Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden, Budapest
Pest, District XIV
Tel: 36 1 273 4900
Concierge.com's insider take:
It isn't so much the 2,000 animals here that are the essential sight—though kids love the Animal Kindergarten, with its baby rhinos, lions, and monkeys. No, it's the spectacular Art Nouveau building complex that the creatures call home, designed by the Hungarian architects du jour circa 1865, including Karoly Kos and Kornél Neuschloss, that's the must-see. The zoo includes the Palm House (a rain-forest habitat for tropical animals), and the sinuous blue elephants' house isn't bad either. To help fund the breeding program for endangered species, you can adopt a creature from a mere $25 a year, and if you're back in town, attend the annual meeting of adopted animals and "parents" (www.allatkertialapitvany.hu).