Zoo - Budapest Zoological & Botanical Garden, Budapest
Ok , I still haven't told ou where I was going to.
The zoo of course. Since there are a lot
of things closed on a monday but the zoos
never close on monday. Visiting the zoo
is a real monday activity.
Why should you visit the zoo in Budapest?
Well I think the zoo is a tipical product of it's
time and place here. Some sources might say
that the zoo's architectural value is low.
That it is jugendstil but ludicrous...
The architect is 'Kornel Neuschlob'.
And i loved it. That sort of buildings belong in a zoo.
The elephant house is for instance inspired by
a mosque. The entrance building is a real pearl.
Anyway. The zoo itself is quit nice. They got
a large collection of animals who look healthy
and are well taken care of. True , some
enclosures are too little and there still is
some work that has to be done.
The zoo has a special collection of snakes ,
insects and little monkeys. (the zoo has 200
monkeys.) They got special combinations of
There is one thing you have to pay extra for.
It is the greenhouse. But it is worth it.
(only 400 forint - a little more then one euro)
It has gone true a ten year renovation and
contains many plants , reptiles , monkeys.
Under it you will end up in a fantastic aquarium.
And there is a beautifull cafféé with terrace..
Sweet , coffe and animals.
Don't forget the petting zoo...it is great.
If you like animals, the Budapest Zoo offers you a wide variety of exotical ones!
Don't miss the beautiful Elephant House (nice building and godd view from it's tower over the whole zoo - see my picture) and the just reopened Palm House.
This is one of my favourite destinations for a day out with my young daughter!
Over the years living in Budapest it has always been a hit with children and
myself. I was lucky to have a Hungarian friend who worked in the primate
house and still had friends working there so we able to have an after hours viewing of the
gorillas and Orange Urangutans.
The zoo has a conservation and research centre with internationally important
breeding programmes for endangered native and exotic species.
A Childrens' Zoo for close encounter with tame animals.
"Animals in action show" twice a day. One of the leading animal collections in Eastern
Europe with more than 2000 animals. Spectacular animal display
representing the African savannah, the artic area, and the wetland habitats.
The population of more than 200 primates is of international repute.
Large family groups of playful monkeys.
A lovely park under conservation order with remarkable trees, shrubs and flower beds.
An oasis of calm in a busting city. Farm in the metropolis - ancient Hungarian livestock:
swallow bellied woolly pigs, bold necked hens, spotted cattle, mudi dogs, cikta sheep,
hucul horse is shown a peasant farm of period buildings from the upper Tisza region
A 130 year old beautiful zoo - listed art noveau and national style buildings of the best
Hungarian architects of the century.
Entry Charges Adult 1300 HUF Child ( 2-14 years )
( Children under 14 years cannot enter the Zoo without adult supervision. ) 900 HUF
Family ( 2 adults & 2 or 3 children ) 4100 HUF Student with ISIC 1000 HUF
Opening hours..From 9:00 To 16:00 in Winter To 18:30 in Summer
This zoo has beautiful grounds and most of the animal habitats are open air and somewhat natural looking. For example, the rhinocerous exhibit is designed for you to be able to touch the rhino if it is next to the fence.
The only con I noticed were the remarkably dirty bathrooms. Otherwise, its a lovely place to spend an afternoon.
We like Budapesta ZOO - the most progressive zoo in Europe (it's said in guide-book). There are many very interesting exibitions, for example, butterflys, insects (some of insects were disgusting :-) Of course :-) !) We saw beautifull parrots. The lion was sleeping when we visit him :-), but raccons demonstrated very great interest to our foto cameras :-) And one interesting fact (told by one local inhabitant) - the couple of Budapesta ZOO's hippopotamus every year had a baby (because they have termal pool!).
There are about 500 species, so everyone can find something interesting.
We spend there some hours and this realy was great walk through ZOO.
And now about prices - 1500 Ft (adult); 700 Ft (children), Budapest Card - free entrance!
Open daily 10:00-20:00
The full name of this must see place is The Zoological and Botanical Garden. The old Zoo dates from the 1866. Lot of things inside is made of oriental style, mountain (for white bears) and a lake (for water birds) are inside too.
I saw there lot of interesting animal species I haven’t seen before - gorillas, some exotic fishes and much more.
I realise that this may not be everyone's cup of tea, visiting a zoo. The zoo which was built in 1911 has a collection of over 2000 animals and a childrens area where they can encounter animals close up. This zoo also has an unusual moorish elephant house, a conservation and research centre, and an ongoing building program . The zoo itself is set in City Park which has a number of attractions. When I visited there was ice skating at one end of the park and a transport museum at the other.
A Cold December last year just a few days before Christmas, one of my former students Agi gave me a call and said that a new baby Orangutan had arrived and her friend working at the zoo said we could come along to have a look. So off we went and took the metro, the Millenium line (First metro built in continental Europe in 1896) (M1-yellow line), and we got off at the Széchenyi fürdõ stop. We then walked across the lake which looked
like Crystal Lake in one of the Jason Horror flics, with wild ducks quacking away. Then we met up with Agi at the entrance with her Aussie boyfriend Sami. We then saw the baby Orangutan who spent most of the time climbing in and out of a cardboard box. The gorillas were spectacular, with the dad charging at us and slamming the glass and then beating it's chest...scared me somewhat. We had been to a Jane Goodall lecture a month before when she was in Hungary with her 'roots and Shoots' program, so my daughter was fascinated by the whole monkey business! I look up to people like Jane Goodall who have dedicated their lives to animals, especially chimps and nature.
This zoo was certainly a big surprise. For the price of 1000 HUF you get a whole day of activities. First, it is huge. Second, there's a wide choice of animals to be seen and their very imaginative 'houses'. There's also a botanical garden inside, restaurants, lake and great amount of activities for children.
I liked the house with butterflies thw most, 'cause you can get so near them that you can touch them and they fly free around your head.
Budapest Zoo is one of the oldest in the world and is one of Hungary's most visited attractions. THe zoo is home to over 700 species of animals and 2000 species of plants.
As well as the many animal enclosures and green areas the zoo also has a wealth of educational faciliites on animal life and conservation efforts. Among the animlas on show are hippos, polar bears, tigers and the biggest attraction - the zoo's elephants.
The zoo was opened in August 1866 and many of the buidings date from this time and are considered historical buildings in their own right.
Zoo is right across the road from Szechenyi baths, so we decided to go there after.
Ticket price was 1300 forints ($6.50) per person. You can also buy some animal food right after entering the Zoo.
I had a nice time, especially in the gorillas room - it was amazing to look up close through the glass window at those huge animals.. and they were looking at us..
The small Budapest Zoo has some unusual architectural features, like the entry gate and the mosque-like Elephant House. Some enclosures are not exactly modern, though conditions seem to have improved. A nice distraction if you have some extra time and the weather is fine.
Animals are ace. Fact. Zoos are not always ace, they can be a bit depressing, but luckily Budapest Zoo is one of the nicer ones.
From the insane yet impressive Indian-style Elephant house to the giraffes and elephants THAT YOU ARE ALLOWED TO FEED ! and the petting zoo with friendly baby goats, this is a cracker of a zoo. (You do have to pay to feed the elephants, but I think it's free to feed the giraffes - you have to buy a bag of special food though, don't give them your Pringles!)
Kids would absolutely love it here, but it;s fun for adults too, as long as they like animals! I was 27 when I went and I had a whale of a time (no pun intended, obviously they don't have whales...)
There's a theme park next door with rollercoasters etc, looked ok, but I didn't have time to go in - I'd say it would be worth setting off early if you want to fit it all in.
Also, bring your own food - especially if you are anyone in your party is veggie - we were starving but what we took to be cheese pastries turned out to have meat in, so it was crisps, icecream, or nowt.
It’s next to Heroes Square and Varosliget.
It’s a huge area with a lot of animals. Don’t forget to visit elephants’ cage which is a beautiful building and also the monkeys and chimpanzees which are really funny!
In the zoo there are also giraffes, bares, a tiger, lions etc. Ticket costs 1500HUF and it worth visit not only if you have kids with you.
I have visited many zoos around Europe and Israel and i can say that was one of the best. Great and many species of animals, great gardens, clean pathways, a lot of trees, a big lake with black swans. You can touch and feed the giraffes and the camels. The only thing that i didn't like is that all the cages with glasses had dirty glasses, but i think it's something general in Budapest. The result: 3 great hours.