Budapest Zoo

Address: Allatkerti korut 6-12, Budapest, 1146, Hungary
Telephone: 1 273 4900

- Mid-range


Fun for the family – an Art-Nouveau zoo, a year-round circus and a funfair.

Standing at the western side of City Park, Budapest Zoo is worth a visit as much for its Art-Nouveau architecture as its animals. The elephant house is quite remarkable, looking like a house of worship with its domed roof covered in turquoise Zsolnay tiles and its minaret-like viewing tower. The zoo has a good spread of species (among them the only gorillas in Hungary, including a baby born at the start of 2010), a palm house featuring tropical plants and a petting area where children can stroke the rabbits and goats. Next to the zoo is a permanent circus, and beside that an amusement park with a merry-go-round that dates to the early 1900s and a wooden rollercoaster.

Value for money

Price advice

Entrance 1,990 forints (adults), 1,390 forints (concessions).

Expert tips

There are additional programmes at the zoo in summer, including evenings of jazz in July and August.

The zoo and amusement park are considerably less crowded on weekdays – and note that, unlike museums and galleries, they are open on Mondays.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Mature travellers
  • Nature / wildlife