If a visit to a wildlife farm, zoo, a botanical garden or national reserve is in your plans, then Hungary is the right place to be. The national animal of Hungary is Turul, which is thought to be a mythical animal or it could be identified as the Falco Cherrug. But there are real, breathing and amazing animals which inhabit this country. Come here during the summers to have diverse opportunities laid in front of you to enjoy such pleasures all around the country. Here are some places where you can enjoy Hungary wildlife with your family, friends or even alone to experience peacefulness and yet excitement unknown before.
10 Places To See Hungary Wildlife
Check out the best wildlife parks and reserves that you should explore while you are in Hungary. Keep scrolling down and read along!
1. Kittenberger Kálmán Zoo And Botanical Garden
This zoo is one of the major tourist attractions in the region and for those in the area visiting the Lake Balaton, will find that this place is just 15 km from there. The zoo has plenty of entertainment opportunities for both elderly and old in the form of the Vivarium and the kid's jungle. The zoo is made up of two parts, one of it is located in the Fejes Valley and the other is in the adjacent Gulya Hill.
If you are in the Fejes valley, then see the beautiful animals which include the water birds, Gelada baboons, Madagascan lemurs, tapirs, red pandas, and Kamchatka brown bears. In the Gulya hills, visitors will find the African house, the Chimpanzee World as well as the Savannah enclosures where can find giraffes, zebras and more.
Location: Veszprém, Hungary
Timings: May to September: 9:00 to 18:00 hours.
Entrance fees: Children (3-18 years):1600 HUF, Students: 1800 HUF and Adults: 2400 HUF
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2. Lake Tisza Ecocentre
Opened in 2012, this eco-centre focuses on the collection and display regarding the beautiful wildlife and nature of the River Tisza valley as well as the second biggest lake in the nation, called Lake Tisza. The biggest freshwater aquarium system with a capacity of 535, 000 liters is located here and the underwater tunnel here weighs more than 4.5 tonnes and is seven meters long. Come here to see golden jackals, Hungarian sheep, storks, pelicans and cormorants amongst others.
Location: Poroszló, Hungary
Timings: From April to November 9 am to 5 pm.
Entrance fees: a 3D package for juniors (between ages 3-18) and seniors (above age 62) guests: 1990 HUF, 3D package for adults: 2290 HUF
3. Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden
This is the biggest and the oldest zoo in the country. Located in City Park, Budapest; the Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden was established in 1866. The park houses around 1020 animal species and more than one million visitors per year. Come here to enjoy the Once Upon a Time Park, which is a leisure park, part of the zoo. The park houses many local and exotic mammal as well as bird species, but its major draw is its different animal petting sites. You can see animal babies being born, see them being fed and also touch them. There are also snake petting programs for those interested.
Location: City Park, Budapest
Timings: Monday-Tuesday: 9:00-18:00 and Friday-Saturday: 9:00-19:00
Entry Fee: Adult: 2500 HUF and Child: 1800 HUF
4. Budakeszi Wildlife Park
This wildlife park is just the perfect place to visit for those who love animals, nature and would love to get some fresh air. This isn't located right in Budapest, but it is very near to its suburbs. The Budakeszi Wildlife Park is spread over 350 hectares in the Buda hills. You will get to see wild animals and farm animals both here, like rabbits, wild boars, Wolf's, brown bears, foxes, donkeys, sheep, ducks and goats as such. All these animals are native to both Hungary and Europe. There is a lookout, a petting zoo, a play area, as well as tracks which are just perfect for going on hiking.
Location: Budakeszi, Hrsz 0210/12, 2092 Hungary
Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekdays and 9:00 am to 18:00 pm on weekends and holidays
Entrance fees: Adult: 1300 HUF, Child (2-14 years): 650 HUF and Student/Pensioner: 850 HUF
5. Szeged Zoo
This zoo was recently constructed in 1989 and it covers an area of about 45 hectares. Szeged probably has one of the largest animal territories in the nation. The animal collection here is unique and they host a lot of educational and conservation activities. There are around 140 species in here and animals here Alaotran gentle lemur, North Chinese leopard, L’Hoest’s monkey, silvery marmoset, maned wolf, red-cheeked gibbon, and more.
Location: Szeged, Cserepes or 47, 6725 Hungary
Timings: From 9 am to 7 pm during summers
Entrance fees: Adult: 1700 HUF, Child: 1100 HUF and Student/Pensioner: 1250 HUF
6. Veresegyház Bear Farm
This beat farm was established in 1988 and this is actually a very unique animal park. It is so unique that it is unmatched in the whole of Central Europe. Sprawling over an area of around 5.5 hectares, you will find raccoon's, wolves and even reindeers in here. It is a great place to visit if you want some quiet while getting a more personal meet and greet with the animals.
Location: Veresegyház, 39, Patak u., 2112 Hungary
Timing: 8 am to 7 pm every day.
Entrance fees: Adult: 600 HUF and Child (2-14 years): 500 HU
7. Böszéna Deer Farm
Bõszénfa is actually a little village which is situated on the beautiful slopes of the Zselic hill. This deer farm also hosts Kaposvár University's Game Management Landscape Center. This center was actually started as an experimental project but now it has gained recognition as having one of the major stocks in central Europe. Visitors will find wild boars, fallow deer, red deer, roe deer and mouflons spread over 1300 hectares of land. Apart from the deer, there are also domesticated animals like horses, pigs, donkeys, sheep and such.
Location: Kaposvár, Guba Sándor u. 40, 7400 Hungary
8. Hortobágy Wild Animal Park
Located in the national park of the same name, the Hortobágy Wild Animal Park is the perfect location to get to know about historical Hungarian wildlife. Here visitors will get to know about jackals, wolves, Przewalski's vultures, horses and pelicans which roamed free before the domination of man. You will also get to see animals like polecats, foxes, wildcats, white-tailed eagles, great white egrets and more in here. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture the beauty in here.
Location: Hortobágy, Unnamed Road, 4071 Hungary
Timings: From April to October 10 am to 6 pm
Entrance fees: Adults: 1500 HUF and Children (3-18 years): 700 HUF
9. Kápolnapuszta Buffalo Reserve
A buffalo reserve might not seem an interesting place to visit for many, but this 30 hectares of the reserve will change your mind. Situated not far from Zalakaros, there is an exhibitions site here which focuses on the importance of persevering the genome of indigenous Buffalo in the countries. There is a lookout tower, picnic area and interactive exhibitions on Buffalo history, a snack bar, and a souvenirs shop.
Location: Zalakomár, Zalakomár és Balatonmagyaród között (Kápolnapuszta), 8751 Hungary
Timings: From April to October 9 am to 7 pm.
Entrance fees: Adult: 550 HUF and Child (4-14 years): 250 HUF
10. Nyíregyháza Zoo
This zoo includes a spa, a pool, a beach, an open-air museum as well as a wood park. It is located about 5 km north of Nyíregyháza in Hungary right in the Sóstó recreation center. The zoo is actually situated in an untouched birch forest. This European zoo spreads across 30 hectares and you will find yourself on different continents while here. Come here to see the animals live their lives in the designated parts of the world. If you get tired then there is the Hotel Jungle where you can have some rest while you enjoy the place.
Location: Nyíregyháza, Hungary
Timings: April to August 9:00 to 19:00 hours every day.
Entrance fees: Child (under 3 years): 100 HUF and Child (3-14 years) and students: 1900 HUF. For Adults: 2800 HUF. For people over 70 years: 500 HUF
All these parks, reserves and eco-centres provide solitude for both the visitors and the endangered animals in Hungary living in there. The beauty of these animals is unmatched by any other attraction. So, book your trip to Europe and witness the wildside of Hungary!
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