Even in the middle of the coldest winter, you can enjoy some tropical vibes. All you have to do is visiting one of the many Hungarian botanical gardens.
ELTE Füvészkert, Budapest
ELTE Füvészkert is located in the capital city. There are many tropical and subtropical plants in the palm house of this garden. The collection includes giant bananas and palms as well as avocado and citrus trees. You can also witness the colorful world of cactus, bromeliads, orchids, and carnivorous plants in this 20th century greenhouse.
The main landmark of the garden is the Victoria House.
Here, you can admire Amazon giant water lilies and Paraguayan giant water lilies flooting in the pool. There is also a ceramic statue of Ernő Nemecsek which is reminiscent of the young hero in Ferenc Molnár’s famous novel “The Paul street boys”.
Fővárosi Állat- és Növénykert, Budapest
The Budapest zoo houses one of the most fascinating Hungarian botanical gardens of all. You can see the wildlife of Central and South America in its palm house which was built in 1912. Look for the building called America Tropicana. Among the exotic plants, you can also find rare and unique species including warm-belted reptiles, birds, and mammals. In the aquarium underneath the palm house, tropical freshwater fish entertain visitors.
It is not only the capital city where you can enjoy some tropical time. Count Tasziló Festetics built this palm house in 1880. Its structural elements were constructed in the workshop of Gustave Eiffel in Paris. The building houses the most unique and exotic varieties collected from all over the world, from Tahiti to Florida. You can also find everyday staple crops such as cocoa, sugar cane, and coffee. You should not miss the spectacular cactus house either.
Szegedi Tudományegyetem- Füvészkert, Szeged
In this greenhouse, you can wander through a great variety of indigenous tropical plants such as vanilla and bananas, writes turizmus.com. The special attractions are the species of wetlands. You can see small cactuses and succulents in a separate showroom. Following the path, you will reach the Mediterranean greenhouse.
Here, a wonderful scenery of evergreen plants, palms, olive trees, laurels, and silver acacia awaits you.
Mátra Múzeum, Gyöngyös
You can find this palm house in the Natural History Pavilion of the museum. Here, you can marvel at a series of freshwater aquariums and terrariums featuring exotic animals in tropical-subtropical settings. The visitors’ favourite green iguanas can even be held and fed by snacks, writes matramuzem.hu.
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Source: matramuzeum.hu, turizmus.com
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