Based on this demand, there are nearly 50 larger and smaller zoos, wildlife parks, bird parks, animal farms and spectacular aquariums in Hungary. The wildlife parks basically present the wildlife of Hungary by ensuring that the animals can be observed freely in their natural environment. And in zoos and other facilities, you get a direct insight into the everyday life of countless animal species, by exploring the artificial habitats designed specifically for them. Let's see what special things we can find in the most popular ones.
Opened in 1866 in City Park, the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden is one of the oldest operating zoos in Europe. You can observe close to 1,000 species of animal. Its classic buildings are the Main Gate, the Owl Castle, the Magic Mountain, the Elephant House – which is covered with Zsolnay tiles – and the Palm House, but you can take an extremely interesting walk here from a botanical point of view as well. In addition to the animals, there are several local attractions, such as the hippos bathing in the thermal water from the Szent István Spring, which also feeds some of the pools of the Széchenyi Bath. However, we do not recommend sharing a bath with them, only a full-day tour of the zoo. In the future, it will be possible to visit the Pannon Park, presenting the world of ancient Pannonian wildlife, together with the Biodome belonging to it.
Nyíregyháza Zoo was established in the oak grove of the Sóstó resort area, 5 km from the city. This is the least densely designed zoo in the country, so you won’t feel as though there are too many visitors. You will be greeted by a seal show right next to the entrance. But an adventure in the interactive rain forest of the 4,000-square-metre, three-storey Green Pyramid – a facility unique in Hungary and the Central European region – will also give visitors a lifelong experience.
You can see myriad different animal species in thematic walks, grouped by continent, in the vast area covered by the zoo. The rest of the zoo also offers hourly animal feeding demonstrations that you can participate in.
Veszprém Zoo covers a huge area, in a picturesque environment that is constantly being developed.
There are also several special areas to keep children entertained, such as the African Savannah Playground, the Adventure Park and the hugely popular Dino Park. In addition to the all-day events and activities, numerous restaurants, snack bars and ice-cream shops await the hungry little ones and their parents.
ZOO Győr – Xantus János Zoo
Among other things, Győr Zoo offers a Zoo Show, summer camps and various exhibitions for its guests. With their educational programmes, they place great emphasis on ensuring that today’s children gain an insight into understanding and protecting nature and endangered animal species.
The main attraction here is the aquarium-terrarium in the contemporary main building, with a 100,000-litre pool, where you can observe countless species of fish, reptiles and amphibians. In the rest of the zoo, built on the side of the Mecsek, you can also see cougars, Persian leopards, warthogs, Bengal tigers, ring-tailed lemurs, zebra and reef sharks, lynxes, lions, zebras and mallards. Did you know that polar bears' hair is not white but transparent? Or that their skin underneath is black? And if you arrive with a baby, there is also a nappy-changing room and a playground in the complex.