Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A visit to the Botanical Gardens

May 2nd was free entrance at the Botanical Gardens for young people (under 35), so I went for a visit. I like to visit the gardens in April or May because the magnolia tree is flowering and there are many beautiful tulips, and other spring flowers. I spent about 2 hours taking pictures, walking and enjoying spring.

Magnolia tree in the Japanese pavilion

The pond in the Japanese pavilion

Tulips at the main entrance

More tulips

Tulips at greenhouse entrance

The Botanical Garden in Cluj was founded in 1920 by professor Alexandru Borza and is the largest in South-Eastern Europe. The main attractions are the Japanese pavilion, the Botanical Museum, the exotic plants greenhouse and the tower. Sometimes, in the summer and autumn, you can see squirrels in the trees.

You should reserve at least 2 hours from your time to visit the gardens. You won't be sorry!

It's easy to find the Botanical Gardens, on Republicii Street no 42. From city center you will get there by foot in 15 minutes. Just follow Napoca Street and then Republicii Street.

Botanical Gardens Cluj map
The gardens are open for visits from 9am to 8pm in summer. The greenhouse can be visited from 9am to 6pm. The entrance fee is 4 RON (about 1 EURO) and you can take photos for 20 RON (about 5 EURO).

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