Xploring Budapest: Historic & Beautiful Füvészkert Botanical Gardens

  • 8 May 2019 11:35 AM
  • VisitBudapest.travel
Xploring Budapest: Historic & Beautiful Füvészkert Botanical Gardens
Eötvös Loránd University's Faculty of Medicine established the garden in 1771, making Füvészkert the oldest botanical garden in Hungary.

Füvészkert, still managed by the university, has over 200 endangered plants, including 150-year-old ginkgo trees, a palm house with tropical and subtropical plants and a Japanese garden, which hosts a cherry blossom festival each spring time.



"On the basis of the self-sacrificing work of Jakab Winterl - the founder of the garden - and his successor Kálmán Kitaibel, the collection found in "Füvészkert" has gained world-wide fame."

Today the botanical garden includes up to 7000 plant species and variations on a 3-acre-area. The cactii, bromelia, and orchid collection is especially rich, as are the collection of palms and the tropical arum lily varieties.

The different types of shrubs, stemming from the subtropical regions of Australia, provide a spectacle with their blossoming in winter. Built particularly for this purpose at the and of the previous century, the Victoria House is a special glass building housing the Amazonas water lily.

The collection of insectivorous plant, which lead a unique way of life, can also be found here. The historic palm house, built in the previous century, re-built in 1966, and the new glass house finished in are home to the tropical and subtropical plants.

The arboretum of the garden - putting up to 800 tree and shrub types on display in spite of the small area - is of special value. The oldest trees of the garden are the Chinese gingko, which has lived up to 150 years.

The collection which is rich in evergreen plants, pines, is worth visiting even in the winter season. Some of the rock-gardens provides a sample of the plants of mountains: we can get a closer look on the flowers of the Alps, the Carpathians, the Balkans, and Central-Asia.

Hungarian flora is represented by more than 400 species, classified according to geographical regions and types of habitats. 

Opening hours:
April 1 - October 31: 9 am to 5 pm, daily

Getting there: 
Take the subway (M3) to Klinikák station

MTI Photo:
Manek Attila

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