What does the Budapest Zoo entice the visitor with?
The things to see at the Budapest Zoo are too many to count – you’ll need a full day to discover everything it has in store.
- As far as the animals are concerned, the zoo is home to almost 9,000 specimens of close to 1,000 species. The list of species extends from mammals all the way to arachnids: see representatives of birds, reptiles, amphibians, cartilaginous and bony fish, snails, starfish and many other animal classes. Visitors can become familiar with animals from all continents, separated and organised by habitat. The most popular residents include elephants, lions, tigers, giraffes, penguins and monkeys, but also many domesticated animals.
- In addition to fascinating animal species, Budapest Zoo also has a vast number of plant species on display. Make sure not to miss the Japanese Garden, the international bonsai collection or the rock and cactus show in front of the Palm House.
- The buildings also merit mention as these are, in essence, veritable works of art. Recent decades have seen great emphasis placed on the restoration of monument buildings, but new animal houses have also built. Perhaps the most popular spot in the zoo, especially for children, is the Magic Mountain, a four-storey display of the development and diversity of fauna in a spectacular, exciting form with interactive elements. In addition to so many other things, it would be a sin to miss the Elephant House or the Butterfly Garden, home to more than 800, primarily tropical butterfly species.
- The experience is made even better with feeding displays and a petting zoo (a hit with young and old alike). Buy unique souvenirs at the gift shop and relax a bit while the children enjoy themselves in one of the many playgrounds. If you wish to add a ‘bit of culture’ to your visit to City Park, visit nearby Hősök tere, where practically the entire history of Hungary is lined up for you. Finally, if you want to take that well earned rest after your walk in the zoo, make your way to the Széchenyi Thermal Bath.