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Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden, Budapest

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See a Komodo dragon, lion cub nursery, and diverse plant life at Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden, the oldest zoo park in Hungary. Founded in 1866, this zoo is actually one of the oldest in the world. Walk through the park to admire more than 1,000 species of animals. Notice the historical Art Nouveau buildings in this nature preserve, as well as several exhibits of native and exotic plants in the gardens, including the Magical Hill and America Tropicana collections. Spend some time watching the zoo's rhinos, hippopotamuses, bears, primates, and many other creatures that have inhabited the park since its reconstruction after World War II. Plan your Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden visit and explore what else you can see and do in Budapest using our Budapest trip generator.
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  • We went to the Zoo in February, when it was cold and obviously all the animals were inside. Although we did get to see all the animals, they didn't look overly happy. I can imagine that during the sum...  more »
  • The zoo was a flop very few animals and uncared for and the thing that struck me most that animals were slaughtered everybody as if they were sedated ugly looking
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  • Were in the Zoo in early February 2017. It was a little rainy, so there were not too many visitors. Beautiful place, clean cages, interesting animals. Many places where open contact with animals, you can reach out to touch. Or little pets running around where are customers. Leaves a lasting impression. Like a museum inside the Zoo. Recommend to visit the Zoo during a trip to Budapest. P.s. you must give the Zoo about 4-5 hours to see as much as possible.
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  • I have a somewhat love-hate relationship with zoos, so I may be biased here. I have the love for the animals and the hate for keeping them captive, which takes away from their natural beauty. I realize that, for most people, including me, there's no other way of standing one meter away from a tiger or a lion, but you'll see some examples of extreme sadness in here, although the animals quite have a habit here and they're treated better than in a lot of other zoos. However, the zoo is also mixed with a botanical garden, which is really nice. In the three hours spent here, I barely covered over half, the place is huge, if you want to take the time and see it all. BUT some of the parts are not really tourist friendly as the panels are only in hungarian, so you won't understand much, but I suppose this is a work in progress. Overall, by all means, do come here and check both the beauty and the sadness of this place.
  • Most horrible zoo I've ever visited! A lot of the animals were sick (especially by the fish - a lot of them had a bacterial infection and other skin diseases). Species that you can mix are kept together (again the fish). Moray fish and piranhas were kept way too small, one American catfish was dying. Furthermore I've seen a lot of stereotypic behavior with most of the animals. Caused by wrong accommodation (cages were way too small), no hiding places (especially for the foxes), no enrichment at all, ... The water supply was dramatic. The ducs, for example, had a pond without water. Same story with the otter! Turtles with fungi, crocodile without theets. A lot of reptiles in terrariums that, again, were too small or not suitable for the specie that was kept in. People who likes that kind of zoo are sick or blind. For me, it really ruined my day! It even don't deserve one star!!
  • i have been there last week in te eveing and the workes forgot to get ut my child! i had to get out him in myself
  • Lot of animals ;) relatively cheap, and unique exhibitions. Located near to a big park so its a good option to spend the whole day in the neighborhood. Animals shows, feedings and kids friendly programs during the whole day. Worth visiting ;)
  • A nice zoo but very strangely laid out. Hard to work out best route through the zoo and some houses got very crowded as no easy way to get through the building. Very little signage in English. Most buildings there was no sign outside to tell you what you were walking into. Sometimes hard to even find the way into the building.