Zoo - Budapest Zoological & Botanical Garden, Budapest
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.
We don't have any kids yet, but we do like animals a lot. So as we've read a lot of things about the city zoo, we have decided to spend a morning there.
The zoo was created in 1866, and it was the sole Hungarian zoo until the 50s. During the first few decades it was mainly home to creatures of the Carpathian Basin, but some famous people offered some animals to the zoo (Empress Elizabeth offered a giraffe and Franz Liszt donated 35 animals). Most pf the buildings inside the zoo are considered to be historical monuments and it was varefully renovated. The architectural style of those buildings is "Art Nouveau". Some buildings to notice are :
- Elephant head at the entrance
- Elephant house ans the watchout tower (you can go up for free and have a nice look on the zoo and the park)
There is more than 700 animal species and we had a very good time wandering into the zoo. We made a load of cute photos, so i had to randomly choose some for the tip (based on my personnal cuteOmeter). There is also a lake, with some chairs to have a rest watching at the ducks and the turtles.
Prices are :
Adult 1 690 HUF
Children 1 190 HUF
Free with Budapest Card (moreover you don't have to queue for a ticket, you give the card at the entrance and it s ok).
Summer opening hours are :
From Monday to Thursday 09:00 - 18:30
From Friday to Sunday 09:00 - 19:00
I'd always wondered where all the wasps in Budapest go. There's hardly one striped bastard in the city even at the height of summer. But now I know. They are all kept on loose display at the Budapest zoo. It's not like they have a wasp exhibition, I guess it's just the feeding practice seems to attract them by the hundred. I saw more wasps, pigeons and sparrows in the Budapest zoo than anything else.
But it is a good zoo. There's a lot of animals from every continent of the world. They have special houses for Australian, Madagascan and South African animals, among others. There's a good collection of apes, bears, marsupials, as well as other big mammals, like elephants, giraffes, and rhinos. There's everything you'd expect of a well stocked city zoo, and the animals are pretty well looked after. The highlight of the zoo is that you can get quite close to many of the animals, like the camels.
It's not a place I'd direct every tourist, but it's very popular with the kids. So if they are getting bored of walking around the city looking at old buildings, you can take a break here. It's not too expensive, and there's plenty to see. You could spend a whole day in the place if you take your time and visit every house.
We took the M1 metro to Szechenyi furdo and walked through the park, across the road to the zoo. The zoo is well set out so you can meander through the various sections and enjoy the walk. The animals look well and their accommodation is clean and well-kept. We saw fresh, clean food being provided for them. There are stalls and a restaurant providing food, although we did not try them. Water is for sale at a fair price.
The zoo was established in 1866.
The Budapest Zoo is home to a number of noteworthy Art Nouveau buildings the main entrance, the elephant house the birhouse and the palm house. The Zoo always provides a great experience as it's more like being in a botanical garden with animals, worth to see while in the city
Completed in 1911, most of the zoo's original buildings have now been replaced, although the elephant house near the main gate remains largely intact. It is one of the oldest zoos in the world.
Improved funding has meant that facilities are now on a par with standards of those in the west, with the zoo also being very well-signed and child friendly. The attraction is open all year round, but longer hours operate during the summer months.
BUDAPEST ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDEN
The Elephant House is like a jewel-case, it awarded the Europa Nostra Prize. From its look-out tower you can have a wonderful view of the City Park (Vàrosliget) and Budapest Zoo.
At the Africa-run, walking near giraffes, rhinoceroses, ostriches and antelopes, you can feel as if you were on a safari.
Budapest Zoo is famous for its more than 200 primates. While you are having a walk, you can meet orangoutans, chimpanzes and a gorilla family as well.
One of the outstanding sights of the Zoo is the Great Rock. Just a stone's throw away we can find the King of the Animals in the Lion Run.
Every day you can have great fun looking at the Seal-show, the feeding of the penguins and the Animals in Action show.
The imposing kos Aviary attracts visitors from a great distance. Its tower reminds one of the Transylvanian church-architecture. Inside the aviary you can meet exotic terrestrial and aquatic birds and other animals in a life-like environment. There are snakes, sloths and caimans also.
The Hungarian Peasant Farm presents the most characteristic hungarian domestic animals, such as the mangalica pig, the hucul horse, th pulli (dog) and others.
The Japanese Garden has the atmosphere of the Far East with its green oasis, trickling brook, lake full of gold fidh, wash-hand-bassin, stone-lamp, meditating hut, special trees, colourful flowers and Bonsai pavilion.
The Palm House has been retored to its original beauty. It presents tropical rainforests and other exciting habitats from our planet Earth.
All in all, besides its nearly 2000 animals and numerous plants, its buildings are also worth looking at. These distinctivemonuments were planned by some of the most famous architects, such as Karoly Kos.
Didn't see the botanical gardens, and indeed many of the animals were indoors, or out of sight. But lots crammed into a small space. The seal show was great for the kids, and there were lots of unexpected treats like the rhinoceros iguanas, the manta ray aquariums and piranhas, the enormous crocodiles and the armadillos.
Cost 6800 ft for two adults and a 2-year old child.
We visited the zoo on a day when they weren't charging to enter, they were just asked for a donation. We probably paid more than the entry fee but it was worth it.
One of the nicest zoo's I have visited. There were a few cages that seemed a bit small, as with most zoo's, but overall the animals were well cared for, everything was clean and much nicer than expected.
I was persuaded by a friend of mine, from Milan, to go try the zoo. As it was, he had not been there before!
I am not a great fan of zoos anyway and this one did not seem special.
However, we did get to see the rare red panda very close-up and it was worth the visit just for that
This could be especially fun for kids as this zoo has over 2000 animals, supposedly being one of the best zoos you can find in Eastern Europe.
A well kept zoo with great variety of animals, tropical birds and fishes! We enjoyed it even if it was snowing outside!
There are dozens of other attractions in Zoo. It is really must go place for all family. it is located next to city park.
well worth a visit lot of different animals all very well cared for. and if you buy a budacard you get in free