"Escape from Bucharest (version 1)" Mogosoaia by josephescu

Mogosoaia Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 51 photos

How to get there & away

If you don't have a car, then public transportation is your best choice. There are daily trains leaving from Gara de Nord at 8,45 and 14,20 and the journey takes 15 minutes, last return at 17,48 at about 2 lei (check www.cfr.ro). Once you arrive in Mogosoaia station, beware that the palace is within a mile distance. To get there, don't rely on the advice of the employee in the railway station as he might be drunk or he may give you wrong directions for amusement. Just follow the passengers who got off the train (walk the rail lines backwards and then turn left at the first road, towards the houses). The castle is near the cemetery, in the centre of the village and it is advertised on the main road.
For the way back to Bucharest, just return to the main road and wait for a bus in the station. There are private buses called "maxi-taxi", but although don't have an official timetable, they come pretty quickly. You should not wait more then 20 minutes and nor should you pay more than incoming (2 lei). Normally, going back takes 30-40 minutes and you should get off the bus at Piata Chibrit (in front of the subway station).
Because of the many gipsies you'll definitely find in the bus, i would not recommend travelling late after sunset.

While there, don't miss

Architectural style reflected in all buildings: BRANCOVAN (typical south-romanian architecture in the 1700's and 1800's). This complex is one of the most representative example of original brancovan architecture.
Take you time to visit the buildings in the courtyard (CUHNIA, GHETARIA, and the small church in front of the entrance). A nice panoramic view from the top of the entry tower.
The castle itself can be visited - entry fee 4 lei, 15 lei pics supplement (better say you don't as nobody will say anything as long as you only take a few ones). Sometimes, the castle exhibits contemporary art galleries, in addition to the normal private collections.
Don't miss the CUHNIA (former castle kitchen) as it exhibits pics of one the larget medieval monasteries of Bucharest (demolished by communists in the late '80s).
Vila Elchingen is the place where one can have a coffee or smthing to eat. It functions as a hotel as well, but it’s splurging.

The surrounding park

The castle is built on the lakeshore (pity there are so many modern villas opposite the lake) and is surrounded by a large park with many very old trees. Hidden in the park (left side as you enter the courtyard) is the grave of the last owners of the castle (Bibescu family).
Martha Bibescu was a talented Romanian writer and politician in between the world wars. Servant's houses (on the main alley leading to the entrance in the castle courtyard) are representative for the popular architecture of the early 1900's.
During weekends, people do sports and sunbaths in the park. Surprisingly, the atmosphere is calm and quite.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:contrast between the village and the castle
  • Cons:the lake is dirty, haven't seen anybody swimming in it
  • In a nutshell:very good way to peacefully spend a sunny day outside Bucharest
  • Last visit to Mogosoaia: May 2006
  • Intro Updated May 29, 2006
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