A place where regardless of age, everyone finds something entertaining! In Budapest Zoo (Fővárosi Állat- és Növénykert) you can see around 1050 animal species from the African savannah to the arctic area and 2000 plant species -the Zoo & Botanical Garden is a must-see attraction for tourists coming to our city with their kids.
All animals live within conditions similar to their original habitat.
Small sandy dessert area, tiny forest, seaside, lakes, rock cave provide real homes for the inhabitants of the zoo, who really look well taken care of.
Extensive green patches, leafy groves, remarkable plants and flowers make the place a refreshing asylum within a bustling city.
As one of the oldest zoos in the world Budapest Zoo looks back on great past and many of its monuments witnessed historic events. It opened in 1866 as a private institution. The city took over the place at the turn of the 19th-20th centuries and started an impressive development.
The most remarkable buildings of the zoo:
- the India-inspired Elephant House (by Kornél Neuschloss) with a look-out tower at its top
- the elephant head at the main entrance
- the nearly 100-year old artificial Small and Great Rocks
- the animal houses by Károly Koós
Most parts of the zoo underwent reconstructions during the decades. Some sections are being restored now and in the coming years too. Two new aviaries, the Papuan Aviary and the Parrot Haven, have been added in 2006. The polar bears and sea-lions moved to their renewed home called Arctic Panorama in June 2006.
Top Attractions in the Zoo and Botanical Garden
- the Elephant House
- The Zsolnay-tiled Elephant House
- The Elephant House to the right of the entrance has a small tower at its top where you can get a beautiful panorama view of the City Park.
- To the left of the entrance stands the Palm Tree House & Aquarium, home to lush tropical plants, orchids, birds, and reptiles and exotic fishes.
- For the little ones the animal petting area is the most fascinating place within the zoo. They can caress and feed the goats, sheep.
- the remodelled birdhouse (by Kós Károly)
- in the Small Rock you can have a meal in the cave restaurant
- You can see native Hungarian farm animals in original-looking farm buildings: swallow bellied woolly pigs, bold necked hens, spotted cattle, mudi dogs, cikta sheep, hucul horse.
- In the butterfly garden colourful butterflies
- the Majomvilág (World of Apes) gives home to gorillas, lemurs, mangabeys
kids can climb, crawl, slide in a superb and child-friendly playground
In summer there are a lot of extra programs that keep you and your kids entertained.
The Music Evenings in the Zoo, (beginning of July – mid-August 2016.) with jazz, klezmer and other light music concerts make your visit even more memorable.
Address: Állatkerti krt. 6-12, City Park (Városliget), XIV. district,
Getting there: take the M1 (yellow) metro line, get off at Széchenyi fürdő stop or trolley bus 72 (Állatkert stop), or 75, 79 ( Állatkerti út stop) buses 20E, 30, 30A and 105: Hősök tere stop
Adults: 2 500HUF
Children (2-14 years),
Student: 1 900 HUF
Pensioners: 2 200HUF
(Children under 14 years cannot enter the Zoo without adult supervision.)
Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children): 7 300HUF
Tickets are valid to the Aquarium and to the Palm House too.
January – February: 9.00 – 16.00 every day
March: Mon – Thurs: 9.00 – 17.00, Fri -Sun: 9.00 – 17.30
April: Mon – Thurs: 9.00 – 17.30, Fri -Sun: 9.00 – 18.00
May: Mon – Thurs: 9.00 – 18.30, Fri -Sun: 9.00 – 19.00
June-July-August: Mon – Thurs: 9.00 – 18.30, Fri -Sun: 9.00 – 19.00
September: Mon – Thurs: 9.00 – 17.30, Fri -Sun: 9.00 – 18.00
October: Mon – Thurs: 9.00 – 17.00, Fri -Sun: 9.00 – 17.30
November-December: 9.00 – 16.00 every day, except: 24th December and 31st December when the zoo is open from 9.00 till 13.00.
Note: The cashier closes 1 hour, the animal houses close 30 minutes before the closing time of the Zoo!
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