Giraffes at Budapest Zoo (Állatkert)

Giraffes at Budapest Zoo (Állatkert)

The Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden (Fővárosi Állat és Növénykert) is the oldest zoo park in Hungary and one of the oldest in the world having opened its doors on August 9, 1866. The Budapest Zoo (Állatkert), as it is more commonly known, is located in the City Park (Városliget), next to the Széchényi Baths (Széchenyi Fürdő) and not far from Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere). The area is a nature reserve, and has some attractive art nouveau buildings designed by Kornél Neuschloss and Károly Kós.

The Budapest Zoo (Állatkert)

The Budapest Zoo (Állatkert)

Budapest Zoo has 733 species of animal species, including lions, polar bears, wolves, giraffes, elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, rhinoceroses and orang utans (in all there are more than five thousand animals to see) and whether you want big cats, playful mammals or creepy crawlies, they are all here!

The zoo has over 1 million visitors every year and is a great place for children and adults alike to enjoy the animals, especially in the summer when they are more active in their outdoor enclosures. They have shows with the seals, pony rides and other activities every day too.

Opening times change seasonally:

November to February: 9am to 4pm
March: Mon-Thur 9am to 5pm, Fri-Sun 9am to 5:30pm
April: Mon-Thur 9am to 5:30pm, Fri-Sun 9am to 6pm
May to August: Mon-Thur 9am to 6:30pm, Fri-Sun 9am to 7pm
September: April: Mon-Thur 9am to 5:30pm, Fri-Sun 9am to 6pm
October: Mon-Thur 9am to 5pm, Fri-Sun 9am to 5:30pm

Click here for news on opening hours!

A wolf at Budapest Zoo (Állatkert)

A wolf at Budapest Zoo (Állatkert)

Tickets for adults are 1,850 HUF (about 7 Euros) and children and students are 1.290 HUF (about 5 Euros). For group discounts and the full price list click here!

Click here for the English version of Budapest Zoo’s website!

To get to the zoo take the Metro line 1 to the Széchenyi Fürdő stop, or take the trolley-buses 72, 75 or 79 until Állatkert stop, or take the bus 20E, 30, 30A, 105 to the Hősök tere stop and walk.

Let me know what you think of Budapest Zoo if you have been and if not feel free to ask any questions below in the comments section.

Destination guide Dan.

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