DEBRECEN ZOO AND AMUSEMENT PARK

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Located in the Great Forest, the oldest conservation area in Hungary, the Debrecen Zoo and Amusement Park opened in 1958 as the country’s first zoo outside the capital. Now covering a combined area of 17 hectares, the institution has a threefold mission as it houses a zoo, a botanical collection, and an amusement park.

Zoo and Botanical Collection

Open all year round, the Debrecen Zoo is home to some 900 individuals of 170 species from all five continents. Besides permanent exhibits, there are a number of daily events and activities involving close visitor encounters with fascinating animals as part of the Animals in Action program, as well as a number of seasonal events such as summertime Evening Walks or Animal Christmas. A full member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) since 1994, the Zoo also reflects the current need for the protection of biodiversity by contributing to coordinated conservation efforts like European Endangered Species Programs (EEPs) through managing healthy and productive populations of various endangered species like the leopard cat, the reticulated giraffe, the African penguin, and the ring-tailed lemur. Another key focal area is conservation education: a lot of the institution’s initiatives and special events have an educational focus, plus, it has guided tours and summer Zoo Camps, also available in English.

Integrated into the Zoo and Amusement Park, the ever-growing botanical collection currently features around 650 species, including ones from the Great Forest biotope and other parts of Hungary as well as ones native to various exotic corners of the world. There is also a Scent Garden section, home to a wide variety of aromatic herbs, enabling visitor interaction through the sense of smell. Due to the impressive development of its botanical collection since 1992, the institution was given full membership of the Hungarian Association of Arboreta and Botanical Gardens in 2018.

Amusement Park

The largest of its kind in the region and the only one in Hungary, the Debrecen Amusement Park was originally founded in 1960 and merged with the Zoo the next year. It currently features 21 rides and attractions, including masterpieces of the applied arts such as the Horse Carousel from the late 19th century and the Dodgems, which are some of the oldest classics of their kind in Europe. There is also a Funhouse, a Caterpillar Rollercoaster, and a Miniature Train that runs around the premises. The Amusement Park has been a full member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) since 2015.

Theme park

The region’s biggest theme park named after Matyi Lúdas, a popular Hungarian children’s tale character, features 17 rides as well as the smallest Ferris wheel in the country.

Opening hours

Zoo

November 1 - March 14: 9:00-16:00 every day

March 15 - April 30: 9:00-17:00 every day

May 1 - 31: 9:00-18:00 every day

June 1 - August 31: 9:00-19:00 every day

September 1 - 30: 9:00-18:00 every day

October 1 - 31: 9:00-17:00 every day

Theme park

November 1 - March 14: closed

March 15 - April 30: 9:00-17:00 only at the weekend and on bank holidays

May 1 - 31: 10:00-17:00 on weekdays, 9:00-18:00 at the weekend and on bank holidays

June 1 - August 31: 9:00-19:00 every day

September 1 - 30: 10:00-17:00 on weekdays, 9:00-18:00 at the weekend and on bank holidays

October 1 - 31: 9:00-17:00 only at the weekend and on bank holidays

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4032 Debrecen
Ady Endre út 1.
Opening hours
9:00 - 16:00
9:00 - 16:00
Contact
+36 52 310-065
+36 30 450-4878
+36 52 532-774

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