Bucharest is Romania’s capital and economic and cultural center, located on the banks of the Dâmbovița River near the country’s southern border. Sometimes called the “Paris of the East,” Bucharest is known for its extravagant architecture and high culture, which emerged between tumultuous periods of war, natural disaster, and socialist systemization. Since the Romanian Revolution circa 1989, the city has focused on urban renewal, restoring its parks, streets, and historic center. There are great options and variety for running in Bucharest.
The most popular running destination is Herăstrău Park, a beautiful lakeside space in the north of the city. Other great park running exists in Tineretului and Carol Parks, Văcărești Nature Park, and Plumbuita Park. Runners can explore some of the city’s top tourist sites on our Runseeing tour of Old Town, or check out posh residential neighborhoods such as Cotroceni and Dorobanti. For a long distance run, the best option is the lengthy sidewalk along the Dâmbovița River. Wherever you run, you’re sure to be met with stunning architecture and a glimpse of Bucharest’s fascinating history.
Getting around Bucharest is relatively easy on foot, but public transportation is great here. Most of our routes are within easy distance of the Metro’s four lines. There area also bus, tram, and trolleybus lines with cost-effective, interchangeable tickets.