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Here you can find useful information about some interesting places as parks, botanical garden and zoo in Bucharest.

Herastrau Park (Parcul Herastrau)

Spread over some 400 acres, from the Arch of Triumph to the Baneasa Bridge, the park is home to numerous attractions, including a boat rental complex, tennis courts, and a rather old-fashioned fairground. In the summertime, many terraces open up on the shores of the lake.

For an overview of the park, take a ride around the lake on the ferry or rent your own boat. The park is also home to the Village Museum. The area surrounding the park holds even greater treasures. The streets between Bulevardul Mircea Eliade and Soseaua Kisileff contain extraordinarily beautiful houses in architectural styles ranging from 19th century neoclassical to 20th century art nouveau and modern luxury villas. This is where Bucharest's elite once lived - and still do today.

Carol I Park (Parcul Carol I)

This large park is one of the most beautiful in the city and contains a massive monument that once housed the remains of communist leader Gheorge Gheorgiu Dej, as well as the eternal flame that marks the grave of the Unknown Soldier.

Designed by French landscape architect Eduard Redont in 1900s, the park offers pleasant walks down tree-lined paths, a good view of central Bucharest (from the monument) and plenty of photo opportunities. In summertime, the park's Arenele Romane is the stage for open-air concerts.

Botanical Garden (Gradina Botanica)

Opened in 1891, the garden features over 5,000 varieties of plants from Romania and around the world. The garden also encompasses a beautiful building in the Brancovenesc architectural style, housing the Botanical Garden Museum.

Here, you can peruse manuscripts, old botanical research devices and a collection of artifacts made of vegetal materials. Locals treat the gardens as a park, and on warm afternoons, you may see more young lovers than plants.

Bucharest Zoo (Gradina Zoologica)

The Zoo was established in 1955 in terms of "zoological corners" located in the capital's main parks and Baneasa Forest. Between years 1955-1959, many animals have appeared at the Baneasa Zoo corner which wasinaugurated on first May 1959 and became in 1962 the Bucharest Zoo.

Bucharest Zoo spreads over an area of 5.85 hectares and possesses more than 100 forms (species and subspecies) exceeding a total of 800 specimens belonging to both exotic wildlife and native fauna. One of the touristic sites of the garden is the place who has some very beautiful and interesting species of exotic birds (various types of parrots and ornamental birds), with a modern presentation which is approaching the international standards.