Cișmigiu Garden, situated in the centre of Bucharest, is the city’s oldest public garden, being inaugurated in 1854. Arranged as an English garden, it spreads over an area of 16 hectares. Nowadays it is a perfect place for recreation, as you can walk on its alleys, shaded by rare tree species, listen to marching band music or go for a row on the lake.
In 1779, a drinking fountain was built on the area where now lies the Cișmigiu Garden. The puddles which appeared around this fountain soon grew into a swamp, which became a pest hole in the middle of the city. Close to this fountain built his house Dumitru Siulgi-basa, the head of works for the city’s fountains, also known as “the great fountain-maker” (in Romanian). From his nickname stems the park’s actual name. In 1830, General Pavel Kiseleff ordered the draining of the swamp and the land’s transformation into a public garden.
The landscape gardener Karl Friedrich Wilhelm Meyer, the former director of the Imperial Gardens in Vienna, was called and charged with transforming the insalubrious area into a wonderful garden. He transformed the swamp into a beautiful lake populated with exotic fish, swans and pelicans, in the middle of the lake placing an artesian fountain. In the following years, inside the garden were planted over 30,000 trees, there were added benches, bridges, floral carpets and artificial caves. The official inauguration took place in 1854. Towards the end of the 19th century, the park’s surface was enlarged with 15,000sqm.
A special attraction of the garden was Monte Carlo, the Romanian-style restaurant built by the architect Ion Mincu. Bombed during the wars, it was rebuilt and nowadays continues to attract the garden’s visitors. In 1943 in the park it was arranged the Writers’ Rotunda, a special area which exhibits the busts of the greatest Romanian writers: Mihai Eminescu, Alexandru Odobescu, Titu Maiorescu, Ion Luca Caragiale, George Coșbuc, Ștefan Octavian Iosif, Ion Creangă, Alexandru Vlahuță, Duiliu Zamfirescu, Bogdan Petriceicu Hașdeu, Nicolae Bălcescu and Vasile Alecsandri.
By metro: Take the metro to Izvor station, situated within 2 minutes walking distance from the Cișmigiu Garden.
By bus: Take one of the buses 104, 123, 124, 136 or 385 to Pod Izvor station, or one of the buses 122, 126, 137, 138, 168, 178, 226, 268 or 368 to Cișmigiu station.