Herastrau Park – a popular outdoor attraction in Bucharest
Herastrau Park is a large park situated in the northern part of Bucharest. The park considered to be the “lung” of Bucharest represents a major attraction both for locals and tourists. It ideal for practicing different types of outdoor activities in Bucharest or simply a good place for taking relaxing walks.
Once in the past, we were thinking where the name of the park comes from. So if you are curious regarding this and want to find more, you should read the article below.
The name of the street, lake and park comes from a time when a sawmill was once existent in here. The Austrian Franz Joseph Sulzer, when on a visit of Bucharest in 1783, stated that at ,,Fierăstrău” (this is the Romanian word for handsaw) the ruler from that period of time, commanded the built of a lake villa as according to a well-known architectural style from Turkey. The lake near this built villa was large and very clean, with a small island in the middle of it, which was usually detoured in a big boat by the princess and her ladies of honor.
Before 1878, the nowadays Dorobanților Avenue was known as Fierăstrăului or Herastraului Street. However, the works for Herastrau Park began in 1933 when the local marsh was drained, leaving space for roads, jetties and restaurants to be built. Initially, the park was named after King Charles II, but not for too long. After the installment of the communist regime, the park took the name of Stalin, whose bronze statue was placed in front of the current Charles de Gaulle entrance.