Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden: Just go!
Europe is known for its impressive zoos. From Vienna and Copenhagen to Berlin and Amsterdam, there’s just something about European zoos don’t compare to their American counterparts. But it’s also true that a zoo is a zoo and, if you aren’t traveling with kids, a trip to a European zoo may not be a top priority. They can be expensive. They can require a huge time investment. And they can be boring. Fair enough.
But if you’re going to visit any zoo on a trip to Europe, Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden is the one to see. Here’s why:
Entrance tickets to Budapest Zoo is about $9 for adults and $6 for kids. Compare that to Tiergarten Schonbrunn (Vienna’s celebrated zoo), where it will run you about $20 and $9 or Zoo Berlin with entrance costs around $16 and $8, respectively. Like most things in Budapest, it’s very reasonably priced.
It’s not too big.
While other European zoos are so expansive, visitors need to set aside one full (precious) vacation day to explore the whole place, Budapest Zoo is the perfect size for a shorter visit. You can easily explore the whole zoo in half a day.
Detailed map of Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden. Photo credit: Frugal Glutton
It’s next door to the circus.
FNC – Capital Circus of Budapest is a popular tourist attraction, and it is located about a block from the Budapest Zoo’s main entrance. A great way to spend a full day in Budapest would be to wander around the zoo in the morning and then catch one of these spectacular circus shows in the late afternoon or evening.
It’s clean and animals are well-cared for.
A big concern for anyone visiting a zoo is how well the animals are treated. Animal enclosures resemble natural habitats and are closely attended to by zookeepers and staff. The grounds are also clean and welcoming.
It’s great for kids.
Even if your kid gets bored after the first hour, there’s still lots to do at the Budapest Zoo. A huge children’s playground–complete with a mini zipline, climbing equipment, swings and slides–is a big draw for little ones. And there are ice cream stalls located throughout the entire zoo. And at about $1 for a cone, who can say “no” to taking an ice cream break!
So if you’re only considering putting Budapest Zoo on your list, we say just go. But you don’t have to take our words for it. See for yourself…