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Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden
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Ranked #61 of 553 things to do in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: One of the oldest zoos in Europe, established in 1866, features the hippopotamus, bred in captivity, and an animal nursery of lion and bear cubs.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed August 14, 2018

I visited this zoo as a child and now I returned as an adult and I was sorry to see that the way they treat animals hasn't really changed. Cages and places for animals are smalls! Way too small :( Animals are visibly sad. As a Hungarian kid, I visited several zoos in the country and 10-15 years ago all zoos in Hungary were like this or even smaller cages. However, they changed over the years. It worths to see the zoo in Gyor for example. The animals has nice big places and in the past years I have never felt that the animals are particularly sad there. In Budapest, those poor kangaroos and polar bears were seemingly prefer suicide...I was close to crying seeing them so miserable. Rhinos had really tiny place and hippos too. Giraffes, camels and zebras have zero chance for a run...not even a very lazy run. Pools for water animals are also miserably tiny, even for big seals and polar bears. Polar bears are not designed for 40 degrees Hungarian summer! It's cruel to keep them in these condition and the same goes for penguins.
The zoo is good value for money considering the number of species there...but I don't want to support keeping animals in these circumstances :( In the future I'll rather pay more for Western-European zoos and countryside zoos in Hungary, for example the one in Gyor. I'm deeply sorry to see the miserably closed animals in Budapest zoo.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Patrícia T
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Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

You should not miss this, it is a very good zoo, there are also some places to eat and feed the animals, minimum. 3-4 hours visit.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ManosArgyriadis
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Reviewed August 12, 2018

Went on a very hot day in 3rd week of July. Luckily there was lots of trees for shade. Got to see baby elephant and gorilla. Too cute.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank NormG732
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Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

The Zoo is pretty big, it takes at least half a day to see everything. Great variety of animals, but in some cases the cages were too small for the animal.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Paul C
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Reviewed August 10, 2018

Zoo Budapest is the oldest zoo in Hungary, It celebrities the 151. birthday this year.
The fee is appropriate: kids and students: 2000 HUF, adult 3000 HUF. It is located in Városliget (the biggest park in Budapest).
It is the perfect program with kids, in the zoo there are lot of playground, interesting for kids. In Magic Mountain, the kids learn lot of interesting thing of the Mother Natura, the evolution and the extintxt animals.
The zoo has lot of petting zoo, for example kangaroos, alpacas, goats and deer.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank marianngabriella
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