Photos: Budapest ZooUpdated 2018 February 18 / by Matthew Anderson / Leave a CommentThe Budapest Zoo is in the heart of City Park, the large public playspace just east of downtown. The zoo is full of beautiful buildings and a number of exhibits that let you walk among the animals. In the America Tropicana exhibit, a curious lemur peers at visitors from above. Most of the exhibits at the Budapest Zoo feature brass animal sculptures with accompanying Braille, so blind visitors can enjoy the zoo, too. Like the main entry gate, the elephant house was designed by Kornél Neuschloss and opened in 1912. India House, where the lions reign. The five of us were transfixed by the giraffe on the left, which was standing as still as a street performer while also drooling a rather large puddle on the floor. This visit was on a bitterly cold winter’s day, but the upshot was that we were treated to an intimate view of these animals, who usually pass their time ambling around a large outdoor clearing. The Owl’s Castle is the only original building still standing from when the Budapest Zoo opened in 1866. Keep an eye out for trash cans in the park (weird, I know, but stick with me) because some feature old photos from the zoo’s early days; especially notice the zoo-keepers’ garb. The Budapest Zoo’s Mérgesház, which transliterates to Madhouse, is its home for various venomous creatures. The Budapest Zoo is located at the north end of the Városliget, or City Park, near the Széchenyi Thermal Baths. This large pond, just across the street from the zoo, is also fed by Budapest’s famous thermal springs. Even in the dead of winter, it’s bath-water warm. The Budapest Zoo features one of the best playgrounds in the city. The Budapest Zoo’s main entrance is on Állatkerti körút in the northern end of the Városliget, or City Park. This structure was built in 1912. The boys loved just standing here and watching the lemurs bound from place to place throughout the room.