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A picturesque home with 13,000 species of plant

The Vácrátót National Botanical Garden VácrátótGreater Budapest

The 27-hectare National Botanical Garden in Vácrátót is a romantic park with a lake, winding roads and meadows, where the beauty of nature will impress you.

The Garden boasts Hungary's richest plant collection. It dates back to the 19th century, and if you visit, more than 13,000 plant species will dazzle you. The park, which is full of lush trees, colourful flowers and rare plants, is a wonderful place for a weekend away at any time of year.

Centuries-old giants

The botanical garden serves as a professional workshop for science and education and as a living museum, where specialists precisely identify and record the pieces in the collection so that you can learn about all their important properties.


The garden tries to cover the widest possible spectrum of flora. Its strength is that it has a Dendrological (woody plant) collection, as well as a Perennial and Rock Garden collection, a Green House collection and a Plant Taxonomy and Seedbank collection. 


Looking at the trees’ rings tells us that many of the old trees in the Botanical Garden were planted in the first half of the 19th century. These form the basis of the collection of trees and shrubs that occupy the largest area of the garden. You can see huge, sprawling, more than 150-year-old sycamores, black walnuts, pagoda trees and common hackberries everywhere.

Rarities abound

You can see many rare species of trees and shrubs that are found nowhere else in Hungary and only in a few other places in Europe. One of the most spectacular times to visit the park is the main flowering period between 20 April and 20 June, and the magnificent foliage colouration in the first half of October. While walking, you can find a small display of medicinal, spice and vegetable plants, and if you follow your nose, you can easily come across a bed of scented plants with aromatic leaves, such as thyme, lemon balm, lavender and oregano, and opposite them you can see the typical plants of village flower gardens. 

Shelter for plants

In the impressive Greenhouse collection, the plants were placed in separate houses according to their need for heat, moisture, humidity and light, which is how the Palm House, the Orchid and Bromelia House, the Cactus and Succulent House and the Cold House came into being. In the new millennium, the role and importance of the Greenhouse collection has been given more emphasis in order to preserve the plant diversity of our planet. Due to the destruction of plant cover in tropical areas, more and more species are becoming endangered and finding a safe haven in botanical garden collections. The Palm House, the Orchid and Bromelia House and the Cactus and Succulent House are currently open to the public all year round.

Another point of interest

While you are walking among the wonderful plants, international level research work is going on in the buildings. The garden has always been part of a research institute, and the scientific work that takes place here is an integral part of its everyday life.