The Botanical Garden of Bucharest is a very nice place to visit as a tourist in Romania. Maybe it cannot compete with other botanical gardens in Europe, like the one at the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, but it can still be a nice way to spend a few hours away from the crowded sidewalks of Romania’s capital.
Even though it is located near an industrial area, this botanical garden succeeds to create its own bubble of fresh air and amazing flower perfumes.
You can stroll around the garden’s alleys and admire thousands of species of plants or you can even visit the greenhouses and admire the exotic plants. Everything inside the greenhouses is well taken care of and I got the chance to see a small butterfly exhibit.
Inside the garden you can also see artificial lakes with interesting flora and fauna.
The amazing museum in the Botanical Garden
Soon after you enter the gates of the garden located just across the Cotroceni presidential house, somewhere on the left, you can see a very interesting botanical museum where you can observe all sorts of seeds, dried plants and stuffed animals inherited from the romanian scientists who lived in the beginning of the XX-th century, a huge snake skin, thousands of bottled mushrooms and even butterflies and bugs.
Maybe the description isn’t so appealing for people that are not scientists, but I found it quite interesting as this exhibition is actually a glimpse of the last two centuries of biological research that got us where we are now.
When, where, how much?
Obviously, it is important to visit the garden in good sunny weather, in summer or late spring.
At the entrance, you can pay for a ticket that can grant you access to all the greenhouses and the museum, or you can choose to pay a smaller fee just to see the outside gardens and walk through the park. The whole package is a little over 2 euros.
The greenhouses and the museum all have slightly different open hours and days. This is why it is better to come here on weekends when everything is opened.
The outside gardens are opened on a daily basis, in spring and summer, from 8 o’clock in the morning to 8 o’clock in the evening.
The garden is easy to find. It is located near the “Politehnica” subway station and just across the street from the presidential palace of Romania – “Cotroceni”.