Parcul Tineretului (Youth Park / Tineretului Park) in southern Bucharest is not the prettiest park in city but its rather wild aspect is part of its appeal, considering that with an area of 80 hectares it’s the third largest park in the capital of Romania.
Bucharest is considered the most polluted capital city in Europe, and yet it has a number of large parks, many of them built around natural lakes. Consider Parcul Herastrau, for instance, which spreads on 110 ha. Now consider that Parc de la Villette in Paris covers only 35 ha, and Parque Eduardo VII in Lisbon even less, 26 ha.
Then consider Tineretului Park. It is not only very large itself but also lies in the proximity of another city garden and a nature reserve, Parcul Carol and Parcul Natural Văcărești, which together are about the size of Parcul Tineretului.
Yes, it does serve walkers well. Also bikers, because the paths are large enough. I was there recently and it was heaven to bikers because there weren't very many people walking.
Mira, Tineretului Park is photogenic and seems to be such an enjoyable park. There are so many pleasant vistas and great variety in interfacing with the park, from playing cards to taking a dip or jogging, etc. The Park looks nicely planned for walkers as well. Ice cream and fresh orange juice are enticing as well.
Hi there, glad you liked it. More nature shots coming!:)
Mira, I'm revisiting your lovely tribute to Bucharest's Tineretului Park. I've enjoyed this nature walk today as a lovely Easter visit with nature.
I haven't seen the new Children's Mini-Town. I'll have to go check it out one day.
Somehow I prefer this park the way it is now, because it's different from the more famous manicured ones. This one seems to be designed so that it's ok for nature to take over. Cismigiu Park (very close to Bucharest's Km 0), on the other hand, looks sad when no one picks the dry sticks, or doesn't mow the grass.
And yes, visitors can visit the islands. I think I've seen some everywhere. I don't know how you get to all the islands though, but I've seen old boats around. No idea if you just hop into one or what! I'll look into it ;-) As I said, in this park people are mostly left to their own devices.
Mira, It's wonderful that those who decide policy for the park not only think of the younger visitors but also the older, especially in terms of bicycle riding. Bicycling is such an enjoyable, healthy, all-around win-win way of viewing a park, its attractions, and its guests.
You mentioned that you remember the children's part of the park before the revamping. Which way do you prefer it?
In particular I like seeing all the vegetation. Is it possible for visitors to walk around all three islands?
Thank you for sharing this slice of Romania's natural beauty.
Thank you for your visit and comment, Jo!:) It was a great day for a walk in the park :) (Glad you're fully back online!)
Wow! I felt like you took us there. Thank you very much!
I remember this being published, when I was limited with my internet connection. I read what people were saying about the amazing pictures and really wanted to see it. Now I have and it was worth the wait. :)
Thank you, Mike! It's one of those parks where you'd like to walk for hours because it's large enough, the vistas change nicely, and there are always great nooks to discover. Also a great place for people who want to sunbathe because they can hide away :)
Wonderful post and photography, Mira. The park seems amazing!