Bear Farm

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Florence, Italy98 contributions
Apr 2022
A lot of road signs and easy to find and navigate to the Bear Farm when you exit from the Highway at the Hungaroring.
The procedure is that you stop the car before the parking, go out and buy the tickets from the ticket stand and then you park. Parking is 300 HUF (0.8 EUR) all day, and 1500 HUF (4 EUR) per person. You can buy food for the animals also.
Bear farm is nice to visit if you have time and like animals like Wolfs, Rabbits, Bears and Lama. We will come back definitely.
Written April 16, 2022
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Lisa D
Isle of Wight, UK84 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
Certainly not many people know of this brown bear sanctuary around 40 minutes outside of Budapest, Hungary, not even many Hungarians know of this place, we actually introduced it to our guide! It is very difficult to get to this sanctuary, practically the only one of it's kind. These are mainly x performing bears or zoo/pet bears that are given a place to live out the rest of their lives. It costs "bearly" £2 to enter but it's the cost of getting to it that's the problem. There are a few other animals also, Wolves, deer etc but the great thing about it was that you grab a wooden spoon and buy honey from the shop and feed it to these beautiful bears, which come over to take it from you, for me that made it worth all the hassle. It's not a big place and you could probably not spend more than an hour or so but if it keeps these bears in as near natural environment as possible then I think it's worth it.
Written July 4, 2015
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EleanorAJ97
41 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
My duck and I had a very pleasant time seeing and feeding the beautiful bears. The staff were also extremely nice.
Written May 16, 2019
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siobhupton
Dublin, Ireland20 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
Myself and my partner made the 45 minute train journey and then walked half an hour to the bear sanctuary. It was extremely disappointing. There appeared to be nobody working there, so we could not feed the Bears with a wooden spoon. The place looked extremely worn down and animals were not in good conditions - very muddy cages with a terrible smell. So disappointing. Would recommend everyone to stay well away!
Written February 24, 2017
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Lukas
1 contribution
Jun 2019 • Friends
If you are an animal lover, stay away.
Firstly, the bears seem to have it okay, large space, similar to their habitat in the wild, not the case for the other animals unfortunately.
Along the bear cages, they have these make shift bee catchers made of plastic bottles, filled with water, to catch the bees that are attracted to the honey, hundreds of bees being drowned.

They have 15+ wolves (that they allow to breed, so those numbers will grow) in a very small caged area, they also have removed certain wolves (apparently they don’t all get along) & locked them in extremely small cages, adjacent to the other wolves, such a heart breaking sight, to see the, literal, lone wolf, a pack animal, watch their own kind run around with each other.

They have two Lynxes, a large wild cat, locked in a cage, that you could fit inside a medium house, no room to climb, or run, or jump.

5 or so wild Coati (raccoon type animal) locked in a cage, that just pace along the edge, a sign of stress/ boredom in animals.

They have over 20 unhealthy looking rabbits in a hutch, that was made for one rabbit. It seems like they’re breeding them to feed to the other animals.

Totally unethical, and I wish I had of known the conditions prior to going, because I would not have contributed money to this establishment.
Written June 20, 2019
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Sarah C
13 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Okay, I’m going to give a really honest review of this place from the perspective of an animal lover. Firstly, when you arrive, it does indeed seem to be a sanctuary. There’s around 22 bears on a large piece of land, who seem happy and well looked after. There’s als wolves in with them, who also seem happy. As you get further in to the ‘sanctuary’, you’ll realise that this is just a zoo. There’s multiple enclosures that are far too small for the animals they house, including wolves, rabbits, lynx, South American coati (like a raccoon), turtles and sheep/ goats. There’s around 20 wolves, which they allow to breed, which is problematic as it’s an endless cycle of wolves being bred in to captivity- i.e, a zoo.
There’s also lynx in a cage that’s far too small. Lynx are highly intelligent, active animals. They need lots of space, and trees to climb. The coati enclosure was also very sad- 3 out of the 5 animals in there were pacing back and forth, which most people know is a sign of stress and boredem. I have a video of this, which unfortunately can’t be posted to trip advisor. The sheep/ goats were kept in a smallish enclosure too, but that didn’t bother me as much and they’re very domesticated animals. The turtles enclosure wasn’t too small in my opinion, but the water they had was absolutely filthy, like it hadn’t been changed in weeks.
Lastly, what got me the most was the rabbit enclosure (see the image I’ve posted). As someone who has rabbits as pets, seeing so many rabbits (around 25 of them) in such a small hutch was very upsetting. There were lots of baby ones, meaning they’re obviously letting them breed, and with how many were in there vs how much space they had, I’d say they’re breeding them to feed them to the wolves (my tour guide said that’s why the wolves get fed, but couldn’t tell us where the rabbits came from?).
If I had have read a review like mine before I went, I wouldn’t have gone. Make your own call, but this place definitely isn’t ethical, and I’d really question how well looked after these animals are.
Written June 21, 2019
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Jaša P
Ljubljana, Slovenia40 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
The bear farm is something you can go see if you have enough time on your hands and if you’re staying in Budapest (or Hungary in general) for a while longer, but I definitely wouldn’t make it my priority for a shorter visit.
The bears seemed kind of sad and fed up with everything (which I definitely do not blame them for, and it’s not the main reason why I didn’t enjoy my stay as much as I thought I would - after all, they’re there to live their lives and not to entertain crowds, thank god), and the farm itself is way smaller than I imagined it would be. To top it all off, there were wasps absolutely everywhere (again - should be expected, considering the amount of people that wander around with long spoons filled with honey) and when half of the trip is spent making sure nobody around you got stung, it takes away from the experience. They set up makeshift traps for wasps but they only seem to work with the more stupid and less agressive ones!
Not a lot of information is in English, basically just the very essential information (e.g. “keep out”, “no feeding” etc.), which is a shame since it would be nice to know a little bit more about the background of the park.
Also, go early in the day if you opt for a visit; in the afternoon, bears have already had so much honey that they will absolutely not give a rat’s ... about your spoon and you’ll only risk getting stung by something.
Written August 13, 2018
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sanyi_10
Cairns, Australia11 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
You can by honey and feed the bears which are pacified. It is great fun. You can see the wolves too. It is the best to go by car and train stop Ivacs is a good hundred meters from there and there is no proper pedestrian way.
Occasionally you may see other animals such as ostriches, turtles, racoon.
They have a restaurant. Food is pretty good if you can live with the fact that there are birds flying around you sometime and that is not very hygienic.
Written August 23, 2016
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lBohemianl
Oxford, UK56 contributions
Jun 2014 • Couples
I've been visited this place for years and I do now when I can, it's changed a lot but it's already good for living for these animals. Spacious places for the bears and wolves, and you already can see storks, stags, coaties, raccoons and sometimes goats and ponies. 10 years ago there was only bears and wolves but for nowdays it's totally changed, it's a little zoo now, just better, not in the middle of a city but in the middle of nature. That's why it's hard to reach by walk, easier if you come by car or bicycle.
Written May 30, 2015
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Kirst55
Haddington, UK34 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
The animals are wonderful but all apart from the bears are in tiny enclosures. There is a hutch packed with baby rabbits which kids can pet throught he bars, they are so packed in and can't get away. Our young daughter loved the visit but as animal lovers we were sad.
Written July 12, 2019
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