of the park, covering 10 ha. It showcases over 300 buildings and other constructions removed from various locations in the country and reassembled here. The Village Museum was inaugurated in 1936, together with Herastrau Park. At the time, it was one of the first such open-air museums in the world. The Village Museum you see today materializes part of the vision of the Romanian sociologist Dimitrie Gusti, who imagined a section focusing on the future of the Romanian village as well. He also wanted peasants to live in the various houses on site, which did happen for a while. It wasn’t such a great idea after all, as it damaged some of the precious artefacts, carefully collected by members of the various teams of professor Gusti from all over Romania.

Enjoy some photos of the open-air museum below!

Pictures from the Village Museum

Two of My Favorite Houses
Two of My Favorite Houses
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House Interior
House Interior
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Another House Interior
Another House Interior
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and a Third House Interior
and a Third House Interior
© Mira at Wizzley
Houses and the Maramures Church
Houses and the Maramures Church
© Mira at Wizzley
Windmill in the Village Museum
Windmill in the Village Museum
© Mira at Wizzley
Watermill in the Village Museum
Watermill in the Village Museum
Photo © Mira at Wizzley
Peasant House
Peasant House
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Another Peasant House
Another Peasant House
© Mira at Wizzley

The Village Museum in Bucharest is quite picturesque. Many of its buildings, such as the partly-submerged bordeie, belong now to Romania’s past. Others, such as the 18th-century wooden church from Maramures, can still be seen in Romania. Many of the houses, such as those seen in the larger photo, are common sights in Romanian villages. Besides such houses, the museum also has windmills and watermills, an inn, and other types of buildings. The village museum was damaged during WWII and in two fires (in 1992 and 2002), but is now ready again for visitors – and they do arrive, in good numbers, throughout the year. Locals also visit the museum often, as the organizers invite craftsmen during many of the holidays. There are also folk music ensembles during the summer.

Whenever I have visitors from abroad, I make sure to take them to Herastrau Park and the Village Museum. Many times when this happens, we also stop at one of my favorite Bucharest restaurants, the Hard Rock Cafe, which opened in Herastrau in January 2008.

While You're in Herastrau Park, Stop by the Hard Rock Cafe

Haystack Salad at the Hard Rock Cafe in Bucharest
Haystack Salad at the Hard Rock Cafe ...
Photo © Mira at Wizzley
Enjoying a Drink at the Hard Rock Cafe in Bucharest
Enjoying a Drink at the Hard Rock Caf...
Photo © Mira at Wizzley

Hope you’ll visit Bucharest and get to see the two attractions I briefly presented in this article. Oh, wait: the three attractions! :-)

Till next time,

Mira

and Another Favorite of Mine

The Rough Guide to Romania
Updated: 06/18/2014, Mira
 
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What Is Your Favorite Place or Attraction in Romania? Have You Visited it Yet?


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Mira on 06/07/2015

No, no mosquitoes or other small biting insects. They're spraying insecticide. Apparently they're also spraying stuff to combat ticks.

DerdriuMarriner on 06/04/2015

Mira, Garden and museum tours are always popular with me. Places such as this Herastrau Park in Bucharest combine both so nicely in your descriptions and images!
So often draining wetlands results from commercial expansion. So it's refreshing to see such an end-result to this marshland's draining. Sometimes there's a persisting problem with insects, especially biting midges and mosquitoes? Is that a problem here? You wouldn't think from everyone's happy faces.

Mira on 02/11/2014

Thank you, Derdriu. It's one of my favorite places in Bucharest. There's a sense of peace there, and you do feel like you got away from the city. I'd be curious to see similar museums in the US. I have seen an amazing one in Germany. I wonder now where those pictures are. It was a long time ago. It was an open-air museum like this one but the buildings were much larger, and what amazed me, even though I expected it, was to see that people and livestock lived under the same roof.

DerdriuMarriner on 02/10/2014

Mira, Such an outstanding park and open-air museum. The interiors recall for me Old World Wisconsin, an open air museum, and Milwaukee Public Museum's European Village, an indoor museum.
Your video was enjoyable and gives a nice panorama and real feel for the park.
I especially enjoy your writing which features nature.

Mira on 05/02/2013

I know. I never get tired of village house interiors, with all the rugs and decorative plates, the rustic furniture and looms, wonderful old stoves, and whitewashed walls :)

KathleenDuffy on 05/02/2013

Lovely article. I love that room in the museum - it's absolutely gorgeous! :)

Mira on 01/24/2013

Hi Elias, am so glad you enjoyed my page :), especially if you visited the museum and Romania. I hope I have done some justice to both. Look forward to your posts on Wizzley. Welcome!

EliasZanetti on 01/24/2013

I have visited the museum, it was a really interesting experience. What is more, you can find houses like those exhibited in the museum in the countryside only that people actually live inside! Thanks for the presentation, I enjoyed it!

Mira on 01/20/2013

Thank you, Glenda! :)

georgettejohn on 01/20/2013

The pictures are incredible and I enjoyed the article!


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