Budapest Zoo – Hungary's Oldest Zoological Garden


Budapest Zoo, or Zoo & Botanical Garden of the Capital, is a place that satisfies everyone's curiosity regardless of age. Small sandy desert and wooded areas, ponds, and rock caves provide cozy homes for the zoo's inhabitants, who appear to be well cared for and fed. Besides being the oldest zoo in Hungary, it is also one of the oldest zoos in the world.

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Do you enjoy visiting zoos in your home country or while traveling? I doubt many people are uninterested in zoos. Usually, people either adore them or strongly oppose their existence. Zoological gardens, such as in Budapest and Barcelona, are great places to observe animals that I'm unlikely to encounter in the wild. Also, I don't think there is a zoo in the European Union with a bad reputation today.

A typical modern zoological garden, the Budapest Zoo focuses on nature conservation, education, and scientific research. It provides a broad overview of the Earth's wildlife diversity, including species from all continents. As a professional conservation workhouse for the survival of endangered creatures, the zoo in Hungary's capital has traditionally worked on rescuing sick, injured, and orphaned birds.

Budapest Zoo in Photos

Budapest Zoo
Black and yellow scarab beetle (a least-concern species)

Budapest Zoo
Thorny devil stick insect (a least-concern species)

Budapest Zoo
Blue spiny lizard (a least-concern species)

Budapest Zoo
Shingleback lizard (a least-concern species)

Budapest Zoo
Ringed teal (a least-concern species)

Budapest Zoo
Blue-crowned motmot (a least-concern species)

Budapest Zoo
Griffon vulture (a least-concern species)

Budapest Zoo
Laughing kookaburra (a least-concern species)

Budapest Zoo
Giant otter (an endangered species)

Budapest Zoo
Giant anteater (a vulnerable species)

Budapest Zoo
Suricate (a least-concern species)

Budapest Zoo
Black-tailed prairie dog (a least-concern species)

Budapest Zoo
Ring-tailed lemur (an endangered species)

Budapest Zoo
Common squirrel monkey (a least-concern species)

The Zoo's Brief History

Opened to the public in 1866, the Budapest Zoo was Hungary's first zoo. Besides Hungarian species, the zoo also housed many rare species of monkeys, lemurs, parrots, camels, and kangaroos at the time. In 1868, two years after the park opened, the first giraffe inhabited it. The zoo was closed in 1909 for reconstruction. Along with the majority of the historic structures, it reopened in 1912. At that time, it was one of Europe's most attractive zoos.

The Budapest Zoo suffered extensive damage during WWII, and only a few species survived. Its modernization and progress occurred in the second half of the 20th century. Renovations have restored the zoo's historic buildings to their original beauty, and the animal habitats have become more natural and appealing.


The Magical Hill displays the variety of wildlife and the human-nature relationship. America Tropicana features the plants and fauna of America's tropical environment; Savannah Zone is home to giraffes, gazelles, and rhinoceros; Australia Zone presents the country's unique mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.

In India Zone, there are lions and hyenas. János Xántus House contains South-East Asian plants and animals; Madagascar House is home to lemurs and siamangs; the critically endangered species of apes, including western lowland gorillas, and Sumatran orangutans, live at the Great Ape House. Butterfly Garden has butterflies from Central America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

How to Get There

Approximately 900 species of animals live in the zoo, which is in Budapest's Városliget Park.

Address: Állatkerti krt. 6-12, 1146 Budapest, Hungary

By Public Transportation:

Metro (line 1): Széchenyi fürdő

Trolleybus (line 72): Állatkert

Bus (lines 20E, 30, 30A, 105, 178, 230): Hősök tere

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