My last sight in the City Park is the Zoo. Did you know that this Zoo is one of the oldest in the world? It's actually over 150 years old. Among the first animals there was a giraffe, that was donated by Queen Elizabeth, Sissi to the zoo. The place itself suffered big damages during the WV II, when it got bombed and the rest of the animals were eaten by the starving people of Budapest during the siege.
Shocking but true story: in the Millennial year even black people were presented in the zoo on temporary basis. I've found out that they were living their everyday life, circumstances were created for them just like in Africa. They were advertised as "One piece of Africa in Europe". 100 yeas ago it was normal showing different nations in the Zoo, it was a common practice all around Europe.
Walking in the Zoo, I discovered a little, peaceful garden, the Japanese Garden, it's like a piece of Zen in the city. Take your time and observe the Bonsai and other beauties. I was also fascinated by the Butterfly House, really colorful and fun place.
It's a magnificent place. You will recognize some unique architectural style buildings like the animal houses, including the Elephant House, look at the details, the design is inspired by Hungarian folk art and also got African and Indian influence. The cupola is Zsolnay tiled, it's covered with the beautiful eosin. In the tower there is a panorama look out. The Elephant House won the Europa Nostra Award for its successful reconstruction.
There is a wide selection of animals. If you travel with children or your just want to spend a few peaceful moments, check out the Zoo! It's a truly unique place in the heart of the City Park.