One of the most popular green spaces in Bucharest, Gradina Cişmigiu is also the city’s oldest garden and one of its most romantic. Designed by Viennese landscape architect Carl Wilhelm Friedrich Meyer, the garden, whose name is derived from the Turkish word for drinking fountain, çeşme, was opened in 1847. More than 30,000 trees were brought at the time from Romania’s hilly and mountain regions, while the more exotic species of trees and plants were shipped from Vienna.
Today, its lanes, lined by old linden trees and dotted with refreshment kiosks, attract people of all ages, at any time, every season. Hidden among them, a 300-year-old platanus whose branches nearly reach the height of a nine-floor block of flats, is believed to have a treasure hidden among its roots! The lawns near the main entrance, bordered by flowers, resemble colorful carpets in springtime, while its more hidden paths, such as that leading to the ruins of an old monastery, is covered in waves of purple wisteria. The lake in the middle is great for boat rowing in warm weather, while in winter it turns into a lively skating rink.