The vast aquarium complex called Tropicarium is apparently the largest in Central Europe. The place prides itself on its local specimens – though there’s an 11m-long 'shark zoo' (cápás állatkert) containing all manner of beasties. Shark-feeding time is between 3pm and 4pm on Thursday.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Budapest attractions

1. Memento Park

1.56 MILES

Home to more than 40 statues, busts and plaques of Lenin, Marx, Béla Kun and others whose likenesses have ended up on trash heaps elsewhere, Memento Park,…

2. Nagytétény Castle Museum

1.86 MILES

Housed in the huge Száraz-Rudnyánszky baroque mansion in deepest south Buda, this branch of the Museum of Applied Arts traces the development of European…

3. Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art

4.93 MILES

Housed in the architecturally controversial Palace of Arts just north of Rákóczi Bridge, the Ludwig Museum holds Hungary’s most important collection of…

4. National Theatre

5.01 MILES

Hard by the Danube in Ferencváros, the National Theatre (2002) remains controversial for its architecture. Designed by Mária Siklós, it is supposedly …

5. Zwack Museum & Visitors' Centre

5.31 MILES

Unicum, the thick medicinal-tasting aperitif made from 40 herbs and spices, is as bitter as a loser’s tears and a favourite drink in Hungary. To delve…

6. Farkasrét Cemetery

5.37 MILES

'Wolf's Meadow' Cemetery in the Buda Hills is the place where composer Béla Bartók is seeing out eternity, along with conductor Georg Solti, who avoided…

7. Former Swedish Embassy


The former Swedish Embassy on Gellért Hill bears a plaque attesting to the heroism of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat and businessman who, along with…

8. Cave Church

5.57 MILES

This chapel is on a small hill directly opposite (north of) the landmark Danubius Hotel Gellért and baths. It was built into a cave in 1926 and was the…