Copou Park

Probably the most storied park in Romania, Copou is found up on Copou hill, from which it gets its name.

When it was established, in 1834, it was a good distance outside the city, away from the hustle and bustle, and it quickly became a hot spot for the local aristocracy, being described as an “outdoor salon”. 

Today, it is firmly within the city, easily accessible by foot or public transport. It’s a wonderful destination to simply relax, escape the heat in the summer over an ice cream, sit by yourself on the grass leaning on one of the many old trees and think, or stroll around with family and friends. 

History and literature fans will be drawn to Eminescu’s Linden Tree, over 600 years old and still blooming every late May. Eminescu, Romania’s most celebrated poet, often came to sit and write beside this very tree. His bust is now in front of it and, close by, the Junimea Alley hosts the busts of many of the key members of Junimea, the most important literary movement in the history of the country, started here, in Iași, in the 19th century. 

Copou is always a great choice, no matter if you want to simply relax or explore the literary history of the city.

Bulevardul Carol I nr. 31, Iași 700462
Photo by Andrei Postolache

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