The Bear Park near Budapest, or how it is originally called Medveotthon, is a small kind of zoo which mostly is about bears as the name tells already but also hosts wolves and other a bit less spectecular animals. In fact this bear park is not located in Budapest or in the outskirts but in a small village call Veresegyház which is approximately 30 kilometers North-East of Budapest. However is is a good half day or day trip to a bit more countryside area in Hungary and it is particulary spectacular for kids.
What is the good about this Bear Park is the fact that the bears are not locked into a tiny area just for being watched like in the zoo but it is a wide area with hills, trees, water and much more that they live in. Still it is not freedom but it feels much better to go there and watch the bears. For your entertainment and also to get the bears to the fence of their area so that you can see them from close you can buy honey and get a wooden spoon with it which you can give the bears to lick. Of course this is a very popular scenery for an image.
The main attraction, the bear park itself, is like an island where you can walk around and see the other animals as well (have a look here on Google Maps), it is guaranteed that you will see a bear because you can oversee the entire area.
As a visitor you just have to pay for the parking to get in which is some hundred Forints one time fee, no matter how long you stay. The entire area also hosts a farm with horses, chicken and other animals which can also be visited and where you can go horse riding, for a ride with a Quad and much more. There is even a restaurant, which I have never tried so I cant say anything about the quality, where you can go after you have watched all the attractions and have a traditional Hungarian dish or just a pint of beer.
The Bear Park might not particularly a trip for tourists as they are most probably more interested in the city and do not want to take a 30 minutes ride outside Budapest just to see some bears but for expats it is a nice weekend one day trip with kids.
Bear Park Information
Address: 2112 Veresegyház, Patak utca 39, Hungary.
Phone: +36 20 397 0138
Or visit the official website of the Bear Park.
Bear Park Budapest / Veresegyház Photos