The Daily Travel Pass (1,040 HUF / £2.90) is great for visiting d.i.y shops, tourist spots and other places of interest.
It is valid on trolley buses, local buses and trams in and around Szeged city centre. A single ticket costs 320 HUF (89p).
The Correct Change Bureau De Change, located at Tisza Lajos Körút 57 (Szeged city centre), has excellent exchange rates. They have branches in Budapest too.
It's worth taking a tram/bus into the city centre because you will still receive more money than outside the city centre.
The Botanical Garden in Szeged is a real hidden gem. If you are looking for a few hours away from the city centre and daily life, the botanical garden is the perfect place for peace and quiet, listening to the birds sing, mental relaxation and "getting away from it all". It is not a spa, but it does have an atmosphere of calm about it due to its beautiful location and landscape. If you are a family the kids will enjoy it for its learning programmes and space to play in, explore and wander around.
The 17 Acre botanical garden is split into three sections - The Park (annual plants/cactus, greenhouses, lotus and water lily lakes, rock garden and living fossils), Aboretum (Tree Collection, Rose Garden and Forest) and Communities (Dye, Fibre, Oil and Food Plants, Herb Garden, Farmyard and Taxonomy Collection). As you enter the big wooden gates, whose carvings are well worth looking at for a moment or two, you see a placard of István Györffy (the 1922 founder of the botanical garden) on the right together with the main building where you pay your entrance fee.
The wooden entrance gates and frame are impressively designed with carvings
As a single adult I paid 900 HUF (£2.52), which is excellent value for money. Once you have paid your entrance fee(s) you will get a map of the botanical garden showing its three sections and their respective points of interest. In the first section, the park, next to the entrance building are the two large greenhouses that are actually formed as two separate greenhouses combined. It houses an impressive collection of cactus and trees amongst other things.
The large greenhouses have impressive collections of cactus.....
.....trees, plants and farm crop inside them, so look upwards and everywhere!
As you wander around the botanical garden in general there are placards, tags and information points (such as the wood carved books. Example in above photo), with binomial (Linnaeus), Latin or Greek names of plants and shrubs for example but unfortunately with descriptions written in Hungarian only; which is a shame because it would not of cost too much to have English, French and Spanish descriptions made for example. Luckily, the beauty of the landscape, plants, shrubs and so on make up for this oversight.
Also as you wander around the botanical garden you will notice learning tools/activities for children. The first one being on the tree opposite the greenhouses. It shows the different insects that habitat the trees. Other tools/activities include guessing what the plants are and identifying tree and plant species, as well as dedicated school programmes that teach the children about the forest, nature reserve, farm life and so on.
A great learning tool for children - creepy crawlies living in and around the trees
The tranquility of the garden with its nature reserve, woodlands, pathways, singing birds and water features such as the lakes make the botanical garden an alternative day out. The water drinking fountain is a god-send when the weather is really really hot. If you do get thirsty there is a drinks machine by the front entrance. Another good feature of the garden is that there are plenty of benches to sit on, which are needed if you are going to explore the garden to its fullest. I spent two hours there when I was only supposed to take one!
The water drinking fountain is a welcome feature on a hot day
When I visited the botanical garden they were planting a lot of new trees, young shrubs and herbs. Although their placards were written in Hungarian only many of their tags had their common binomial (Linnaeus), Latin or Greek plant/shrub/herb names on them; which made the more common plants and species easier to identify.
Tags are written in Hungarian with binomial (Linnaeus), Latin or Greek names too
In the centre of the botanical garden is a wooden hut with a thatched roof where you can east and rest inside, at a table and bench, which makes it a perfect excuse for taking along some sandwiches or picnic basket; especially if you get your children involved and excited about the visit and picnic, the night before.
There are plenty of places to rest and eat within the grounds
Although I have not mentioned and/or photographed some of the other the other things to see and do in the botanical garden, this was intentional. Mainly because I knew I could not fit everything onto this web page, but more importantly because I did not want to spoil your own exploration of the botanical garden. Sometimes it is great to explore and have your own space to relax and take thought. Hence why you should look at this web page as a taster only, and then go visit the botanical garden yourself.
There is much more to explore, such as Kiss Ferenc Wiki PageKiss Ferenc (forest engineer).
As an example of the just said: As I was walking around there were people reading books on the grass, sleeping/sunbathing and exploring the plants and trees of course.
Adult - 900 HUF
Student / Pensioner - 600 HUF
Szeged Uni Student / Employee - 400 HUF
Disabled with one attendant - 400 HUF (Per Person)
15+ Adults - 700 HUF (Per Person)
15+ Students - 450 HUF (Per Person)
15+ Pensioners - 450 HUF (Per Person)
Szeged's Botanical Garden is located about 2 Miles away from the Napfényfürdő Aquapolis water park (swimming centre), just off the river bank, which means a walk of 28 Minutes. I walked it to give you an actual timing. I also cycled it and it took me 9 Minutes 40 Seconds. Bus #70 took 10 Minutes from Mars Tér in the city centre and 5 Minutes from Napfényfürdő Aquapolis. Waiting for Bus #70, which leaves Mars Tér every 4 and 46 minutes past the hour, might mean cycling or walking to the botanical garden is a better/quicker alternative.